International Internship Grants

 

Your mentor has suggested an internship in Belgium that would help you complete your honors thesis research. But how will you cover the budget?

We can help! The Honors College awards competitive International Internship Grants to students participating in unpaid internships abroad with research components or professional skills in a spring, summer, or fall semester.

  • You must be an honors student in good standing, including the minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA (3.330 minimum for Architecture students after their fifth semester). This including having the minimum GPA at time of application, award, and departure.
  • You must be an active Honors College member and an undergraduate at time of application and travel.
  • You must have completed 6 hours of honors coursework at UA at time of application. The only exception is for first-semester freshmen or first-semester transfer students, as long as you are enrolled in at least three honors hours in the semester of application (first semester on campus) and you complete a total of at least six honors hours at UA by the end of your second semester. The completion of six honors hours is required to receive any awarded funds.
  • You must be enrolled as a regular full-time student in a course of study during the academic year.
  • Students found responsible for academic integrity violations or violations of the Code of Student Life are not eligible to apply for or receive Honors College grants for at least one year after being sanctioned.
  • Internship must extend at least 4 weeks during a spring, summer, or fall semester
  • Internship must be unpaid.
  • Sorry, Honors College funds cannot be used for domestic internships.
  • You must be enrolled as a full time student at time of internship. Credits can come from the internship program provider or from the University of Arkansas, such as special topics or independent study. All credits must be approved by your department.
  • Experience must be recognized by your UA faculty member/advisor as a valid experience that is beneficial to your academic program/research requirements at UA.
  • The internship must have research components or involve professional skills.
  • If awarded, you will be required to purchase International Health and Accident Insurance from the Office of Study Abroad.
  • Please note that the Honors College will not fund research-related travel in a country that has a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning.

Wondering how you can combine an internship experience with research experience? You might accomplish this in several different ways:

  1. You research information for your internship host, such as best practices, comparable companies, market information, or something similar.
  2. You collect data for your company or organization by administering a survey or conducting interviews.
  3. You perform creative research and/or develop professional skills by creating new materials for your internship host, such as marketing materials, a website, a training manual, forms or reports.
  4. You may conduct independent research outside of your internship experience. For instance, Alex McLeod interned with the Scottish Rural College (SRUC) in 2016. She chose to collect her research while in country completing her internship, which she turned into her thesis titled “An Assessment of Communication Strategies in Edinburgh, Scotland: A Focus on News Outlets Used by Select Audiences.”

Amounts vary depending on the type of travel, the relevance and impact to your professional and research goals, and the quality of your proposal.

These grants are highly competitive.

Funding may be awarded up to $2500.

Student Application Deadlines

International Internship Grant applications are due at least two months before your intended travel, on the first day of each month. For example, if your internship is in July, apply for the travel grant in March or April, if possible, and no later than May 1. Applications will be reviewed and decided on a monthly basis.  

Questions? Contact Chelsea Hodge at cew003@uark.edu or (479)575-3127.

Required Application Materials 

Prepare the following items, which must be submitted using the International Internship Grant application by the appropriate deadline

Like all of our other grant programs, you must be in good standing with your honors program at the time of application, award notification, and departure. This includes maintaining the minimum GPA required for the Honors College and completing the six hours of honors credit if you were a first-semester freshman or transfer student when you applied.

  • 2 pages maximum.
  • Your resume should be a succinct, compelling outline of your experience and academic work.
  • We recommend that you review the online resume resources provided by the Career Development Center.
  • You will upload and attach a PDF of your resume to the application.
  • You must submit a current copy of your transcript.
  • We accept an official or unofficial transcript. Highlight honors courses on your transcript!
  • You will upload and attach a PDF of your transcript to the application.

Be ready to submit the following:

  • Name of Company/Institution where internship will occur
  • City and country of internship location
  • Website for company/institution, if available
  • Contact person abroad for internship - name and email if available
  • Dates of internship experience

Provide specific and exact alphas, numbers, and names for the courses you will be enrolled at the UA during the internship period.

State how the course will apply toward your degree program at the UA. For example, will it fulfill an elective course requirement, a general education course, or a course for your major? Explain what the course will replace.

500 words maximum.

Tell us how your selected program will specifically impact your individual academic experience, your honors research, attainment of your professional goals and/or your job marketability in ways that aren't possible int eh United States.

Focus on impacts that are specific to you but not to all students. For example, since personal growth from experiencing different cultures is true for all students, you would not include this in your essay.

  • 1000 characters maximum
  • To the best of your ability, explain what research components or professional skills this internship provides. Explain what responsibilities you will have in this internship.

 Using the Honors College Proposed Travel Budget Form, prepare a travel budget that includes:

  • Total cost of transportation
  • Meals
  • Lodging
  • Registration fees
  • International health insurance
  • Any other relevant costs

Remember, it is your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your budget.

Provide the name and email address of the head of your department. Your department is that of your primary major. Let your department head know that s/he will receive an email from honors@uark.edu asking if s/he approves of your proposed travel. Your travel plans must be approved by your department for you to be awarded funding.

  • Ask your research faculty mentor to complete the International Internship Recommendation Form. Let your mentor know that s/he will receive an email from honors@uark.edu with instructions on how to submit their recommendation form, once you have submitted the application.
  • The application will ask you to provide the name, title and email addresses of the faculty member mentoring your research.
  • Your mentor will need to verify that this internship is a legitimate program and will benefit you academically and professionally.

Important Tips: 

  • Contact your mentor early - these forms are important and require information about you, your research and your proposed travel.
  • Refer your mentor to Recommendation Guidelines.

Prepare a single document in PDF format that includes, in this order:

  1. Academic Resume
  2. Current Transcript
  3. Internship Impact Essay

Note: Please make sure your combined PDF file is under 10MB. Your application will not submit properly if your document is larger than this. 

The form will prompt you to upload the PDF document and your Excel cost sheet.

The online form will prompt you to upload your budget form and enter the following information directly onto the form:

  • Internship Information
  • Course Selection
  • Research Components and Deliverable

Work on the written components of the application in a Word document that you can save. Once you are ready to apply, you can copy and paste those components into the application.

 

Fill out and submit the International Internship Grant application.

Questions? Please contact Chelsea Hodge at cew003@uark.edu or 479-575-3127.

Congratulations! You got the Honors College International internship Grant! Here are the important next steps:

Read through all of the conditions below. Once you have read and understood these conditions, accept your grant by submitting the International Internship Grant RSVP form.

You need to complete this form within 2 weeks of being notified of your award, so that we will hold your funds for you.

  1. Visit the Student Travel Information web page and read the Student Travel Checklist and Policy, then fill out the following forms:
    1. Student Travel Notification Form. Submit to the Dean of Students, ADMN 325.
    2. Student Information Request Form. You will need three copies; submit one copy to your faculty mentor, one copy to the Dean of Students, ADMN 325, and one copy to the dean of your college of enrollment (Fulbright College, Walton College, etc.)
    3. Fill out the Independent Student Travel registration form through the Office of Study Abroad.
  2. Send copies of both forms to the Honors College, after you have submitted them to the appropriate offices. If traveling internationally, forward the email confirmation of the Independent Student Travel form to the Honors College. Submission to the Honors College is meant to confirm you have registered your travel. We will not forward any forms for you, nor does submitting to the Honors College replace submission to the Dean of Students, your mentor, or the dean of your college. You must submit all documents or your funding will be terminated.
  • You must complete the grant RSVP form and submit proof that you have registered your travel with the university before your grant funds can be distributed.
  • The Honors College will check your GPA and honors hours before posting any funds to you. To qualify for funding, you must be an active member in good standing with the Honors College, including maintaining the 3.5 cumulative GPA (3.33 for Architecture students after their fifth semester) at time of application, award, and departure. You must also have completed 6 hours of honors courses on this campus and have every intention of completing the honors program.
  • Funds will be posted to your UAConnect account at the beginning of the term in which the internship is taking place.
  • Funds will be applied toward your UAConnect account and will be released only if there is no outstanding balance (i.e. U of A charges for tuition/fees, library/DPS fines, Health Center charges, etc.) at the university.
  • Funding will be terminated if you decide not to do the internship, drop below full-time status, or drop out of the Honors College.
  • You must agree to all conditions of the grant.
  • The Honors College International Internship Grant can only be used for the proposed program and term, unless a change is approved by the Honors College. If you change programs, change course plans, or drop a course, you must contact the Honors College immediately.
  • You must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA (3.33 for Architecture students after their fifth semester) at time of departure in order to receive the funding.
  • When accepting this award, you agree to share your research experiences through our Honors College blog at least once, with a photo. You also agree to complete a report submitted within two weeks of the grant period ending date. Visit Research Grant Documentation for more details on blogging and reporting. Failure to submit the documentation materials will result in your grant funds being revoked.
  • You must uphold the highest standards of academic integrity and student conduct, which are expected of all honors students.
  • You must have every intention of completing the honors program, and will do so to the best of your ability.
  • Failure to abide by these conditions will result in your grant funds being revoked.
  • You must file at least one Honors-College-approved blog entry and digital photograph of yourself within two weeks after the end of the funded period. 
  • You must also submit a 3-5 page written report.
  • Report, blog(s), and photo(s) must conform to the formats and submission directions provided on the International Internship Grant Documentation page of this website.
  • Do not put confidential information or export controlled information in reports or blogs.
  • You must consent to and authorize the use of and reproduction by the University of Arkansas, of any and all descriptions, photographs or other documents related to the funded research, for educational and promotional purposes.
  • You must uphold the highest standards of academic integrity and student conduct, which are expected of all honors students.
  • You must have every intention of completing the honors program, and will do so to the best of your ability.

 

Questions? Contact Chelsea Hodge at cew003@uark.edu or 479-575-3127.