Accepting for the 2024-2025 academic year — deadline extended to May 31, 2024!

Kott Gerontology Scholars Program
1049 Lake Street, Suite 204
Oak Park, IL 60301

Submission Guidelines

Candidate Snapshot

Kott Scholar candidates distinguish themselves through the following attributes:

  • Grades in good standing with their university
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Empathy and compassion for others
  • Enthusiasm about working with and on behalf of older adults in a manner that enhances their quality of life
  • Availability to intern in person at host agency three days per week
  • Recommendations from two faculty and or relevant supervisors 

Please note that this year’s application requires all applicants to indicate if they have:

  • already aligned with a host agency for their internship;
  • a preferred host agency but have not yet applied for an internship;


  • do not yet have a host agency connection (in which case we will happily assist).  
Intern helping a senior with physical therapy

Submission Guidelines

To be considered for the 2024-25 Kott Gerontology Scholars Program, applicants should complete the following steps in the online application process. Our application window has been extended to 10:00 pm on May 31, 2024.

Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received.  

  1. Complete the Kott Gerontology Institute Scholars Program Application
  2. Upload a resume that includes educational history, employment, and practicum and volunteer experiences. 
  3. Provide two personal references. One reference must be submitted by a faculty member of their current academic program who is familiar with the applicant’s academic performance and interest, preparation and experience in gerontology, or other experience relevant to the internship. The second reference should be from an individual who has supervised the applicant outside of the academic setting. For applicants who previously have completed or are currently involved in a practicum experience, the second reference must be provided by the applicant’s supervisor from that placement.
  4. Applicants will be sent a confirmation email when their completed applications have been received.  
  5. Applications will be reviewed and candidates will be selected for individual, virtual interviews.  
  6. Based on applicants’ work and field experiences, academic records, statements of interest in gerontology, references and personal interviews, selected candidates will be contacted and offered internships.  

For additional information on the Kott Gerontology Scholars Program or questions regarding the internship application process, please contact Lisa Peters-Beumer at