Pack Internship Grant Program

The Pack Internship Grant Program provides funding for individual student internships with Reno-Tahoe non-profit organizations, start-up companies and public/government agencies. The grant funds student interns' wages at $16/hour for 120 hours of work. Furthermore, the Pack Internship Grant Program will pay fifty percent of these student wages in the amount of $960. Participating community organizations will compensate student intern wages with these funds and self-fund the balance of the student wages along with fringe benefits. The self-funding obligation of $960 is equivalent to paying $8/hour for a motivated, qualified student intern.

This program is co-sponsored by the Nevada Career Studio and the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN).

What type of employers are eligible to apply?

Any non-profit organization, start-up company or public/government agency in the greater Reno-Tahoe area is eligible to apply for a funded position. Employers may also participate with self-funded internships.

What types of positions does the Pack Internship Grant Program look for from employers?

We encourage employers to visit our Pack Internship Showcase page to learn about the various types of positions the program offers to students. There are a limited number of employers selected each year. We encourage submitting applications in multiple areas of need, as we make every effort to develop a diverse set of internships each year.

A thorough application must include a proposed internship job description, duties, qualifications and target three main skills the intern will develop throughout their experience. We recommend identifying skills aligned with NACE's Career Readiness Competencies.

What is the duration of the program?

Employer partnerships are established each summer, and student applications are accepted in the Fall semester. Internships take place the upcoming Spring semester—students must complete 120 hours during the subsequent Spring semester (mid-January – April 30) in order to fulfill the program requirements. It is at the discretion of the employer and intern how these hours will be distributed. Interns must work between 8-15 hours a week in order to complete the internship within the semester time frame.

How does the intern selection process work?

Students apply for the internships during the Fall semester; this usually occurs in October. The Pack Internship Grant Program is open to all full-time, undergraduate students, regardless of major or college; student applicants must have at least a 2.75 GPA to qualify.

The Pack Internship Grant Program team will conduct the initial academic screening and then pass on remaining applicants to employers. Employers will be responsible for interviewing applicants, selecting their intern and notifying which applicants were not considered.

What is expected from me as a Pack Internship employer?

The following is expected of employers who participate:

  1. Meet with the Pack Internship Grant Program team to discuss the proposed internship(s) and program expectations
  2. Sign an organization agreement and be an approved university community partner
  3. Be an approved Supplier through the Nevada System of Higher Education
  4. Provide professional support for and development of your intern
  5. Complete various tasks by requested deadlines
  6. Communicate in a timely manner with the Pack Internship Grant Program team

I'm interested. How can my organization apply?

If your company/organization is interested to participate, please email us at with "Pack Internship Grant Program" in the subject line. We will add your contact information on our email list for the 2023-2024 program cycle. We will contact employers when the 2023-2024 Employer Partnership Application becomes available.