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Due to current weather conditions, Skidmore College will suspend operations tomorrow, Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Residence halls and the dining hall will remain open for students on campus and those who are able to return to campus on Sunday. However, all other scheduled activities have been cancelled.

Essential staff should report as scheduled. Facilities Services will continue to work throughout the storm. Read more at

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Responsible Citizenship Internship Award (RCIA)

Responsible Citizenship Internship Award (RCIA)

SGA is pleased to offer nineteen students a RCIA of $4,000 to participate in an unpaid summer internship. These awards were developed to provide Skidmore students with the opportunity to participate in unpaid internships to gain practical knowledge in their field of study and to further Skidmore College’s mission to encourage responsible citizenship. Students are not required to apply for academic credit. 

There are two deadlines for applications.

Early deadline: 5 p.m. February 23, 2018

Late deadline: 5 p.m. March 30, 2018

Anyone interested in learning more about RCIA can contact SGA also welcomes any donations from alumni, faculty, parents and employees of the college who wish to further this student initiative.



All students must be enrolled at Skidmore College full-time and be in good standing with the college to apply. Good standing is defined as a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students cannot be on academic probation while applying for the award. Any and all potential internships must be deemed educational by the college and must follow students’ academic interests and coursework as well as being deemed representative of responsible citizenship. International students should check with Student Academic Services before applying to identify any requirements they need to meet to qualify for this award. These awards cannot be combined with any other award, scholarship, stipend or grant.

Students must sign up for a minimum of a 250-hour internship program.

All students (including seniors) are eligible to apply for RCIA irrespective of financial need. RCIA is open to all students regardless of academic major, career interest or class year.

The company or organization sponsoring the internship must be a legal entity.

The internship sponsor/supervisor may not be a Skidmore student.

The recipient will forfeit the RCIA should they receive funding from any other Skidmore source.  


Application Process

All students will be notified of selections no later than April 15.

Below are the requirements to apply:

  1. Complete application form
  2. Submit resume
  3. Submit a 2–3 page personal statement
  4. Submit faculty letter of support (sent to
  5. Submit list of responsibilities signed by the internship supervisor or coordinator

Students must apply and secure an internship prior to applying for RCIA.  


Selection Criteria

  1. Quality and clarity of personal statement
  2. Substance of Internship
  3. Academic standing
  4. Consistency of internship and academic/career goals
  5. Faculty recommendation letter
  6. Rigor of internship as outlined by internship supervisor or coordinator

All applications must propose internships that demonstrate a clear and substantial connection to responsible citizenship.

Stronger applications will propose internship activities that demonstrate clear links to their Skidmore education (previous courses, major or minor, plans for a senior thesis, etc.).

An independent selection committee will determine the recipients of this year’s RCIA. 


Follow Up

All students awarded RCIA will be required to draft a report of their experiences during the internship. This report must include the organization’s contact information, address and mission statement. This follow-up must aim to promote potential internship opportunities to fellow students.  

Contact with questions.