Greater Good Internship Fund and O’Neill Internship Scholarships


2024 Scholarships Available: Greater Good Internship Fund (GGIF) and the Unpaid or Low-paying 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 and low-paying summer internships in the non-profit, public, or private sectors. 

  • Scholarship for students who secure unpaid or low-paying 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 scholarship funds to the student’s summer 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 2024
  • If an internship begins before summer or extends past summer, a student is eligible to apply for the the scholarship as long as the internship includes at least 6 weeks during the summer 
  • *Students awarded funding for the O’Neill Global Leadership Program are not eligible to apply for this additional funding

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


Applications OpenApplications CloseAwards Announced
Jan.23, ’24April 16, ’24May 3 ’24
  • ALL scholarships listed above will use the same application form
  • Completed applications must be submitted via the online form.
  • Complete Budget Worksheet and upload to application.
  • 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- O’Neill template preferred
    • 4 Essay Questions: based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers competencies
    • Budget Worksheet: *complete to the best of your knowledge with detailed comments
    • Copy of the internship job description
    • Copy of the internship offer letter from the employer


  • A committee comprised of O’Neill staff, faculty, and administration will make the selections
  • Awards are based on these criteria: 4 short answer responses (40%), resume (20%) extra-curricular activities/community service/employment (10%), quality of experience (20%), and demonstrated financial need (10%)
  • Awards are posted to the student’s summer bursar bill

NOTE:  Applicants are encouraged to stop by the Career Studio for individual help preparing materials with an O’Neill Career Hub advisor to ensure you are competitive for the scholarships. No appointment needed: open 11-3 daily.


  1. Secure an unpaid or low-paying internship with a non-profit or public sector organization.
  2. Submit the online application including uploading the correct documents:
    1. Application form
    2. Current resume
    3. Copy of internship job description
    4. Copy of the internship offer letter from the employer
    5. Budget Worksheet

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.


Effectively articulate how the internship will relate to your career goals and address all parts of professionalism. 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