Funding Your Internship

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, tuition for internship 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

Charles H. Koch Jr. Scholarship

Application deadline: March 6, 2020

The Koch Fellowship provides up to $5000.00 in financial support for expenses incurred on internships related to foreign affairs during the summer months. 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 Lynn Sanders, Director of Undergraduate Program, Department of Politics at lms5x@virginia.edu.

Parents Fund Internship Grants

Application deadline: Round 1: April 3, 2020 at 12:00pm and Round 2: May, 8, 2020 at 12:00pm

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; Sustainability.

Morton F. Wallerstein Scholarship 

Application deadline: February 24, 2020

Ruth C. and Morton F. Wallerstein established the Morton F. Scholarship Fund at the University of Virginia in 1973 to foster interest and research in Virginia local government. Approaching its 50th year of operations, the scholarship fund, through its internship program, annually engages UVA students in policy research and analysis as well as in organizational management and operations within the context of local governing and community service organizations. 

The internship program offers the following credit-bearing and paid undergraduate opportunities annually through the UVA Internship Placement Program (IPP): 

  • one full-time summer internship placement at the Virginia Municipal League (paying $5,000 in tuition and a $5,000 stipend); 
  • two full-time summer internship placements in local governing organizations across the Commonwealth (paying $2,500); and 
  • two academic year internship placements in local governing organizations for ten hours per week (paying $2,500 per year)

To participate in the internship and receive credit for it, students must register for the required IPP course and pay the tuition and fees. Interns will be expected to meet the requirements of the IPP program and to contribute positively to public service in the Commonwealth of Virginia through their placement. 

Contact the Associate Director, UVA Internship Placement Program, Rebecca Coulter at coulter@virginia.edu for additional information. 

Larry Simpson Internship Scholarship

Application deadline: April 10, 2020 at 12:00pm

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.

Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows Program 

Application deadline: Deadline is during the Spring semester.

The Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows Program provides talented undergraduates with a unique government service experience through 10-week, full-time, high-level summer internships with elected officials and agencies at the federal, state and local levels. The Program’s mission is to expose students to government work and its impact.

UVA Global Internships

Application deadline: See website below for details.  Typically due in December or January of the current academic year.

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 UVA Global Internships Scholarships for full details and sign up to receive our bulletins with direct updates bout application deadlines, processes, open internship competitions, and third party program information.

UVA Global Internships Scholarships

UVA College of Arts & Sciences

Application deadline: TBA

The Aigrain Fund Grant was established to provide support to any student in 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.

Aigrain Fund Grant

UVA Alumni Hall

UVA Alumni Hall Scholarships

Z Society - Gilbert J. Sullivan Award

Application deadline: Applications for the first round are due by 11:37pm on Friday, April 3, 2020. Applications for the second round are due by 11:37pm on Friday, April 24th, 2020.

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.  Applications can be emailed to zsociety3711@gmail.comPlease use “Sullivan Award 2020 Application – FirstNameLastName” as the subject line of the email submission. *Please apply for either the first or second round based on which timeline better suits your needs.

Gilbert J Sullivan Award Application

Beckman Scholarships

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.

Beckman Scholarships

Royster-Lawton Fellowship

Application deadline: TBA

The Royster-Lawton Fellows in Social Enterprise is offering:

  • $3,000 in funding to support a summer internship in social enterprise.
  • Private coaching on cover letters, resume development, and more!
  • Matching with world-changing social ventures (or you can choose your own)

Royster-Lawton Fellowship

SE@UVA Global Field Experience Scholarships

Application deadline: TBA 

Summer scholarship to global field experience classes in Dominica and the Caribbean region. 

Other Global internship scholarships


Additional Scholarship, Grants and Financial Assistance

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.

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.

More to Explore

Schedule a virtual or phone appointment through Handshake or by calling the UVA Career Center at 434-924-8900.

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Contact: Rebecca Coulter