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Awards up to $5,000 to CAS students participating in meaningful summer internships, creative projects, or conducting research under the mentorship of a CAS professor or external supervisor.

  • Gain a rich understanding of a particular field and/or organization.

  • Have a personalized opportunity.

  • Connect the opportunity to their career goals/aspirations.

  • Experiential learning outside the classroom.

  • Have access to an opportunity that could be pivotal in their career development but would be difficult without additional funding.


Award stipends up to $5,000 are given to CAS students conducting research, internship, or creative projects with a CAS faculty member, or, an internship in industry or a non-profit organization sponsor. Students are encouraged to seek out their own internship, research, project or creative work opportunity and apply for funding through this program.

REAL Program opportunities will be up to 10 weeks (continuous), 360 hrs maximum, and the exact daily schedule is determined by the student and supervisor. A poster, written report, creative work, photos, videos, or other predetermined deliverables are due at the end of the period.

This award is not a replacement for wages, but rather is intended to offset living, transportation or other expenses associated with participating in a meaningful career exploration. Students granted this award are eligible to receive up to $5,000 that will be dispersed in 2-3 payments.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Continuing full time CAS students in the quarter of award.
  • Confirmed good academic standing.
  • Have the position secured at the time you submit your application. Offer letter or placement confirmation. Verification from the sponsoring supervisor prior to, and at the conclusion of the program, will be required.
  • All funding to be received in connection with the internship must be disclosed on the application.

Eligible positions must:

Ineligible positions include those:

  • Requiring students to pay to participate.
  • Mandating students receive academic credit.
  • Positions that are virtual/remote.
  • Work unaligned with SCU’s mission & values.

Requirements and Deliverables

  • Pre and post survey of experience and process.
  • Orientation in June.
  • End of summer presentation and/or CAS Showcase.
  • Inform the Dean’s office immediately of any changes to the application, program information or funding sources.
  • Submit reflective statement at end of summer.
  • Submit photos/videos of experience.
  • Have supervisor complete internship confirmation form.
  • Complete end of summer survey.


To apply for funding through the REAL Program, students must submit an online application with applicable reference links, proposal, budget, deliverable plan. Applications will be accepted from February 1 to March 15. 

Step 1: Find an internship, research opportunity, project, or creative work aligned to your passions and interests.

  • Talk to CAS faculty, apply to industry internships, secure opportunity with a non-profit.
    • NOTE: If you are applying for the Chemistry Summer Research program, the application will have a link to take you to the chemistry application.
    • NOTE: If you are applying for the Art and Art History CIVA program, the application will have additional questions to ask which CIVA positions are of most interest to you.

Step 2: Gather information necessary for application.

Step 3: Apply between February 1 - March 15. The earlier, the better!

Decisions by early April.