Together with funds from generous donors and departmental support, Villanova students are eligible to apply for funding to help them complete unpaid and low-paying summer internships and research experiences.
Each of the funding opportunities are outlined below, in addition to policies and procedures associated with applying for and receiving funding for internships. We encourage you to carefully read through descriptions of each funding opportunity and the policies and procedures to understand your options.
Student Eligibility: Funding is available to degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. Applicants must be eligible to work in the applicable location, in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application and remain in good standing throughout the internship. Additional, specific eligibility requirements are outlined for each funding source and may be subject to a check of your level of financial need determined by Villanova’s Office of Financial Assistance.
Internship and Employer Eligibility: The internship must meet the specific requirements for nature of the internship outlined in the descriptions provided by the review committee for each fund. Both U.S. and international internships should follow applicable employment laws in the host country. Villanova cannot determine whether any internship satisfies employment law criteria. Review committees may, in their discretion, require students who participate in this program with US-based internships to have their employer certify that they have reviewed and will abide by the US Department of Labor criteria established in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
The following criteria serve as automatic disqualification for internship funding:
Selection Committee & Criteria: Applications will be reviewed by committees of Villanova faculty and staff who manage the funds. The review committees may consider the following factors: academic standing, disciplinary status, financial need (as determined by the Office of Financial Assistance), nature of the internship, and the connection between the internship and the applicant's career interests. Students who have financial holds on their accounts with the Bursar’s office will need to clear those holds in order to receive funding.
Disbursement of Award: Awards will be distributed according to each fund’s specific disbursement schedule and in coordination with the Office of Financial Assistance and Bursar’s Office. Changes to the disbursement schedule of awards will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Once the funding is accepted, it is expected that a student will complete the internship experience as outlined within the application. Otherwise, funding may be withheld or be required to be returned to the University.
Should extenuating circumstances arise that may prevent a student from completing the internship, the student must follow the following procedures and guidelines :
Post-Internship Expectations: Following the completion of the internship, students must complete an evaluation reflecting on the internship’s impact on their academic and career goals. Acceptance of funds by a student constitutes agreement that Villanova may use the student’s name and likeness in materials related to the internship funds, unless the student timely submits to the Villanova official(s) managing the funds a written and signed request to opt out of such materials. Recipient further agrees to be available as requested for activities such as thank you letters, information sessions, and donor-recognition events.
Tax & Financial Aid Implications: Students are responsible for consulting with Office of Financial Assistance to estimate the impact, if any, of an internship award on their financial aid package. Students should consult a tax advisor for guidance regarding any federal and state income tax requirements which may apply. International Students should consult with the Office of International Students Services or a tax advisor for assistance regarding eligibility to work and tax requirements.