Experiential Learning Grant Program

Experiential Learning Grant Program

Experiential Learning Grant Program

The College of Business Career Development Center’s Experiential Learning Grant Program (ELGP) helps undergraduate students complete an unpaid experiential learning opportunity (internship, etc.) at a non-profit or government organization, and is made possible through the generous support of donors. The ELGP is offered each semester during the academic year (September-December (Fall), January – May (Spring), and June – August (Summer)), while funds allow.

  • The Opportunity

    Students may receive up to a maximum of $1,500 for accepting an unpaid experiential learning opportunity with a non-profit or government organization. Amounts will vary based on other factors, such as additional work opportunities. Funding is limited and not guaranteed.

  • The Process

    Students can apply for funding (based on availability) for the fall, spring, or summer semester.

    Applications open three times per year, once for each term:

    • June 30, for Fall
    • November 30, for Spring
    • February 28, for Summer

    Completed applications that are submitted by the deadline (See “Application Deadlines”) will be evaluated by the Career Development Center staff, who then determine grant amounts based on application responses.

  • Eligibility
    1. Have accepted an unpaid experiential learning opportunity from a non-profit (including government). organization. Government includes city, county, state, or federal offices.
    2. Must be an undergraduate Sophomore, Junior, or Senior with a declared business emphasis in the College of Business. At this time, Sports Management and PGA students are not eligible for this grant.
    3. Have completed BUAD 3200 or have a ROAR Program waiver to apply.
    4. Earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 at the time of application.
    5. Have NO judicial holds on the student record.
    6. Have not previously received a grant from the ELGP. Only one ELGP grant per student, per academic career.
    7. Submit a completed ELGP application.
    8. Apply on or before the established deadline for the respective semester in which the experiential learning would be completed.
    9. Work a minimum of 150 hours in the experiential learning opportunity and complete the required hours (failure to complete the hours would result in 100% of the funds needing to be repaid to the ELGP).
  • Selection Criteria

    Completed applications submitted by the deadline are generally reviewed within one week of the submission date and are evaluated by the Career Development Center staff who will determine grant amounts based on application responses.

    Amounts will vary between $750 and $1,500, or until funds are exhausted.

    Grant amounts are based on a variety of factors, including the strength of overall application, essay responses, and financial need.

    Important Note to Student:

    • You may wish to consult with the Office of Financial Aid to understand any impacts that additional sources, including grants, might have on financial aid eligibility.
  • Application Deadlines
    • September 15 - Fall experiences
    • February 15 - Spring experiences
    • May 15 - Summer experiences

    *Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Funding is limited and is not guaranteed.

  • Distribution of Grant

    The grant is provided to students in two installments. Two-thirds (67%) will be posted to the student’s account by the first installment date. The remaining third (33%) will be posted to the student’s account by the second installment date, or once the Career Development Center has verified completion of the required hours with the organization.

    First Installment Date  Second Installment Date
    September 30 (Fall) December (Fall)
    February 28 (Spring) May 31 (Spring)
    May 31 (Summer) August 31 (Summer) 
  • Additional Considerations
    • Students may also apply to receive academic credit during the application process for their experience based on eligibility. Information about receiving academic credit can be found HERE. Students are advised to consult with their academic advisor or the Career Development Center for additional information.
    • Students in the ROAR Program may also qualify to use the experience to fulfill the program’s experiential learning requirement. The application will guide students accordingly (see “Application”).
    • Experiential Learning opportunities may take place domestically, internationally, and in a remote capacity, so long as the experience can be verified at a bonafide non-profit organization through the Career Development Center’s vetting procedures.
    • The organization cannot be owned or run by the student or a member of the student’s immediate family.
    • Funding may be fully distributed before the stated deadlines if the number of applications or awarded grants exceeds expectations or resources. Applications will be processed on a rolling basis until funding is exhausted.
  • Application

    Students are strongly encouraged to complete all questions and provide detailed responses to each essay question (there is no minimum length). Information to gather BEFORE starting the application process (applications cannot be saved while in progress) includes:

    Demographic Information:

    • Name
    • Student ID Number
    • Email Address
    • Phone Number
    • Major/Emphasis
    • Academic Level 
    • Current Resume (in Word or PDF; the Career Development Center can help with resume development if needed)  

    Experiential Learning Opportunity Information: 

    • Organization Name
    • Location
    • Start Date
    • End Date
    • Hours per Week
    • Supervisor Name
    • Email
    • Phone Number
    • Job Description (in Word or PDF)

    Essay Questions:

    • How does the opportunity fit into your professional goals and intended career path?
    • How would this grant be used to make the opportunity possible for you?

    Disclosure of any additional funding you are receiving to support yourself (additional jobs, sources of other funds, etc.)

    Acknowledgment of ELGP and College of Business Ethical Requirements.


Other Internship Funding Resources

Students are encouraged to research other funding resources available, either through UCCS or through external parties. Some additional resources include:

External Parties

  1. B.A. Rudolph Foundation:

    Scholarships for women who have applied to, or accepted, summer internships in public service in the Washington, D.C. area.

    Learn More

  2. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

    The U.S. Department of State’s International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad.

    Learn More

  3. Denver Foundation

    Provides nonprofit internship funding options in the Denver Metro area.

    Learn More

  4. Foundation Center Online

    Accessible without personal subscription at many libraries.

    Learn More