Research and Internship Opportunities
Franklin Opportunity Fund - Summer 2021 Internships
Each year the Benjamin Franklin Scholars provides funding for a limited number of otherwise unpaid or underpaid summer internships. We operate on a “you find it, we fund it” model. The internship duration may be for 4 weeks or longer. Internships that are shorter than 4 weeks are not eligible. We are also unable to support internships that require interns to pay a fee for placement.
Applicants must be current freshmen, sophomores, or juniors and in good standing in BFS. Students graduating in Spring 2021 are not eligible for this funding. Students may receive Franklin Opportunity Fund (FOF) funding only one time. Recipients of FOF may not simultaneously hold any other paid position during the time they are supported by the FOF.
Applications are accepted via the Application Form here. The form requires PennKey authentication.
Please complete the application form carefully. It includes questions about the internship in which you’re interested, how you found it, and how it fits into your longer term academic and career goals.
Along with the application, please upload an electronic version of your Penn InTouch transcript by copying and pasting your Penn InTouch transcript into a Word document, typing your name and Penn ID number at the top of the page, and saving it as a pdf. Please name the file "lastname_firstname.pdf" (e.g., franklin_benjamin.pdf)
The spring 2021 deadline is rolling, with consideration of applications to begin on April 20.
Summer Research Funding
BFS students enrolled in any undergraduate school are eligible for BFS Summer Research Funding. To apply, visit CURF's Common Research Application and select "Benjamin Franklin Scholars Funding." Students in the College of Arts and Sciences who also wish to be considered for funding via CURF's College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant must submit a separate application for this grant. All students seeking summer research funding should identify and meet with a faculty research mentor, follow the advice on writing a strong grant proposal on the College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant page, and concurrently pursue other sources of funding. CURF's Research pages can be enormously helpful in getting started.
If selected for funding by CURF's faculty research grant review panel, BFS students will receive supplemental research funding to defray the costs of their summer research. The maximum BFS Summer Research Funding is $2,100, but most awards are $500-$1,000, which can be used in conjunction with other summer research funding. Recipients will be expected to present their research findings at both CURF’s Fall Research Open House and CURF’s Spring Research Symposium.
Sunday March 14, 2021 – Application due