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Summer Internship Subsidy

Student Checklist for Receiving Summer Internship Subsidy

Please note: the Summer Internship Subsidy is intended for unpaid internships.

If you receive and accept an offer for an internship that requires you to receive academic credit for your internship, you must complete the following steps to be eligible for the Summer Internship Subsidy:

1. Have your employer or Vanderbilt International & Student Scholarship Services (ISSS) send an email (or offer letter) to you indicating that you have received an offer and academic credit is required for you to participate in the internship.

2. Download and complete an internship approval form available from your respective college/school:

3. To complete the form you will need to get the following signatures from:

  • Associate Dean of your respective school/college indicating you are a currently enrolled Vanderbilt student and meet your school's eligibility requirements
  • Faculty Supervisor
  • Center for Student Professional Development indicating completion of the Summer Internship Orientation

4. Return all of the following items to the respective office in which the internship course for which you are registering falls.

  • Completed internship approval form. 
  • A copy of the employer or ISSS email confirming the offer and need for credit.
  • Verification of completion of Center for Student Professional Development Summer Internship Orientation.

5. The student can confirm his/her approval for the program by checking their registration in YES.  Processing time will be delayed if any part of the application is incomplete. You will be billed a $200 registration fee for the one-credit summer course (plus applicable summer fees).

6. When required by the school or professor, a mid-term and/or final evaluation by the on-site supervisor must be provided in a timely fashion, no later than August 1st.  If it is not received, you may receive an Incomplete.

Identifying a faculty sponsor

Contact your school's Associate Dean's office for assistance in obtaining a faculty supervisor if you are uncertain about who should serve in this capacity or where the course might best be placed from an academic point of view.  It may be helpful to ask yourself the following questions when identifying a faculty to approach about being a summer internship faculty supervisor:

Which faculty members have you interacted with through classes or office hours? Which Vanderbilt faculty members inside or outside your college/department/major would you feel comfortable asking?Which professor makes sense in terms of the content of the internship and how it relates to your studies?

Example: A student interning in the music industry might approach a faculty preceptor in the Blair School of Music if the internship is focused on the genre or musical content, a preceptor in the College of Arts and Science's Department of Communication Studies if focused on the marketing of music, Peabody College's Human and Organizational development if focused on talent management.

Your Associate Dean can help you determine the best academic match. You will identify learning goals for your summer internship in consultation with your faculty supervisor; these will be outlined on the internship approval form.

Please note that the faculty sponsor for all students enrolled in MUSO 280C is Professor Robert Fry .

Vanderbilt University Summer Internship Orientation

The Center for Student Professional Development provides orientation sessions online through the Center website and requires viewing a brief presentation followed by a 10 question quiz. Passing score is 8 correct answers out of 10. If you do not pass the quiz on the first try, you will have the option to retake the quiz after a meeting with a Coach. Students will need to obtain a signature from a staff member indicating they have passed the quiz.

Download the Intern Orientation Module.