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$2000 Internship Incentive Awards

Program year 2023-24

DEADLINE: Friday, May 17, 2024 by 5pm


Each year, MassArt awards 40+ $2,000 Internship Incentive Awards to undergraduate students. 

The internship awards are need-based and are offered to help selected students off-set the cost of completing an approved credit-bearing internship. Selected students have not earned a prior Bachelor’s degree and are in good academic standing. There is no application - students who meet eligibility requirements are in automatic consideration. 

Recipients of the award are selected by the Office of Student Financial Assistance in early June and awards are distributed by the end of June.


  • You must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program of study, have not earned a prior Bachelor’s degree, and be in good academic standing. 

  • All undergraduate students with a registered internship are eligible, including MA, out-of-state, and international students.

internship ELIGIBILITY
  • To be considered, you must have registered a credit-bearing internship for 3 elective credits internship for Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 semesters, or register a credit-bearing internship for 3 elective credits for the Summer 2024 semester by May 17th, 2024.

  • Internships must be registered for credit following the requirements of the 3 elective credit Internship Program. This means they must  be submitted & approved through the Handshake platform by the internship deadline for the semester that the internship takes place. To start the process, login using your MassArt Net ID. From the Home Page: Career Center>Experiences>Request an Experience.

  • Students who register an unpaid or paid internship are eligible to be considered for this award.

financial eligibility
  • MA and out-of-state student interns must have a current FAFSA form filed with MassArt’s Office of Student Financial Assistance by the award deadline (May 17th, 2024.) Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 interns must file the 2023/24 FAFSA; Summer 2024 interns must file the 2024/25 FAFSA.

  • The FAFSA requirement does not apply to international students. International students will need to complete a separate form to be considered for the award. This form will be sent to you after you have registered your internship for academic credit.

Selection Process
  • Undergraduate students who receive funding through this program will be selected based on financial need.

  • Priority will be given to students completing internships located within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. However, student internships in other U.S. states would still be eligible.

  • Internships that take place outside the USA are not eligible.

  • Priority is given to students who have not previously received this award.

  • Students are only eligible to receive one award per program year for one internship; the award only applies to the minimum of one semester/135 hours needed to complete an internship for academic credit.

  • Selected students will be notified by the Office of Student Financial Assistance. The exact award amount is determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance as well.


Timeline & Disbursement of Funds


Please note that this is an annual award; the selection process is not timed to coordinate with the start of your internship. Students selected for the award may be notified partway through their Summer internship experience or after completion of their Fall and Spring internships. 

January/February: Award details announced & publicized

May: The deadline for students to meet the award eligibility requirements. A list of students with registered internships is sent to the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Early/Mid June: Selected recipients are notified. 

Late June: Recipients receive the award amount. 


Additoinal considerations:

  • That there is no guarantee of receiving the award; do not plan your internship to be contingent on receipt of the award. 

  • The award is not payment for an internship; the award is designed to help off-set the costs of completing an internship for credit.

  • Applicable taxes will apply to the award amount.