NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE SOCIETY (NHSS) EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FUND
A Washington, D.C.-based internship provides
valuable experience in areas such as public service, law, media,
and information technology. There are few paid internship opportunities
in the Nation's Capital. The NHSS is addressing this need by
a modest amount of financial assistance to an individual(s) who
wants to develop his or her interests and leadership skills.
The NHSS is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization located in
Washington, D.C. that is committed to providing our members with
the opportunity to meet others from the Granite State and be involved
in charitable and educational activities primarily for the benefit
of New Hampshire and its residents.
Completed Application Packages must be received
by following dates to be considered for applicable stipends.
- Spring stipend- November 15
- Summer stipend- May 15
- Fall stipend- August 15
A prospective recipient(s) must -
· have been born in or
be a legal resident of New Hampshire for at least three years,
or have at least one
parent who was born in New Hampshire or was a legal resident for
at least three years, or be attending an accredited New Hampshire
four year college or university.
· at a minimum, have
completed his or her sophomore year in college by the time of
the internship at a four-year degree
granting, non-profit institution of higher learning, which must
be listed as fully accredited in the latest edition of Accredited
Institutions published by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation.
· have maintained a 3.0
grade point average without incompletes while in college.
· negotiate his or her
own internship. College credit for the internship is encouraged,
but not required. The internship
may be full- or part- time.
College students of any major and discipline are eligible
and encouraged to apply. Internships may be with a Member of Congress,
a Congressional Committee, a Federal or District of Columbia agency,
the courts, or the private sector. The internship must be located
in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. High school seniors or
students that have not completed their sophomore year in college
by the time of their internship are not eligible and should not
apply for this stipend.
Members of the NHSS Board of Directors and their immediate
family members are not eligible to apply.
A prospective applicant(s) must provide the following
· proof of internship (e.g.,
a letter from the prospective employer), including the location
and time period
of the internship, as well as the name and telephone number of
the supervisor who can confirm the internship.
· a completed application
· a current resume
· one letter of recommendation
· a copy of your college
· a cover letter stating
your interest in being considered for the stipend award.
· one essay selected from
one the following topics. The essay must be typed, double-spaced,
and have a 200 word
- What qualities distinguish you as a leader? Describe
a time when you did your very best as a leader of others.
- What does New Hampshire mean to you?
- How will your internship assist you achieve your
academic, professional, and personal goals?
The Application Form and Instructions for the stipend
can be obtained from the NHSS.
The NHSS Education Committee will promptly acknowledge
receipt of applications in writing as they are received, and will
identify to the applicant any outstanding items necessary to complete
the application package.
Once the application deadline expires, the NHSS Education
Committee will review all applications for completeness. Recipients
whose applications are deemed complete at that time will be considered
for a stipend.
The NHSS Education Committee may choose to interview
applicants in person or by telephone. The number of recipients and
the stipend award will depend on the quality of the applications
and the funds available. Stipend awards may range from $500.00 to
$2,000.00 and may vary from year to year.
The NHSS Education Committee will recommend a recipient(s)
based on merit and forward the recommendation(s) to NHSS Board of
Directors for approval.
Prospective recipients will receive notice of the
Board's decision within two to three weeks after the deadline for
application has passed.
Prospective recipients who are not selected for the
stipend may reapply in subsequent years but individuals are eligible
to receive only one stipend from this program.
Stipend recipient(s) will be selected based on the quality of the
application, the sincerity of the essay, demonstrated leadership
skills, and academic excellence.