Flames Internship Grant

Welcome to the Flames Internship Grant! We are excited that you are interested in gaining more experience that will help fan the flames of your future!

Internship Student

There are amazing opportunities to gain experience outside the classroom, but not all these experiences are paid.  The FIG was created to encourage UIC students to take advantage of substantive experiences beyond UIC that are unpaid and offer excellent opportunities for learning and growth.  The grant provides a $2500 stipend over the course of one academic semester or the summer.

If you have not yet secured an internship, please feel free contact the Career Services office for assistance with your search.  Final approval will be contingent on acceptance of a position.

At the end of the application there will be a place to upload a resume and job description, as well as review additional information about the requirements of the program.  The next step in the application process will be a short conversation with a FIG staff member.  We will reach out to you to schedule that if selected.

Important Criteria for the Flames Internship Grant - please read before applying:

  • Applicants must be current, full time, undergraduate students in good academic standing.
  • Positions eligible for funding must be substantive experiential learning opportunities completed on a consistent schedule for a specified period of time. (For example, periodic volunteer opportunities are not eligible.)
  • Priority will be given to experiences that encourage students to explore opportunities outside of the University.
  • Experiences required in the context of an academic course are not eligible (ie, student teaching, nursing clinicals, applied psychology practicum).
  • Research positions on campus with faculty are not eligible for funding (please refer to the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Award Program for more information on research funding https://cura.uic.edu/ ).

Expectations for Selected Students

  • Submission of 3 Work-Learning Objectives to be accomplished during the internship, agreed upon by student and supervisor.
  • Attendance at all FIG Seminars that will be held on a regular basis (1-2 per month) – waived if student is participating in an internship seminar required by their college. Additional information on seminars will be made available after students are selected.
  • Fulfillment of the time commitment required by the internship site and agreed upon by student and supervisor.  If for some reason you can no longer continue the internship, you must inform FIG staff as soon as possible.
  • Completion of a mid-internship reflection and final evaluation, along with any reflections or assignments required by the seminar.
  • For students taking this internship for credit:  full participation in all assignments and meetings required by the college’s internship course requirements. (note, academic credit is not required to participate in the funding program)

Stipend/Financial Aid Information

Stipends are disbursed to students in installments throughout the duration of the internship.

Please note:  FIG funding may impact your financial aid award. Stipends are applied to your account in installments.

  1. The stipend serves as a form of financial aid.
  2. If you have a balance on the account, the stipend will go towards paying against your balance.
  3. If no balance, you’ll be issued a refund through student accounts and funds come directly to you.
  4. If you have already received the maximum amount of financial aid for your academic year, your stipend will reduce other forms of aid. Please visit this website for more information: https://financialaid.uic.edu/faq/contact-us/
  5. Please note that for DACA, undocumented, and international students, additional paperwork might be required in order to process funding.  Additional time may also be needed to process payments and it may take up the end of the internship or semester for payments to be completed

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Questions?

If you have questions about anything regarding the FIG program, please contact Jean Riordan, Executive Director of Career Services at jriordan@uic.edu or Allen Womble, Director of High Impact Student Engagement at awomble@uic.edu.