The Bergami Family Summer Internship Program

University of New Haven Unpaid Internship Stipend Guide 2018

The Career Development Center is pleased to announce that once again stipends will be awarded on a competitive basis to students completing unpaid internships in summer 2018.

It is critical that interested students carefully read the following requirements and application procedures. Due to the large volume of applicants and highly competitive nature of these awards, students who fail to address all required components of the application will NOT be considered. Students are encouraged to take advantage of Career Development resources available to help them identify internships and prepare stipend applications.

DEADLINE: THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 2018 by 4:30pm in the Career Development Center (103 Bartels Student Activity Center

Guide & Application
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Guide and Application

The Bergami Family Summer Internship Program


The Bergami Family Summer Internship Program provides funding to offset the cost of living and related expenses for an unpaid summer internship in any field. Students with a requisite financial need are encouraged to apply for these funds.

The awards are made possible by Sam & Lois Bergami and the University of New Haven Division of Student Affairs.


The award is open to University of New Haven First Year, Sophomore, and Junior class students. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours at the University of New Haven to apply, and must be returning to the university for Fall 2018.

Applicant Criteria

Students are encouraged to have secured the unpaid internship by the application deadline, but it is not a requirement for application. Recipients of funding MUST confirm their internship by May 11 at the latest to receive funding, or the award will go to the alternate list.

Stipends may be awarded for either credit or non-credit internships.

Internships must be during the summer; be at least 8 weeks long at a minimum of 15 hours per week.

Internships are to be conducted with government, non-profit organizations, or with for-profit businesses. Independent study projects are not eligible.

Stipends will not be awarded to students completing research positions with faculty on the University of New Haven’s campus.

Students who are awarded other program stipends, such as SURF, College of Business stipend, etc., are not eligible to accept the Bergami stipend.

Internships that offer small stipends to cover expenses such as commuting are still considered unpaid. If receiving an hourly wage the internship is considered paid, and students should not apply for a stipend.

Stipends will not be awarded to students seeking support for tuition or fee-based language study, writing institute, summer festival, or volunteer abroad programs. Fee-based internship programs will be considered.

Students must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours at the University of New Haven and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Previous recipients of the program stipend are ineligible to apply.

Application Procedure

Applicants must complete both the application form and submit the materials below to the Career Development Center, 103 Bartels Student Activity Center (BSAC) by Thursday, March 29, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

To be considered for a stipend, students must submit a complete application, including:

  • Application Form (included below)
  • Personal Statement: Responses to Questions (see below)
  • Written statement on summer budget and financial need
  • Job description for internship and employer contact information (if secured at time of application)
  • Student résumé showcasing prior work and/or volunteer experience and relevant coursework Personal Statement

Committee members will not read beyond the specified word limits.

Respond to each question in 300 or fewer words. Please include the question in your response.

  1. Why do you believe this internship site is a good place to acquire experience for your career goals? Explain what motivated you to apply to and what you hope to achieve by working with the organization; include specific skills you hope to gain.

  2. Describe the previous experiences that have led you to pursue this opportunity. These could include coursework, community service, employment, or personal experience.  

Statement of Summer Budget and Financial Need

This statement should specify your perceived expenses for the summer and the following school year. You should address how this funding will be helpful to completing this internship.

Your statement might include information such as:

  • Expenses related to moving to new city for the summer; include housing, utilities, food, etc
  • Daily transportation to and from your internship site
  • Need for professional clothing
  • Other considerations as to how you would benefit from this award

Sample Budget Statement

My estimated budget for the summer is approximately $2,500.00. I have received a $250 fellowship from my hometown Rotary Club and have about $350 of my own money that I have saved from campus employment. I am responsible for my book expenses and spending money for the academic year, money which I would normally earn over the summer. My education at the University of New Haven is made possible by scholarships and loans, totaling almost $25,000. The financial stipend will assist me because…

Note: this statement needs to reflect why this funding is integral to completing your internship.


Finalists will take part in an individual interview. In the interview, students should be prepared to explain in greater detail their personal statement responses and the relevance of the internship to their future academic/career plans. This is an important opportunity to demonstrate your ability to describe this internship in a persuasive and succinct manner.

Bergami Family Summer Intern Program Requirement

If awarded a stipend, students will be required to:

  • Post a weekly reflection on their experience, as directed by the Career Development Center
  • Participate in a panel presentation on their experience in the subsequent fall 2017 semester
  • Be available for a profile on their experience to be used in university materials
  • Agree to attend various university functions as representatives of the Bergami program
  • Write a thank you letter to the program sponsors


To assist students in preparing application materials, the Career Development Center will be available during walk in hours (M-F, 2pm – 4pm). Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities as these awards are quite competitive.  Students should have completed a rough draft of their application prior to walk-in.  

Begin accepting applications

Monday March 6

15-minute drop-in application critique sessions @ Career Development Center

Beginning Monday March 6 and continuing until deadline day, M-F 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Applications due in the Career Development Center, 103 Bartels Student Activity Center

Thursday, March 29 by 4:30 p.m.

Interviews –Week of April 2

Recipients Announced – Monday, April 23

Final verification of unpaid internships – by May 11