Your summer experiences provide you with an opportunity to explore your interests, develop insight into various career fields, and build your skill set. Whether it is an internship, summer job, or volunteer opportunity, your experience will be a valuable one, but may involve some personal expense, even in paid opportunities. These costs may include travel to and from your destination, housing/accommodations, living expenses, participating in a fee-based placement program, paying to be enrolled in internships for credit, and/or having an unpaid internship.
The Career Center can help you identify funding opportunities to support your internship. The list below is provided to assist you in thinking about the types of scholarships, grants, and financial assistance that may be available to you. Use this list as a beginning in exploring funding sources that are both internal and external to the university.
UVA Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Assistance
Application deadline: Monday, May 1, at 5pm
The Koch Fellowship provides up to $5000.00 in financial support for expenses incurred on internships related to foreign affairs during the summer of 2017. Students in the College of Arts & Sciences are eligible. The judges of the competition will give priority to funding unpaid internships and internships that require travel abroad. In order to maximize the fellowship's beneficial impact, the committee may decide to divide the funds among more than one student.
Applications should include:
1. A cover letter not more than two pages in length describing how the student’s need and the nature of the internship.
2. A budget estimating how the fellowship funds will be used.
3. A resume
4. A transcript
5. The name and email address of UVA faculty member willing to serve as a reference should the need arise.
All application material should be submitted via email to John Echeverri-Gent, Director of Undergraduate Program, Department of Politics at email@example.com by no later than 5:00 PM Monday May 1, 2017. Final decisions should be made by Monday May 15, 2017.
Application deadline: Monday, March 27, 2017 at noon
Parents Fund Internship Grants of $3,000 each are awarded in the spring of each academic year and are intended to provide funds that support 2nd and 3rd-year students who have secured unpaid internships in any of the five areas of public concern as defined by the Virginia 2020 Commission: Civic Engagement and Public Policy; Economic and Business Development; Education (both K-12 and Lifelong Learning); Environment (both planned and natural); Health.
Application deadline: Monday, April 3, 2017 at noon
This scholarship is designed to encourage rising 4th year students in the College of Arts & Sciences to participate in summer internships. The award will total up to $2,000 per summer. In evaluating applications, high priority will be placed on financial need, the connection between academic and career goals, level of responsibility, and quality of the application.
UVA Global Internships
Application deadline: February 22, 2017 (for Office-identified positions); March 1, 2017 for all others
These scholarships have been established to provide support to any student at the University of Virginia who has secured an internship in an international and/or “global” setting. Selection criteria include demonstration of financial need, academic merit, and quality of application. Priority will be given to applicants in unpaid positions. Please visit https://globalinternships.virginia.edu/scholarships for full details and sign-up to receive our bulletins with direct updates bout application deadlines, processes, open internship competitions, thrid party program information.
UVA College of Arts & Sciences
Application deadline: Monday, March 22, 2017 at noon
The Aigrain Fund Grant was established to provide support to any student at the University of Virginia’s College of Arts & Sciences interested in (1) carrying out a research project in a developing nation or (2) taking an internship position in an emerging market. The Department of Economics and the Program in Global Studies will co-administer the grant. Recipients may be awarded up to $4,000.
UVA Alumni Hall
Application deadline: TBA
The Z Society offers the Gilbert J. Sullivan Scholarship, a $2,000 scholarship awarded to a returning undergraduate student of the University. It is intended to provide an opportunity to take a summer internship otherwise unattainable because of financial constraints. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadline: TBA
Each year, UVA's Beckman Scholars Program offers three $19,300 scholarships to research-oriented students interested in working in a laboratory. The scholarship covers compensation for two summers of work in a mentor's lab, as well as part-time work over one school year. Additionally, the grant covers costs related to traveling to and from two conferences. To apply, students must propose a research plan with one of the mentoring professors.
Additional Scholarship, Grants and Financial Assistance
A prize of $2,000 will be awarded to one or more college or university students involved in public service. The award is meant to enable the student to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term.
Since 1990, AWSM has placed more than 90 female college students interested in sports media careers in paid internships. All interns receive a $1,000 scholarship from AWSM in addition to whatever pay the internship provides.
Researching other sources
- Research and inquire about nonprofit, religious, business, or community/civic-based organizations that might provide funding through grants or scholarships.
- Ask if your family members’ places of employment offer benefits that include scholarship or grant opportunities for college students.
- Intern part-time and work in a paying summer job part-time to earn money to help finance an unpaid experience.