Career Preparation Resource Fund

The Career Preparation Resource Fund aids students in completing unpaid career-related experiences (co-op/internship). It helps students who would not normally be able to take on an unpaid career-related experience or would have a difficult time doing so. BFA undergraduate and MFA graduate students are eligible to apply.

How does it work?

  • Student identifies and secures an unpaid internship related to their field of study, preferably
    with an accomplished RIT alumna/alumnus.
  • Student may work with a variety of resources, including faculty and the Office of Career Services
    and Cooperative Education, to find an unpaid career-related experience.
  • Student submits application, including all necessary supplementary materials.
  • Applications are reviewed, and if approved the student will be asked to sign and return a contract.
  • If approved, the student is responsible for making and paying for their own travel arrangements, reservations, and other expenditures. The fund will help to offset a percentage or all of the costs.
  • The student works with their School’s Senior Staff Assistant to set up a substantive allowance account that is funded in incremental payments over the duration of the internship.
  • Student are required to submit a written Activity Report at the completion of the internship.


Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the Career Preparation Resource Fund:

  • Current, matriculated BFA undergraduate or MFA graduate student in the College of Art and Design.
  • Must have completed two academic terms and is in good standing.
  • Secured an unpaid career-related experience, preferably with an accomplished RIT alumna/alumnus.


You must complete the application form and email it by the deadline with the following supplemental documents to

Application materials:

  1. Application and Budget Form
  2. Supervisor Confirmation Form
  3. CV/Resume – Submit your current resume


  1. The PDF documents must be downloaded and completed using Adobe Acrobat.
  2. The forms require a digital signature. If you have not created a Digital ID, please follow the provided tutorial: How to Create a Digital ID for Adobe Acrobat