HEDGE Summer Internship Fund

Ensuring equal access to opportunities for all our students to engage in real-world problem solving, to be of service to the Houston community and to develop critical skills outside the classroom.

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.


There are two application deadlines:

  • 3/29/21 at 11:59pm
  • 4/26/21 at 11:59pm


  1. HEDGE funding will only be awarded to declared Humanities majors.
  2. Students must be returning the following semester (graduating seniors are not eligible).
  3. Students must have an offer in hand OR be in the interview stage of a hiring process at the time of the application deadline.
  4. Duration of the summer experience must equate to 240 hours minimum (or, 6 weeks, full time).

Required materials:

  1. Resume
  2. If available, include an offer letter or letter of interest from the hosting organization that includes information about your compensation.
  3. Budget worksheet; instructions provided in Handshake.
  4. 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.
  5. Internship description, attached to the reflective essay.

Where did HEDGE recipients intern last year?

  • Nueces County Courthouse
  • The Buzz Magazine
  • Houstonia Magazine
  • Rogue Climate
  • Nuestra Palabra
  • Social Justice Collaborative
  • Children at Risk
  • MD Anderson
  • Strawbery Banke Museum
  • Rice (research lab)

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.

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, Nyeva Agwunobi (nyeva@rice.edu), Manager of Student Programs, or with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the relevant department or program.

Jesse Aranda-Comer receives HEDGE summer 2021 internship funding and the Joseph E. Kruppa Endowed Internship award for English Majors

For graduating humanities students at Rice, the question of how their knowledge should be practically applied to a career can generate uncertainty. During an internship focused on augmenting creative, educational and civic engagement with Houston’s Latinx community, English and Philosophy major Jesse Aranda-Comer ’21 (Baker College) found that pragmatism and passion need not be mutually exclusive. In fact, they’re fundamentally interdependent in fostering meaningful professional relationships and turning ideas into action.

Read more about Jesse Aranda-Comer >

Contact Information

For all questions, please contact:

Nyeva Agwunobi, MPA
Manager of Student Programs
Rice University, School of Humanities
nyeva@rice.edu | (713) 348-3021

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