C-Step Funding Information

Who May Apply?


All C-STEP students currently enrolled at UNC-CH, returning for the fall 2024 semester, and who have obtained an unpaid internship or will partake in an unpaid experiential learning (study abroad, internship, research, volunteer service) experience. These learning experiences can be remote, in-person or hybrid. Preference will be given to C-STEP students with graduation dates no sooner than December 2024.

The stipend may also be used to fund summer coursework. However, due to the nature of the stipend, we will review and award stipends for all unpaid experiences first, then evaluate to see how many stipends will be used towards coursework.

For summer courses, please include the course name & number, why the funding would support you, and why the course is critical for your degree-seeking journey. Remember, this is an application process; you must put your best foot forward in order to be awarded the stipend, as reviewed by the committee.

Stipends, up to $1,200, will be awarded to students based on the strength of their qualifications, proposals, and letters of reference. Only ten (10) stipends will be awarded. Proposals will be judged on their educational and career value and feasibility. University Career Services resources, including Handshake, are available to assist students with identifying internships and their application. Applications received after April 24, 2024, at 11:59pm, will not be processed.

How to Apply

Students applying for stipends must be returning to UNC-CH in the fall of 2024.

  1. Complete the online application (you will be prompted for your ONYEN). Applications are available March 6, 2024. Before completing the application, you will need:
    • Resume (use Handshake to schedule a resume critique with a Career Peer)
    • Information about your proposed internship
  2. The information should include the name and location of the organization, a description of the organization’s work, the projects and responsibilities of the proposed internship or experiential learning experience, the method of supervision provided by the organization, and the dates and hours of the internship/experiential learning activity.
    • A 500-word personal statement explaining how this experience fits into your career goals (online application)
    • A complete budget for your internship (online application)
  3. The budget should include expenses such as housing, transportation, and food. For virtual/remote internships, expenses can include internet access, personal printer paper and ink cartridges, and electricity increases. Your budget should also outline available resources such as part-time job pay, savings, and family contributions. Other grants or stipends awarded by any UNC entity must be disclosed as well. Failure to do so will result in your application being denied.
  4. Submit a letter from the supervisor of your proposed internship (experiential learning activity) stating the following:
    • Their willingness to sponsor you
    • Description of internship or experiential learning activity duties
    • Funding will not be provided by the organization or its affiliates
    • This letter must be on the organization's letterhead.
  5. Provide two (2) letters of reference. These letters may come from current or previous supervisors, professors, teaching assistants, volunteer supervisors, academic advisors or C-STEP advisors here at UNC or your former C-STEP institution. These letters must be on their organization's letterhead.

Applicants will be notified within 2-4 weeks upon receipt of all application material.  The application deadline has passed, please try again next time.

Application Form

C-STEP Stipend Application

Supporting Documents

Contact Information

Internship Organization

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Budget Information

Your Expenses

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