Internship Scholarship Program

The School of Liberal Arts and Science (SLAS) Internship Scholarship Program initiative, sponsored by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Education, and Sciences, provides funds each year of up to $500 for SLAS undergraduate students who need financial help when taking on an unpaid internship-for-credit.  Students must be either a Junior or Senior with an overall GPA of 2.75 to be eligible for this award.

It is anticipated that approximately 10 to 15 awards will be made annually. Applications can be received at any time during the academic year; however, applications will only be reviewed by members of the SLAS Internship Scholarship Program committee during three scheduled meetings: September 15, February 25 and May 15 each academic year.

Students will receive a credit of the scholarship amount to their Rider tuition bill the following semester (a scholarship awarded in the fall would be awarded to spring tuition, etc.).  Students who receive a scholarship in their last semester before graduation must submit their related original receipts to Theresa Lesko in the dean’s office (Fine Arts 207) for cash reimbursement.

Eligibility

Any full-time undergraduate (must be a Junior or Senior) student enrolled in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences is eligible to apply. Applications can be submitted for an internship that occurs within 12 months of the application deadline.  Students must be registered for the internship class before applying for the scholarship.

Applying for the Internship Scholarship Program

Applicants should:

  • Secure an internship and register to receive credit for it with your department.
  • Obtain a letter from the internship provider on company letterhead stating start/end dates and duties. Include this letter in the application package.
  • Submit a completed application form (pdf version) or (doc version). This form requests student and internship information, a brief personal statement, and an itemized budget.
  • Request a letter of support from a faculty mentor, to be sent under separate cover to the Chair of the committee. The letter of support should address the following criteria for the sponsored student: academic achievement, importance of the internship to professional development, and expected outcomes of the internship.

Applications will be accepted electronically through e-mail addressed to: Dr. Aaron J. Moore, Chair, SLAS Internship Scholarship Program at amoore@rider.edu. Application deadlines are September 10, February 20 and May 10 of each academic year.

Submissions are reviewed by a minimum of three faculty committee members within SLAS.

Applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Importance of the internship as evidenced in the personal statement
  2. Impact of internship on student’s career goals and academic development
  3. Intellectual quality of student, as evidenced by GPA
  4. Availability of other sources of funding or support. In addition, in the event that two applicants are equally ranked, precedence will be given to a student who has not been awarded a Scholarship within the last year.

Stipulations

Students (with a minimum 2.75 GPA) must already have an internship and be registered in the class in order to receive the scholarship. Students can be awarded the scholarship up to two occasions; however priority will be given to first-time applicants.

Committee Members

  • Dr. Aaron J. Moore, Department of Communication and Journalism, Chair
  • Dr. Alison Thomas-Cottingham, Department of Psychology
  • Ms. Terri Marriott, Director of Student Academic Services
  • Mr. Ben Dworkin, Director, Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics
  • Dr. Barry Truchil, Department of Sociology