Parents Fund Internship Grants

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Parents Fund Internship Grants (PFIG) are awarded in the spring of each academic year and are intended to provide funds that support students who have secured unpaid public service internships. This year, 32 grants of $3,000 each are available.

Eligibility Requirements

Preference is given to rising 3rd and 4th Years, but outstanding 1st Year applications will be considered and 1st Years are encouraged to apply. Students must have secured an internship in order to apply.  The following are required components of the internship:

  • 30-40 hours per week for 8-10 weeks
  • Enrollment at UVA at least one semester after the end of the internship
  • Completion of an online journal throughout the internship (3 entries including final evaluation)
  • Written evaluation of the completed internship highlighting accomplishments, personal growth, and impact of the internship on future career considerations (part of final journal entry)

    Please note if you are applying for additional sources of funding, only one grant may be accepted. PFIGs cannot be combined with any other funding.

This grant program applies to unpaid internships only - not summer research positions or formal placement programs requiring you to pay to complete the internship. Information about grants for research positions can be found at either the Office of Undergraduate Research or the Office of Citizen Scholar Development. Previous grant recipients meeting the application requirements are encouraged to apply for grants again. However, if you are returning to the same internship site, your application should indicate how this experience will be different from your previous internship and how you will further enhance yourself and/or the organization by a second internship experience.

If your internship site is in an international location, you must register your travel through Student Projects Abroad. 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 PFIG application and funds will not be awarded until the UVA Career Center receives written verification from the ISO that your travel is approved.

Selection Criteria

A University faculty and staff selection committee will award Parents Fund Internship Grant recipients based on two primary criteria: (1) the quality of the applicant’s application, resume and essays; and (2) the degree to which the internship supports 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 (new in 2019)

The University of Virginia is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. To fulfill this commitment, the University administers its programs, procedures and practices without regard to age, color, disability, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information; and operates both affirmative action and equal opportunity programs, consistent with resolutions of the Board of Visitors and with federal and state requirements, including the Governor's Executive Order Number One (2014).


The PFIG application deadline will be announced in the spring semester. It is strongly advised to have your resume and application reviewed before they are submitted. University of Virginia Career Center counselors are available to assist with reviewing your application materials.

Terms and Conditions

Parents Fund Internship Grant recipients must complete the entire internship described in their 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 PFIG Selection Committee in its sole discretion. These funds are awarded for the internship described in your Parents Fund Internship Grant application and may not be transferred to any other internship. Written approval from the ISO must be received for all international internships.


You may receive individual assistance from a career advisor in reviewing your grant application or learning about internship resources in general. Contact the University of Virginia Career Center at (434) 924-8900 to schedule an appointment or visit this link.

Application Process


Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. 

  1. Complete the Applicant Information Form
  2. Request your internship supervisor to complete the Internship Supervisor Form 
  3. Request a faculty member or former supervisor to complete a PFIG Applicant Recommendation Form
    Family members are not eligible to recommend applicants. Consider carefully the person you choose to recommend you. It is rare that a student peer will be your best choice. Check out tips for requesting letters of recommendation
  4. If the internship is in an international location, register with the ISO's Student Projects Abroad. Written approval must be received before funds are awarded.

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