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SoC Internship Award Program

Funded by the generosity of donors, the SoC Internship Award program enables School of Communication undergraduate majors to pursue unpaid or low paid internships during the summer. These awards provide a $3500 grant that can help offset living expenses over the summer.

View a recorded information session here. 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a School of Communication Evanston based undergraduate major.
  • Must be enrolled for at least fall quarter 2024.
  • NU Qatar students are not eligible for this award program however Qatar students can apply for NCA’s Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP) award.
  • Must work a minimum of 280 hours at an internship over the course of summer 2024.
  • Must be in good academic standing and in good standing with the Office of Community Standards and the Dean of Students.
  • Internship must be unpaid or low paid (~$1500 or less). Priority is given to applicants with financial need pursuing unpaid internships.
  • Students must have a demonstrated financial need; however, consideration will be given to those students who are facing extenuating financial circumstances.
  • Previous award recipients cannot receive the same award multiple times but are eligible to receive a different award.
  • Students are considered for any SoC internship award that they are qualified to receive.
  • Students are NOT required to have an internship confirmed before applying; however, they must have secured an internship no later than Monday, June 3, 2024.
  • If awarded, the SoC Internship Award CANNOT be combined with any other summer grants/awards from Northwestern.

How to Apply:

  • Applications will be accepted through Northwestern’s SES One Form platform. The application is a two-step process. You must first complete the General Application on the SES One Form if you have not done so already. After completing the General Application, you must complete the “SoC Internship Award Program” application, which will have different questions than the General Application.
  • Applications for the SoC | EPICS Internship Award Program will open on Monday, February 19 and will close on Monday, March 25 at 11:59 p.m.
  • For questions or more information about these award programs, please contact EPICS at
  • Essay questions:
    • Essay 1. Describe the summer internship you have secured or would like to secure. In your answer, explain what you hope to learn or gain from this experience as well as the core function of the organization or department where the internship resides. Please be specific and provide multiple examples. If you have applied to multiple opportunities, choose one to focus on in this essay.
      • Essay question with 500-word limit 
    • Essay 2. How will this internship contribute to your academic and career goals? Please include details for the committee to best understand you as an applicant. 
      • Essay question with 500-word limit 

These are the funds supporting the SoC Internship Award Program:

  • The Bomback Internship Award | Established in 2018 and is made possible through the generosity of Tema and Mark Bomback. It is open to all SoC majors who obtain a summer internship in New York or Los Angeles.
  • The Hammerschlag Internship Award | This award is made possible by the generous donation of the Hammerschlag family, in memory of Jessica Hammerschlag ’95, which provides funding to students interning over the summer quarter in any city.
  • The Molotsky Internship Award | Barbara Molotsky has generously donated funds to defray the living expenses associated with interning outside of the Chicagoland area. Preference is given to students who are pursuing internships in the fields of marketing, communication, entertainment, and theatre.
  • The Pate-Sanders Internship Award | Melissa and Ron Sanders’ donation helps to defray living expenses for a student interning in a digital media organization for the summer.
  • Joann Torretta Endowed Internship Award | Provides support to undergraduate SoC students who work in unpaid and/or low paid summer internships. Prioritized preferences are given to students pursuing an internship in television or radio.
  • The WCLV Internship Award | This award was made possible by the generous donation of Robert Conrad and the late Jean Conrad, to provide funding for students interning over the summer in any market. While all SoC majors are welcome to apply, preference is given to students with internships in the radio industry.

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