Here, We Do: Students of Internship Plus (FQ 2020)

We know that not every student can afford to take an unpaid internship. The Internship Plus Program addresses the issue by awarding up to $2,500 in financial assistance to students who have an unpaid internship opportunity and demonstrate financial need.

Through this program, many students are able to gain important experience in their field of interest. Here is what some of them had to say.

Kathia interned at Dim Events

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My internship has helped me in learning what I want to pursue in the future. I can participate in many of my extracurricular activities because of scholarships like these. By having more time to focus on what I want to build in my community and by helping others through service I can further my passions.

It has been a great 6 months working as an intern at Dim Events, and it really encouraged me to start planning out my own business plan.

I have learned a lot about building a community virtually and campaigning for things that I am passionate about such as, women empowerment, Black Lives Matter, and Latinx community issues. I have also moved up in my internship, from being an entrepreneurship intern to becoming an intern manager.

Theodora interned at The Creative Process

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The experience I had working for The Creative Process opened doors to a plethora of creative media opportunities—it’s become a bridge into a rich realm of marketable skills and experiences.

As an associate podcast producer and interviewer, my tasks revolved around listening, editing, and providing insight on interviews, with the end goal of conducting an interview myself. If it weren’t for my Internship Plus award, I would not have been able to accomplish as much as I had, considering I would’ve spent more time working in order to save for tuition and loans.

My internship experience has encouraged me to explore opportunities in media and content creation, in addition to podcasting and journalism.

Navigating the waters of such a wide-ranging realm of creative freedom has given me a unique opportunity to make an impact with artists and students on an international scale by advocating for the immersion of the creative arts in our daily lives.

Aashka interned at Trouvaiz

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Being in the Marketing Honors program along with taking two other classes and taking on an internship was a challenge. It was very helpful doing an internship that gave me the freedom to take the marketing strategy the way I preferred.

This pandemic has put a financial strain on everyone, the Internship Plus Award scholarship was a huge help in lifting of that financial stress off of my shoulders. It allowed me to take on this internship which has greatly expanded my skills in social media marketing.

I have more confidence in my major and have a better idea of what i would like to do job wise for someone who is graduating next year.

COVID has rendered all financially fragile at the moment as jobs are hard to find and internships are not willing to pay. Getting closer to graduation you realize that you won’t have these opportunities of financial support while obtaining actual skills in your career. I would like to thank this program for giving me the opportunity to take on this internship especially in such a prime time as I am graduating next year.

Justin interned at Joel Hall Dancers & Center

I started a marketing and media internship with Joel Hall Dancers & Center at the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester. For 46+ years, Joel Hall has established a black-led non-profit organization that has focused on being an inclusive and diverse art incubation center. My job was to help them celebrate their rich jazz history, sharing Joel’s story via social media outlets, video editing, and digital marketing campaigns.

The internship and the Internship Plus award allowed me to use my knowledge to assist local art communities thrive.

My main goal with my digital marketing degree is to help local Chicago organizations create a professional online presence and build digital media content that reflects their identity. I believe through this Internship Plus Program, I was able to represent DePaul University and put our mission into action. Since DePaul is proudly a Chicago institution, it felt great working as an extension of DePaul to build off of what other great, local businesses Chicago has to offer.

Applications for the Spring Internship Plus program are now open. Apply on the Scholarship Connect by February 28th, 2021.

Here, We Do: Students of Internship Plus

We know that not every student can afford to take an unpaid internship, which influenced our decision to establish the Internship Plus Program. This program awards up to $2,500 in financial assistance to students who have an unpaid internship opportunity and demonstrate financial need. Through this program, many students, like the ones below, have been able to gain important experience in their field of interest. Hear about it from them:

Kayla Interned at Take Back the Halls

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“My internship in the Take Back the Halls program has altered the way I view education, social justice work, and importantly, the direction of my career. Take Back the Halls (TBTH) is a teen dating violence prevention program that utilizes the popular education model to empower students in under-resourced areas of Chicago to become advocates for their communities. Once a week, we meet with students to talk about teen dating violence, its signs, its causes (systemic and interpersonal), and ways in which we can work to prevent it… It has changed my perspective on my journey in education and on how I want to work as an educator in the future, whether that is in educating students in the social justice movement or working in a university setting. Without the Internship Plus scholarship it would have been difficult to keep up with work, school, and my internship, as I would have had to work more hours to pay for my tuition.”

Rio Interned with 44th Ward Alderman Tom Tunney

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“During my time at the 44th Ward, I gained a better understanding of public service and how important a role government can play in our communities. The Internship Plus award allowed me to not worry about the financial troubles that could arise by doing an unpaid internship. Not having to stress about my bank account empowered me to fully apply myself at the office. I believe this internship provided me with an opportunity to put DePaul’s mission into action through the many hours I spent assisting my fellow 44th Ward neighbors access government services and improve their day to day lives. This internship was truly centered around community service and this experience helped me get closer to achieving my goals because I learned more about Chicago’s various government agencies. I hope to work in the public service sector in the future, and this internship was a great introductory experience to this field.”

Ashley Interned at Above & Beyond Family Recover Center

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“Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center is a nonprofit substance abuse recovery facility. I was able to work with individuals who battled with substance use and learn about its impacts as well as witness tremendous growth and resilience. Without the Internship Plus award, I would not have been able to do this internship due to being a first generation college student who is full-time, as well as works part-time and helps take care of my family. By having this extra assistance I was able to experience something that I will never forget and that has validated what I would like to do with my degree. Working on the West side of Chicago in the middle of the food desert motivated me to want to make a change within our system… DePaul’s mission strives towards providing service and growing as a community. My time at Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center was exactly that.”

Michelle Interned at Allied Global Marketing

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“My internship at Allied Global Marketing opened my eyes to a different side of marketing and a new field that I hadn’t experienced yet. Being able to apply my marketing skills and learn how to use them for press purposes was both challenging and intriguing. I had always had experience with the digital side of marketing, especially social media. But this internship allowed me to see another perspective to the field. I was also very pleased to be working in the entertainment industry, which is where I would like to specialize my career in. I am very thankful that this internship exposed me to it and showed me what my ideal future career looks like. I am also grateful for the Internship Plus program for giving me aid this quarter. Getting experience in the field you wish to pursue in the future is essential, but it is very though when it is unpaid and you still need to be able to afford to live in a city as expensive as Chicago. Thanks to the scholarship I was able to participate in an unpaid internship that cemented my future career interest in participating in the administration of the arts, more specifically the press and marketing side of it.”


Applications for the summer Internship Plus program are now open. Apply on the Scholarship Connect by May 10th, 2020!

These Scholarships Are Calling Your Name

All of the scholarships below have been pulled from the DePaul Scholarship Connect website. If you don’t see a scholarship you qualify for, there are many more to explore at


Right to Privacy Scholarship | $1,000

The Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert are committed to giving back to the community. One way of doing this is helping young people reach their full academic potential. Leifert & Leifert wants students who are interested in privacy law to write about how much personal information they believe should be available. To be eligible you must attend a duly accredited institution and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. High school graduates and GED holders are also encouraged to apply.

Deadline: Aug. 31, 2019

The Entertainment Technology Scholarship |  $1,000

Home Theaters Direct provides consumers with state of the art entertainment technology so families and friends can gather together. They created an annual scholarship for students to express where they believe entertainment technology is headed and share their thoughts on how it can improve. All applicants must be enrolled, or due to be enrolled, as a full-time student at an accredited US college or university for the semester that they are applying to receive the scholarship.

Deadline: Sept. 1, 2019

Scottsdale Humanitarian Scholarship | $1,500

Scottsdale Recovery Center is providing college students the opportunity to reach their educational goals in the fields of behavioral health or social services through its humanitarian scholarship. Scottsdale Recovery Center is looking for scholars who want to use their education as a means to make a difference in the lives of others. Applicants must write about how the funds will help them in their quest for higher learning. Applicants must be enrolled in a university or higher learning program and be at least 18 years old.

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2019

2019 Price Benowitz Social Justice Scholarship| $2,000

Price Benowitz LLP is a law firm committed to making social justice a cornerstone of their practice’s values. They offer a scholarship to students who also advocate for social justice. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited university and show an interest in social justice, through volunteer, professional, or educational experiences.

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2019

The Texting and Driving Prevention Scholarship | $1,000

Emerson Straw is an injury law firm that wants students to come up with creative solutions to stop texting and driving. In a 750-word essay, explain how you would prevent yourself and others from texting and driving. Applicants should include a resume and transcript with cumulative GPA.

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2019

2019 Accident Victims Scholarship | $1,000

Laborde Earles Law Firm is proud to provide a $1,000 scholarship to a U.S. college student who produces the best essay on how our legal system could do more for accident victims. This scholarship is for students who are interested in law and how it affects victims of accidents. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be currently enrolled in an accredited university.

Deadline: Sept 30th, 2019

International Business Communications Scholarship | $2,500

Global Call Forwarding has been in business since 1996, enabling businesses to grow through the use of intelligent telecommunications. They’ve created a scholarship for students who are interested in online business. Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Deadline: Oct. 1, 2019

Gerber & Holder Essay Scholarship Competition | $1,000

Gerber & Holder is a workers compensation law firm and is proud to support students of all ages and background in their pursuit of higher education. They offer this privately funded scholarship to help create opportunity for the next generation of Americans. To be eligible for this scholarship you must write an essay on how to make the workers compensation system more equitable.

Deadline: Oct 11, 2019

Greenshine New Energy Scholarship | $1,000

Greenshine New Energy specializes in providing solar street lighting solutions around the country and is looking for a student who shows interest in green technology. Applicants must be a high school senior or college freshman, sophomore, or junior.

Deadline: Oct. 29, 2019

Student Driver Scholarship | $1,000

Yonkers Honda is committed to supporting the continued education of America’s college students. For the third year in a row, Yonker Honda is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a driven student dedicated to earning a college degree. This scholarship is for students who are high school seniors or college freshman, sophomore, or junior. They must be between the ages of 18 and 22.

Deadline: Feb. 4th, 2020