Funding Your 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.  


Parents Fund Internship Grants

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

Application Process & Deadline 

Round 1: April 4, 2021 at 11:59pm - See Handshake for application

Round 2: May 9, 2021 at 11:59pm - See Handshake for application 

Learn more about the Parents Fund Internship Grants


Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows Program 

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.

Application Process & Deadline 

Students submit applications through Handshake by typing the key words "Leonard Schaeffer" into the search bar under Jobs in Handshake. Students can apply to up to three of the 10 Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows in Government Service internships.

Learn more about the Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows Program


Larry Simpson Internship Scholarship

The Larry Simpson Internship 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.

Application Process & Deadline 

ROUND 1: APRIL 4, 2021 at 11:59pm - See Handshake for job posting/application

ROUND 2: MAY 9, at 11:59pm - See Handshake for job posting/application

Learn more about the Larry Simpson Internship Scholarship


Environmental Resilience Insitute Summer Internship Program 

The ERI Summer Internship Program is an opportunity for undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students to explore career opportunities and receive professional guidance.  Students are matched with a host organization of the students’ choice. The program runs for 10 weeks from June to August during the summer. Career fields in government agencies, non-profit organizations, and industry are represented. Internships are primarily located in Virginia and Washington DC. Interns will work alongside coworkers on a full-time basis during their placement and receive compensation.  

Application Process & Deadline 

Applications are due by March 14, 2021 at 11:59pm. Search 'ERI Summer Internship' in the 'Jobs' section on Handshake to view the ERI Internship postings that are currently available.  


Internship Search Support

Students can schedule an appointment online through Handshake, which is available 24/7. To schedule a one-on-one career counseling appointment select ‘Career Center,’ and then 'Appointments' on the top navigation bar within Handshake

Students may also call us at (434) 924-8900, Mon-Fri from 8 am - 5 pm (EST) to schedule an appointment.  

Career counseling appointments will be hosted by Zoom or phone until further notice. 

    More to Explore

    Schedule a virtual or phone appointment through Handshake, or by calling the UVA Career Center at 434-924-8900 M-F from 8am-5pm.

    Learn more about Pre-Law events, courses, and opportunities available!  

    Explore careers, gain professional experience, and expand your network in Charlottesville during the academic year or summer! 

    Contact: Rebecca Coulter