Fund Your Unpaid Internship

The Eagle Intern Fellowship provides financial support to Boston College undergraduates who obtain summer internships with organizations that are not able to provide a salary. By eliminating financial barriers, this program provides an opportunity for you to explore your career interests and experience the world of work.

Selected Eagle Intern Fellows receive:

1. A $3,500 stipend to support your summer experience

2. Individualized career coaching throughout the summer to help you make the most of your internship and connect your experience to future career goals

3. An opportunity to present about your experience to the Boston College community


Class Years:
Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors

All welcome

How To Apply:
Application opens in January 2020

Meet Past Eagle Fellows

Meet a few of our past fellowship recipients who interned across the country and globe in industries ranging from medical research to federal government to magazine publishing. 

Before You Begin

  1. You must secure an unpaid internship offer prior to applying to the Eagle Intern Fellowship
  2. Review the eligibility requirements to ensure you are eligible to apply


Submit a Complete Application

The online application for the Eagle Intern Fellowship opens the first day of the spring semester. To apply, you will need to submit the following items:

  1. Online application and essay questions
  2. Letter of recommendation
  3. Official offer letter
  4. Resume

Resources to assist you:

  1. Sample Letter of Recommendation
  2. Sample Offer Letter 1
  3. Sample Offer Letter 2


Suggested Timeline

Fall Semester:

  1. Make an appointment with a career coach to get help launching your internship search
  2. Work on your resume, you will need a strong resume to both secure an internship and apply for the Eagle Intern Fellowship
  3. Depending on hiring timelines of your industry of interest, begin applying to internships
  4. Request a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or supervisor


Spring Semester:

  1. Fellowship application opens first day of spring semester
  2. Apply to organizations of interest and secure an internship
  3. Compile your application materials:
    1. Secure a formal offer letter from the organization
    2. Confirm with your references that the letter of recommendation is complete and submitted
    3. Drop-in to the Career Center to have your resume reviewed
    4. Complete the online application and essay questions
  4. Submit your application by the deadline. No late applications will be accepted. 

Applications for summer 2020 open in January

Below are the eligibility requirements for the 2019 Eagle Intern Fellowship. Please review in full prior to applying. For questions, contact the Career Center via email at

  1. Available to qualifying students working unpaid internships for Summer 2019, for a minimum of 250 hours for at least 6 weeks.
  2. Priority will be given to students who have financial need.
  3. No on-campus internships with Boston College faculty and/or staff will be eligible.   Students must secure an off-campus internship.
  4. Internships must be unpaid. However, you may receive from your internship organization up to $500 in total compensation, including, but not limited to, monetary, transportation, food, gas, and housing and still be eligible to apply.
  5. Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors 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 2019 are ineligible). Students studying abroad are considered actively enrolled.
  6. Students may only submit one application to one deadline for consideration.
  7. Students who have previously been awarded the Eagle Intern Fellowship award from the Career Center or the M.L.K. Internship Grant are not eligible.  
  8. While some remote and/or online work is allowed, at least 200 of your hours must be spent on-site at your host organization.  Independent and unsupervised internships will not be considered.
  9. To ensure this is a meaningful experience, the internship must include established learning goals and supervision from an organization’s staff member on site.  
  10. A member of the applicant’s family cannot run or have a substantial management interest in the host organization nor serve as the applicant’s supervisor directly or indirectly.
  11. If you’ve previously worked at the same site for which you are currently applying for funding, you must clearly explain how the responsibilities of this new internship position are significantly different from your previous position. Funding will not be granted for an internship that you have already done.
  12. Pay-to-participate international or domestic internship programs coordinated through third-party vendors will not be eligible for funding (programs in which you pay a fee to complete an internship).
  13. The internship must be unpaid and in compliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act.
  14. Students must complete all 250 internship hours and the fellowship program requirements in a timely manner.  If you are unable to complete what is required of you, it is your responsibility to immediately notify the Program Coordinator in the Career Center via email ( Please Note: Failure to complete all requirements will negatively affect your compensation and will result in discontinuation of  your disbursement until such missing requirements are complete.  In addition, you will lose Career Center privileges such as access to your Eaglelink account.  Please remember the BC values and ideals in which have been instilled in you.  
I couldn’t have done this internship without the Eagle Intern Fellowship. What [the Career Center does] for us is amazing. I really couldn’t have stayed here in Boston and built the connections I have now without their support.
2018 Eagle Intern Fellow Matthew Alvarado '20, Interned with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay; offered full-time position after graduation