Important Guidelines for International Students

International students must be authorized to work in the United States and must be residing in the United States to qualify for an internship award, regardless of the location of the company.

Students who have completed two semesters of full-time enrollment in the United States are eligible for Curricular Practical Training. 

Award payments are processed through the Brandeis payroll system, requiring students to have a Social Security Number (SSN). Visit ISSO's Social Security Number Information page to learn more. Awards will be processed as soon as recipients are able to provide a SSN.    


Internship Awards Program Criteria, Deadlines & Eligibility

The Brandeis International Business School Internship Awards Program provides support to students undertaking unpaid summer internships. See more information on funding and deadlines below.

Rosenberg Summer PhD Research Awards:

  • Support of independent student research in economics and finance (faculty advisor required)
  • Deadline is April 15, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST

The Summer Internship Awards (including support from the following funds): 

  • Asia-Pacific Center: Students pursuing research opportunities relating to the Asia-Pacific region, such as with the Asian Development Bank
  • Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship: Individuals or teams wanting to work full-time on their own startup during the summer (business plan required)
  • Bunson or Rapaporte Trustman: Opportunities relating to finance and Society or at public policy institutions, not-for-profit organizations, or socially responsible ventures (such as World Bank, IMF, UNDP)
  • General: Unpaid internship opportunities in areas such as (but not limited to) marketing, finance, operations, HR, data analytics
  • Deadline is May 31, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST 
Virtual Israel Summer Internship Awards:
  • Posted virtual internship opportunities (in Handshake) with companies in Israel
  • Deadline is May 31, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST

Please Note: Deadlines are firm, no exceptions will be considered.


  • Applicants applying for internship stipends need to have accepted an unpaid internship (no exceptions).

  • Applicants must be in good academic and community standing.

  • The student MUST be living in the United States at the time of the internship, regardless of the location of the internship company.

  • To comply with federal guidelines, the internship must be for graduate-level work. 

  • International students must be authorized to work in the United States. For more information, please visit the Internship Reporting and Registration Form. Eligible students must have nine months of study in the United States prior to the internship.

  • If funded, payment will require students to have a social security number.

  • The internship must take place over the summer. Academic year opportunities do not qualify.

Applicants must be enrolled in the Accelerated MA, MA, Accelerated MBA, MBA, MSBA and MSF programs or a dual degree program at Brandeis International Business School. 

PhD students should use this form to apply for Rosenberg Summer PhD Research Awards; note the different deadlines and deliverables. 

Selection Criteria for Internship Awards 

The selection committee evaluates applications on their completeness, persuasiveness, and professional presentation. It is critical for applicants to demonstrate how their internship/startup work/research opportunity supports their career goals.

If you are awarded, payment will be processed through the Brandeis payroll system. Your award stipend will be directly deposited into your US bank account. Please note State and Federal taxes may be withheld from the total award amount.

International students must discuss their plans with their program advisor and ISSO to make sure they are in compliance with course and CPT requirements.


Application Logistics  

Summer Internship Award
Students pursuing a formal internship must document all additional funding associated with the opportunity and submit the following as a single PDF (Last Name_First Name_Internship):

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement: Brief essay (500 words) describing the opportunity and its value to your career. Your essay should summarize the organization, explain how the internship supports your personal and professional career goals, and describe why you are pursuing this specific internship opportunity.
  • Job Description
  • Offer Letter: Letter written on company letterhead and signed by a company official (preferably the supervisor) that includes specific dates of employment, confirmation that the internship is unpaid and an outline of learning goals. 
  • Employer Agreement Form: Please provide your supervisor a link to this form to fill out and submit separately

Rosenberg Summer PhD Research Award

Students applying for Rosenberg Summer PhD Research Awards must submit the following as a single PDF (Last Name_First Name_Rosenberg):

  • Research proposal: Outline the research idea and the need for summer research support. This proposal should be no more than 2 pages in length.
  • Updated CV
  • Letter of support from your academic advisor: For PhDs who have no official advisor as of yet, this letter may be from the faculty member with whom you have discussed your research interests and who is willing to write a letter to support your efforts. For example, a professor from one of your classes, someone for whom you have completed RA work or someone you hope to work with in the future. Please provide your academic advisor with this link for submission of your letter of recommendation:

Asper Center for Global Entrepreneurship Startup Award
Each student applying for startup funding must submit the following as a single PDF (Last Name_First Name_Asper):

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement (details below)
  • Business Plan, including budget (details below)
  • List of team members (if applicable)

Asper Personal Statement 
Write a brief essay (500 words) outlining why you have chosen to work full-time during the summer on your own startup (either alone or with teammates).  Your essay should explain how this startup experience supports your personal and professional career goals, as well as the skills and experience you hope to develop.  Outline what you hope to achieve during the course of the summer and how you will measure your progress.

Asper Business Plan

  • Include an Executive Summary or overview of the startup and its goals (this is your five-minute elevator pitch). 
  • A description of the business and structure which explains why you are creating this startup (what problem is it solving or need that it is meeting). 
  • Any market research and/or customer discovery that you have done or plan to do; an
  • A list of the team members and outline or description of each person’s role and specific areas of focus for the summer. 
  • Budget – what funding are you requesting and how will it be used to help you move things forward


Rosenberg PhD Research Awards:
April 15, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST

Summer Internship Awards: 
May 31, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST

Israel (Virtual) Summer Internship Awards: 
May 31, 2022, 5:00 p.m. EST



Employer Agreement Form



For more information, please contact with the subject line "Internship Awards."