To enhance student opportunities for internships in the College of Liberal Arts, the
Office of the Dean will offer annually up to ten grants to defray the direct costs
of participating in internships when such expenses would represent a particular financial
challenge for students. The maximum grant will be $500.
These grants shall be open to any student enrolled in an unpaid internship for academic
credit in the College of Liberal Arts at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
Grants are only available during the semester in which the internship will be completed
(grants are not retroactive). Grants are available only to students and shall be paid
directly to their accounts (i.e. not to internship granting institutions or faculty
Submit a one-page letter of application. The application letter will describe the
internship for which they are requesting support, provide a specific statement indicating
how they will use the funds, and provide a brief explanation of the need for financial
assistance. The application will also include a short statement of support from their
Application forms will be posted on the CLA website, and announcements about due dates will be circulated
Direct costs may include transportation costs between the campus and the internship
site, parking fees at the site, or other fees or costs immediately associated with
the internship. Direct costs may not include any fee or contribution paid to the internship
sponsor or personal items such as clothing. Consistent with financial regulations
and procedures, students may need to submit receipts or expense statements for funds
dispersed, if requested.
In some cases, students may need to know whether they will receive financial support
before accepting an internship, and in others, they may need to begin the internship
before fully recognizing its costs. Therefore, two due dates may be established for
each semester as experience warrants (one before the semester begins and one two weeks
into the semester).
Each year the dean, or his representative, shall convene a committee composed of three
internship directors from CLA, one chair, and an ex-officio representative from the
dean's office to evaluate applications and award the grants. The committee may consider
the nature of the expenses described, demonstrated need, the significance of the internship
in the student's academic program, and, when appropriate, wider institutional needs
(such as the desire to develop a relationship with an internship site).
Grants are limited to one semester only, and students are limited to one CLA Internship
Support Grant during their careers at Towson.
Departments that are able to do so may contribute to the cost of internship awards
for students from department funds held by the TU Foundation in order to extend the opportunities for internship awards more broadly.
University regulations require that any payment to a student that is not regarded
as taxable income be distributed as a credit to the student's Towson account, following
the process that is used for scholarships. The funds will be credited toward any outstanding
obligations of the student or, if the account has been settled, the amount of the
award will be reimbursed to the student by the Bursar's Office.