The Robert and Yvonne Koob Fund for Student Community Engagement is an endowment supporting students who are completing internships in positions of service in Iowa. Awards up to $2,000 (undergraduate students) and up to $3,000 (graduate students) will be given and approximately $10,000 total is awarded annually. Read the guidelines below, or download the Koob Fund guidelines PDF.

Instuctions

Internship qualifications

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Geography: All funds will be allocated to interns in Iowa.
Semesters: Internships in summer, fall and spring semesters are eligible.
Project Requirements: Among the internship responsibilities, interns are to be responsible for at least one substantial project that benefits the student, the organization, and the community through their project. The project should have ongoing value to the organization and community, beyond the time of the student’s service to the organization. This project should be described in the application materials.
Finding an internship: Students should work with their academic advisor and/or the Cooperation Education and Internships Program (273-6041) to find a suitable location for an internship.

Student Qualifications

Year: Available to any UNI undergraduate of at least sophomore classification and any graduate student.
Major: Applicants may come from any academic discipline at UNI.
Undergraduate Minimum GPA: 2.75 cumulative — students with lower GPAs may appeal prior to application, e-mail gassman@uni.edu.
Graduate Minimum GPA: 3.00 in the student’s program of study.
Need: Selection is not based on financial need, however applications will be reviewed to determine if other sources of support (such as Community Service Learning) may be available.
Project Requirements: Among the internship responsibilities, interns are to be responsible for at least one substantial project that benefits the student, the organization, and the community through their project. The project should have ongoing value to the organization and community, beyond the time of the student’s service to the organization. This project should be described in the application materials.
Hour and Credit Requirements:

Application Process

The application deadlines are as follows:

Criteria

Interns chosen to receive awards through the Robert and Yvonne Koob Fund for Student Community Engagement will be selected for their potential to benefit the student, the sponsoring organization, AND the community. Applications are reviewed on three criteria:

  1. Student benefits
    • Skills, knowledge and professional network that the student will gain, including the ability of the internship to broaden or deepen the student’s skills and knowledge.
    • Alignment of student’s professional and civic goals with the internship activities, especially the intern’s project.
    • Capacity of the organization to provide a positive learning environment.
  2. Organizational benefits
    • Student’s ability to positively contribute to the work of the organization, especially through the intern’s project.
  3. Community benefits
    • Ability of the organization to create positive community change among the public.
    • Inernships should have ongoing value to the organization and community, beyond the time of the stuent’s service to the organization.
    • Outcomes (for community) that will result from student/organization’s efforts, especially through the intern’s project.

Awards

Awards: Awards are designed to support students completing internships.
Semesters: The Fund will support internships of one semester at a time.
Undergraduate maximums: Undergraduate students may apply for any amount up to $2000 per semester.
Graduate maximums: Graduate students may apply for any amount up to $3000 per semester.
Award Amounts: Students may be awarded less financial support than requested.
Graduate Assistantships: Students may not receive a graduate assistantship during the same semester as a an award from the Koob Fund.
Support from Organizations:

Reporting: Both the student and the organization are expected to provide short reports describing the internship outcomes.
Agreements: Organizational and student expectations should be negotiated through the academic department through which the student is gaining academic granting credit.

Selection Committee