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Scholarships for International NGO/IGO Internships

 2015 Internship Awards


  • Matthew Rucci, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Aung Hein, Beijing, China (pictured)
 aung at library

Past Internship Awards



  • Stephen Brill, The Yunis Foundation, Bangladesh
  • Alyssa Zerbe, Partners of the Americas, Colombia



  • Ceyda Sablak, Public Health Clinic, Germany

Stephen Brill Speaking  Alyssa abroad

Call for Applications

Closed for 2015

The purpose of the 2015 IGO/NGO Summer Internship Financial Support Program is to provide financial assistance to two rising junior (current sophomore) and one rising senior (current junior) student at Elizabethtown College, who will participate in an international internship program in Summer 2015 at an Intergovernmental Organization (IGO) or Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) that contributes to their educational goals. Funding is provided by the Elizabethtown College Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking through the US Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language grant that the College has received, and will be used to help offset the round trip airfare and pay an hourly salary for the duration of the internship program.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Only rising junior and rising senior undergraduate students participating at unpaid internships abroad at prestigious IGOs and NGOs are eligible to apply to the IGO/NGO Internship Financial Support Program. Applicants should receive the approval of the IGO/NGO Summer Internship Financial Support Program Committee Chair before they choose an IGO or NGO to apply to.
  2. Applicants must have an unpaid internship offer from a recognized IGO or NGO abroad before applying to this IGO/NGO Summer Internship Financial Support Program.
  3. Internships should last anywhere between six to ten weeks, and should be completed before students graduate from the College.
  4. Students may find their own internship; apply to one of the organizations suggested by the IGO/NGO Internship Financial Support Committee or find internships through the College’s Career Services.
  5. Students should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0; preference will be given to 3.25 and above.
  6. Students should demonstrate leadership potential and community involvement as documented on a resume.
  7. Applicants must agree to keep a journal throughout the course of their summer internship, and give a public presentation of their internship experience to the campus community upon the completion of their internship.
  8. If students are applying for funding for the same internship from other sources, please note that you may accept only one grant.

Application Requirements

  1. Complete the application form (available from Dr. Oya Dursun-Ozkanca,
  2. Provide a copy of the internship acceptance letter from the respective IGO/NGO abroad.
  3. Submit an up-to-date resume.
  4. Write a two (single-spaced) page essay, outlining the relationship of the proposed internship to the student’s expressed educational goals, as well as why he or she will be a good candidate for internship financial support.
  5. Submit an unofficial transcript.
  6. Supply two recommendation letters from faculty members to be sent directly to the IGO/NGO Internship Financial Support Program Committee.
  7. Funding decisions will be made following an interview process.


Student Intern Obligations


  1. Internships must be registered for academic credit with either the International Studies Minor Program, or with any relevant academic program, during the semester in which the work is completed. Upon conferral of the IGO/NGO Summer Internship Financial Support, please consult with the respective academic unit’s internship coordinator to learn about the requirements of receiving academic credit for your internship.
  2. Interns must submit a journal (by October 15th in the Fall semester immediately following the completion of their internship) documenting their learning experience throughout the course of their summer internship.
  3. Interns must submit a written evaluation of the completed internship (by October 15th in the Fall semester immediately following the completion of their internship), highlighting their accomplishments, their personal growth, and how the experience has affected their future career expectations.
  4. Interns must give a public presentation of their internship experience to the campus community upon the completion of their internship.

Terms and Conditions

Scholarship recipients must satisfactorily complete the internship described in the scholarship application before graduation from Elizabethtown College. Failure to do so will be considered a material breach of the program requirements, subjecting the student to forfeiture or repayment of the awarded funds. Exceptions to this forfeiture/repayment requirement will be granted only in extreme and unusual circumstances (as determined by the IGO/NGO Summer Internship Financial Support Committee at its sole discretion).

Potential NGO/IGO Organizations

These are only some of the possible organizations you may wish to consider.  It should not be considered a complete list.

Amnesty International
Business for Social Responsibility
Council of Europe
European Union
Freedom House
Grameen Foundation
Heifer International
Human Rights Watch
International Crisis Group
Jet Li One Foundation
Mennonite Central Committee
Mercy Corps
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
Oxfam Hong Kong
Partners of the Americas
Search for Common Ground
Transparency International

Internship Search Engines/Sites


Application Process and Deadline

The reference letters as well as the hard copies of the required application materials should be mailed to the following address by March 15, 2014 (No electronic copies will be accepted):

Dr. Oya Dursun-Ozkanca
Chair of the IGO/NGO Summer Internship Financial Support Committee
Department of Politics, Philosophy and Legal Studies
Nicarry Hall 246
Elizabethtown College
One Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
Office Phone: (717) 361-4749
Elizabethtown College