Summer Internship Program – Employer

*Please note all Summer Internships must be in Lincoln, Nebraska.

This pilot program provides non-profit organizations paid intern support which allow UNL students to gain skills, knowledge, and insight into their own interests and strengths through those internships. The program is designed to connect students who are First Generation and/ or underrepresented students to meaningful experiential learning opportunities.

**The Summer Internship Program is not intended to take the place of existing internship programs but rather create opportunities. Summer Internships must be unique opportunities that are not pre-existing within your organization.

Organizations can host up to 2 interns through the Summer Internship Program.

If you are interested in hosting an intern during the school year, check out our Micro-Internship & Mentoring Program.


  • Expand your team at no payroll cost to your organization.
  • Introduce prospective team members to your organization.
  • Gain project completion by your intern.
  • Increase your organization’s exposure to students as a great place to work.


Employers must be one of the following to be eligible to host an intern through the Summer Internship Program:

  • Non-profit 503 (c)
  • Benefit Corporation 
  • City/State Government Agency 

Getting started

  • Read Employer Expectations.
  • Check out our description guide and submit an application.
  • Once application is submitted, it will be reviewed, and we will respond to you within a week.
  • Sign memorandum of understanding upon acceptance into program.

Guide for creating internship description

What to include while applying

  • Describe the intern’s duties and what skills they can expect to gain.
  • List the ideal candidate skill set.
  • You will have the opportunity to add one unique question to the student application which you can submit through your application form.

The Process

Student Applications

Once your organizations position has been accepted into the Summer Internship Program, we will post the experience and promote it to our students. The student application is meant to reduce barriers for underrepresented students, therefore there is no formal interview process or resume submission. Instead, our students answer questions that detail their interest in the position and what skills they are bringing to the table. You are able to include one additional question that is more tailored to you organization or project if you choose to. We will send all application that we receive, and you will then have a week to select your intern.

Selection Process

  • Positions are posted and promoted.
  • Students complete online applications and rank internships of interest in order of preference.
  • Employers receive applications and rank students of interest in order of preference. *
  • Students and employers are matched based on mutual rankings.

*Employers rank only those students they would welcome as matches are to be final. Depending on numbers of student applicants, not all positions may be filled.

  1. What interests you in this opportunity?
  2. Based on your experiences so far such as class and personal projects, club and organization involvement, previous jobs or responsibilities, describe the skills you think you can bring to this opportunity?
  3. A third question is optional and can be submitted through the employer application.

Maddi Galusha

Graduate Assistant

Program Coordinator