Since the spring 2004, the Bucknell Public Interest Program (BPIP), through support from generous alumni, parents, and friends of Bucknell University, has offered the BPIP Internship Fund to students in order for them to gain work experience in the nonprofit and public service sectors. The Fund provides financial support for selected undergraduate students who have secured a full-time, summer internship position with a nonprofit or public service organization where no compensation is provided (i.e., the internship is unpaid).

Award Information

The award amount is $3,000. Awards are considered taxable scholarships and must be declared by the recipients when filing their tax returns.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is Monday, March 26, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

The program is open to first-year students, sophomores and juniors who will be enrolled as full-time students at Bucknell in the fall following their internship.

Selection Process

A committee, which consists of faculty and alumni, will carefully review all completed applications. The Selection Committee, comprised of alumni, will invite selected applicants to interview based on the criteria stated in this document and in the BPIP Internship Fund Information Session. Information sessions are offered throughout the fall and spring semesters. Awards will be made based on the applications and interviews that best meet the goals of the program.

** The BPIP mission is to do good and work toward significant social change.

The quality of your application and your ability to explain fully your internship are very important. Know the organization, be knowledgeable about the work you will be doing, and please carefully PROOFREAD your application.

Approval Rubric

To aid students with their application, a rubric has been created. Please refer to this rubric as you complete your application.

  1. Does résumé meet inclusion criteria including:
    • Well written
    • Presents skills that show reflection and understanding of the internship requirements 
  2. Does internship meet inclusion criteria including:
    • Valid non-profit (501(c)3) or public service organization (in the US, these tend to end in .org, .edu, .gov, .us)
    • Matches student's potential career goals or reasoning behind this internship if it is exploring a new area
    • Provides varied opportunities for learning
  3. Does personal statement meet inclusion criteria including:
    • Well written
    • Ties professional and educational experience to the internship
    • Reflects knowledge of how the internship work and internship organization tie to the public interest and contribute to the common good of society  

Be a BPIP Mentor

Mentors are essential to the success of this program. A mentor will be expected to:

  • Get in touch with your Intern as soon as possible.
  • Keep in touch with your Intern on a regular basis, particularly at the beginning of the Internship.
  • Talk to your Intern about his/her work situation.


Contact Marilyn Shull, Program Director, at or 570.577.1238 with any questions or if interested in participating in our programs.

Past Fellows & Internship Fund Recipients: BPIP would love to hear from you! We are always interested in what you are currently doing and if you are interested in assisting with the future development of BPIP.


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