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Making U Possible

MAKING U POSSIBLE - INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS

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.

COMMUNITY SERVICE INTERNSHIP FUNDING

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 stipends are open to Union College students committed to volunteering through the summer in a hands-on community service role interacting with underserved clients at a non-profit organization. In summer 2021, volunteer internships can be in-person or virtual. Students secure a volunteer internship and then apply for a stipend from the College. For assistance identifying internships schedule an appointment through Handshake with a Becker Career Center advisor (https://app.joinhandshake.com/appointments).

  • Summer 2021 Funding Opportunities

    Funding for summer 2021 will be $3500 each with funds to support 16 students and is provided by:

    A. Henry S. Scherer, Sr. (1922) Endowed Intern Fund-Washington, D.C. area, political/activism/government related, must demonstrate financial need

    B. Jody Lynn Yetzer (1994) and Alexander Manual Kayne Charitable Fund Community Service Internship-any US location, must demonstrate financial need

    C. Roger Hull Community Service Intern-location is Capital District surrounding Union College (*The Capital District generally extends west to Cobleskill, northwest to Amsterdam, north to Lake George, east to the Massachusetts border, and south to Hudson)

    D. Class of 1963 Annual Internship-any US location

    E. Kevin Rampe '88 Internship Stipend-any US location

    F. Class of 1973 35th ReUnion Community Service Intern-any US location

    G. Christopher Mastrangelo '89 Memorial Annual Internship-any US location

    H. Alpha Phi Alpha, Mohammad Omar ’94 Community Service Intern-any US location

    I. Making U Possible Alumni Internship Support-any US location

  • Application Criteria
    1. Site must be a non-profit organization and internship must be UNPAID
    2. Students must commit to volunteering with the organization for 8-10 weeks during the summer where they will provide community service by interacting in-person or virtually with clients in an underserved population
    3. Open to current undergraduate students; all things being equal, preference will be given to juniors (students must be enrolled with Union/on a term abroad in the fall term following their internship)
  • Application Materials
    1. Completed application in Handshake https://union.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4534983/share_preview
    2. Resume
    3. Personal Statement [submitted through Handshake as a Cover Letter] (Include: an overview of the internship, will it be in-person or virtual, how you will be interacting with or supporting clients of the organization, 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 will you use the money [you may include a brief budget outline or describe how you will use the money])
    4. Letter of endorsement from the organization indicating support for a volunteer internship 8-10 weeks this summer
    5. 2 letters of recommendation, at least one from a Union College supervisor, faculty member, or coach. These can be emailed directly to Rochelle Caruso at carusor@union.edu
    6. Unofficial transcript (downloaded from Web Advisor or from the Registrar’s Office)
    7. 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

    Virtual Information Sessions (click on date to register in Handshake and obtain the zoom link):

    March 31, 1pm

    April 1, 1:15pm

    April 5, 1pm

    April 15, 1:15pm

    April 19, 12pm

    Application deadline: May 3, 2021 at 5pm through Handshake

  • 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

  • FAQs-Frequently Asked Questions

    Funding for Summer 2021 Community Service Non-profit Internships

    Frequently Asked Questions (updated 3/29/2021)

    What is this funding program?

    President Harris 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 - Community Service Internship Funding Program.

    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 stipends are open to Union College students committed to volunteering through the summer in a hands-on community service role interacting with underserved clients at a non-profit organization. In summer 2021, volunteer internships can be in-person or virtual. Students secure a volunteer internship and then apply for a stipend from the College. For assistance identifying internships schedule an appointment through Handshake with a Becker Career Center advisor (https://app.joinhandshake.com/appointments).

    What is a non-profit organization?

    A non-profit or not-for-profit organization is one which exists for charitable reasons, and from which its shareholders or trustees do not benefit financially. Legally it does not declare a profit, but instead utilizes all revenue available after normal operating expenses in service to the public interest; non-profits typically have tax exempt status.

    Non-profit organizations are found in a variety of community service areas including: education, healthcare, social/human services, the arts, environment, law, economic development, and more! Students must secure an opportunity in which they will provide community service by interacting with clients in an underserved population. In summer 2021, volunteer internships can be in-person or virtual.

    What are the funding opportunities?

    Union College has received endowed and individually donated funds to support students interning during the summer at community service non-profit organizations. Funding for summer 2021 will be $3500 each with funds to support 16 students and is provided by:

    A. Henry S. Scherer, Sr. (1922) Endowed Intern Fund-Washington, D.C. area, political/activism/government related, must demonstrate financial need

    B. Jody Lynn Yetzer (1994) and Alexander Manual Kayne Charitable Fund Community Service Internship-any US location, must demonstrate financial need

    C. Roger Hull Community Service Intern-location is Capital District surrounding Union College (*The Capital District generally extends west to Cobleskill, northwest to Amsterdam, north to Lake George, east to the Massachusetts border, and south to Hudson)

    D. Class of 1963 Annual Internship-any US location

    E. Kevin Rampe '88 Internship Stipend-any US location

    F. Class of 1973 35th ReUnion Community Service Intern-any US location

    G. Christopher Mastrangelo '89 Memorial Annual Internship-any US location

    H. Alpha Phi Alpha, Mohammad Omar ’94 Community Service Intern-any US location

    I. Making U Possible Alumni Internship Support-any US location

    Where do I get an unofficial transcript [part of application]?

    Students can print their own unofficial transcript from Web Advisor using the Academic Audit Report. Students also may obtain an unofficial transcript online through the Registrar’s Office (http://www.union.edu/offices/registrar/transcripts/).

    What is a letter of endorsement [part of application]?

    A letter of endorsement is written by a contact at the non-profit organization (preferably the intern’s supervisor who is not a family member) indicating support for the student’s role as an intern. Indication must be clear that the student has had a conversation with the supervisor at the organization, and a discussion has ensued covering the terms of the internship, including projects and that the student will be interning throughout the summer.

    The letter of endorsement from the organization is an opportunity for the contact (typically your supervisor) to share with the committee (and you) that you have secured the internship, have identified projects or the focus of your work, and lets the committee know the organization is committed to support/supervise you in this role. The contact is welcome to include more information and other topics as well.

    Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?

    Both letters need to be professional in nature (i.e., not a personal reference) but only one of them needs to be from a contact at Union (e.g., faculty member, coach, job supervisor, research advisor). The other can be from someone outside of Union (e.g., job/internship supervisor, coach, research advisor), or both can be from contacts at Union (e.g., faculty member, coach, job supervisor, research advisor).

    How much money will I earn? How will I get paid?

    The $3500 stipend will be distributed in 2 or 3 checks throughout the summer (direct deposit is not available). It is taxable income and reportable to the IRS; you will receive a 1099 or a 1042S form. The College is unable to provide tax advice and recommends you consult with a tax advisor for any questions.

    What is the timeframe of the internship?

    The start and end dates of the internship are flexible between the student and the internship site supervisor, keeping in mind that the internship should last 8-10 weeks for the duration of the summer. While there are not a specific number of hours each week, the intent is that this would be your main role throughout the summer.

    What documents do I have to submit at end of internship?

    Student interns are asked to write a 2-3 page summary of their summer experience for future interested students and a 1-2 page thank you letter to the alumni funding source. In addition, students are requested to submit overviews of their internship projects throughout the summer for possible social media posts and, at times, participate in an intern event during fall term to share their summer experiences with interested students. Past events include: poster session, participation on an internship panel, informal luncheon, PowerPoint presentation.

    What are my chances of being selected for the internship?

    This depends upon the number and quality of applications received. For summer 2021, we have funding to support 16 students. In past years we have received approximately 20 applications. All interested students are encouraged to apply.

    How can I make my application strong/what does the committee look for?

    The committee will look for a well thought out personal statement demonstrating your interest in the internship/organization, how this opportunity will support one’s career exploration and/or goals, how the internship will provide an opportunity for the student to interact with an underserved population, as well as strong letters of recommendation and a solid letter of endorsement from the organization. Applications must be complete and on-time to be considered.

    How can I find an organization that meets my interests/values/needs?

    Attending an Internship Search Workshop or meeting with a career advisor at the Becker Career Center can help you get started with your internship search. There are many non-profit organizations in the Capital District, as well as around the country, from which to choose. In addition, you may want to check out the following resources:

    Handshake and other internship search databases

    https://www.union.edu/becker-career-center/student-resources/internships/internship-search-resources

    Idealist.org

    Schedule an appointment through Handshake with a Becker Career Center advisor (https://app.joinhandshake.com/appointments).

    How important is my. . .GPA, major, career goals, class year, resume?

    All of the pieces of the application are essential, although your major will have no bearing on the selection. Preference will be given to upperclassmen only when all other criteria are equal. The most important piece is the personal statement—applicants need to convey their interest in and passion for the internship and provide a link between the experience and their career goals/interests. This also is where applicants can demonstrate how they will provide direct, hands-on community service interacting with an underserved population.

    Can I apply if I’m an international student?

    Yes, provided you have met with the international students’ advisor to secure the proper paperwork to be eligible to work in the US.

    Can I apply if I’m going to be abroad winter, spring or fall term?

    Yes. Finalists who are on term abroad during spring term will be contacted for a telephone or Zoom interview. Interns who will be on term abroad during the fall following their internship will make arrangements to complete their documents prior to leaving.

    Can seniors apply?

    No, the funding is only for Union students who will be matriculated at the College in the fall (or enrolled in a fall term abroad).

    Can I apply if I have already received funding in the past?

    Yes; all completed and on-time applications for the funding will be considered.

    Is summer housing provided?

    Summer housing is not provided with the funding; however, students may contact the Office of Residential Life to inquire about on-campus summer housing options.

    Where should I submit my application?

    Application materials are to be submitted all together through Handshake as PDFs. Letters of Recommendation are to be emailed directly to Rochelle Caruso at carusor@union.edu. Personal Statement and Letter of Endorsement can be directed to Rochelle Caruso or Selection Committee and submitted through Handshake.

    Link to application https://union.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4534983/share_preview

    What if I have additional questions?

    Attend a virtual info Session with the Becker Career Center (click the date below to login to Handshake to register and obtain zoom link):

    March 31, 1pm

    April 1, 1:15pm

    April 5, 1pm

    April 15, 1:15pm

    April 19, 12pm

    Questions, not answered here, can be directed to:

    Rochelle Caruso at the Becker Career Center

    (518) 388-6726 or carusor@union.edu.

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

INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT PROGRAM

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