Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors (graduating in 2021, 2020, or 2019) in good academic standing with the university and must be matriculated full-time in both the spring semester before and fall semester after the internship (seniors graduating in May 2018 are ineligible). Students studying abroad are considered actively enrolled. Priority will be given to students who have financial need.
Eagle Intern Fellowship
The Eagle Intern Fellowship is a selective opportunity that provides financial support to Boston College undergraduates who obtain internships with organizations that are not able to provide a salary. By eliminating financial barriers, this program allows students to explore their career interests, gain new skills and experience the world of work. Selected students are eligible to receive a $3,500 fellowship to support their summer internship as well as an individual career coach to enhance their internship experience.
Applicants must secure an off-campus unpaid internship for Summer 2018 prior to applying.
Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors (graduating in 2021, 2020, or 2019) in good academic standing with the university and must be matriculated full-time in both the spring semester before and fall semester after the internship (seniors graduating in May 2018 are ineligible). Students studying abroad are considered actively enrolled.
Priority will be given to students who have financial need.
- Articulation of Career Interests and Organizational Fit (25%)
- Skills (25%)
- Career Exploration & Preparation (10%)
- Financial Understanding/Justification (10%)
- Resume (10%)
- Strength of Offer Letter (10%)
- Letter of Recommendation (10%)
As noted in the eligibility requirements, the EIF is a need-based program. As such, the review and selection committee has partnered with the Financial Aid office to more clearly understand each applicant's level of need.
- Articulate at least three skills and competencies employers are seeking in recent college graduates
- Cite examples of how their internship helped them develop at least two of those skills and competencies in a professional setting
- Create three next action steps based on reflection on skills, interests, values, and organizational culture
Past Eagle Fellow Courtney Copelin LSOE '17, discusses her marketing internship at FableVision Studios.
2017 Eagle Fellow Highlights
Our 2017 Eagle Fellows represented 25 different majors across three schools.
Our 2017 Eagle Fellows completed their internship experience in 10 countries across the globe.
We gave $231,000 in funds to support our 2017 Eagle Fellows with their summer internship.
Eagle Fellows Featured in BC News Story
“The internship allowed me to learn on my own and helped me cultivate a lot of self-confidence...I’m definitely looking at policy work as a direction for my post-BC life."
Past Eagle Fellow Allison Kaika who interned with the National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC), a non-profit advocacy group with an office in Washington, DC.
Eagle Fellows Chronicle Their Experiences
“I got to spend 12 weeks in Rome, Italy. I ate the food, saw the sights, spoke the language (or at least I really tried to), and tried to take in as much of the rich Italian culture as I could."
Past Eagle Fellow Kyla MacLennan who interned at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and had the opportunity to meet Pope Francis.
Additional Funding Resources
The Eagle Intern Fellowship is just one of many funding opportunities available at Boston College and beyond to help you take your career preparation to the next level. Whether you are looking to do an unpaid internship over the summer, study abroad, conduct research, or explore independent study, there are potential resources for you.
Think of the early action process for college. The Early Action Deadline provides an opportunity for students to secure funding for their unpaid internship if they secure their internship early on in the semester. If you apply and are not awarded the fellowship in the Early Action Deadline process, you cannot reapply to the Regular Deadline process.
Unfortunately, students may only submit one application to one deadline for consideration. The Eagle Intern Fellowship is a highly selective opportunity, and students will be screened and chosen to receive the fellowship based upon the following four main criteria:
Strength and quality of resume
Strength and quality of responses to the short answer questions
Offer Letter from hiring organization detailing supervisor's name and learning goals, responsibilities, timeline of experience, number of hours
Letter of Recommendation from BC faculty member, staff member, or former/current work supervisor
Yes, but they may not be through the Career Center. Connect with various offices across campus, academic departments, fellowships or affiliate associations, faculty, your professional network, or student organizations to explore alternative funding sources. View a listing of scholarship and funding opportunities
No. The Eagle Intern Fellowship is designed to fund a single internship at an organization providing an opportunity to learn about and explore your career related goals. The benefit of one internship is that it fosters a deeper learning experience, commitment, and supervisory relationship between the intern and organization.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept partial or late applications. You must submit a completed application by either 2 deadlines (Wednesday, February 28 and Wednesday, April 4). While we would love to extend the deadline even further, we know students who have secured an internship are waiting to see if they have received funding before accepting their internship offer. Many employers are willing to expedite their decision-making process if they are aware that you are applying for funding from Boston College. You should follow up with the organization to indicate your timeline.
The minimum requirements for the Eagle Intern Fellowship are to complete 250 hours for at least 6 weeks by August 17th, 2018. While your internship could be more than 6 weeks, it cannot be shorter.
The Eagle Intern Fellowship website contains specific instructions and information for students to apply. Application process is all online through your EagleLink account and allows flexibility of the student’s geographic location. If you are selected as an Eagle Fellow, we will work with you to obtain your pre-internship information and your disbursement. You can log into your EagleLink account and schedule a Skype career advising appointment with any specific questions.
Please note that income $600 or greater is IRS reportable. If you are selected for the Eagle Intern Fellowship, you will receive a 1099 from Accounts Payable at year end.