SIGP Supporters

Northwestern alumni, staff, central administration and university friends generously fund the Summer Internship Grant Program. The Alumnae of Northwestern University, Council of One Hundred and Buffett Institute for Global Studies are among the major contributors.

Since the inception of SIGP, student demand for support to pursue unpaid summer experiences continues to increase. Without SIGP, the majority of selected students would need to turn down their summer experience or supplement it with a second job. Financial support for SIGP goes directly to students to pay for living and travel expenses during the summer of their unpaid experiences. For more information about supporting SIGP, contact Mark Presnell, Executive Director Northwestern Career Advancement. You can also visit to make a donation.

The following highlights some of the major funding contributors for the grants:

The Alumnae of Northwestern, SIGP Awards

The Alumnae of Northwestern University has served the University and the community through innovative projects and services since 1916. The purpose of The Alumnae of Northwestern is to share the University's resources with alumni and the community at large while supporting Northwestern's commitment to excellence in education and research.  Annual Alumnae projects such as the Continuing Education Program and Waa-Mu patronships involve thousands of alumni and local residents.

Through such activities, the group has contributed over six million dollars for a undergraduate student scholarship, graduate fellowships, student summer internships, STEM scholarships, faculty grants, "bricks and mortar" funds for campus buildings and renovations, a Teaching Professorship and other special University needs.  In addition, since 1968, The Alumnae has offered intellectually stimulating noncredit courses to the public at modest cost. Outstanding faculty from nearly every Northwestern department teach these daytime classes. Each year there are more than 3,000 registrations from the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

The Council of One Hundred Trailblazer Award

The Council of One Hundred Trailblazer Award has in the past recognized women who have demonstrated courage, initiative, innovation, risk taking and leadership – those same qualities which result in successful careers. The Award was originally called The Ruth Whitney Trailblazer Award, named for Ruth Reinke Whitney (WCAS 49), Editor-in-chief for 25 years of Glamour magazine and a founding member and chair of the Council of One Hundred.  As a woman Ruth was a pioneer in the field of journalism.  In this role she initiated major national programs to honor and promote the achievements of American women. 

The Council of One Hundred, founded in 1993, is an organization of highly successful Northwestern Alumnae who represent diverse career fields including advertising, the arts, consulting, education, finance and business, government, law, journalism, medicine, the not-for-profit sector, radio and television, and science and technology.  These women are dedicated to providing networking, mentorship and leadership development to undergraduate and graduate women, as well as young female alums. 

The Buffett Institute International SIGP Awards

The Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies drives collaborative research, public dialogue and engaged scholarship on critical global issues. Thanks to a recent gift from Roberta Buffett Elliot (WCAS '54), The Buffet Institute is partnering with SIGP to expand opportunities for international internships for undergraduates that facilitate career exploration, experiential learning, and research, regardless of financial resources. Awards for international internships provide up to $6000 in funding for travel and living expenses.

NU Club of Washington DC

The NU Club of DC encourages current Northwestern students to accept unpaid summer internships at government, NGO, non-profit and media organizations in Washington, D.C. but realizes the costs associated with taking positions that do not provide compensation. In order to defray some of the living costs during student(s) time in Washington, the NU Club of DC SIGP award supplements student(s) costs so that they can focus their time in Washington on professional and educational development. In order to qualify, you must be from outside the Washington, D.C. metro area (DC/MD/VA) and should be pursuing an unpaid position.

The Trisha Apte Memorial Fund SIGP Awards

This endowment was established at Northwestern University to honor the life and legacy of Trisha Apte. She spent the last six years of her life in Chicago, first at Northwestern and then with a community of friends from Northwestern. Trisha’s passion for helping those around her has inspired us to set-up this endowment in her memory.

The summer after Trisha graduated from Northwestern, she used her signing bonus to cover her living expenses while she volunteered with a non-profit group in Washington D.C. Trisha’s experience interning for this non-profit helped shape her career perspective, as she realized she could use her business skills towards the mission of improving education, healthcare, and the quality of life for people around the world. In this spirit, we have set up this endowment to provide the opportunity for others to pursue a similarly meaningful summer volunteer experience.

Tananbaum Family Internship Endowment SIGP Awards

The Lisa and Steven Tananbaum Family Internship Endowment is an alumni donation in which the donors wanted to help provide financial resources to Northwestern University undergraduate students who have financial need. More specifically the fund is to support students participating in career development programs offered by Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) while working unpaid internships. Preference is given to students pursuing internships related to the arts or the humanities. They live in NYC and enjoy meeting the students they support.

Yoon Seon Lee Memorial SIGP Awards

These awards are provided in loving memory of Yoon Seon Lee by her parents, Woo Hyuck Lee and Hye Jung Lee, and the sisters of Kappa Phi Lambda. Yoon exemplified strength, integrity and kindness to all who knew her. While coping with mental illness, she devoted her energy to the arts, caring for others, and developing deep and honest relationships. These awards are dedicated to supporting Northwestern students who wish to pursue summer internships and future careers related to mental health, such as through direct services, advocacy and education, research, or other means. The awards are not limited to particular disciplines and are intended to encourage those who seek to contribute to our understanding and treatment of mental illness and to improve the lives of those affected by it.

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