Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund Program
The Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund aims to reduce financial barriers that can come with accepting an internship, like travel or temporary moving expenses, low-paying or unpaid positions, and expenses associated with living in a major metropolitan city.
All full-time E. J. Ourso College of Business undergraduate students are eligible to apply. Students interested in pursuing internship funding should have a written offer letter for an internship. A wide range of internships will be considered for funding, including paid and unpaid internships, in-person and virtual positions, and local and out-of-state opportunities.
The Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund opens in September and will be awarded in April of each calendar year—the first awards will support Summer 2022 internships. Review the eligibility criteria and application process below. Please direct any questions about the Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund program to Stephanie Gandy.
To be eligible for the Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund must:
- Be a full-time undergraduate student admitted to the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business
- Be continuing studies at LSU after the completion of summer internship
- Be in good academic and judicial standing with the university
- Have a secured summer internship prior to the application deadline. Students must provide a written offer letter confirming the internship position as part of the application.
A variety of internships will be considered for funding, including:
- Paid and unpaid positions
- Local and out-of-state positions
- Internships can be for academic credit, but this is not required
- The position must be applicable to the business landscape.
- The position must be professional and cannot be solely focused on clerical, support, or administrative tasks.
- Internships must be at least ten hours per week for 15 weeks in the fall semester and 20 hours per week for eight weeks in the summer.
Funding through this program is made available to support travel and living expenses (such as housing, food, and travel expenses) while completing a summer internship. This support enables students to participate in unpaid or low-paid opportunities. Award funding is not provided in place of compensation for work. Students are responsible for finding an internship and covering expenses outside the value of the award.
The award amount varies and is determined by a selection committee based on available funds and a student’s demonstrated need.
Application for funding must be submitted online through the Blackbaud Award Management.The application cycle is as follows. Please pay close attention to the application deadline as requests will not be considered after the close of the application cycle.
- Application opens – Wednesday, November 10, 2021, at 8:00 a.m.
- Application deadline – Friday, April 1, 2022, at 2:00 p.m.
Applying for Funding
To complete an application, you will be required to submit the following information via the Blackbaud Award Management system:
- Personal Statement, including reflections on:
- What are your career goals?
- How will this internship experience enhance your career goals?
- Expected living expenses for the duration of the internship
- Include any additional funding sources available to support the internship (paid position, savings, family, etc.)
- Copy of the formal offer letter (or email) from the internship employer. The following details must be included in the offer letter:
- Details regarding your secured internship/experiential learning opportunity that must
be included in the offer letter*:
- Company name
- Internship job title
- Geographic location (city, state, country)
- Start and end date
- Contact information of the hiring employer: full contact name, work phone number, work email
* If any of these details are not included in the letter, please submit them on a separate page but in the same file as the letter.
Award Recipient Requirements
All students who receive funding through the Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund must complete a short reflection form upon completing their internship and provide two photos from their internship. The reflection includes:
- A brief overview of your role/responsibilities for the internship
- A brief statement on the impact that this funding had on your ability to participate in the internship
- Thoughts on how this internship influenced your future career path
- Provide two photos of you at your internship. These can be outside the office building with company signage, in your workspace, with your supervisor or fellow interns
Disclaimer: the items included in the reflection may be used for promotional purposes of the Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund or the E. J. Ourso College of Business internship program. The images and testimonials you submit could be used on the college’s social media channels, website, or other printed marketing materials.
Finding an internship:
Handshake offers a variety of internship and co-op opportunities to students. Students may also inquire about internship or co-op opportunities through networking, researching the company, and following up with informational interviewing or other job search sites.
The OBSS Professional Development team can provide support before and during internships and help students leverage their experience in their search for full-time employment. Schedule an internship advising appointment through Handshake.
Ensure you’re ready:
The OBSS Professional Development team will work with you to ensure that your resume, LinkedIn page, and interview skills are professional and optimized to meet your career goals. Schedule a professional prep advising appointment through Handshake.
Starting November 10, students who are interested in applying may do so through Blackbaud
Award Management (BAM), located under Financial Services in myLSU.
Support Student Internships
This award opportunity is made possible by the generous support of an anonymous E. J. Ourso College alum who moved to New York City after graduation to pursue a career on Wall Street. This donor was inspired to create this award opportunity in recognition of the impact a collegiate internship experience can have on a student’s career path.
The E. J. Ourso College of Business is grateful to the alumni and donors who have made this program possible. If you are interested in helping grow the next generation of business leaders through real-world work opportunities, consider giving to the Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund.
To make a gift in support of this fund, please visit lsufoundation.org/givetobusiness and note the Lagniappe Internship Opportunity Fund in the gift comments box.