Application Guidelines

Before Applying

  • Plan ahead, allow plenty of time for research. Talk to appropriate people about the internship/grant to help focus your interests and prepare a stronger application (faculty, staff, alumnae/i, sponsors, etc.)
  • Review the application process and determine whether you need to set up the details of your proposed assignment or if that will be taken care of for you. This will help you figure out the type of research and preparation you need to do.
  • Contact potential references early to ensure that all your application materials will be submitted on time.

Application Process

  • Demonstrate knowledge of program and areas of interest clearly in your essays. Show that you've done your research.
  • Use essays as a way to connect relevant experiences to the goals of the program. Consider including work related, academic or personal experiences that have provided skills that can be transferred to your proposed project. Experiences need not be in the same field to be relevant. Be creative.
  • Be clear, concise and grammatically correct in all your writing, including your resume, essay or short answer. To allow for careful editing, write your essays on the computer and then attach to the application.
  • Review every detail of the application. Remember that all your correspondence will reflect on you as a candidate.
  • Ask a faculty member, dean, or other appropriate college personnel to read your essay. Use the resources available to you on campus.
  • Demonstrate a clear connection between your proposed project and what this program will enable you to do in the future.
  • Use personal experiences to show through example why you are interested in the program.
  • Submit all materials by deadline date.


  • Review all program information and application materials (including resume, essays and any other supporting materials) shortly before the interview to have these details fresh in your mind.
  • Be specific about your interests during the interview. Prepare with examples to demonstrate your interest.
  • Practice interview when possible. Mock interviews are available in Career Development.
  • Prepare for interviews with HC and BMC programs just as you would for an interview off campus.
  • Demonstrate seriousness of purpose through appropriate dress, punctuality and attention to detail in every step of the process.
  • Conduct additional research, when applicable, to show continued interest from when you submitted your application.
  • Use the interview as an opportunity to learn more about the program. Ask questions to show that you have given careful thought to the goals of the program.