The SMART Internship Program

Award Maximum $2,000

The purpose of a SMART Internship Grant is to provide funds for travel and other expenses related to an off-campus research internship. The Internship Grant is awarded based on a student-written proposal and application and a letter of reference from an IUSB faculty member who has agreed to supervise the project. The mentor's letter should address the student's qualifications, evaluate the feasibility and quality of the internship program, indicate the commitment of the mentor to the project.  These funds cannot be used to complete assignments made as part of normal required coursework (no credits toward graduation will be received).  Eligible students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher.  Except in special circumstances, proposals must be received by the committee at least two weeks prior to when funding is needed.  No awards will be made retroactively.

Please contact the program office at 574-520-4181 with any questions about your project.


SECTION A : General Information

Please include the following information in your application:

  1. Project Title
  2. Student Name
  3. E-mail Address
  4. University ID
  5. Class Rank: Fr / So / Jr / Sr
  6. Your Major/Minor
  7. Expected Graduation Date
  8. Work Study? Research Required?
  9. Faculty Mentor/Department
  10. Type of project: Research project | Creative Project 
  11. How did you hear about this program? (if from a professor other than your mentor, include name and department)
  12. Have you previously been awarded an SMART Award? If YES, give Title of Project, Faculty Mentor, Semester/Year project was begun.
SECTION B: Abstract

Using non-technical language, please briefly explain what you wish to accomplish, and how the SMART Program can help.

SECTION C : Budget

What do you estimate your costs to be for this internship? Do you have any other funding available to you for this internship? Include a breakdown of the costs and a budget justification.

SECTION D : 1-3 Page proposal. Explain as fully as possible:

  1. Description of planned activities
  2. Learning Objectives of the internship (include description of end project)
  3. Intership start and end date
  4. Explanation of preparation necessary to undertake internship
  5. The benefit of this project to yourself and/or others

Include a brief bibliography you have begun or intend to follow.

SECTION E: Attachments

  1. Attach a copy of your letter of acceptance to the program.
  2. Attach a copy of the Internship Program guidelines (or URL for the guidelines)

There is no deadline for these proposals.

Your proposal should be submitted electronically to Erika Zynda. Your mentor's letter should be sent by email to the same address.