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HEDGE Summer Internship Fund
The School of Humanities provides competitive funding for unpaid or low-paying professional internships obtained by Humanities majors. The HEDGE Summer Internship Fund enables Rice undergraduate students to apply humanities skills and gain professional experience in law, health, business, journalism, the creative arts and other exciting career fields. Funding will vary depending on an internship’s duration, location, and intensity.
One application, multiple funding opportunities...
When you submit your application, you will be considered for both the HEDGE Summer Internship Fund and the Owl Edge Summer Experience Fund (offered by the Center for Career Development). Be sure to mark in the application that you are a Humanities major! Additional details on eligibility and required materials can be found in the Handshake posting.
Deadlines: March 28 and April 25.
Materials are submitted via Handshake by searching for "2022 Summer Experience Fund."
- HEDGE funding will only be awarded to declared Humanities majors.
- Students must be returning the following semester (graduating seniors are not eligible).
- Students must have an offer in hand OR be in the interview stage of a hiring process at the time of the application deadline.
- Duration of the summer experience must equate to 240 hours minimum (or, 6 weeks, full time).
- If available, include an offer letter or letter of interest from the hosting organization that includes information about your compensation.
- Budget worksheet; instructions provided in Handshake.
- Reflective essay: Explain why you want to participate in this internship. Describe how the experience could help shape your career exploration and job search process. Include if you can pursue this opportunity during the academic year.
- Internship description, attached to the reflective essay.
Where did HEDGE recipients intern last year?
US Department of State
The Monroe Group, LLC
A Houston-based Private Law Firm
If a student receives funding, what is required of them?
When students receive funding, they commit to attending a mandatory workshop on internship preparation, an evaluation by supervisor, submit a reflection or poster and participate in stewardship post summer experience. A signed letter of agreement, managed by HEDGE, is required. Students must also be in good judicial standing.
Will fund recipients be taxed on this money?
Yes. Students will complete a W-9 form. If selected to receive funding, students should save some in anticipation of taxes.
The Joseph E. Kruppa Endowed Internship Award
This award provides summer internship funding to undergraduate students in the Rice School of Humanities, with a preference for students majoring in English. HEDGE applicants are automatically considered for this award.
The Reginald Moore Internship Award
This award will support a student who pursues work honoring Reginald Moore's legacy of historical scholarship and pursuit of social justice and activism. Reginald Moore is the founder of the Convict Leasing and Labor Project and is a longtime Houston-area activist. HEDGE applicants are automatically considered for this award.
Summer Professional Internships
The School of Humanities offers Professional Internships for undergraduate Humanities majors hoping to gain workplace experience and to expand their understanding of the applicability of a Humanities degree in the working world. Interns receive a $3,000 stipend and will be expected to work 240 hours total (or 6 weeks, full-time) during the summer term. Eligible students must be a declared Humanities major and be returning to their studies in the following fall. If available, positions will be posted on this page.
International Student Considerations
For international students, a virtual or off-campus internship with a non-Rice U.S. organization may endanger your student visa. Consult with the Office of International Students and Scholars, Andrew Stefl (firstname.lastname@example.org), Lead Academic Administrator, or with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the relevant department or program.