Internship Awards

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Internship Awards help students offset personal costs affiliated with internship completion. There is a common application for all Internship Awards below. All applicants will be considered for the awards for which they qualify.  While criteria for each award differs, all applicants must:

  • Be a current Miami University student on the Oxford Camus. There is a separate application for students on the Regional campuses.
  • Be in good academic standing and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Some awards criteria may be higher.
  • Have completed at least two full-time semesters with a minimum of 24 GPA hours earned at Miami (for continuing students); or completed at least 12 GPA hours earned at Miami (for transfer students)
  • Awarded students must submit their internship details to Handshake prior to disbursement of the award.

Your internship award could be taxable. Please check the IRS site for additional guidance.

Jack & Karen Horrell Grant

Jack (BS in Business, 1973) and Karen Horrell have generously established a support fund for Miami students who intern this summer in non-paying internships. One recipient will receive $3,000. Preference will be given to students who intern for non-profit organizations.

  • Award is based on merit and financial need.
  • Merit is based on a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher and quality of application.
  • Financial need is based on completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Miami’s Office of Financial Aid will determine.
  • International students must meet the merit criteria. Financial need will be determined by a separate meeting with the applicant.
  • Preference will be given to students who intern for a non-profit organization.

Gary M. & Julia Killian Grant

Gary M. Killian (Miami ‘81) and his wife, Julia, of Rye, N.Y. created an endowment in support of Miami students’ professional development. Through the generosity of the Killian Grant, up to 10 students will be awarded up to $3,000 to offset personal expenses affiliated with participating in an internship.

Award recipients must demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Zelten Grant

The purpose of the Zelten fund, created by Patrick and Deborah Zelten, is to support students’ pursuit of internships and full-time, post-graduation employment. This year, one recipient will receive $3,000 to support personal expenses affiliated with internship participation.

Career Center Internship/Research Grant

The Center for Career Exploration and Success is pleased to offer Internship/Research Grants ranging from $500 – $3,000 to students meeting the minimum requirements and with a competitive application. The quantity and award amounts will be based upon the number of applications received, level of financial need, and pay status of the internship (paid, unpaid, underpaid).

Award recipients must demonstrate financial need, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Professional Attire Fund

The Miami University Professional Attire Fund provides up to $300 to students who need help buying clothing for career events or jobs.  Students may buy career wear such as dress shirts, blazers, cardigans, dress pants, blouses, belts, socks and shoes with the funds.

Funds may not be used to buy casual attire, other non-professional clothing, or uniforms. Please allow two weeks for funding to be available.

Apply for the Professional Attire Fund

Patrick Geshin

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“I needed to learn all kinds of new technology in order to intern with the Mansfield Destroyers that I had never used before in my broadcasting career. I acquired plenty of life lessons through living and working in a new community. I learned the importance of networking, community relations, good public relations, and generally treating those with respect.

“I could go on and on about how valuable this experience was and how much I learned, but I want to thank everyone involved with this award in helping me achieve my goal of becoming a sportscaster!”

Leslie Edwards

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“When I decided to pursue my career in dietetics, I knew my long-term goal would be to work in private practice and have my own business, but many registered dietitians (RDs) say to have an open mind when going into your internship since there’s so much to experience.

“We helped at the Talawanda Oxford Pantry & Social Services (TOPSS) and the Institute for Food Farm. I had no previous experience volunteering at a food pantry or farm before, but really appreciated these rotations.”

Rachel Mancuso

“I have never seen such a wonderful, healthy work environment as the one at Equality Ohio. Everyone was so loving and supportive. No one hesitates to jump in when some help is necessary.

“The majority of Equality Ohio’s work is centered at the local level, passing various non-discrimation ordinances. They also lobby at the state level for various bills and other legislative items on numerous contemporary agendas.

“I was balancing two jobs along with my internship, so I learned how to compartmentalize things and how to manage my time.” 

2020 Recipients

$47,850 spent to support 30 internships! Congratulations to all of the students who received awards in 2020!

Jack & Karen Horrell Internship Award

  • Leslie Edwards — Kettering Health Network

Gary M. & Julia Killian Internship Award

  • Jordan Buie — St. Timothy Boarding School
  • Brianna Hanson — Talawanda Oxford Pantry & Social Services
  • Carlie Klapper — Three Valley Conservation Trust 
  • Rachel Mancuso — Equality Ohio
  • Daisy Rodriguez — MU Regional Office of Student Activities and Orientation

Career Center Internship Awards

  • Amanda (Mandy) Askari — Talawanda Oxford Pantry & Social Services
  • Aidan Das — Three Valley Conservation Trust
  • Becca Fisher — Caring For Kids
  • Erin Gallagher — The Girl Scouts Summer Internship
  • Patrick Geshan — Mansfield Destroyers
  • Mackenzie Holtz — National Security Think Tank 
  • Fiona Lawler — Cincinnati Magazine
  • Emma Leonard — Immigrant Welcome Center
  • Ben Maldonado — Discovery Lab
  • Deanna Petion — International Institute of New England
  • Mohammed Shaheen — Buckeye Institute