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CORC Internship Grants 2015

The Career Options Resource Center awards grants to assist students with the costs of doing an unpaid or underpaid internship. 

Iris Barr Internship Award: Up to $600

This award was established by the family of Iris Barr, the beloved aunt of a Hampshire alum, who had significant experience supervising and mentoring college interns at her company.  She particularly enjoyed this work, contributing to the growth and development of young people. This award is for one student participating in an internship that is related to the student's academic work and career interests, and where there is the likelihood of working closely with a mentor.

Professor Emeritus David Smith Internship Award: Up to $2000

This award is to support a student who is participating in an internship working with Native communities in Alaska, or with an organization whose focus is on the environment or on indigenous communities in the U.S. or the developing world. The internship must related to the student's academic work and career interests.

David E. Smith, professor emeritus of English and American Studies, was one of Hampshire's founders, joining the faculty in 1970. He was tremendously influential in shaping the College's pedagogy and curriculum, and in particular was a champion of interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching and research. David is credited with helping to create the field of American Studies, and when he came to be part of the fledgling experiment that was Hampshire, he left behind his tenured position as chair of the graduate program in American Studies at Indiana University, one of the country's premier programs. David, Priscilla, and their young family immersed themselves in the life of the College, with David serving as the first master of Merrill House. He taught classes in English and American Studies, courses on the American Landscape, Native American cultures, Women's Studies, and Nature/Nature Writers. David deeply enjoyed music, building harpsichords, and exploring German history and culture.
 David was a beloved mentor to both students and younger faculty members. The David E Smith Fund was established by former students in his honor. 

Charley Richardson 70F Project and Internship Grant: $3000

This award, established by his classmates, friends, and family, honors the memory and example of Charley Richardson, a member of the first class of Hampshire College students. The award is designed to enable Hampshire students to use their energy, passion, imagination, and commitment to advance fields of endeavor that were central to the life and ideals of our friend and classmate Charley Richardson. We seek to ensure that future generations of students will know of Charley and his life's work and in so doing will learn from his example and be inspired by his commitments.  

Open to any currently enrolled Hampshire student, the award provides an opportunity to pursue a summer or divisional research project or internship in the areas of study and endeavor central to the ideals and activism of Charley Richardson. Projects focused on organizing and building the collective voice and power of workers and their unions, especially in relationship to changes in work processes and the organization of work, the impact of new technology, and issues of occupational safety and health, are appropriate for this award. Studies that seek to amplify the voices for peace among those most impacted by war (military families, those in the military, veterans, and those caught in the cross-fire of war) are likewise very fitting.   

The selection committee will include faculty, and may include a member of the Richardson family and a representative from the Class of 1970. The award money will come from the income generated by the Charley Richardson Award Fund, an endowed fund.

James Baldwin Div II and Div III Internship Grant: Up to $3000

The donor-funded grant is to make it possible for advanced level JB scholars to participate in an internship that relates directly to the student's academic and career interests. This opportunity is available for summer internships and the fund is jointly administered by the James Baldwin Scholars Program and the Career Options Resource Center.  For summer 2015, there are funds to support 4-5 students with grants of up to $3000. Apply for the James Baldwin Div II and Div III Internship Grant. Please use this link to apply, NOT the shared application below. 

To Apply

Submit the Shared Application and the CORC Grant Program-Specific Application. Completed applications may be emailed to or dropped off at the CORC office (library, 3rd floor) Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

All materials are due on Monday, April 6, 2015

  1. Shared Grant Application (PDF)
  2. CORC Grant Program-Specific Application (PDF)

Other Useful Documents:

Faculty Recommendation Form (PDF) Give this file to your faculty recommender. 
Letter of Support (PDF) Give this letter to your internship sponsor so the sponsor knows the criteria necessary to submit to CORC. 

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