Most Fletcher students pursue an internship between their first and second years of the MALD or MIB programs. While some internships are paid, and others come with a stipend, many (alas) are unpaid and might be out of reach for students. That’s where Fletcher summer funding comes in. There are quite a few sources of support for internship-pursuing students. At the time of year when students are making their final summer arrangements, here are a few of the announcements I’ve seen lately:
The Blakeley Summer Fellowship will provide stipend funding to up to ten students to support a summer internship in a developing country, with a focus on microfinance, private sector development, public-private partnerships, SME development, or NGO business development.
The Slawson Fellowship will provide stipend funding to one first-year MALD or MIB student who accepts a summer internship with an NGO to work in a developing country. The student must be interested in a career in NGO management, and must be a U.S. citizen returning to Fletcher in fall 2016.
Each year, the Fletcher Alumni of Color Association awards internship stipends to Fletcher students of color pursuing unpaid or partially funded summer opportunities.
The Topal Family Foundation will offer stipend funding to three or more MALD, MA, MIB, LLM, GMAP, or PhD students selected as Topol Scholars in Nonviolent Resistance for summer research or a summer internship that focuses on nonviolent resistance.
The fellowships may not make students wealthy, but they certainly go a long way toward covering travel or living expenses during the summer months.