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Move Forward, Give Back Fellowship Grant

Move Forward, Give Back Fellowship Grant

Career Advancement is excited to offer the “Move Forward, Give Back” Internship Grant, which will fund summer internship opportunities for College students and educate participating students on the significance of philanthropy at UChicago.
This grant is made possible through the generous support of UChicago donors who are eager to help you take your next step in your professional career. As part of their internships, Move Forward, Give Back grant recipients will write a thank you note to a UChicago donor who supported their internship.
Current undergraduate students with full-time summer internships in any industry are eligible to apply. Internships can be based in the U.S. or abroad, either remotely or in-person. 

All students, including students with remote internships, must have access to a supervisor. The supervisor must be available, whether in-person or virtually, to provide regular support and mentorship throughout the internship. In the case of supervised research, the supervisor does not need to be a UChicago professor but must be affiliated with another research institution. Independent research projects or freelance experiences are not eligible for this fellowship.

To be eligible to apply, students must have already received an offer. Please note: students are not required to have accepted an offer and are welcome to inform their potential employer that acceptance of the role may be contingent on receiving grant funding.

On-Site International Internships Only:

Please note that current University guidelines restrict international travel. If a student is awarded a Metcalf stipend for an on-site internship outside the U.S., they must successfully petition the University for an exemption to this policy in order to receive their funding. All petitions will be reviewed by the Study Abroad Risk and Security Assessment Committee (SARSAC).

SARSAC will only give exemptions to students who had existing travel plans to return to their home countries/countries where they have long-term residence permits, and have now secured an internship there. Students will need to indicate as well that they will not need to apply for a work permit in such situations. Exemptions will not be given for new trips. As part of the petition, students will be required to submit a budget worksheet indicating that any Metcalf stipend they receive will not be used to travel to the site of an internship outside the U.S.

If an exemption is given, students may not use University funds to purchase international airfare or other international travel arrangements.

For questions regarding the petition process, please contact Chiara Montanari,

For country-specific information, the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories can be found at CDC website can be found at and the International SOS ratings can be found at where one can log in with UChicago’s membership number: 11BCAS084635.

International students who plan to graduate during the 2020-21 academic year will need to apply and obtain OPT in order to work in a job or internship in the U.S. that starts or extends past their graduation date. Please note that it may take up to 5 months for students to receive their OPT. Career Advancement highly encourages you to connect with your employer and discuss your internship start and end date as the OPT process may impact your timeline. For further questions on OPT work authorization please reach out to OIA.

Award Amount

Move Forward Give Back Fellows will receive up to $4,000 for their summer internship. Fellowship awards are designed to help students offset their living expenses rather than provide an hourly wage or salary. Award amounts are determined using a sliding scale in which all students working a given range of hours will receive a standardized fellowship amount.

Application Timeline

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 18th
Decisions Released: Friday, April 30th

Application Process

Step 1: Upload resume (one page) to this Handshake posting
Step 2: Fill out the application form


The proposed experience must meet the following standards:
  1. Your professional experience must take place during summer 2021. According to your class schedule and commitments, your summer experience may start/finish earlier or later. For the College policy on summer internship start dates, please refer to the Undergraduate Student Recruiting Guidelines.
  2. You may only submit a grant application for a specific internship once. If you secure an additional opportunity with a different employer, you are welcome to submit a separate grant application.
  3. Your professional experience may be located in the U.S. or abroad, either on-site or remotely. Students with an on-site internship outside the U.S. must successfully petition the University in order to receive funding.
  4. You must have a direct supervisor.
  5. You must perform work that provides you with a substantive professional experience.
  6. Your experience must be unpaid or receive very little compensation.
  7. The grant only funds internship opportunities that students arrange directly with employers. Internships that require participants to pay a fee or deposit to the host organization are not eligible for funding.
  8. All organizations are eligible for funding under this grant, including government agencies and for-profit organizations. There are two exceptions: 1) the organization is on the State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations or otherwise sanctioned or monitored by the U.S. Government; 2) the organization was formed for the purpose of supporting a candidate for political office. Because the University is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the tax code, it is prohibited from participating in political campaign activities.

For questions, please contact