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Recognizing the fact that students come to K with vastly differing levels of access to resources (both finances and networks), the CCPD and its partners (CCE and ACSJL) are committed to working toward greater equity in resource allocation. Therefore, beginning in summer 2018, the CCPD will disburse $4,000 internship stipends through a competitive application process open only to students who meet eligibility criteria. Summer internship stipends will be granted to first-generation college students (as self-reported to the College) and/or students with high financial need (as determined by the Financial Aid Office). Students in either of these categories have received notification via email from the CCPD including information about their eligibility and the competitive application process for these stipends.

Regardless of eligibility for stipends, every K student is encouraged to work with a CCPD career coach to find or create an internship opportunity each summer. Handshake includes hundreds of paid and unpaid internship postings, and networking can lead to additional opportunities.

For first-generation and high-need students, there are three types of stipend available, and eligible students may apply for any of them via the competitive processes listed below:

  1. Stipends (13) attached to Community Building Internshipsin the Kalamazoo area:  Apply for CBIs in Handshake. Apply early for full consideration, as these positions are competitive and are open only until filled.
  2. Stipends (5) for ACSJL Internships  ACSJL internship stipends prioritize internships at organizations with explicit social justice missions. Eligible students might inquire about internship possibilities at the social justice organizations in Handshake or on the webpage above, and may also identify other organizations on their own. Once you’ve secured an internship with a social justice focus, use this online form to apply for a stipend by March 1:  Applicants will be notified about stipend decisions on March 15.
  3. Stipends (6) for any unpaid internship (6 to 8 weeks in length, for at least 200 hours, not with a local nonprofit) secured by an eligible student. Once you’ve secured an internship, use this online form to apply for a stipend by March 1: Applicants will be notified about stipend decisions on March 15.