How do I find Fellowships, Internships, and Research opportunities?

There are a number of different ways to go about finding fellowships, internships, and research opportunities. Below are a number of the main resources for searching for these opportunities to give you a sense of the differences between them.

You should also be asking older students, alumni, and faculty about opportunities they may know about, especially if they are in areas of study or industries related to what you are interested in. They are the most likely to know about things and be able to talk with you about the process. The databases and lists below are places to start as you go about your search.

You may want to make a spreadsheet that you can use to keep track of anything you come across that is interesting to you including information like the title, what company or organization is offering it, the deadline, and what supplemental materials are required.

Alumni Job Board (AJB)

Use AJB after graduating to find job and internship postings, particularly from other alumni. You can also use this to get access resources for finding and applying for jobs and networking.


This site is primarily used for current and graduated students to connect with employers in Rhode Island to find internships as a step towards finding a job. Bridge.Jobs saves your resume and also allows you to sort your internship searches by deadline, employer, or whether you’ve submitted your application. They also maintain a blog that provides useful job and internship tips.


Use BrownConnect to find internships, funding opportunities (such as fellowships), and connect with alumni. Try using advanced search.

+ You can search for internships based on field, type of opportunity (i.e. paid or unpaid), and sector (i.e. private companies, non-profits, or government). Also pay attention to whether internships are marked Bruno internships. Bruno internships are either specifically for Brown students or have spots available specifically for Brown students. Many of the Brown connect internships can be applied to through Handshake.

+ You can search for alumni to connect with based on many different metrics including their previous concentration, class year, and area they currently work. You can use the connect button on an individual alumni’s page to send them an email using a pre-made template (though I suggest you edit the template provided to personalize it).

+ The funding opportunity list draws from the Fellowships @ Brown site as well as the opportunities available from individual departments.

Brown Undergraduate Research Portal

Listing of various Brown supported Fellowships and Research Opportunity Programs.

Careers in the Common Good (CCG) Database


Use the CCG Database to find jobs, internships, and fellowships specifically related to social change work such as education. You can access this from the CareerLAB tab on ASK and clicking Exploring Options.


CRC FIRe List of Targeted Opportunities for Students from Historically Underrepresented Groups

Use this list for looking for opportunities that are specifically for members of certain groups, particularly underrepresented minority students. It is curated by the FIRe coordinator in conversation with University Deans and staff. If you know of other opportunities that are not listed on this list please email the FIRe coordinator at with more information.

Fellowships @ Brown (F@B)

Use F@B to find fellowships and research opportunities. Some are nationally competitive while others are internal to Brown. See FIRe FAQ to learn more about fellowships.


Undergraduates, graduate, and alumni use Handshake to find and apply for jobs, internships, and funding opportunities, and access other resources and services offered by the CareerLAB. The site allows you to create a profile for a more customized approached based on your interests, experiences, and timeline.

+ You can sign up for CareerLAB job and internship search and skill-building workshops, employer information sessions, and on-campus interviews. There are restrictions on the opportunities alumni can apply for. For example, only current graduate and undergraduate students can participate in on-campus recruiting.

+ This site is also linked to BrownConnect and all internships posted in Handshake will also appear in BrownConnect.

Serve Rhode Island Volunteer Portal

Serve Rhode Island connects schools, nonprofits, and other organizations with people looking for volunteering and community service positions. Take a look at their website if you are looking for an organization to get involved with in Rhode Island.


You can use UFunds to apply for many different funding and fellowship opportunities. Visit their site to apply for Emergency  Gap funding, which may be helpful for supplementing things other funding might not cover such as travel costs.

 Watson Institute Undergraduate Opportunities

The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs has various research and fellowship programs available to undergraduate students, especially those concentrating in Public Policy and International Relations.

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