Internship Fellowship: Creative Entrepreneurship


About the Internship Fellowship in Creative Entrepreneurship

The Internship Fellowship in Creative Entrepreneurship program provides MICA students the opportunity to participate in a valuable summer business internship experience. The fellowships of up to $3,000 will be awarded to deserving students who have demonstrated interest in creative entrepreneurship and have secured an internship offer from a potential employer. The internship must have a focus on learning business operations, leadership and management skills and can be with a start-up, small business, designer, freelancer or fine artist. The fellowship will help with living expenses and transportation costs allowing students to seek competitive internships.

This fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation.

2022 Deadlines:

April 24, 2022 Final Application Deadline

May 13, 2022 Fellows Announced

Selection Criteria:

  • Entrepreneurial engagement and relevance to career goals

  • Primary internship duties include working directly with founder/owner of business and engaging in day-to-day business operations

  • Academic achievement, preparedness and GPA

  • Student has demonstrated interest in creative entrepreneurship

Student Eligibility:

  • Current graduate or undergraduate student at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

  • Student who is actively enrolled at the time of their application and also in the fall semester following the internship

  • Student is in good academic and community standing with the college

  • Internship must take place during the summer

  • Internship must qualify for school credit and student must register for credit and complete all internship assignments

  • Student must demonstrate significant financial need (ex. unpaid or low pay internship, travel costs, etc.)

  • Student must authorize access to financial aid information

  • Student must have a United States Social Security Number (SSN) in order to receive funds, as the award is taxable. Students without a SSN will have award funds applied to their MICA student account.

Internship Eligibility:

  • Intern should be actively contributing to the business development of a company gaining functional skills such as sales, marketing, operations, business development, finance, product management or product development

  • Students must be working directly with the company owner or founding team in the company office

  • Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours at the internship site

Company Requirements:

  • Business has demonstrated viability (been in operation for two years, secured seed funding, organized board of directors, etc.)

  • Offer letter from internship site should clearly outline student responsibility and day to day tasks

  • Internship supervisors must participate in an online orientation prior to the start of the internship

  • Internship supervisors will be required to complete pre-internship job duty questionnaire, mid-point and post evaluation and learning contract

Selection Considerations:

  • Demonstrated financial need or unpaid/underpaid internship opportunity

  • Demonstrated interest or experience in entrepreneurship

  • Preference will be given to students who have not obtained previous internship funding through Career Development Office

Application Components:

  • Applicants must complete the Internship Orientation in Canvas

  • Online application including completed short essay questions

  • Resume

  • Offer letter from internship site with job description (See FAQ for details)

  • Budget Proposal to demonstrate financial need (up to $3,000) - if necessary, two budget options if your internship moves from in-person to remote

  • Recommendation from MICA Faculty or Staff Member

Additional Fellowship Expectations:

  • Fellows must participate in a pre-internship orientation before beginning their experience

  • Fellows may receive a site visit from the Career Development team during their internship

  • Fellows must complete a post-award budget survey categorizing their expenditures

  • Fellows must complete a thank you letter to the funder