Clements Internship Award

The Mark and Pearle Clements Internship Awards are intended to enable Syracuse University students to undertake unique internships that they have developed on their own initiative and that would not be possible to undertake without financial help. Clements interns will usually spend a summer away from the University, working under the guidance and supervision of an experienced professional who can help them explore opportunities that link theory with practice in their fields of career interest.

  • Open to undergraduate and graduate students of all class levels and majors.
  • Must have a  faculty sponsor within subject area.
  • United States work authorization is required.
  • Academic credit may be earned for participation in these internships, but is not required.
  • Applicants are responsible for developing and obtaining their own internships and should make preliminary contact with a representative of the proposed internship employer (to the extent possible) before submitting the application for a Clements Internship Award.

Awards

Clements Awards typically range from $1,500 to $6,000. There are usually several awards made in the spring semester of each year. The award may be used to pay for internship-related travel, accommodations, living expenses, and required materials, but may not, in most cases, be used to pay for salaries, stipends, tuition for Syracuse University required courses, or major equipment/technology that will become the possession of the applicant at the conclusion of the internship.

Applications 

Each academic year the application period is hosted from Nov. 1-Feb. 1. Submissions will be reviewed mid to late spring semester. For questions or more information, please contact Kate Mercer, Syracuse University Career Services career exploration specialist, by emailing klmercer@syr.edu or calling 315.443.3616.

  • Applicants are responsible for developing and obtaining their own internships and should make preliminary contact with a representative of the proposed internship employer (to the extent possible) before submitting the application for a Clements Internship Award. No money will be released to successful applicants until final employer confirmation of the internship position has been received by the coordinator of the award process, but an applicant does NOT need to have final confirmation of the position before submitting the application.
  • Log into Handshake.
  • If not already, update and complete your Handshake account.
  • Then within the “Jobs” tab search “Clements Internship Award.”
  • Applicants must upload in one PDF document, in the following order the below six documents (available in Handshake) between Nov. 1-Feb. 1.
  1. Personal Data Form - Completed and with identifying details related to you and to your proposed internship site.
  2. Internship Proposal - In a detailed paragraph include the following.
    1. Purpose and Goals of the Internship -  Describe the purpose and goals of the proposed internship and how it relates to your education and career objectives. (This section should describe the rationale behind the proposal. The statement must contain carefully considered learning goals. When formulating the learning goals, applicants may wish to consider the following questions: Why do I want to participate in this internship? What do I want to learn? Why do I want to learn about a specific field or a specific aspect of that field? The goals should describe what you plan to learn, to achieve, and to accomplish through participation in the internship. It is important to build a strong case for the proposed internship, since competition for these awards will be keen.)
    2. Activities and Supervision - Describe the activities to be undertaken/supervision to be received, structure of the internship and specific activities, tasks and projects you hope to undertake or already know.
  3. Budget Form
  4. Current Resume
  5. Unofficial Advising Transcript - This is available on MySlice. Explore instructions for accessing your Unofficial Advising Transcript.
  6. Faculty or Staff Sponsor Letter - This letter will confirm support from your Syracuse University faculty or staff sponsor. Your sponsor should have familiarity with your work, character, career interests, and be able to speak to your ability to learn in the internship setting. The letter of support should contain the sponsor’s views on the significance of the proposed internship to your academic program and career interests.
  • Once all forms are complete and uploaded, select "Submit."

 

  • Each academic year the application period is hosted from Nov. 1-Feb. 1.
  • Submissions will be reviewed mid to late spring semester.
  • Clements Awards typically range from $1,500 to $6,000. There are usually several awards made in the spring semester of each year. The award may be used to pay for internship-related travel, accommodations, living expenses, and required materials, but may not, in most cases, be used to pay for salaries, stipends, tuition for Syracuse University required courses, or major equipment/technology that will become the possession of the applicant at the conclusion of the internship.
  • No money will be released to successful applicants until final employer confirmation of the internship position has been received by the coordinator of the award process, but an applicant does NOT need to have final confirmation of the position before submitting the application. Applicants with questions about this requirement should email Kate Mercer, Syracuse University Career Services career exploration specialist, by emailing klmercer@syr.edu or calling 315.443.3616.
  •  Each Clements Award application must have the support of a Syracuse University faculty member who agrees that the proposal complements the student’s academic program, and that they are willing to act as an academic "sponsor" of the proposed internship. A sponsor must have knowledge and expertise in the subject area of the proposed internship but is not obligated to monitor the internship unless it is to be granted academic credit through Syracuse University.
  • Academic credit may be earned for participation in these internships, but is not required. If the internship is to carry academic credit, students are responsible for following registration procedures and for meeting the prescribed tuition costs with resources other than the Clements Award. Learn about additional opportunities on the Internship Funding Award webpage.

  • Committee
    • Vicki Smith - assistant director, Office of Student Success and Career Development Center
    • Christabel O B Sheldon - director, McNair Program
    • Karen McGee -assistant dean of student services, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Financial Aid
    • Kimberly Radcliffe – Loor – assistant director of Haudenosaunee Promise, Phanstiel Scholarship, Gerry Scholarship and endowed awards, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs
  •  Career Services 
    • Kate Mercer, career exploration specialist, Syracuse University Career Services