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FAQs for Bank of America Student Leaders®

How do I apply for the Bank of America Student Leaders program?
Eligible students can apply online at by selecting Apply Now when the application opens in November.

How do I return to an unsubmitted application to continue working on it?
Make note of your login ID and your password, so that you can return to the application and complete it later. You may return to the application directly by going to

I am locked out of my CyberGrants account, can you please reset my password?
We do not have access to any account information including passwords and log in credentials. Please contact Cyber Grants directly at

What is the deadline for submitting my Student Leaders application?
The deadline for submitting your application for the 2022 program year is 11:59 pm eastern time/ 8:59 pm pacific on Friday, January 28. There are no exceptions to this deadline and extensions will not be granted, please plan accordingly.

Who is eligible for the Student Leaders program?
Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the program:

    • Current juniors or seniors in high school
    • Legally authorized to work in the Unites States without sponsorship through the end of September, 2022
    • Be able to participate in an 8‐week paid internship at a local nonprofit/charitable organization and work 35 hours a week
    • Be able to participate in a week‐long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC (July 25 ‐ 30, 2022) (All expenses paid as part of Student Leaders. This week will be part of your 8‐ week experience.)
    • Be a student in good standing at your school
    • Permanently reside in one of the eligible locations (markets) for summer 2022

I have submitted an application online – when can I expect to receive an update on its status?
We anticipate that all Student Leaders applicants are notified via the email provided in their application the week of April 10, 2022

Will I be contacted to schedule a Student Leader interview?
Each individual market has the option to conduct interviews, we do not have information about which choose to do so. Markets that do interviews typically do them before the end of March as all applicants are notified of application status in April.

How do I find the request ID for my application?
The request ID is included in the confirmation email sent to you after successful submission of your application. This email will be sent from Please add them to your address book or check your spam for that email.

Is a letter of recommendation required as part of the application?
One letter of recommendation is required as part of the application. That letter must be:

  • From an administrator/teacher/guidance counselor or coach at the student’s current school.
  • On school letterhead
  • Signed by the recommender
  • In a pdf format

Any application that does not include the required letter of recommendation will be disqualified from consideration. For the full letter requirements please see the Recommendation Fact Sheet.

My school has a policy that does not allow a teacher/administrator/coach to provide me with a letter of recommendation. It must go to the school/program directly. What do I do in this case?
In your application you will be asked for the contact information for your recommender. Once your application is successfully submitted, your recommender will receive an email (sent from that will include a link and your request ID. They may follow that link to upload your letter. Please note – they will need your request ID to do so. All uploaded letters must be received no later than 11:59 pm EST on Monday January 31, 2022. Late letters will not be accepted. Be sure to share this information with your recommender so that they are aware of the process. Please refer to the recommendation fact sheet for additional information.

Is a resume required as part of my application?
No, a resume is not required, but you have the option to include one with your application. Should you choose to include your resume, please limit it to no more than two (2) pages.

Once I submit my application, who can I contact for assistance?
For questions, contact us at

If I am selected for the program, will I be working for Bank of America?
If you are selected for the Student Leader program, your internship will be at a nonprofit organization that is local to you. These organizations are partners of the Bank and are selected by Bank of America.

How long will my internship last?
The internship is eight weeks in duration, inclusive of the week spent at the Student Leader Summit in Washington, DC.

When will my internship begin?
Internship start dates vary by market. You can expect your internship to begin shortly following the end of your school year. The internship will run for 8 weeks and includes the week in D.C.

Is participation in the Student Leaders Summit mandatory?
Yes, if you are unable to participate in the Summit in full, you are ineligible for the Student Leader program. The 2022 Summit will be held at the Washington Hilton July 25‐30.

Is there a cost to me to attend the Student Leader Summit?
The cost to attend the Student Leader Summit is paid for by Bank of America, this includes baggage fees, travel to and from Washington DC, hotel accommodations and all meals. Students only need to pay for their own souvenirs and incidentals.

The 2021 Student Leader program ran as a virtual program. Will the 2022 program be virtual as well?
While we hope that both in‐person internships and an in person Student Leader Summit in Washington, DC will be possible, all programming and events will be in line with local and national guidelines around gatherings and travel and may be subject to change.

Is a vaccine required to participate?
We will follow all local, state and federal guidelines with regard to vaccination and will provide additional guidance as we get closer to the program date.

Should you be selected as a Student Leader additional information about your internship and the Student Leader Summit will be available to you at that time.