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Internship Stipend

Sigma Tau Delta offers funding for current undergraduate and graduate student members accepting  internships for which their expenses exceed what they will be paid. Sigma Tau Delta will not cover expenses related to tuition and/or student fees. The Internship Stipend is a competitive program providing a limited number of stipends of up to $1,500 each.

The internship must involve working for an "organization" while being directed by a supervisor/mentor within that organization, and the intern’s duties must be consistent with the applicant’s level of education, area of study, and career goals. Financial need will be taken into consideration in addition to internship length. Applicants are responsible for obtaining and providing verification of the internship. Check out BestColleges' Ultimate Guide to Internships for advice in finding and applying for internships. Applicants are responsible for obtaining and providing verification of the internship. Please review the application guidelines for additional information.

The internship stipend does not apply to activities that are part of a student’s pre-professional degree requirements, such as student teaching or capstone internships in journalism/technical writing, and cannot be used to supplement a graduate assistantship. Students are eligible for the internship stipend award one time per internship.

Application Dates

Internship Period Applications Open Applications Due Award Notification
2023 Fall Jul 17, 2023 Aug 7, 2023 Sep 6, 2023
2024 Spring Oct 16, 2023 Nov 6, 2023 Dec 11, 2023
2024 Summer Mar 11, 2024 Apr 15, 2024 May 23, 2024

Application Guidelines


AwardSpring Link

Sigma Tau Delta uses AwardSpring platform for the application process to apply, submit required materials, and request recommendation letters.

Register for an account with your email address and a password in AwardSpring. If you have used AwardSpring previously to apply for another Sigma Tau Delta Award you already have an account. More about your AwardSpring account.


Application Instructions

Step 1

If you have not previously applied for a scholarship, award, or stipend, click on the link and register at the AwardSpring site with your email address and a password. Note: this login is not your membership account.

AwardSpring Application site

Step 2

Complete the questionnaire, including contact and academic information, to determine if you are eligible to appy for the Internship Stipend.

Step 3

Request two letters of recommendation via the AwardSpring application.

  • Request the letters through the AwardSpring application.
  • Recommendation letters are due no one week after the application deadline.
  • At least one recommendation letter must be from a college faculty member.

Step 4

1. Complete all question fields about the internship.

2. Answer Personal Statement Essay Questions (up to 200 words each)

  • Describe your service to the society, institution, and/or community that reflects Sigma Tau Delta's mission. Include any leadership positions you have held.
  • Describe your internship organization and internship position, including roles and responsibilities.
  • Detail how the internship will help you grow intellectually and professionally.
  • Explain how the funding support will be beneficial to you. To help the committee determine need, applicants will want to address why their financial situation warrants support.

3. Upload Required Materials

  • Resume
  • Internship Verification - The internship organization's letter stating you have been awarded the internship.
  • Budget - Itemize the funds and expenses associated with the internship, such as salary, grants, housing, transportation, etc.

    Sample Internship Budgets
    Sample A
    Sample B

    How to Develop a Budget
    University of North Carolina Writing Center

Blog Requirement

Following the internship, stipend recipients are required to submit an article (400-600 words) for WordybyNature, the official Society blog, sharing such things as how the internship contributed to their professional growth or field of study; its impact on their future career plans; and the importance of the funding to the internship experience.

Blog Guidelines

Past Recipients

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