Emory Civic Scholars

Each year, students are offered exceptional summer internship opportunities within the non-profit, NGO, or public sector consistent with their long-term professional aspirations. Unfortunately, many of these internships are unfunded.  The reality of relocating for the summer and incurring all living expenses without the prospect of added income creates a roadblock to students unable to financially support themselves for duration of the three-month internship.

Collaboration and funding between The College Council and The Career Center and has helped fill this financial gap for students through the Emory Civic Scholars Program.

Up to fifteen (15) $1,500 scholarships will be awarded annually to eligible students. Payment will be made in the form of a scholarship in the students' accounts midway through the summer experience.


Any student demonstrating financial hardship that would deter the acceptance of an otherwise impactful unpaid internship in favor of a less impactful paid summer opportunity. Each applicant must be a full-time, currently matriculating student within The College of Arts and Sciences.

Targeted Industries for Opportunity

  1. Nonprofit
  2. Arts & Entertainment (including Theater, Fashion, Entertainment, Publishing, etc.)
  3. Law & Government
  4. Human Service

Selection Criteria

Selection Category




Internship Confirmed

Student has no confirmed internship, and does not have submitted applications.

Student has no confirmed internship, but has pending applications.

Student has confirmed internship

Internship Career Related

Internship is not related to future goals.

Internship is somewhat related to future goals.

Internship is related to future goals.

Financial Need

Student demonstrates a minimum financial need.

Student demonstrates a moderate financial need.

Student demonstrates a major financial need.


Internship is not included in targeted industry.

Internship is not included in target industry, but identified industry demonstrates need.

Internship is in targeted industry.

Program Requirements

Students participating in the ECS Program will:

  1. Submit request through Career Center according to program instructions.
  2. Journal the experience highlighting significant accomplishments and impact on community as result of participation in internship.
  3. Engage with other ECS program participants once each semester to discuss impact of internship and to share “experiential” learning outcomes as result of internship.
  4. Serve on the review committee for subsequent year applicants.

Application Review

Civic Scholars submissions will be reviewed during the first full week of each month. Notification of awards will be sent on the following dates:

  • Friday, February 8th, 2019
  • Friday, March 8th, 2019
  • Friday, April 5th, 2019
  • Monday, May 6th, 2019

*After April 30th, submissions will be awarded at the discretion of the review board and available funds