ICGC seeks to increase the number of University of Minnesota graduate and professional school students in degree programs who undertake internships/supervised fieldwork experiences related to the developing world.
ICGC will award a limited number of grants to help with travel and living expenses while interning for organizations carrying on activities relevant to the purposes of the ICGC Program. Internships are understood to be experiences involving both learning and service components. The grants are given to internship projects that are a necessary part of the training program of the student or that will significantly enhance career preparation.
Awards will vary based on the applicant's original ICGC Scholar fellowship terms and will be announced within a month of the deadline for applications.
Grants will help pay travel and living expenses incurred in carrying out the internship project. Applicants are encouraged to apply to other funders for additional support if needed. Matching or additional funds may be available from the University of Minnesota's Human Rights Center for internships relating to human rights.
These grants are restricted to current ICGC Scholars.
- Applicants must have adequate language proficiency to meet project objectives and a commitment from the sponsoring organization for the internship that outlines the intern's responsibilities and activities.
- The project must relate to the purposes of the ICGC program and to the student's academic or professional training.
- Internships should be for at least 6 to 8 weeks.
- Candidates cannot yet have completed their program of study.
- Budgets proposed must be reasonable.
Within a month of returning to campus or completion of the internship, the grant recipient is required to submit a 2–3 page report to the Director of the ICGC Program. The report should:
- Describe the activities undertaken
- Give an assessment of the value of the experience for the student's training and orientation and for the organization and people served
- Make a brief accounting of how grant funds were spent
University policy requires approval for student travel to locations designated as Travel Advisory Level 3 or 4 by the U.S. Department of State. If your project involves travel to one of these locations, you must seek special permission from the International Travel Risk Assessment and Advisory Committee. You should apply as soon as possible, as the committee review process commonly takes several weeks. ICGC cannot release your funds until you have received approval from ITRAAC.
Human Subjects Approval
In addition, if your project includes research involving human subjects, you must apply to the University's Institutional Review Board for approval before commencing your work. This process can also take several weeks to complete, so if your project needs approval you should start your application as soon as possible. ICGC must receive notification of your IRB approval status in order to release your funds.