Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award-Katherine K. Neuberger Fund
This donor-supported award supported by the Katherine K. Neuberger Legacy Fund provides up to $4,000.00 awards to outstanding Rutgers undergraduate students for in-person summer internships in women’s political leadership organizations or woman elected official’s office in Washington, D.C. The monetary award is meant to ease the financial burden of working in Washington D.C. and is intended to offset living expenses.
This award is supported by the Center for American Women and Politics.
About the Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program-Katherine K. Neuberger Fund
This donor-supported award supported by the Katherine K. Neuberger Legacy Fund provides up to $4,000.00 awards to outstanding Rutgers undergraduate students for in-person summer internships in women’s political leadership organizations or in a Congresswomen’s office in Washington, D.C. The monetary award is meant to ease the financial burden of working in Washington D.C. and is intended to offset living expenses.Rutgers undergraduate students from all three campus locations are eligible to apply.
- Applicants are required to have an internship in place at the time of application
- Up to 2 students will receive awards for summer 20223
- Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate students at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey for Fall 2024. Students enrolled at Rutgers in Camden, Newark, or New Brunswick are eligible to apply.
- Rutgers undergraduates from all majors and all campus locations are encouraged to apply.
- Applicants must complete an in-person internship in either an organization supporting women’s political leadership, women’s social justice issues, or under the supervision of a woman elected official in Washington, DC for the summer of 2023.
- A minimum of 120 internship hours are required, with a strong preference for full-time positions in the government or non-profit sector.
- Paid internships are permitted but the award amount will be reduced.
- Applicants must have completed a FAFSA for the most recent academic year. Students who fail to complete a FASFA will be ineligible for the award.
Applicants are evaluated based on individual initiative, academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and service, and financial need.
Complete applications must include:
- Completed online form
- Résumé as a PDF
- Cover letter as a PDF
- Contact information for two references
- Unofficial transcript (including Fall 2022 grades and Spring 2023 enrollment)
All applications must be submitted online. Applications are closed for this program.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many students will receive awards?
A maximum of eight (8) students will be awarded up to $6000.00.
What is considered an in-person internship placement?
A in-person internship placement requires students to be working in-person at the internship placement location in Washington, D.C. at least 4 days per week.
What financial costs can be covered with the award?
The following expenses can be covered by the award: transportation costs, food, housing, technology needed to complete an in-person internship.
Who should complete my reference?
References should be written by those who have taught you in the classroom or supervised you in a past internship position. Letters should address your professionalism, work ethic, individual initiative, maturity, academic achievement, extracurricular involvement or service.
How should I submit contact information for my references?
Contact information for references should be submitted via the online application form.
How many internship hours must I complete?
Awardees must commit to completing at least 120 hours during the summer. Priority will be given to students with full-time internships.
I have a paid internship. Can I apply?
Yes, but the award amount will be less than $4,000.00.
Is the award taxable?
Yes, the award will constitute taxable income to you. You should consult your tax advisor to determine the tax effect of receipt, including whether the award will constitute earned or unearned income (and therefore the tax rate that will be applicable to you).
I’m not a political science major or an Eagleton student. Can I apply?
Yes. Rutgers undergraduate students from all majors and all campus locations are eligible to apply.
I’m a Camden/Newark student. Can I apply?
Yes. Rutgers undergraduate students enrolled in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick/ Piscataway are all eligible to apply.
I am a graduating senior. Can I apply?
Yes, but you must complete at least 120 internship hours.
I am graduate student/law student. Can I apply?
No. Applicants must be enrolled as Rutgers undergraduate students.
Will I receive course credit for my internship through the Rutgers-Eagleton Award Program?
No. The program does not provide course credit. However, you may be able to receive credit through another Rutgers program offered by an academic department or the Office of Career Services.
Can I participate in an internship for which I’m earning credit and still be eligible for the award?
When will applicants be notified?
Awardee selection is completed during the month of June. Applicants will be notified at that time. Applicants will be evaluated based on individual initiative, academic achievement, extracurricular involvement and service, and financial need. Interviews may be requested at the discretion of the Selection Committee.