Jeff Metcalf Fellowship Grant for Internships 2022-2023
Career Advancement will offer a limited number of grants to undergraduates who plan to intern during the 2022-2023 academic year and summer 2023 with off-campus employers in any industry. Limited funds are also available to support supervised research internships.
All currently enrolled students in good standing with the University are eligible to apply. Opportunities can be:
- Remote, hybrid, or in-person
- Based in the U.S. or abroad
- (A) Full-time or part-time in the summer OR (B) under 20hrs/week during the academic year OR (C) short-term, smaller-scale projects
Students are ambassadors of the University at all times and in all interactions. Receiving internship funding through the Metcalf Program means upholding this commitment. Students are instrumental to fostering a strong UChicago community on campus and beyond.
Key elements to a complete Metcalf grant application include:
- An already received offer
- Access to a direct supervisor
- Completed application form
- Where applicable, fulfillment of international on-site internship requirements
For a comprehensive list of requirements, reference the Eligibility section below. 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.
Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed. The decisions regarding acceptance and funding made by the reviewing committee are definitive and cannot be appealed. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the materials submitted through Handshake and the additional grant application form. No new materials or updates will be accepted and/or taken into consideration.
The proposed professional experience must meet the following
- Occurs either during the 2022-2023 academic year or summer 2023. According to your class schedule and commitments, summer experiences may start/finish earlier or later. Please refer to the Undergraduate Student Recruiting Guidelines.
- Takes place in the current or upcoming quarter(s) at the time of submission. Funding cannot be applied retroactively.
- One application per quarter. If you secure an additional opportunity with a different employer, submit a separate grant application.
- Is 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.
- Provides a direct supervisor who serves as a mentor 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.
- Offers a substantive professional experience.
- Is unpaid or offers very little compensation.
- Is NOT requiring a fee or deposit for participation. The grant only funds internships that students arrange directly with employers.
- Is NOT with 1) an organization on the State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations or otherwise sanctioned or monitored by the U.S. Government; 2) an organization 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. All other organizations are eligible for funding under this grant, including government agencies and for-profit organizations.
Important Considerations for Internships Abroad
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 funding.
Travel to countries with U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory Level 3 & 4 must be approved by the Study Abroad Risk and Security Assessment Committee (SARSAC) and be approved by the Pandemic Travel Review Committee (PTRC) when the Level 3 or 4 is due to COVID-19. As part of the petition process, students will be asked to specify if they will require a work permit to complete their internship and will need 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.
For questions regarding the petition process, please contact Chiara Montanari, at email@example.com.
For country-specific information, reference:
- U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories
- CDC website
- International SOS ratings where one can log in with UChicago’s membership number: 11BCAS084635.
For International Students Only
If you are an international student, please make sure to visit the OIA website to familiarize yourself with your work authorization eligibility and requirements as soon as possible. If you’d like to make an appointment with your international adviser, please visit this page.
International students who plan to graduate during the 2022-2023 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.
To give students maximum flexibility, applications will be accepted throughout the 2022-2023 academic year. Each quarter will have 3-4 application cycles. Students can request funding for summer or academic-year internships during any of these cycles. Preview the cycle deadlines here.
For academic-year internships, if you’d like to know whether you’ll receive a grant in advance of the quarter you’ll be working, Career Advancement recommends applying by September 16 for an Autumn Quarter 2022 internship, December 2 for a Winter Quarter 2023 internship and March 3 for a Spring Quarter 2023 internship. Students are also welcome to apply after the quarter has started.
Students with full-time internships, part-time internships, as well as short-term and small-scale projects are eligible to apply.
Academic year internships:
During the academic year, students may work for a maximum of 20 hours a week per quarter.
Students working more than 20 hours a week during the academic year must submit a petition to the Dean of Students in the College. If you expect to exceed 20 hours a week, please contact Ken Leng at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 1: Fill out the application form
Step 2: (For on-site international internships): All students with on-site international internships are required to review and submit the Student Responsibilities and Available Resources document. This outline provides a basic overview of additional resources and considerations for students who could be traveling internationally for their position.
The form requires you to upload an offer letter or email from your employer. The letter/email MUST include all the following information:
- Supervisor name and contact information (email must be a company domain)
- Physical location of the office and if your internship will be remote
- Number of work hours per week
- Total number of work hours for the quarter(s)
- Start and end date
- Indicate if this is an unpaid or partially paid opportunity
- Offer letters should be on company letterhead
- Emails should be sent from a company email address with the employer’s domain
Metcalf grants are fellowships 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.
Below are some common internship lengths and the accompanying award range. The maximum grant for the Jeff Metcalf Fellowship Grant Program is $4,000 for remote internships and in-person U.S. internships and $5,000 for in-person internships abroad.
For a complete look at the award scale, please visit the internship grants webpage.
Note: If you have already acquired funding for this role and/or have applied for funding through other sources, please disclose this in your application as we make every effort to provide equitable access for students. This includes any research scholarships, fellowships, and/or grants offered through Career Advancement, the College Center for Research and Fellowships (CCRF) and the Institute of Politics (IOP).