Illinois Cooperative Work Study Grant

Illinois Cooperative Work Study Grant

The Illinois Cooperative Work Study Grant (ICWS) is a program that matches employer contributions to provide pay for student interns.

The grant is designed to provide financial assistance to students who complete internships that would typically remain unpaid, such as through nonprofit organizations and small businesses. In turn, employers are able to offer paid internships and to recruit students who may desire, or even need, a paid internship. Benefits of the grant include expanding internship opportunities, reducing student loan reliance, and encouraging permanent employment in Illinois.

Information for Employers

Information for Students

Employers

Because this grant is administered by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, only full-time UIS students who are Illinois residents can participate. The matching grant money is always dependent upon renewal of the grant and available monies.  Application information will be shared once grant funding for the 2021 / 2022 fiscal year has been secured.

 


Students

Students who hold full-time status and are Illinois residents (see definition below) are eligible for grant-funded paid internships.  Students also must be eligible to enroll in IPL 300, having completed the prerequisites of the course.  Check with your academic advisor or IPL if you are unsure of your eligibility.  Application information will be shared once grant funding for the 2021 / 2022 fiscal year has been secured.

Note:  ICWS funded positions are paid through a matching grant.  Pay depends on the budget of the partnering agency and availability of grant funds.  Students participants will be considered part of the UIS student worker program.  Positions are not guaranteed to be available or paid.  The contact for each agency/business and an IPL Coordinator can provide you with more information.