Application Guidelines

The Asian Studies Program is pleased to offer summer internship grants to first-year students currently enrolled in Master of Arts degree in Asian Studies (MASIA). To be eligible, the internship must meet the following guidelines:

  • Be relevant to the Asian Studies degree program and provide professional experience; and
  • Have a minimum of eight weeks duration, full-time (at least 35 hours per week).
  • Students may also use the funding to enroll in an approved language immersion course.

To apply, please submit the following documents:

  • A completed application form
  • A proposal describing how you intend to use the grant and how it will support your career goals
  • A copy of resume
  • An internship offer letter from the host organization, listing the internship dates and responsibilities, or an admissions letter from the language immersion program
  • Tax forms:
    1. U.S. citizens must complete an online W-9 Tax Form
      (NOTE: The address on the W-9 form must match the address where the summer funding will be sent)
    2. International students must visit the Tax Department Nonresident Alien Tax Withholding Page to fill out tax forms and additional paperwork. If you do not have a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN), you must apply for one at the Social Security Administration (SSA). More information on how to apply for an SSN can be found at the Office of Global Services SSN page.

Grant Recipient Responsibilities

  • Inform the Asian Studies Program of any changes in internship placement, such as host organization, location of work, and/or duration of internship
  • Inform the Asian Studies Program of any changes to your language immersion course
  • Deposit grant check within 90 days of receiving it
  • At the completion of the internship or language immersion course, you will be asked to submit a one-page summary of your experience, as well as 10 photographs that may be posted on the Asian Studies Program’s website (NOTE: Students who do not submit reports on time will be required to refund the award)
  • Sign the “Acknowledgement and Assumption” Risk Form
  • International students on F-1 or J-1 status should apply for the appropriate work authorization from the Office of Global Services. All grant recipients must comply with the University’s International Travel Policy by completing the International Travel Authorization application for Graduate Students

Important Information

  • As these are grants, they might be taxable as income to students. According to the IRS notice 87-31, neither the grantor nor the educational institution is required, under section 6041, to file a return of information (W-2 or 1099 Misc) to IRS with respect to such stipend. It is the responsibility of the recipient, to report taxable non-qualified fellowship or scholarship payments to IRS. While Georgetown University will not report the stipend to the IRS or to the Recipient on a 1099, the income may be taxable to you depending on what you use the money for (tuition, books, and required fees are typically tax-free). We suggest you consult the IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education, and consult with a tax adviser
  • Should a student wish to travel to an Elevated Risk Region using a grant given by the university, additional review by the University’s International Travel Committee and the Provost is required. To initiate the process, please complete the International Travel Authorization application for Graduate Students. Documentation of granted permission from the university will need to be included with other documentation to make payment.