Career Discovery Internship Funds

Career Discover Webpage Photo3The Career Discovery Internship Funds stipend for qualifying non-profit, unpaid internships

According to a 2019 student survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, more than half of all students who completed an internship received a job offer within six months of graduation. To facilitate these opportunities for a greater number of students, Niagara University's Office of Career Services is enhancing its innovative Pathways Program to guarantee internships for participants and provide stipends to students whose internships are with non-profit or public service organizations and unpaid.

Funding is available with an award of $2,200 per eligible student. Funding is limited! Apply early!   

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2023 - Feb. 1, 2023
  • Summer 2023 - June 1, 2023
  • Fall 2023 - Sep. 30, 2023

Career Discovery Internship Funds Application

  • Graduation requirements such as field practicums and student teaching placements are not eligible- please contact Career Services with eligibility questions.
  • Students may apply for the stipend before securing an internship.

For more information about The Career Discovery Internship Funds stipend, please contact Maureen Rizzo, Internship Coordinator, at 716-286-8538.

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Junior or Senior status
  • 2.7 cumulative GPA or higher

The student must have completed the following by application deadline:

  • Resume and cover letter appointment with a career services counselor 
  • Uploaded resume and cover letter to Handshake
  • Successful completion of practice interview with career services counselor
  • Participation in at least two Career Services information sessions or events
  • Completed all application requirements for the specific internship (if approved, stipend* will be awarded after successful completion of the internship probation period)
  • Students will be allowed one stipend during their undergraduate studies

* Stipends are taxable, students will receive a 1099 form to complete


  • Internships and practicums that are part of an existing course requirement are not eligible- please contact Career Services with eligibility questions.
  • Students may apply for the stipend before securing an internship.
  1. To find an unpaid internship with a non-profit employer on your own (through faculty, job search websites, LinkedIn, etc). All unpaid internships must be submitted to Career Services for approval. 
  2. Eligible internships will be posted on Handshake and updated regularly.

To search for eligible internships on Handshake:

  1. Log into Handshake 
  2. Use the "ALL Filters" feature on the jobs tab
  3. Search "Career Discovery Internships" within the filter option of labeled by your school

To apply for The Career Discovery Internship Funds, please complete and submit the application below. 

Career Discovery Internship Funds Application

When will I know if I will be awarded the $2000 Career Discovery Internship Funds $2000 stipend?

Students receiving the $2000 stipend will be notified via email by May 15, 2021.

When will I receive my $2000 stipend?

The stipends will be dispersed in July, once students have completed their probationary period at their internships.

Will I be required to pay taxes on the $2000 stipend? 

Students will receive a 1099 for this payment at the end of January 2022 and will need to file this form with their taxes. 

Can I apply after the deadline if I secure a summer 2021 internship after April 30TH?

Please contact Career Services if you secure a summer 2021 unpaid internship at a nonprofit organization after April 30th. In the event that Career Discovery Internship Funds are still available, you may be able to apply for the $2000 stipend.