Frequently Asked Questions:
Who is eligible?
The KSI program application is available to exceptional student leaders at the University of Kentucky. KSIs come from all academic disciplines. Preference will be given to students with a GPA of 3.4 or higher, however, students will be considered on a case by case basis and all are encouraged to apply.
Where do KSIs intern?
KSIs intern for 3-4 months (either a semester or summer program) with one of the participating organizations featured below or with an organization of the student’s choosing in the target region. While the focus of the KSI program is eastern Kentucky, interns may also be placed in other economically disadvantaged areas of the Commonwealth targeting the least advantaged or special needs.
What does KSI offer students?
Each internship allows a student to earn up to 12-15 academic credits through a combination of service learning, distance learning, research credit, capstone projects, practicums, or through courses offered in partnership with participating regional colleges and universities (with approval from a student’s faculty advisor/sponsor). Additional requirements may be necessary for academic credit depending on the policies of participating UK departments. Students are required to submit an academic plan as part of the application process that outlines how they would incorporate the KSI program into their course of study.
Is there a subsistence allowance?
A subsistence allowance of up to $1,000/month will be provided to students. The allowance is intended to help cover housing, utilities, food, transportation, and some incidentals. However, the subsistence allowance may not cover all living and travel expenses. Where food and lodging is provided by the partner agency, the allowance may be reduced but not below $500/month.
What are the housing options?
The KSI program will help identify and facilitate housing options, but KSIs will be responsible for their own housing (i.e. signing a lease, paying rent and utilities, etc.). The housing options may be different from location to location and could include home stays or other group housing to reduce an individual’s overall costs. Where possible, KSIs may be housed together to reduce an individual’s overall costs.