Summer Career Development Stipend

Enhance your career explorations with summer internships, research, and volunteer experiences!

Suffolk University is excited to offer full-time, first-year and second-year undergraduate students and select transfer students the Summer Career Development Stipend. This $3,500 stipend will support you as you pursue unpaid internships, research with full-time Suffolk University faculty, or other volunteer service opportunities.

The application for Summer 2024 experiences is now open and applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a deadline of due Friday, May 24, 2024. You must first secure your summer experience and then apply for this stipend as soon as possible.

To qualify for this stipend, you must be a full-time, first-year or second year undergraduate student or a select transfer student. You must also meet the outlined additional requirements:

  • Be registered for classes for the following fall semester
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA by the end of the preceding spring semester
  • Complete an application with all required materials
  • Be clear of any financial holds on your account

To confirm if you’re eligible for a summer 2024 stipend, take our quick quiz!

Enrolling Semester Eligible to Receive Stipend for Either
Fall 2022 Summer 2023 or Summer 2024
Spring 2023 Summer 2024 or Summer 2025
Fall 2023 Summer 2024 or Summer 2025
Spring 2024 Summer 2025 or Summer 2026
Fall 2024 Summer 2025 or Summer 2026
Spring 2025 Summer 2026 or Summer 2027

International undergraduates are eligible to receive this stipend. In order to receive the stipend, students must be able to obtain a social security number and/or CPT approval. Please note: Pathway students are not eligible until after they progress out of their Pathway programs.

International students who secure and receive funding for an internship in the U.S. are required to meet with an international advisor in the International Student Services Office (ISSO) to confirm Curricular Practical Training (CPT) eligibility. If ISSO confirms your CPT eligibility, you must complete all necessary paperwork and adhere to all requirements pertaining to your visa status.

Once your application is approved, you can use your stipend to support:

  • Unpaid internships
  • Summer research with full-time Suffolk University faculty
  • Volunteer service opportunities

In order for your experience to be approved, it must meet the outlined criteria:

  • At least 135 hours must be worked during the summer (May 1st to August 31st) in order to receive the stipend. This requirement is typically fulfilled within 4 to 12 weeks
  • Student must have a dedicated supervisor who will provide mentorship and guidance throughout the internship experience. The supervisor is an employee of the organization with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience. The student receives routine feedback and a final evaluation at the end of the internship by the experienced supervisor. Students cannot be supervised by a family member, nor can the supervisor be in a close or significant subordinate work relationship with a family member of the student
  • The internship should enhance learning and aid the student’s career interests, including assigning meaningful tasks which allow the student to apply skills related to the field of the experience Positions that are structured as a “pyramid schemes“ or require students to purchase products will not be approved
  • Experiences with associated fees will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The fees should directly benefit the student’s participation in the experience such as travel, room and board, and other living expenses. All associated fees must be itemized in a document from the organization (such as a program brochure or on official letterhead) and submitted in the application
  • Remote experiences and those outside the United States are eligible
  • Students participating in volunteer service-learning experiences must do so with certified nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 designation
Enrolling Semester  Eligible to Receive Stipend for Either
Fall 2022 Summer 2023 or Summer 2024
Spring 2023 Summer 2024 or Summer 2025
Fall 2023 Summer 2024 or Summer 2025
Spring 2024 Summer 2025 or Summer 2026
Fall 2024 Summer 2025 or Summer 2026
Spring 2025 Summer 2026 or Summer 2027

You must apply for this stipend. You may choose to apply for funding for the summer after either your first or second year at Suffolk. On your application, you must include:

  • Your information (name, student ID, start term, major)
  • Your organization’s and supervisor’s information (name, email, website, phone number)
  • Whether you will be enrolled in summer classes
  • The type of activity you’ll be doing, work schedule, offer letter
  • A paragraph articulating your expected learning outcomes
  • An explanation of how this experience will further your career exploration and goals

The Summer Career Development Stipend Committee reserves the right to request additional information from you or your site supervisor to ensure your experience meets these eligibility requirements.

The Summer Career Development Stipend will award $3,500 to undergraduate students whose applications are approved. Please note that this is taxable income. The stipend will be dispersed in two payments. The stipend is subject to applicable federal, state, and local income taxes and FICA. Taxes will not be withheld except for a mandatory 30% withholding for payments to international students. Tax information must be reported on a 1099 or 1042-s form, which students will receive for the applicable tax year.

In order to receive the payment, students must either have or obtain a social security number or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), and a U.S. bank account. International students who are obtaining CPT approval for their experience will work with International Student Services Office to obtain a social security number.

Students are responsible for budgeting their stipend accordingly. Some costs to consider include housing, transportation, and meals. Limited summer student housing at Suffolk is available on a first come, first served basis, please visit the Summer Intern Housing page for more information.

Recipients of the Summer Career Development Stipend will be required to:

  • Complete and sign all required forms
  • Participate in an orientation session and meetings as needed
  • Complete your experience as stated in your application
  • Complete midpoint check-ins
  • Complete a program evaluation using SkillSurvey at the conclusion of the internship experience (internship supervisors will also be asked to complete a SkillSurvey evaluation)
  • Submit an end of experience reflection

Students may also be asked to attend events or assist in sharing content for marketing materials such as testimonials, photos and video recordings at the discretion of the Career Center and the Office of Marketing and Communications.

Meet our Stipend Recipients

Additional Information

Please contact the Summer Career Development Stipend.