Becker Career Center

Making U Possible


Making U Possible

President Harris has launched the Making U Possible initiative so that qualified students from all backgrounds can benefit from a full Union experience and grow as scholars and engaged members of the Union community. Many students are prohibited from realizing their dreams due to financial demands beyond tuition, room and board. A Union education should not be restrictive but a journey for every student to fully explore their interests and passions in the classroom, lab, and in local and global communities.

Internships provide valuable opportunities to gain useful work experience, hone skills and explore interest in a field. In today’s competitive world, they are essential. They shape career paths, open doors, expand networks and often teach lessons that last a lifetime. Through generous support from alumni, parents and friends, Union is offering the following Making U Possible Internship Programs.


Many internships in non-profit organizations and even businesses and start-ups are unpaid. At Union, we’re committed to expanding the availability of stipends for unpaid summer internships so that students don’t have to choose between taking a job they might not find fulfilling and accepting an internship in a field they are passionate about pursuing.

Union College has received endowed and individually donated funds to support students interning during the summer at community service non-profit organizations. These internship funding opportunities are open to Union students committed to working full-time during the summer interacting with underserved clients at non-profit organizations. Students secure their own internship opportunity and then apply for the funding during winter and spring terms. For assistance identifying internship opportunities please contact the Becker Career Center at


  • Summer 2020 Funding Opportunities

    -Class of 1973 35th ReUnion Community Service Intern-$3000, ~30 hours/week, any US location (supports 3 students)

    -Jody Lynn Yetzer (1994) and Alexander Manual Kayne Charitable Fund Community Service Internship-$3000, ~30 hours/week, any US location (supports 1 student)

    -Henry S. Scherer, Sr. (1922) Endowed Internship Fund-$3000, ~30 hours/week, any US location (supports 1 student)

    -Kevin Rampe '88 Internship Stipend-$3000, ~30 hours/week, any US location (supports 3 students)

    -Roger H. Hull Community Service Intern-$3000, ~30 hours/week, Capital District location (supports 1 student)

    -Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Mohammad Omar ’94 Memorial Community Service Intern-$3000, ~30 hours/week, any US location (supports 1 student)

    -Making U Possible Alumni Internship Support-$3000, ~30 hours/week, any US location (supports 4 students)

  • Application Criteria

    -Site must be a non-profit organization and internship must be UNPAID

    -Student must commit to working (~300 hours) over 10 weeks during the summer

    -Open to current undergraduate students; all things being equal, preference will be given to juniors (students must be enrolled at Union/or on a term abroad in the fall term following their summer internship)

    -Students must secure an opportunity in which they will provide community service with clients in an underserved population

  • Application Materials

    A. Completed application through Handshake

    B. Resume

    C. Personal Statement [submitted through Handshake as a Cover Letter] addressing:

    -an overview of the internship including projects you will be contributing to and how you will be interacting with clients

    -why you want to participate in this internship

    -how it supports your career goals or exploration, what do you hope to learn or achieve

    -how you will be contributing to an underserved population

    -how you will use the money (you may include a brief budget outline or describe how you will use the money)

    D. Letter of endorsement from the organization/supervisor indicating support for your summer internship

    E. 2 letters of recommendation (at least one from a Union College supervisor or faculty member. These are to be emailed directly to Rochelle Caruso at

    F. Unofficial transcript (printed from Web Advisor)

    G. Interview by committee (selected finalists only)

  • Previous Intern Sites

    Previously, students have interned at organizations such as:

    • Habitat for Humanity
    • Bethesda House
    • Girls, Inc.
    • Regional Food Bank
    • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
    • Boys & Girls Clubs
    • Schenectady Community Action Program
    • AIDS Action Committee in Boston
    • Gilda's Club
    • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
    • New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty
    • St. Francis House in Boston, MA
    • Law, Order, & Justice Center
    • School on Wheels
    • the Joan Nicole Prince Home
    • Mothers Against Drunk Driving on Long Island, NY
    • and more!
  • Key Dates
    • Information Sessions at the Becker Career Center: typically held during winter term
    • Application deadline: the application and selection process takes place during spring term
  • Summer 2020 Recipients

    Summer 2020 Recipients

    Through the generosity of Union alumni, the following students received funding for their nonprofit internships in summer 2020:

    Matt Beazoglou '23, UConn Health Center, supporting Dr. Glenn Konopaske '95 in Farmington, CT

    Osi Bialunska '23, YWCA, studying the value of the impact the YWCA has on the community of underprivileged women of El Paso, TX

    Peyton Brown '21, Town of Glenville, NY assessing rural access to broadband in support of a CARES Act grant

    Lori Chen '23, Joan Nicole Prince Home in Scotia, NY supporting fundraising efforts for a home for the terminally ill

    Zelda Clegg '21, Massachusetts Sierra Club supporting climate action & renewable energy projects

    Kaitlyn Connor '21, NY Division of Human Rights supporting outreach programs and the legal department

    Erika Crampton '21, Supporting Living Inc. in Lexington & Marblehead, MA implementing an exercise program for participants who have acquired brain injuries and/or neurological disorders

    Emma Cravo '21, Joan Nicole Prince Home in Scotia, NY supporting a home for the terminally ill, and investigating the use of morphine in a home setting

    Crystal Flax '22, MLK Youth Center, Summer Camp Program in Bridgewater, NY supporting educational, cultural, social and nutritional needs for children from all ethnic backgrounds

    Aida Girma '23, JFK Home/Apartments in Boston, MA supporting disabled and vulnerable elderly of color

    Gigi Goldaber '22, Young Parents United in Schenectady, NY supporting and tutoring young parents

    Ella Harper-Schiehl '23, The Sharing Center in Trevor, WI helping clients at a community food pantry

    Sydney Lewis '21, Early Childhood Alliance in Syracuse, NY supporting families with resources to get children kindergarten ready

    Michela Michielli '22, Conducting adolescent research with Dr. Marisa Silveri '95 in her Neurodevelopmental Laboratory on Addictions and Mental Health at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA

    Haley Newman '22, Renewal House in Canton, NY supporting services and clients at a domestic violence/sexual assault shelter

Students with questions may contact Rochelle Caruso at the Becker Career Center


Union College is piloting a new internship placement program with incoming students who are part of our Scholars Program, a rigorous academic program offered to a select group of outstanding incoming students. Scholars are given the opportunity to pursue an accelerated and challenging curriculum structure. They often become mentors and tutors to their peers. There are currently 32 Scholars in the Class of 2023 who seek internships during summer of 2021.

Objectives of the placement program:

-To provide Union College students with an immersive experience that offers a real-world experience and enables students to gain skills and competencies that can be applied to future jobs

-To help employers create an efficient college talent pipeline

If you are interested in supporting the Making U Possible Internship Program please fill out and submit this form

Interested alumni, parents and friends of the College may contact Blair Raymond, External Relations

Students with questions may contact Rochelle Caruso at the Becker Career Center