College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Student Resources > Internships > Community and Project-Based Learning Internship Scholarships
LAS students who have successfully secured, or in the process of securing, an internship with a non-profit, non-governmental organization, or government entity are encouraged to
apply for our Community- and Project-Based Learning Scholarships (CPBL Scholarships).
All awards are issued as scholarships to the student's tuition account. They are treated as financial aid, but a student is not required to have "need." Please speak with Student Accounts to confirm what impact this will have on your tuition account and how money will be disbursed if there are no current tuition charges.
If you have questions regarding extenuating financial circumstances, please contact Molly Bailey in the LAS Office of Dean, at:
To be considered for a scholarship, students must submit their applications no later than the deadlines below. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, however, earlier submissions mean earlier notification.
All applicants and faculty sponsors are required to review this FAQ before applying.
The LAS Community- and Project-Based Learning Internship Scholarship supports student interns as they work on clearly-defined projects for non-profit, non-governmental, or governmental organizations. Project-based learning is an approach to education that allows students to apply their classroom experiences and learning to projects that address “real world problems.”
In your scholarship application, you must clearly describe the project(s) on which you will be working during your internship.
When applying, it is also essential that you be able to articulate the connection between your project and the work of the community organization for whom you are interning.
Your project should be designed to be responsive to the needs of the internship site, not only your personal or professional interests. Ideally, the project will unite the needs of the organization with your skills and goals. In this way, it will allow you not only to contribute directly to the work of the organization, but to deepen your understanding of that organization’s mission, constituencies, and/or challenges.
Eligible projects are activities that result in a tangible product of some kind. There are many different types of projects that result in all kinds of products (products are sometimes called deliverables). In addition, your contribution to the project should require your independent or creative effort, and result in something over which you can rightly claim at least partial ownership.
Projects are thus not the same thing as a list of tasks, nor are they the same thing as a job description.
Some projects may be team-based, in which you work collaboratively with a number of people at your internship site on all aspects of the project. Others may be more independent, in which you work on aspects of a larger project to which many individuals are contributing, or they may be entirely independent, something for which you alone are responsible.
Some projects may be started and completed within the time frame of your internship, but others may have begun before you join the effort, and continue beyond the tenure of your internship.
Regardless, your project should provide you with the opportunity to develop and improve your skills in critical thinking, written and/or oral communication, and collaboration. In other words, the project should be a vehicle for independent learning and growth.
Some examples of project-based activities include (but are not limited to):
Non-project-based internships are dominated by regular, repeated tasks for the site, or by clinical or educational interactions that do not result in a deliverable. These types of internships can provide great learning experiences, but they are not generally consistent with project-based learning.
Examples of non-project-based activities:
If you have questions about whether your internship is project-based, please first contact your faculty sponsor and internship site to discuss. Internship sites are often willing to work with interns and their faculty sponsors to co-design a project, if one does not already exist.
Questions can also be directed to Associate Dean Margaret Storey in the College of LAS at email@example.com.
You are eligible to apply if you meet the following requirements:
Note: Internship Validation Forms may only be submitted via the Depaul Scholarship Connect tool.
If you are paid:
If you are not paid:
Internships during the regular academic year must be credit bearing, though the amount of credit earned through the associated course is up to the student and their academic or internship advisor to determine. Associated courses may be formal internship courses, independent studies, or content courses, as appropriate to the student's degree program.
*Summer internships are not required to be credit-bearing. However, if students would like credit, they may opt to obtain credit in the spring, summer or fall quarter. The application will direct students on how best to select their credit option. For summer only, applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis so that students may make early decisions on their placement.
Applicants for CPBL scholarships must complete our online scholarship application with DePaul Scholarship Connect, as follows:
Once you have submitted your application, your faculty sponsor will be contacted by us to complete the Internship Validation Form. It is essential that you have spoken with and received the consent of a faculty member to act as your sponsor, and that your sponsor is willing to oversee and endorse your internship placement.
Students who are awarded scholarships will be asked to complete the following, in addition to any written or oral reporting or assignments required by your faculty sponsor, degree program, and/or internship site:
Apply through the DePaul Scholarship Connect tool.
The General Application must be completed every academic year starting July 1st. If you complete the General Application for other DePaul scholarships, then you may immediately search for the CPBL internship scholarship.
Application opens December 9!Before applying, be sure to have made arrangements for a faculty sponsor, have consulted your academic advisor for assistance in choosing the best option for your degree plan, and have spoken with Student Accounts to confirm impact, if any, on your overall financial aid package.
Learn more about what it means to be a Faculty Sponsor for a student that is interested in applying for a Community- and Project-Based Learning Internship Scholarship.