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Living Internship Stipend

Living Internship Stipend

The SUNY New Paltz’s Living Internship Stipend provides support that enables students to participate in unpaid or underpaid internships, fieldwork, or curricular applied learning in public service and high-demand nonprofit sectors related to their major and/or future career goals. Funding provided can support transportation, parking, childcare, housing, food, and other incidental costs and expenses.

This stipend will be considered taxable income by the IRS. It is the student's responsibility to determine if taxes are owed. Students should therefore consult a tax advisor regarding this stipend.

Living Internship Stipend Eligibility

Must be a currently matriculated SUNY New Paltz student, undergraduate or graduate student, in good academic standing (not on academic probation). Students are not eligible after their graduation.

  • The internship experience is NOT required by your major. If the internship is required, you are eligible to apply for the Applied Learning Travel Grant.
  • The experience is taking place in the public service and/or high-demand nonprofit sector.
  • The experience is related to the applicant's academic program and/or future career goals.
  • Must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours with 12 of those hours completed at SUNY New Paltz.
  • Must have secured an off-campus unpaid/underpaid internship, fieldwork, or curricular applied learning experience for the future by the time of application. No retroactive stipends will be awarded.
  • Direct supervisor’s name and contact information must be included in the application. This information will be used to confirm the  internship.
  • The experience must be supervised by someone at the internship site. The site supervisor cannot be a family member.
  • This stipend is designed to support students who would otherwise need to work in order to finance their education.
  • Must have resume reviewed by The Internship Coordinator and/or a Career Specialist at the Career Resource Center
  • Students can only receive one award and cannot receive both the Living Internship Stipend and the Applied Learning Travel Grant. 

Application process and selection timeline

Students will fill out the Living Internship Stipend Application. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with deadlines as follows:

  • By the first Friday in December for the spring semester
  • By the last Friday in April for the summer session
  • By the last Friday in August for the fall semester
  • The selection committee will review applications 3 times a year to select recipient(s). Award decisions will typically be communicated prior to the start of each term.

The selection committee will include (but is not limited to):

  • Internship Coordinator, Career Services
  • Director, Career Services
  • Senior Financial Aid Advisor
  • Additional representatives are TBD

At least three (3) members of the committee shall constitute a quorum for any meeting at which a vote is to be taken, at least one of which must be from Career Services.

The selection committee will check and confirm eligibility, read applications, and decide on the recipients for each cycle.

Award notification and required forms

  • All applicants will be notified via email sent to their New email address.
  • For students to receive payment, they will need to:
    • sign and submit a copy of their award letter indicating that: they accept or decline the awarded stipend, they understand that they must complete their academic curricular requirements successfully in order to receive full funding, (e.g., number of hours, any academic assignments, etc.), and if their plans change, they must notify Career Services/the selection committee immediately via email at (ATTN: Internship Coordinator)
    • Sign a standard voucher prepared by the Career Resource Center [ See *NOTE below]
    • The address on the Standard Voucher must match income tax document information; unfortunately, these forms cannot be e-signed.

*NOTE: If a student is outside of the New Paltz, NY area and not able to come to the Career Resource Center to sign their standard voucher, they can print, sign, scan the document and email it along with other scanned forms to (ATTN: Internship Coordinator).

Living Internship Stipend Award

The selection committee can award a maximum of up to $3000 per student.

This stipend will be considered taxable income by the IRS. It is the student's responsibility to determine if taxes are owed. Students should therefore consult a tax advisor regarding this stipend.

Living Internship Stipend Application (beginning fall 2024)

Questions about internships, fieldwork or applied learning experiences?

Contact the Career Resource Center –