Scorpion Intern Funding Program - Nevada State College

Scorpion Intern Funding Program

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Scorpion Intern Funding Program

The Career Services Center is offering funds to students participating in unpaid internship experiences. The purpose of the Scorpion Intern Funding Program (SIFP) is to encourage experiential learning opportunities that help students prepare for their careers while reducing financial challenges of participating in an unpaid internship. This program will support 20 students who secure unpaid internships for the Spring 2022 semester with $1,500 compensation. 

Students who meet all the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply beginning Monday September 27th 2021.  


If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Career Services Center’s Internship Manager, Kaytee Johns, via email or appointment.

*  Notice for School of Education or School of Nursing Students: This funding cannot be applied to clinical or student teaching experiences that are required per the School of Nursing (SON) and the School of Education (SOE) curriculum. However, the funding can be applied to unpaid internship opportunities in healthcare and/or education for students in the SON or SOE as long as the internship is completed outside of the scope of curriculum requirements.

∗ Notice Regarding COVID-19: In order to receive this funding, you must be an active NSC student enrolled in courses for the Spring 2022 semester. In compliance with NSHE, all NSC students must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination in order to enroll for Spring 2022. Therefore, if you are not fully vaccinated before the Spring 2022 semester, you will not be allowed to enroll and will not be eligible for this funding.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of securing an internship and applying for this funding?

Participating in an internship provides hands-on experience in a field of interest and allows you to apply your skills in a professional environment. Internships also help you expand your professional network and build your resume.  

If selected to for this program, in addition to the benefits above, you also receive $1,500 in compensation that can be used to offset any costs associated with participating in an unpaid internship.

Who is eligible to apply?

Students who meet all the following criteria are eligible to apply: 

  • Have secured an internship relevant to your major and/or career goals/interests at the time of application
  • Be a degree-seeking student (undergraduate or graduate) enrolled in at least 6 credits at Nevada State College for the Spring 2022 semester.
    • Exceptions may be considered if you are completing your degree during the Spring 2022 semester and need less than 6 credit hours to finish your degree. Please contact for more information.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher 
  • Have not received a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Warning and/or are not placed on SAP Probation for Spring 2022
  • Have a valid social security number (SSN) or individual tax ID number (ITIN)


Students who are DACAmented or Undocumented are eligible to apply. Please see the section below “Are DACAmented and Undocumented Students eligible?” for more information.

Are DACAmented and Undocumented students eligible to apply?

Yes! both DACAmented and Undocumented students are eligible to apply for this funding, regardless of their DACA and/or work authorization status.

The funds from this program will be taxable, therefore, in order to receive funds, students will need a valid social security number (SSN) or valid individual tax identification number (ITIN). If you are ineligible or unable to obtain a SSN, you may be eligible to obtain an ITIN. See more details about ITINs below.

What is an ITIN?

An ITIN is used for federal income tax processing and reporting purposes only. ITINs are not valid identification outside the federal tax system. ITINs do not change your immigration status or your authorization to work in the United States.

Who can apply for an ITIN?

Individuals who identify with one the following categories may file for an ITIN:

  • Does not have a SSN and are not eligible to obtain one
  • Nonresident alien who is required to file a U.S. tax return
  • U.S. resident alien who is (based on days present in the United States) filing a U.S. tax return.
  • Dependent or spouse of a U.S. citizen/resident alien.
  • Dependent or spouse of a nonresident alien visa holder.

If you have obtained a valid SSN through DACA or other immigration paths, you cannot apply for an ITIN and must use your SSN. Regardless of the possible termination of DACA, the assigned SSN will remain your SSN even if the individual’s work authorization terminates.

Confidentiality with ITINs

ITIN information is partially protected by Internal Revenue Code § 6103, which generally prohibits the IRS from disclosing taxpayer information, including to other federal agencies.12 However, there are important exceptions that you should be aware of. In general, the IRS is required to disclose taxpayer information to state agencies responsible for tax administration, to law enforcement agencies for investigation and prosecution of nontax criminal laws, or to powers of attorney and other designees.

It is important to know that for the most part, under current law, information on the ITIN is protected from being shared with other federal agencies, including immigration agencies. The IRS, historically, has been very invested in maintaining the confidentiality of its information, since the IRS does not want to see the inevitable reduction in tax revenue that would result if the confidentiality protections were weakened.

At any point, no one can predict what administration may try to do. Therefore, undocumented immigrants should know that
there is some risk associated with applying and filing for a ITIN.

How to apply or renew an ITIN

You may already have an ITIN if your parents ever filed incomes taxes and claimed you as a dependent. You can find out if you have an ITIN in your parents’ tax forms.

If you have an ITIN, make sure to find out if it has expired. If it has, you will need to renew it. Find information on ITIN expiration and renewal here: IRS.

If you do not have an ITIN, you can learn how to obtain one here: ITIN Guide or Independent Contractor Forms video from Immigrants Rising.


For questions regarding the payment process for this program, please contact the Internship Manager in Career Services at

For questions regarding the application or renewal of an ITIN, please contact the Internship Manager at the email above or the Manager for Undocumented Programs in CEDI at

What internships are eligible?

An internship that meets all the following criteria will be eligible:

  • Internship is an unpaid 
  • Site where the internship will take place is a 501(c)3 organization (non-profit), federal, state or city agency, or a small start-up who is unable to provide compensation for internships 
  • Site where the internship will take place has a fully executed Site Agreement with Nevada State College prior to the start of the Spring 2022 semester.
  • Internship site provides training and supervision for intern(s) 
  • Internship site provides 120 or more hours of experience during the duration of the Spring 2022 semester.  (This equates to roughly 8 hours/week over a 15-week period.)
  • Internship provides opportunities for practical application and skills development (NACE, 2018) and does not consist of more than 20% clerical work (a.k.a. grunt work, busy work or whatever else it may be called) 



* Notice for DREAMers: Students who are DACAmented and Undocumented are eligible to apply, but they should consult with the Internship Manager when searching for internship opportunities. This is because students must secure an internship that is on our NSC List of Active Internship Site Agreements, and an individual’s work authorization status may impact their eligibility to apply to certain internships that are on this list.

*  Notice for School of Education or School of Nursing Students: This funding cannot be applied to clinical or student teaching experiences that are required per the School of Nursing (SON) and the School of Education (SOE) curriculum. However, the funding can be applied to unpaid internship opportunities in healthcare and/or education for students in the SON or SOE as long as the internship is completed outside of the scope of curriculum requirements.

When do internships take place?

The internships that students secure must take place during the Spring 2022 semester in order to be eligible for this program.

What application materials do I need to apply?

 To apply, you will be expected to: 

  • Answer questions related to your secured internship 
  • Upload an offer letter or other correspondence (copy of email communication will suffice) of internship offer from your internship site 
  • Upload an official or unofficial transcript that lists your cumulative GPA
  • Upload a 1-2 page essay (1inch margins, 12 pt font, double-spaced) that answers the question, “How do you believe the successful completion of this internship will contribute to your future career and/or academic goals?” 

What is the timeline for applications and selection?

  • Application Opens: Monday Sept 27th, 2021, at 8am PST 
  • Information Session #1: Thursday September 30th, 2021, from 1pm-2pm PST via Zoom 
  • Information Session #2: Tuesday October 19th, 2021, from 11am-12pm PST via Zoom 
  • Application Closes: Wednesday, December 1 at 11:59 pm PST 
  • Application Decisions Sent Out: Week of December 5-11
  • Accepted Student Orientation Sessions (Students who are awarded the funds only attend 1): 
    • To be announced- will occur in January.

Can I receive academic credit for my internship in addition to this funding?

Yes! If your academic program/college provides an internship course, you are welcome to enroll in it for academic credit. To receive academic credit for an internship, you must consult with the appropriate faculty member who oversees an internship course to receive permission to enroll.  

*** Please note that if you are also intending to receive academic credit for this internship experience, you will still be expected to complete the required number of hours for your internship course.  

For example, if a student intends to enroll in CRJ 491, that course requires 140 hours at an internship site. If a student receives this scholarship and also enrolls in CRJ 491, they would still need to complete 140 hours per the course curriculum. 

If I don't have an internship yet, how do I find internship opportunities?

Use Handshake 

Handshake is NSC’s online job and internship board, run by the Career Services Center. Many on and off-campus employers in the area and across the country utilize Handshake to post opportunities for students. All NSC students and recent alumni already have a Handshake account. To log into Handshake: 

  • Visit and click on the blue NSC Login button. 
  • Enter your NSHE ID# and NSC password. 
  • Click on the “Jobs” tab and then filter for internships. 
  • Trouble logging in? Email  

 Attend Career Services Center Events 

Attending career-related events with professional guest speakers and employers is a great way to learn about internship opportunities and network with professionals. To view a list of upcoming career-related events hosted by the Career Services Center and within the local community, log into Handshake and click on the “Events” tab.  

 To log into Handshake, see instructions above.  

 Schedule an Appointment with the Internship Manager 

The Internship Manager works in the Career Services Center and assists students who are interested in finding and securing internships. To schedule an appointment, visit 

 Additional Ways to Search for Internships 

  • Ask friends and/or family if they know of any companies that are offering internships.  
  • Ask faculty if they know of any internship opportunities. 
  • Attend local career fairs, employer recruiting events, and networking events. 
  • Use online sites to network and search for opportunities such as LinkedIn or 
  • Expand your network and connect with professionals in your areas of interest to seek advice.  

How can I learn more about this program?

To learn more about this program including eligibility and application information, please attend one of our Fall 2021 information sessions 

  • Thursday September 30th2021, from 1pm-2pm PST via Zoom 
  • Tuesday October 19th2021, from 11am-12pm PST via Zoom  

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, you can watch a recorded info session on our Career Services Youtube channel.

If I am selected to receive this funding, what expectations should I be aware of?

Those who are selected for this program will be required to complete the following:

  • Attend 1 Scorpion Intern Funding Program orientation on one of the following dates:  
    • To be announced- will occur in January.
  • Complete a Learning Outcome survey at the beginning and end of  semester
  • Complete Internship Evaluations of the internship site and experience at middle and end of semester
    • * Please note, if you also receive academic credit for your internship, some internship faculty require their own evaluations as well. 
  • Instruct your Internship Supervisor to complete Internship Evaluations of you as a student intern at middle and end of semester
  • Submit 1 photo of yourself at your internship site (or another professional photo if internship is virtual)
  • Submit an updated resume  at the end of the semester that includes your Spring 2022 internship experience



 Failure to complete any one or more of the expectations outlined above could result in revocation of funds.

More information regarding the above items will be explained at the aforementioned program orientation sessions.

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