Experiential Learning Funds for Internships and Research

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Experiential Learning Funds for Internships or Research

Participating in unpaid or out-of-state research or internship opportunities may come with additional costs. Students may apply for up to $1500 of funding that enables their participation in an internship or research opportunity.

Funds may be used for travel to the city of the experience, program fees, extra housing and living expenses, conference participation, equipment, or any other reasonable expense necessary to participate.

Generous donations from our alumni and supporters make this funding possible.

Student Eligibility

  • Currently enrolled student seeking a degree from CAS
  • Good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Have applied to an internship or research opportunity that has a documented application process (opportunity must be secured before funding is disbursed)
  • Preference will be given to students with a level of financial need as determined by a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid

Experience Eligibility

Experiences may be in-person or virtual, taking place in any term. Students may be engaged full-time in the experience (likely summer terms) or be taking courses in addition to the experience.

Priority consideration will be given to experiences that are unpaid and/or outside of Lincoln.


  • Non-international internships (international internships should go through the Global Experience funding process)
  • Six (6) weeks or longer with at least 90 hours of work
  • Employer provides resources, equipment, and facilities needed to perform daily tasks
  • Employer offers regular supervision and feedback by a professional with expertise and background in the field
  • Unpaid and/or outside of Lincoln


  • REU programs external to the university
  • Conference participation associated with any research experience
  • Costs associated with publishing in scholarly journals


Students receiving experiential learning funds will be expected to enroll in one of these courses during the semester of the experience to ensure strong planning, learning outcomes, and reflection:

  • CASC 95: Internship (zero credit)
  • CASC 395: Internship (1-6 credits)
  • CASC 98: Undergraduate Research (zero credit)
  • Another experiential learning course relevant to the student's academic program


For priority consideration, apply by:

  • November 15 for spring opportunities
  • April 15 for summer opportunities
  • July 15 for fall opportunities


Global Learning

Additional funds are available for study abroad, virtual programs, and international internships. The Education Abroad Office administers the college funds and offers suggestions for other sources of support.

Global Learning Funds