KACIF Makes Internships Possible for Students

Updated Nov. 11, 2016

The Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF) helps GW students defray living and housing costs so they may pursue high-quality, necessarily unpaid internships that foster their career exploration and enhance their academic studies.

Necessarily unpaid internships are typically those with non-profit, governmental, educational, and non-governmental organizations that genuinely lack the financial resources to pay salaries or wages to their interns. Eighty-one GW students participated in such internships during the fall 2015 and summer 2016 semesters thanks to KACIF grants.

Alexandra Bryant, Brian Flannigan, and Farzana Karim talk about what the grant has meant to them:


Alexandra Bryant

“Eventually, I hope to become a nonprofit executive and having development experience has really helped that process. And without the KACIF grant I would not have been able to fund my travel to and from my internship. I’m very grateful and encourage everyone to apply.”


—Alexandra Bryant, MPA ’17, development fellow for the Department of Public Service




Brian Flannigan

“I really appreciated the funding support provided to me by KACIF this past semester. I was an unpaid intern with the Disability Rights Section of the Departmen of Justice, and having outside support from KACIF made it easier for me to focus my attention on the work I was doing. I highly encourage other students to apply!”


—Brian Flannigan, GW Law ’17, Department of Justice



Farzana Karim

“I am grateful to my advisers, supervisors, and KACIF for giving me the opportunity to work with Bangladeshi reproductive health experts and gain exposure to public health in my motherland. This experience gave me first-hand insight on existing health disparities in Bangladesh and other developing countries; some are similar to the disparities exist in America, which I hope to address when I complete my MPH. Thank you, KACIF, for allowing me to travel abroad and reinforcing my interests to work in reproductive health.”

—Farzana Karim, MPH ’17, intern with the maternal and child health division at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh


Margarita Bronshteyn, Kelsey Hatchitt, and Mishee Kerney also shared their KACIF experience:

The Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund from GW Campaign on Vimeo.

Author: Amanda Charney

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