CEPS FUEL Fund: Funding Undergraduate Experiential Learning



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The CEPS FUEL Fund assists in launching students into high-impact experiences by providing financial support in the form of stipends for internships and internship-related expenses. We strive to support those undergraduate students who are proactively seeking experiences that contribute to their career goals while acknowledging that financial assistance may be needed to complete the experience.

Stipends can be used to supplement unpaid internships ($5000 stipend) or housing expenses ($3000 stipend). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The FUEL Fund has two tracks. Six to twelve students total will be awarded for the summer of 2022. Track Details can be found here:

Track 1: Experiences outside of New England. This track encourages students to reach for meaningful experiences across the country and is meant to assist with unpaid internships or housing if not provided. Qualifications: You have secured an internship outside of New England and not in the state of your permanent residence. The experience is either unpaid or housing is not provided, therefore, you will need financial assistance in order to complete the internship.

Track 2: Need-based aid. This track is meant to support unpaid or low-paying internships regardless of location. The FUEL Fund is designed to assist students in getting industry experience and cannot fund on-campus experiences. Qualifications: 8 weeks or more, full-time, $12/hour or less.

Criteria for Applying:

  • Students must be in good academic standing with the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the university.
  • Students must have secured an internship related to their career goals and provide documentation (e.g., signed offer letter). Please note that information provided may be verified.
  • Housing Stipend: Students must provide documentation that housing/a housing stipend is not provided as part of the experience. An email exchange should suffice.
  • Internships must be full-time and must be a minimum of 8 weeks in duration.
  • Students who accept stipends agree to provide a 1-2-page reflection of the experience at its completion and agree to be interviewed and/or featured in CEPS/UNH materials.
  • Students may only receive funding from the FUEL Fund once during their academic career.

Application Process:

Students will apply by submitting an updated resume and a one-page essay describing (1) how this internship experience impacts their career and professional goals, (2) how the funds will be used in support of their experiential learning, and (3) why this experience is important to them. 

Application Due Dates:

Funding for Summer 2022:  Applications are now being accepted and collected on a rolling basis. All applications will be reviewed, and applicants will be notified of the status of their application within three weeks of submission.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Whitney, CEPS Career Director at Stephanie.Whitney@unh.edu.

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