The Scheidt Internship Fund for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities supports Columbia College students in pursuing unpaid or low paid summer internships at non-profit and non-governmental organizations that are engaged in the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities.

This program is made possible through the generosity of the Charles E. Scheidt Family Foundation.

Features

The Scheidt Internship Fund for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities has limited availability and the application process is highly selective.

The fund has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the Charles E. Scheidt Family Foundation which seeks to support student summer internships at non-profit and non-governmental organizations that are engaged in the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities.

Columbia College students selected as Scheidt Internship Fund award recipients must:

  • Commit to completing a webshop prior to formally accepting their award; 
  • Submit a thank you letter to their donor uupon completion of the internship;
  • Complete a budget reconciliation detailing their summer expenses.

The Scheidt Internship Fund for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities:

  • Supports Columbia College undergraduate students who have already secured unpaid or low-paying summer internships at a non-profit or non-governmental organization that is engaged in the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities
  • Provides stipends ranging from $500 to $5,000, depending on the nature of the internship as well as demonstrated student need
  • Applicants do not need to be receiving financial aid in order to apply. 

The Scheidt Internship Fund for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities does not replace the Work Exemption Program (WEP). Undergraduate students who apply to the Scheidt Internship Fund for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities are encouraged, but not required, to apply to the WEP, if they qualify.

Institutional funding through this program is made available with the sole intention of supporting students’ living expenses (such as housing, food and travel expenses).  This support enables students to participate in unpaid or low paid opportunities.  Funding is not provided in lieu of compensation for work and supervisors are required to acknowledge in the Employer Verification Form that participating organizations are compliant with the US Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and other applicable state and local legislation.

Resources

Suggestions to search for unpaid or low paid internships meeting the criteria of this fund:

Eligibility

  • Currently registered Columbia College student
  • Rising sophomore, junior, or senior in good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Have secured an unpaid or low-paid (less than minimum wage) summer internship prior to the application deadline. The opportunity should be at a non-profit or non-governmental organization that is engaged in the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities.

  • Applicants do not need to be receiving financial aid in order to apply. 

Application Process & Timeline

PROGRAM AVAILABILITY

The Scheidt Internship Fund for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities accepts applications for summer internships only. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm. 

APPLICANTS NOTIFIED OF THEIR STATU

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

To apply, complete the common CCE funding program application form.

Students are encouraged to apply to all CCE funding programs for which they are eligible. Be prepared to upload: 

  • Resume — For resume help, please feel free to utilize CCE’s walk-in hours or schedule an appointment with a counselor. You can also review CCE’s Career Planning Guide.
  • Personal statement — see prompts below.
  • Budget form — Include all expenses necessary for the completion of your internship. 
  • Employer Verification form — This online form must be completed by your direct supervisor.  Please forward the link to your employer.
  • One letter of recommendation — Please forward link to you recommender. We will not accept letters of recommendation written by family members, friends, resident hall advisors, student leaders, members of student organizations or classmates. Your letter of recommendation must be on official letterhead, dated and signed.

PERSONAL STATEMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Your statement should be limited to three pages, double-spaced. Include the prompts outlined below in your essay to ensure you answer all questions thoroughly.

DESCRIPTION OF THE OPPORTUNITY

  • describe the organization, your role, and responsibilities;
  • describe your duties, projects to be completed and deadlines; and
  • explain why you want to intern at this organization.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • what do you intend to learn from this experience?
  • what are your goals and how do they align with your academic interests and/or career plans?

SUPERVISION

  • describe the supervision you will receive.
  • what kind of instruction, assistance and training will you receive and from whom? 
  • explain how and when you will be evaluated.

CONCLUSION

  • explain why you should be considered for this program; 
  • explain how  your plans will be affected if you do not receive funding; and
  • address your committement to completing required webshops, submitting a donor thank you letter and a budget reconciliation.

Late or incomplete applications and applicants who do not meet required criteria will not be considered.

By submitting an application, you authorize the Center for Career Education to conduct academic, disciplinary and financial aid checks to confirm program eligibility and inform funding decisions. Certain University policy violations may disqualify you from consideration for The Scheidt Internship Fund for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities program.

Important Information for Students Planning Overseas Opportunities

In accordance with the new Undergraduate International Travel Policy all students traveling overseas through a Columbia led, Columbia facilitated and/or recognized program must submit a school sponsorship application 4-weeks prior to departure.**

Once you have received confirmation of your school sponsorship, log in to the Undergraduate Travel Web App to complete:

  • Online Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Sign the Assumption of Risk, Waiver, and Release form

Additionally, all students must:

  • Register your travel (including side trips) through International SOS
  • Confirm that, while abroad, you will be covered by a health insurance policy that also provides coverage outside the United States for routine, urgent and emergency care.

It is critical that you thoroughly familiarize yourself with the Undergraduate International Travel Policy and complete all steps outlined above. For related questions, contact utrc@columbia.edu.

*Graduate students participating in a Columbia led, Columbia facilitated and/or recognized program such as CUGO and STEP are also required to complete a school sponsorship application. This policy does not replace any additional requirements from a student’s home school. Graduate students, including Columbia Engineering graduate students, are encouraged to check in with their home school prior to finalizing any travel arrangements.

** Students applying to CCE funding programs with overseas opportunities who plan to travel in May should apply for school sponsorship by April 12th (the funding program application deadline). Submitting a school sponsorship application does not guarantee you will receive funding. Similarly receiving CCE funding does not guarantee approval of your school sponsorship application. Please note that school sponsorship applications related to CCE funding programs will not be approved unless the student receives a CCE funding award. Students who submit a school sponsorship application and do not receive a CCE funding award must withdraw their school sponsorship application unless they are also part of the CEO, STEP, or CU GO programs. In those cases, sponsorship applications should not be withdrawn.

FAQ

Does my internship have to be at a non-profit?

The opportunity must be at a non-profit or non-governmental organization that is engaged in the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities.

I need to confirm acceptance to my internship program prior to the deadline. Can the Scheidt Fund Committee review my application early?

Regrettably, we cannot review your application prior to the deadline. All applications are reviewed collectively by a committee who meets after the application deadline. It would not be possible to convene the committee to review your application in isolation. The timeline for the application is based on internship deadlines for the majority of students.

Can I apply to both this fund and the Work Exemption Program?

Yes. Eligible students are encouraged to apply to both programs.

My internship provides a modest stipend. Am I eligible to apply to the Scheidt Fund?

Yes. The committee will consider funding students with low paid internships. “Low paid” is defined by being less than minimum wage. If the internship meets this requirement, we suggest that you submit an application so the committee can review your materials and make a decision.

If I apply to the Work Exemption Program, do I need to submit a separate application for the Scheidt Fund? Can I use the same materials?

There is a common application form for all funding programs. Students complete one application form and can apply to all funding programs for which they are eligible. Students may submit one personal statement that addresses the funding program(s) to which they are applying.

How competitive is this program?

It is selective and funding is limited. Interested students are encouraged to submit a strong, well-written personal statement that clearly articulates the internship and their goal in pursuing this opportunity.

Would you recommend submitting a letter of recommendation from a professor or an employer?

Your letter of recommendation should come from the person who knows you best, can speak well of your academic and extracurricular accomplishments and who can comment on your character.

Are there any fellowships that would cover expenses for a winter break and /or spring semester unpaid internship?

Eligible students can apply to the Work Exemption Program for financial support of a spring semester unpaid internship, research opportunity or community outreach project. The Fellowships Office also has a comprehensive database of opportunities and their staff are available to meet with students.

Are there additional funding sources available to supplement the Scheidt award?

Yes, there are numerous fellowships and grants available to fund summer opportunities. The CCE website has a listing of selected funding opportunities. The Fellowships Office also has a comprehensive database of opportunities and their staff are available to meet with students. Students could also reach out to professors, departmental administrators and teaching assistants to learn of fellowships and/or awards in their field of study.