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Request for Proposals: Summer Internship Opportunities for Shriram Scholars Recipients

Summary: The Reinvent Stockton Foundation is looking for a partner to provide summer internship opportunities to recipients of RSF’s Shriram Scholars scholarship.

Context: In January of 2018, The Reinvent Stockton Foundation launched the Stockton Scholars, a grant available to every graduating student from a public high school in the City of Stockton. Students from any Stockton public high school who are accepted and attend either a UC campus or one a list of select private California colleges which meet students’ full financial need will receive the Shriram Scholars scholarship, a $1,000 a year grant to help students pay for tuition and fees. For more information about the grant, please see here: The funder of the Shriram Scholars, the Dhanam Foundation, also set aside money to pay for summer professional and leadership development opportunities for Shriram Scholars recipients.

Scope of Work:
The Reinvent Stockton Foundation is looking for partners in offering summer internships and leadership development to Shriram Scholars recipients. The Foundation will pay up to $17,000 to subsidize operating expenses and stipends for grant recipients. While the Foundation would be willing to fund a broad array of different summer opportunities for its students, all proposals must be in line with the Foundation’s mission, “to expand opportunity and build hope by attracting resources to Stockton and investing in our city’s people.” With that in mind, all summer interns must work on some sort of charitable project aimed at bettering our city or improving the lives of its citizens. While Shriram Scholars students must be given priority for access to summer jobs or internships funded by this grant, they do not need to make up the entirety of the student population served, and not all of the $17,000 must be spent on direct payments or stipends to students.

Guidance regarding stipends & educational scholarships:
The Reinvent Stockton Foundation is unable to provide guidance to individual applicants about the permissibility of stipend payments and additional scholarships to program participants. In the past, California Department of Labor Standards Enforcement has released guidance around the sort of programs which may allow minimum wage laws to be waived. The federal government evaluates the permissibility of intern stipends based on a six-point test, including the extent to which:

The training, even though it includes actual operation of the employer's facilities, is similar to that which is given in a vocational school.
The training is for the benefit of the trainees or students.
The trainees or students do not displace regular employees, but work under their close observation.
The employer that provides the training receives no immediate advantage from the activities of the trainees or students and, on occasion, the employer's operations may even be impeded.
The trainees are not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period.
The employer and the trainees or students understand that the trainees or students are not entitled to wages for the time spent in training.

We encourage any applicants to seek professional guidance around the structure of grant payments before submitting an application.

To Apply:
Please submit an application to with the subject “Proposal for Shriram Scholars Internship Program”

Applications must contain the following:

A description of your organization, including organizational structure, key leaders, and (if applicable:) non-profit status.
Proposed start and end dates of your program.
Address how many students will be enrolled in the program, and how Shriram Scholars recipients will be prioritized for admission into your program.
An explanation of the projects or programs that the summer interns will work on, and how these projects are in line with the Reinvent Stockton Foundation’s charitable mission.
An explanation of how up to $17,000 will be spent, including an itemized budget.
How students taking part in your program will be supervised, supported, and evaluated.
How taking part in your program will support the learning of the participating students.

Any application that does not address all of the points above will be considered incomplete, and will not be considered.

There are no minimum or maximum application length guidelines, but we encourage applicants to keep their applications under 5 pages, single spaced (excluding any addenda to explain the program).

If you have any questions about this RFP, please feel free to email us at

All the best,

The Reinvent Stockton Foundation

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