MPP Internship Financial Aid

The Batten School is committed to supporting students’ careers across all sectors of employment. Therefore, the school provides financial aid to students accepting unpaid internships in the governmental or nonprofit sectors.

How much aid can I expect?

We award aid to help students defray basic expenses associated with internships: housing, food, and transportation. For most internships, we award up to a maximum of $2,500 toward demonstrated need (those in Washington, DC, for example). Students considering internships in locations where they will incur significant costs beyond normal levels can apply for up to an additional $1,000 in aid. Aid beyond $2,500 will be allocated through a competitive process and will depend on the number of applicants and is contingent on the availability of budgetary resources.
We encourage students to carefully consider the value and affordability of an unpaid internship that incurs significant additional costs, and to explore alternative sources of funding where appropriate.


Aid applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with decisions on basic award amounts (up to a maximum of $2,500) made on March 13, April 10 and May 8. Decisions on supplemental aid (above the normal $2,500 maximum) will be made on May 31. All applications for aid must be received no later than May 8. Aid is disbursed through Student Financial Services on or around June 1. Supplemental aid awards will be disbursed on or around June 10. Students must submit internship pre-authorization forms signed by the internship supervisor or human resources department before aid can be released.