Internship Funding

The majority of internships offered are unpaid. Securing a paid internship, while feasible, is not guaranteed. That said, the College, as well as external providers, offer funding to assist students with costs associated with unpaid internships.

Lake Forest College Internship Funding Program

Students are encouraged to consult with their Internship Specialist, as well as the Office of Financial Aid regarding strategies for making an internship in their chosen field financially accessible. Students should start internship planning and budgeting early.


Funding may be available to eligible students completing unpaid Academic (for-credit) Internships. That said, priority will be given to juniors and seniors completing domestic Academic Internships. Funding is meant to assist with the cost of an unpaid Academic Internship that a student would not otherwise be able to pursue due to financial constraints. Awards are largely based on financial need.

Considerations for funding decisions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Financial Need 
  • Candidate Recommendations
  • Educational Benefit of Internship 
  • Clarity and Quality of Application 
  • Quality of Resume and Strength of G.P.A. 
  • Prior Funding Received

*Students participating in an off-campus program, such as the Lake Forest College In The Loop  or ACTIVATE programs, or completing non-credit internships are not eligible for funding.

Award Amount

Students may qualify for funding to help alleviate costs associated with their unpaid Academic Internship. The majority of funding awards range from $300-$1,000.

  • Most awards will be applied towards transportation, uniforms, and other costs above and beyond the cost of a typical semester at the College.
  • Funding is not available to cover the cost of the actual internship credit(s).
  • Funding is limited and is not guaranteed. Therefore it is strongly recommended that students budget for internship-related expenses and pursue additional funding sources. 
Important Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Late applications will only be considered under special circumstances and require an appeal to the Career Advancement Center. For additional information, contact

Secured an internship and ready to apply?

Students must have secured an unpaid internship and plan to complete it as an Academic Internship for credit before applying for Lake Forest College Internship Funding.

If you have secured an unpaid internship, complete the Internship Funding Application.

Additional Grants

These are some additional grants that may be available to students.

Lake Forest College Summer Grant

Students may contact the Office of Financial Aid to determine eligibility for a Summer Grant to reduce the cost an Academic Internship completed during the Summer Term.

Please note that the Summer Grant is separate from the Lake Forest College Internship Funding Program.

The David B. Mathis Kemper Scholars Program

Prestigious multi-year internship, mentorship, and scholarship program sponsored by the James S. Kemper Foundation. 

The Kemper Scholars Program’s mission is preparing students for professional leadership positions through experiential workplace learning that applies what they learn in their academic programs. The Foundation believes that undergraduate study of the liberal arts represents the best preparation for life and career. The program aims to promote education in the liberal arts while providing students opportunities for career exploration and practical experience. 

  • Students apply in their first year at Lake Forest College.
  • For more information, please visit the Kemper Scholars Program Webpage and/or contact the Career Advancement Center (
Gilman Scholarship Program

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Awards may be made for summer or semester Academic Internships. Students must be eligible for a Pell Grant to apply.

Contact Coordinator of the Global Engagement Office, Allie Olson, for details (847-735-5231,