Becker Career Center

Community Service Internships


For the past several years, Union College has received endowed funds to support students interning during the summer at community service non-profit organizations. These internship funding opportunities are open to Union students interested in working full-time interacting with underprivileged clients served by non-profit organizations. Students secure their own internship opportunity and then apply for the funding. For assistance identifying internship opportunities please contact the Becker Career Center at

Summer 2019 Funding Opportunities

-Class of 1973 35th ReUnion Community Service Intern-$3000, 30 hours/week, any US location

-Roger H. Hull Community Service Intern-$3000, 30 hours/week, Capital District location

-Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Mohammad Omar ’94 Memorial Community Service Intern-$2750, 27 hours/week, any US location

-Virginia Smith (1978) Summer Internship Stipend - $3000, 30 hours/week, any US location

Application Criteria

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

-Student must commit to working full-time (270-300 hours) over 10 weeks during the summer

-Open to current undergraduate students; all things being equal, preference will be given to juniors

-Preference will be given to students securing opportunities in which they will provide direct hands-on community service interacting with clients in an underserved population

Application Materials

  1. Completed application through Handshake
  2. Resume
  3. Personal Statement [submitted through Handshake as a Cover Letter] (an overview of the internship, why you want to participate in this internship, how it supports your career goals, and how you will be contributing to an underserved population)
  4. Letter of endorsement from the organization indicating support for 27-30 hour per week internship
  5. 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 or sent in print copy to Rochelle Caruso in the Becker Career Center)
  6. Unofficial transcript (printed 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; Breakthrough Collaborative in Cambridge, MA; Hospitals; 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- Jan. 28, 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Feb. 26, 1 to 1:30 p.m. and Feb. 27, 1p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (all sessions held in Becker Career Center, Room 201)
  • Anticipated Application deadline: Apr. 8, 2019
  • Interviews held: Apr. 11 to Apr. 17, 2019
  • Notification of selection: week of Apr. 15, 2019

Contact Rochelle Caruso at the Career Center with any questions