Toppel Internship Fund

The Toppel Internship Fund aims to support University of Miami undergraduate students as they pursue high quality internships that foster their career exploration by reducing the financial challenges.

Through the generosity of the Division of Enrollment Management, we are able to offer competitive awards of $500 up to $3000 for undergraduate students who accept unpaid internship opportunities.



  • UM undergraduate students who are currently enrolled full-time
  • Must have completed at least one academic year by time of internship and have at least one semester left at UM
  • Award can only be received once in a student's academic career at UM
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing, minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Applicants cannot be under any judicial sanctions


Internship Qualifications

  • Internship must be unpaid. An internship is unpaid if the organization faces genuine lack of financial resources to pay an intern a stipend, salary, or wage.
    • Minimal stipend for housing, transportation, and/or meals do not qualify as payment
  • Internship must be supervised by a full-time employee of the organization
  • Internship must take place on site (not remote)
  • Internships with political campaigns are not eligible
  • Unpaid practicums/internships that are required as part of a program curriculum are not eligible
  • Unpaid research assistantships are not eligible
  • Organization may not be owned/run by a member of the student’s immediate family


Application Details


Application Deadline: Currently closed

Award Decisions made by: TBD

Application & Supplemental Documents

The Toppel Internship Fund Application will collect your contact information and will require you provide the following:

  • 3 short essays (500 word maximum)
  • Budget Form (Online Form)
  • Updated Resume (PDF Format)
  • Unofficial Transcript (PDF Format)
An Internship Verification Form will be sent to your supervisor upon submission of your application to confirm that the position meets internship qualifications.


Selection Process

  • A committee will review each application and select the award recipients
  • Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis and evaluated against the application and supplemental documents received
  • If selected for an award, you will need to register for the Toppel Internship Program
  • All correspondence regarding your application will be sent to your UM email account

You may be disqualified if:

  • Application is submitted past the deadline
  • You separate from the University of Miami before, during, or after the internship supported by the Toppel Internship Fund
  • There are judicial violations that occur after the funding has been awarded
  • The internship does not meet the qualifications described above


Post-Internship Requirements

  • Submit a professional photo of you on-site at your internship
  • Submit a 30-45 second video clip about your experience (prompt will be provided)
  • Complete Toppel Internship Program requirements


For questions, contact us at or 305-284-5451.