How to Apply

Step 1: Qualifications

Northwestern undergraduate students who meet all of the following criteria:

  • A current student who will be enrolled for at least fall quarter of the following academic year and is a full-time degree seeking student in one of the following schools/colleges: Bienen, McCormick, Medill, School of Communication, SESP or Weinberg 
  • Pursing an in-person summer experience in a traditionally unpaid field or role. *Please note: SIGP cannot be used for a remote opportunity.
  • Receiving 0.25 or less credit.
  • Not receiving any money from the employer or other grants/awards from Northwestern.
  • Internship meets the required 250 hours of work between June-September and has a designated supervisor.
  • Has a summer experience secured by May 30. *Please note: At time of application, students are not required to have internship/summer experience secured. If selected for award, recipients who do not have an internship at time of selection must meet with NCA career adviser to develop search strategy. Awardees without secured internship by May 30 forfeit their grant.

Please note: previous SIGP recipients CAN reapply.

Step 2: Attend Information Session and Review Resources

Information sessions – Register in CareerCat under Events>Workshops

  • Thursday, February 22 from 12-12:45PM in Norris, Rock Room
  • Monday, March 5 from 4:30-5:15PM in Norris, Lake Room
  • Tuesday, March 20 from 5:00-5:45PM in Norris, Wildcat Room
  • Virtual Information Session – Coming Soon

Step 3: Write 2 Essays with optional 3rd Essay

Part of the application for SIGP is to make you case for selection through well-written essay responses. Students should write these essays in a word processing program and copy and paste them into the text box in the application portal. The total length of the 2 essays should not exceed 600 words.

  • Essay 1: Describe the organization and summer internship/experience that you have secured or hope to secure this summer. What are you hoping to learn or gain from this experience? (Think about specific skills, networking opportunities, industry experience, etc. Be as specific as possible – this should relate directly to the summer experience. Additionally, if you have applied to multiple opportunities, choose one to focus on for the main part of the essay.) Furthermore, how do you anticipate this experience impacting you or the NU community when you return to campus?
  • Essay 2: How have your academic studies and extra-curricular activities influenced your interest in pursuing this type of internship? How will this specific summer experience opportunity help you achieve your overall academic and career goals/aspirations?
  • Optional Essay 3: If you have any additional or new financial information that is not reflected on your General Application or in your financial aid package from Northwestern that relates to your summer funding needs, please provide those details as “Essay 3”

Step 4: Resume and Budget

  • Update your one-page Professional Resume
  • In the application, you will be asked your budget over the course of your summer experience. Please be sure to consider all your living costs and enter each expense as the questions are asked. You will also be asked to total all of your expenses. *Please note: The purpose of the budget is to show the selection committee that you’ve thought through what living and travel expenses you might incur during the summer.

Step 5: Submit Your Application

  • The application is a two part process.  You must first complete the General Application on the SES One Form. After completing the general SES One Form, you MUST complete the “Northwestern Career Advancement - Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP)” Application.  *Please note: SIGP has moved onto this new platform and is no longer on the previous URG system that was used in previous years.
  • If you have technical issues with your application, please email
Don’t forget this year’s application for SIGP is due on April 5, 2018 at 11:59PM.

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