Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Assistance

Your summer experiences provide you with an opportunity to explore your interests, develop insight into various career fields, and gain experience to build your skill set. Whether it is an internship, summer job, or volunteer opportunity, we recognize that your experience will be a valuable one – and that some personal costs may be incurred, 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. It is our desire to help you brainstorm ways to fund or help support your internship. Below we share examples of opportunities we have discovered, both internal and external to the university. We know it can be challenging to have the resources to access various internships/programs, and the list below is provided to help you start thinking about the types of scholarships, grants, and financial assistance that may already exist and be available to you. 

Funding Opportunities at U.Va.

Charles H. Koch Jr. Scholarship 

Application deadline: May 4, 2015 at noonThe Koch Fellowship provides up to $5000.00 in financial support for expenses incurred on internships related to foreign affairs during the summer of 2015. Students in the College of Arts and 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.   

Parents Committee Internship Grants

Application deadline: Monday, March 28, 2016 at noon Parents Committee 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.  

Larry Simpson Internship Scholarship

Application deadline: Monday, April 4, 2016 at noonThis scholarship is designed to encourage rising 4th year students in the College of Arts and 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.

Z Society - Gilbert J. Sullivan Award

Application deadline: April 17, 2015 at 11:37pmThe 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 zsociety3711@gmail.com

Beckman Scholarships

Application deadline: February, 2015Each 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. 

External to U.Va.

J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund

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.  

Association for Women in Sports Media

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. 

Consider investigating the following options:

  • 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.