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Eagle Intern Fellowship Program | Frequently Asked Questions

There are four parts to the Eagle Intern Fellowship Program application: 1) a resume; 2) one letter of recommendation from a BC faculty member, staff member, or former/current supervisor; 3) the application form; 4) and the offer letter on company letterhead from your future employer offering you a position for the summer and stating that it is an unpaid position, outlining your internship learning goals, responsibilities, timeline, number of hours, and detail how the student will be supervised and indicate if any hours will be completed off-site or remotely. Please carefully review and follow the application instructions on the website or in EagleLink.  All materials must be submitted by the early action deadline or regular deadline.  We do not accept partial or late applications.

 

The internship must be a minimum of 6 weeks and at least 200 hours between June 1 – August 29, 2017. If you have extenuating circumstances, you may begin your internship prior to June 1. The length and duration of the program ensures that you have the opportunity to engage in thoughtful reflection, develop skills, and meet the learning goals of your experience, while receiving meaningful supervision from a staff member at the organization.

The program is open to rising Boston College Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors (graduating in 2020, 2019, or 2018) in good academic standing. Students will be an actively enrolled undergraduate student at Boston College in both the spring semester before and fall semester after your internship (Students studying abroad are considered actively enrolled).

Yes. All unpaid internships will be considered. The internship should involve significant duties and meet a set of learning goals agreed upon by the student and the supervisor at the organization. Please see the eligibility criteria on the website for further details.

 

The offer letter must confirm that you have been offered an internship at the organization on company letterhead, as well as:  

  • Confirm dates of employment (minimum of 6 weeks), which must be a minimum of 200 total hours.  

  • Confirm that the internship is unpaid.  

  • Explain the intern's responsibilities in detail (or attach a detailed job description).  

  • Acknowledge, identify and support student's learning goals (from your application).

  • Detail how the student will be supervised and indicate if any hours will be completed off-site or remotely.

 

Unfortunately, no. The Eagle Intern Fellowship Program is designed to support student internships at organizations that do not have the resources to pay interns for their work. We know many students intern for modest salaries, but the program is designed to assist students who are not receiving any salary at all.

Yes. The primary goal of the fellowship is to support your career exploration. We encourage students to broaden their experiences off-campus, thus creating a larger career network. However, we recognize that in certain cases (for example, research with a professor), the continuity of work on campus would be more beneficial for your career exploration. In such cases, you must be explicit in your application statement as to why the on-campus internship rather than an off-campus experience better fits your specific career goals.

Given the limited funding, the program is currently designed to support students pursuing summer internships only.

Yes. Applicants can submit applications for internships in any country. International students should consult with the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) to discuss their internship plans prior to applying. Also, please consult the State Department Travel Advisory when deciding on places where you would like to gain your experience to better inform you about your health and safety while traveling and living abroad.  

No. Internships that are secured for students by an internship placement service or through a third-party organization are not eligible for the Eagle Intern Fellowship Program.  In addition, organizations that require mandatory contributions or donations, fee-for-services (house, travel, etc.), or fee-for-materials will not be supported.  Securing an internship through your own efforts is a key component of the discovery and learning process of the Eagle Intern Fellowship Program.

Students who have received the award in the past cannot apply to receive the fellowship this year. However, if you have applied in the past for the award and were not selected, you are encouraged to apply again. There is no limit for the number of times you can apply if not previously awarded.

 

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.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Internship Grant also awards a $3500 grant to a student participating in an unpaid summer internship. Applications close Tuesday, March 1. Learn more here.

No. The program 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.

 

Selected students will be paired with a Career Center staff member to engage in at least two to three reflection conversations during the internship.  The check-ins are also designed to ensure the students are having a productive experience at their site.

Because selected students will have similar learning goals and experiences throughout the internship, recipients will also be asked to submit 2 blogs during their internship and comment on another student’s blog twice throughout the summer.

Yes, in addition to completing the 2-3 check-ins with your Career Center Mentor, you will be required to complete 2 blogs of the internship experience.  More details to the structure of the 2 blogs will be provided to those awarded the fellowship.

Additionally, recipients will be responsible for completing an authorization form for direct deposit to receive their disbursements, complete one pre-assessment and one post-assessment evaluation of the fellowship experience, ensure your supervisor completes the employer evaluation of your fellowship experience, present at a Poster Session in early Fall 2017, and complete a Goal Setting Activity.

Yes, all recipients are required to attend either a face-to-face or online (virtual) pre-internship (or orientation) session.  The pre-internship meeting dates will announced to those awarded.  For students studying abroad, an online (virtual) meeting will be offered.  Please contact Nicholas Paschvoss at nicholas.paschvoss@bc.edu if you are awarded the fellowship and are studying abroad for Spring 2017.

Yes, you will be assigned a Career Advisor who will check in with you at least twice during your internship.  You can always contact the Career Center over the summer for information and advice as you pursue your internship experience.  Visit the Career Center’s website for up-to-date information on office hours, events and services.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept partial or late applications.  You must submit a completed application by either 2 deadlines (Wednesday, March 1st & Monday, April 3rd). 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.

Early Action Deadline, Wednesday, March 1st and Regular Deadline, Monday, April 3rd.

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.  

The Eagle Intern Fellowship Program 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.

 

 

Due to the large file size, please upload your documents for your application as a word document.  All files need to be less than half a megabyte (<500 kb).

 

The full responsibility of uploading all documents is on the student. The student is able to upload everything, including the letter of recommendation.  This is the most streamlined and secure way of managing the large number of applicants and all associated materials.  

If the person writing your letter prefers to keep the letter confidential, they can submit it to you and you can immediately upload it to your application, without reading the content.  

We do aim to create a transparent process.  Letters of Recommendation are meant to be seen, especially if they are written about you.  They can have a powerful impact on our own world view by providing a perspective that others see of ourselves (with evidence-based examples) and provide us affirmation.  So utilize that as an empowerment for your career exploration and development. 

Unfortunately, no.  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

  • Financial need