MBA Summer Internship Subsidy

MBA Summer Internship Subsidy

The MBA Summer Internship Subsidy encourages and supports the participation of Marshall MBA students in the social enterprise and non-profit sector. Organizations with summer internships represent education, arts and culture, environment, human services, international relief, nonprofit consulting, community development, and other social initiatives.

Learn about current and past summer intern subsidy recipients by following their blog.

Subsidy is available for a limited number of students for the summer between their first and second years of the MBA Program according to the following criteria:

  • The employment should be for a full-time summer position lasting for eight to twelve weeks.
  • Preference is given to students who accept a non-profit internship benefiting the social sector. A 'non-profit internship' is defined as a student working for a government agency or recognized nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) tax status (or overseas equivalent) on a specific project with a deliverable at the end of the summer (e.g. business plan, marketing plan, strategic plan, etc). The Subsidy Committee will not approve positions with job responsibilities that are determined to be sectarian, politically partisan, or that benefit a trade organization (i.e. a non-profit agency that supports fashion designers).
  • Only projects that demonstrate the application of management skills and material covered in the MBA program are eligible. Projects that are exclusively research–oriented are unlikely to be approved.
  • The Subsidy Committee regards financial support from the host organization as a sign of commitment to the applicant. The host organization is expected to a minimum of $1,000 for the summer.
  • Applications will be reviewed the week of May 3 and awards will be announced prior to the last day of spring finals. Awards will be made on a funds–available basis. Students are eligible to receive a maximum of $2,500 in subsidy for the summer. Students can check with the BSEL for the status of available funding at any time in the cycle.
  • At the end of the internship, each subsidy recipient is expected to write i) a paragraph for publication and ii) a summary report (3–5 pages) on his or her experience. This is intended to brief alumni donors who sponsor the program; offer advice to students interested in applying for a subsidy in the future; and increase awareness of program among students. In addition, the recipient may be asked to: speak in both organized and informal settings to other students about the summer experience; attend an event with alumni sponsor; write an article on the summer experience.
  • To apply, students must submit a detailed sponsorship letter from the organization and the organization's IRS letter designating not for profit [501(c)(3)] status (if applicable). The sponsorship letter is a signed letter from a senior executive of the host organization, addressed to the prospective Fellow and setting forth the actual job offer and the specifics of the position including:
    • Job responsibilities and specific project to be completed by the student
    • Name, title, telephone number and fax number of project supervisor
    • Human resources contact
    • Facility and equipment resources allocated (office, computer, etc.)
    • Starting date and ending date
    • Number of weeks and hours per week
    • Compensation
    • Other terms and conditions of employment

Questions about the MBA Summer Internship Subsidy and application materials should be directed to Abby Fifer Mandell, BSEL Executive Director.