Greater Good Internship Fund and O’Neill Internship Scholarships


Greater Good Internship Fund 

The objective of the Greater Good Internship Fund is to provide O’Neill students the opportunity for career exploration and to gain practical work experience by funding unpaid summer internships in the non-profit, public, or private sectors. 

  • Scholarship for students who secure unpaid summer internships in the non-profit, public, or private sector 
  • Internships must be a minimum of six weeks or 120 hours 
  • The program will award up to 25 scholarships of $1,200 each (posted to the student’s bursar account) 
  • Students will be selected through an application and committee review process 

Eligibility for Greater Good Internship Fund 

  • Full time O’Neill undergraduate or graduate students in good academic standing 
  • Candidates must have a graduation date on or after December 2023
  • If an internship begins before summer or extends past summer, a student is eligible to apply for the GGIF as long as the internship includes at least 6 weeks during the summer 
  • *Students awarded the O’Neill Global Leadership Program are not eligible

Barnes Scholarship
Established to honor A. James Barnes, O’Neill’s dean from 1988 to 2000, for his 12 years of leadership and loyal service. The scholarship was created to enable students to engage in nonpaying or low-paying internships in public service in either the public or non-profit sector.

Eligibility for Barnes Scholarship 

  • Undergraduate or graduate students who have demonstrated leadership potential and a strong interest in the public service 
  • Meant to enable students to undertake nonpaying or low-paying internships in public service in either the public or non-profit sector 

Bingham McHale
Used to support undergraduate scholarships at IU for junior and/or senior year students who are pursuing a career in public service within Indiana State Government.

Eligibility for Bingham McHale Scholarship 

  • Undergraduate Bloomington O’Neill junior or senior student 
  • Pursuing a career in public service within the Indiana State Government 

Pellerite Nonprofit
This award was established by former Professor of Flute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music to support nonprofit management students in O’Neill who are doing unpaid or low paying internships in the United States. Funds may be used to cover travel to and from the internship.

Eligibility for Pellerite Nonprofit Scholarship 

  • Nonprofit management students in O’Neill doing an unpaid or low paying internship in the United States. A check stub or official letter from student’s employer will be required 
  • Preference given to students working in communities serving Native Americans 

Pellerite Sustainability
The donor has established this award to support undergraduate or graduate O’Neill students majoring in environmental and sustainability studies or sustainability and sustainable development.

Eligibility for Pellerite Sustainability Scholarship 

  • O’Neill undergraduate student majoring in environmental and sustainability studies OR 
  • O’Neill graduate student majoring in sustainability and sustainable development 
  • Preference given to students participating in the Office of Sustainability internship programs


GGIF Application Open Applications Close Awards Announced
February 14, 2023 April 14, 2023 April 28, 2023
  • Completed applications must be submitted via the online form.
  • Candidates will be notified if they received a GGIF or O’Neill internship award via e-mail by the award announcement date
  • Your online application form will include all of the following documents:
    • Completed application form
    • Current resume
    • Personal essay (max 600 words) explaining how this internship will enrich your career exploration, practical experience, professional development, and enhance your academic studies
    • Copy of the internship job description
    • Copy of the internship offer letter from the employer
  • In addition, a letter of recommendation from an IU faculty member is required – it may be e-mailed from his/her IU e-mail address to We prefer that letters of recommendation come from O’Neill faculty members, but letters of recommendation from any IU faculty member will be accepted with application.


  • A committee comprised of O’Neill staff, faculty, and administration will make the selections
  • Awards are based on these criteria: personal essay (50%), faculty recommendation (25%), and resume (25%)

NOTE:  Applicants are encouraged to make an appointment with an O’Neill Career Hub advisor to review your documents and ensure you are competitive for the GGIF.


  1. Secure an unpaid internship with a non-profit or public sector organization
  2. Submit the online application including the following documents:
    1. Application form
    2. Current resume
    3. Copy of internship job description
    4. Copy of the internship offer letter from the employer
    5. Personal essay (600 word max – include your name and date at the top of the page)
  3. Obtain a letter of recommendation from one IU faculty member-this may be e-mailed from the faculty
    member’s IU e-mail address to Recommendation must be received by the April 14, 2023 deadline.

NOTE: Completing the GGIF/O’Neill internship scholarship application is separate from the O’Neill internship approval process. If you are also using this internship to meet the O’Neill degree requirement, submit an internship approval request through O’Neill Careers.


Explain in detail why this internship is important to you:

  1. How it will enrich your career exploration
  2. What practical experience it will provide
  3. Why it will contribute to your professional development/career goals
  4. How it will enhance your academic studies
  5. Demonstrate good writing skills-correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar; express thoughts in a clear and organized way


Request the recommendation from an O’Neill faculty member who knows you well and can address how you demonstrate some or all of these attributes:

o   Motivation/Initiative

o   Work ethic

o   Teamwork/Interpersonal skills

o   Strengths in written and oral communication

o   Professionalism

o   Problem solving

  • When asking for a recommendation via email, write “Request for Recommendation” on the subject line
  • Explain what you are applying for (O’Neill Career Hub Greater Good Internship Fund) and why
  • Provide the faculty member with a copy of your resume and internship job description
  • Don’t wait until close to the deadline to request a recommendation, give the faculty member as much notice as possible – 2 weeks is typical
  • Be sure to write a follow-up note or e-mail to the faculty member thanking him/her for helping you