Larry Simpson Internship Scholarship

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 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.

Due to COVID-19, we are unable to fund internships that require international travel.

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 Process

ROUND 1: APRIL 4, 2021 at 11:59pm - Round 1 Application Closed (please see below for application link to Round 2)

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

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. 

Please see below for the requirements in addition to submitting the Handshake application.


  1. Resume
  2. Personal Statement

Please prepare a personal statement (500-1000 words) that clearly answers the following questions:

  • Describe the specific internship you will participate in including duties or projects assigned to you and skills you hope to learn and use. How do these support your specified area of public service?
  • What led you to seek an internship in public service and how do you plan to contribute to public service in the future?
  • How do you perceive this internship experience will benefit you personally and professionally?
  • How do you believe the successful completion of this internship will contribute to your future career and/or academic plans?
  • Would you be able to accept this internship without funding?

**Attached to the job posting is a template that you may use to submit your personal statement. Please download the document, include your responses to the questions listed above, and upload the completed statement with your application materials.

  1. Internship Information

Please provide the following information in a separate document:

  • Organization Name
  • Organization Point of Contact (Name / Email Address / Telephone Number)
  • Organization Address
  • Organization Website
  • Internship Title
  • Internship Details (Tasks, Projects and/or Responsibilities)

Please note that if you are awarded a grant or scholarship, you will be asked to provide a letter confirming your internship offer signed by the internship supervisor.

**Attached to the job posting is a template that you may use to submit this information. Please download the document, fill out, and included with your application materials prior to submitting your application on Handshake.


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. .


You may receive individual assistance from a career advisor in reviewing your 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.

COVID-19 Considerations

Due to COVID-19, we are unable to fund internships that require international travel but are funding internships that are being conducted virtually. Please be aware that the Policy on Student International Travel requires that all students traveling abroad for University-related purposes satisfy academic, health, and safety requirements before departure.  This includes students participating in internships through the Career Center. You can satisfy these requirements by completing the Student Projects Abroad Travel Registration. Visit the UVA Education Abroad website for more information on the University Travel Registry. For 2020-2021, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, note that all student international travel to/from and activities in, locations outside the United States have been suspended through April 30, 2021. Decisions on international travel for summer 2021 will be posted to the Education Abroad website when they are announced.

Statement of Affirmation

On my honor as a student at the University of Virginia, I hereby certify that I will provide accurate information on this application. I understand that UVA faculty and staff, in considering me for an award, will review my application and supporting documents. I hereby authorize and consent to that review. If awarded, I understand that I must work with the Career Center to maintain an online journal of my experiences. I understand that I must complete the internship described in this application if I am awarded and accept the grant, or face forfeiture/repayment of any funds received.


If you have any questions regarding Parents Fund Internship Grants and/or the Larry Simpson Internship Scholarship, please direct them to David Lapinski at

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