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Engaged Learning Fund

The Center for Career Development has developed an Engaged Learning Fund by the generosity of Gustavus Alumni donors. These fund are designed to assist students from any major who are in need of funding to complete engaged learning opportunities. Funding can be applied to both academic credit and for non-academic credit opportunities throughout the year. Funding is available for underpaid or unpaid internships and engaged learning opportunities. Students must be actively enrolled at Gustavus to be eligible (First Year – Senior). When applying make sure to be as specific as possible.

Examples of Engaged Learning Opportunities: For remote and in-person credit and non-credit internships, micro-internships, career explorations, research, conferences related to your career interest, or other career-related experiences related to your intended career, that are not affliated with Gustavus.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The latest applications will only be accepted for an experience is 2 weeks into the following term of the current experience. No applications will be approved if past the 2 weeks of the start the following term or for experiences post graduation.

Awards typically range between $500 – $1,500. Students may receive a max of $1,500 during your enrollment at Gustavus but are not guaranteed to be awarded the full $1,500. All applications are reviewed by a committee and are additionally subject to the amount available in the fund at the time of the application.
** Students may petition for additional funding via this form until May 31st, 2024. Applications will reviewed on a case by case basis and will be based on need and amount available in the fund at the time of the application. All funding is not gauranteed.

If you are selected the amount will be determined based on:

  • Financial need.
  • Quality of your application reflecting the value of the experience to your future career.
  • Number of hours worked per week.
  • Total number of days/weeks of the experience.
  • Housing expenses (rent or hotel costs)
  • Travel expenses
  • Food expenses
  • Additional needs to complete the experience.

Additional requirements for those selected: 

  • Thank you to the Engaged Fund donors.
  • Reflection and pictures from experience to be used for social media and marketing purposes.
  • Any large ticket items such as but not limited to airline or other travel items, hotel or other housing expenses.
  • Funding for conference attendance and related expenses can only be used once during their time at Gustavus.

Funding cannot be applied to:

  • Experiences required for a student’s academic program such as, but not limited to, nursing or athletic training clinical rotations or student teaching.
  • Internships or research done at Gustavus or for Gustavus.
  • Gustavus tuition or on campus room and board.
  • Attending or participating in a Gustavus club, sport or organizations required or promote event, conference or activity.
  • Being funded already through other Gustavus groups, departments or organizations.
  • Any exams, certifications, or materials.
  • Purchasing of professional clothing or house-related items.
  • Study Abroad Programs
  • Experience past 2 weeks of the start of the following term.
  • Experience post graduation.


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Johnson Student Union 209
800 West College Avenue
Saint Peter, MN 56082

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