This scholarship is designed to encourage rising 4th year students in the College of Arts & Sciences to participate in summer internships. It is administered in a collaborative arrangement between the UVA Alumni Association, UVA Career Center, and Student Financial Services.

Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must be a 3rd year University student enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences. Applicants must have been offered or obtained a summer 2017 internship in their field of interest. A letter confirming the internship offer must be submitted with the application. Interns must be enrolled for at least one semester after the end of the internship.

Please note that if your internship site is in an international location, you will need to register your international travel and internship information with Student Projects Abroad. You must receive approval from the ISO regarding international travel before funds are released. At this site, login with your Netbadge ID, and complete the Travel Form for Student Research and Learning Abroad, which is required for ALL international funding applications. Please download and complete the PDF form and email it to

The ISO Travel Form is a required component of your Simpson application and funds will not be awarded until the UVA Career Center has received written verification from the ISO that your travel is approved.

Selection Criteria

In evaluating applications, high priority will be placed on:

  • The applicant's financial need, including any extenuating financial expenses relating to the internship.
  • A strong connection between the internship and the student's overall academic and career goals.
  • Internships with a high level of responsibility.
  • The quality of the application, resume and essays.

The University of Virginia, as provided by applicable federal and state law and University policy, prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veteran.


Application materials are due no later than noon on Monday, April 2, 2018.


Need assistance learning how to jump start your search for an internship? Want a counselor to review your application materials before submitting them? Contact the University of Virginia Career Center at (434) 924-8900 to schedule an appointment.

Terms and Conditions

The Simpson Scholarship recipient must complete the entire internship described in the application materials. Failure to complete the internship will be considered a material breach of the program requirements, subjecting the student to forfeiture or repayment of the scholarship funds. Exceptions to the forfeiture/repayment requirement will be granted only in extreme and unusual circumstances as determined by the UVA Career Center in its sole discretion. These funds are awarded for the internship described in your scholarship application and may not be transferred to any other internship. Written approval from the ISO must be received for ALL international internships.

Application Process

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. 

  1. Complete the Larry Simpson Scholarship Application
  2. Request your internship supervisor to complete the LS Scholarship Internship Supervisor Form
  3. Register international internships with the International Studies Office: Student Projects Abroad

Past Recipients

Year Name  
2004 Shannon Sturcken 
CLAS '05 
Fox News Channel 
New York City
“The Larry Simpson scholarship allowed me to accept my dream internship at Fox News Channel in New York City. Without the scholarship, I would not have had enough money to pay for my housing, food, and travel expenses. Living in New York City and working at Fox News allowed me to learn invaluable on-the-job skills and network with other professionals in the media industry. All in all, I had the summer experience of a lifetime!”
2005 Alyse Shortland
CLAS '06
MTV Networks
“I am currently interning with MTV Networks, where I hope to eventually find permanent employment. I am working to gain experience in production and program development, and am employed with the News team to develop stories and programming relevant to my generation. I am working to make connections and form work relationships that will prove beneficial in my post-college job search. I am also gaining knowledge of the large field of entertainment, and even if I choose employment with somewhere other than MTV, I will still have valuable knowledge and experience.
The Larry J Simpson scholarship has opened up opportunities to devote increased time to my internship, and decreased the stress that accompanies an unpaid, and yet essential, internship. UCS provided resources to find financial assistance I may not have otherwise been able to find.”
2006 Timothy Ly
CLAS '07
Breakthrough Atlanta
Timothy double-majored in Anthropology and Political & Social Thought and graduated from the College in May of 2007. In the summer of 2006, he interned with Breakthrough Atlanta, an Americorp program that engages gifted and talented middle school students from inner city schools.
2007 Ayumi Nakamura
CLAS '08
National Institute on Aging
Baltimore, MD
Ayumi double-majored in Biology and Neuroscience and graduated from the College in May of 2008. In summer 2007, she interned with the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, MD. Working as an undergraduate researcher in their Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ayumi studied how the body’s immune system is related to the aging process.
2008 Kate Mason
CLAS '09
Public Defender Service
Washington, D.C.
Kate is a May 2009 graduate majoring in Foreign Affairs, with a minor in History. In the summer of 2008 she interned with the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. As an Intern Investigator with the Criminal Law Internship Program, Kate was paired with attorneys and completed a significant portion of the investigative work related to the assigned attorney’s cases -- including interviewing witnesses, photographing the crime scenes, and testifying in court.
2009 Courtney Hildebrand
Public Service Sector
Dublin, Ireland
Interned in Ireland, working in Dublin’s public service sector, helping with activist and charity groups.
2010 Teja Fuller
Teja had the opportunity to work for USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) and worked in the budget department as a junior analyst. Under this department, she reviewed contracts set up to help send funds to help undeveloped countries as well as communities within our own country. She got the chance to interact with many different people, and other organizations while working for USAID.
2011 Erika McGuire
Fox News Network
New York, NY
During summer 2011, Erika interned with FOX News Network in New York City. Her projects included logging tapes, writing scripts, researching segments, going on shoots, preparing questions for interviewing and pitching story ideas as well as a variety of additional assignments.
2012 Regina Stallings
CLAS '13
Refugee Information Service
Integration Centre
Rejina is a May 2013 graduate with a double major in Anthropology and Psychology. Through the University Internship Program's partnership with EUSA, she interned for the Refugee Information Service Integration Centre in the summer of 2012. This is a non-profit organization that helps integrate refugees, people seeking asylum, migrants and immigrants into Ireland. She performed administrative duties, such as aiding in event planning, maintaining the organization's website and researching to update and maintain their databases. 
2013 Selma Ebraham
CLAS '14
To-Go Dublin Program
Dublin, Ireland
Selma Ebraham is a May 2014 graduate majoring in Politics (Foreign Affairs), with a minor in French. In the summer of 2013, she interned in Dublin, Ireland through the University Internship Program's To-Go Dublin Program which includes a 4-credit course on the Sociology of Ireland (SOC 4800). In the heart of the Irish capital and Ireland's political center, Selma was an intern in the Irish Parliament.
2014 Philip LaBella
CLAS '15
Republican National Committee
Washington, D.C.
Philip LaBella is a May 2015 graduate double majoring in history and philosophy. During summer 2014, he worked for the chairman of the Republican National Committee on coordinating political campaigns with the RNC. His internship was in Washington, DC.
2015 Caitlin Grumbling
CLAS '16
People for American Way Foundation
Washington, D.C.
2016 Natasha Mirza
CLAS '17
Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press
Washington, D.C.
2017 Mariana Forero
CLAS '18
Evanston, IL
Because of the Larry J Simpson Scholarship, I will be able to fulfill my dream of interning this summer for an organization that is very near and dear to my heart: Globemed. Globemed is a global public health organization that partners American universities with public health NGOs from around the world. I am the co-president of the chapter here on Grounds. This summer, I will be one of the Communications interns at the Globemed National Headquarters, allowing me to gain valuable experiences while working within an NGO that I am already very passionate about. Throughout the summer I will be learning more about the behind the scenes operations that happen in Globemed while helping the organization with its marketing and social media strategies. The Larry J Simpson scholarship has opened a door for me that would have otherwise been closed and for that I will be forever grateful.