Internships: Larry Simpson Internship Scholarship

2013 scholarship recipient Selma Ebraham
2014 scholarship recipient Philip LaBella
This scholarship is designed to encourage rising 4th year students in the College of Art & Sciences to participate in summer internships. It is administered in a collaborative arrangement between the U.Va. Alumni Association, University Career Services, and U.Va. Student Financial Services.

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2014 scholarship recipient Philip LaBella

Philip LaBella is a May 2015 double majoring in history and philosophy. During summer 2014, he will be working for the chairman of the Republican National Committee on coordinating political campaigns with the RNC. His internship is in Washington, DC.


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 2014 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.

For grants for research positions, contact the Center for Undergraduate Excellence.

Please note, as well, that if your internship site location appears on the U.S. Department of State travel warning list (, you will be ineligible to receive a Parents Committee Grant. UCS cannot fund an internship in a place where you would be at risk of being harmed.

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.

The Award

The award will total up to $2,000 per summer. The amount may vary according to the funds available and the competitiveness of the student’s application. Students who are awarded the scholarship are expected to write a thank you note to the donor, sharing their plans for the internship and describing how the scholarship will enable their internship experience. This letter must be sent to the donor before the funds will be released by UCS.


The application deadline is 12:00pm on Monday, April 7, 2014. Applicants must submit complete applications to the UCS front desk. It is strongly advised to have your resume and application reviewed before they are submitted.


You may receive individual assistance from a career advisor in reviewing your scholarship application or learning about internship resources in general. Contact UCS at (434) 924-8900 to schedule an appointment.

Terms and Conditions

Scholarship recipients must complete the internship described in the scholarship application. Failure to do so will be considered a material breach of the program requirements, subjecting the student to forfeiture or repayment of the awarded funds. Exceptions to this forfeiture/repayment requirement will be granted only in extreme and unusual circumstances (determined by UCS in its sole discretion).

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 U.Va. faculty and staff, in considering me for an award, will review my application and supporting documents. I hereby authorize and consent to that review. 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.

Past Larry Simpson Scholarship Recipients

Kate Mason

2008: Kate Mason, CLAS 2009

Kate is a May 2009 graduate majoring in Foreign Affairs, with a minor in History. In the summer of 2008 she interned with the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. As an Intern Investigator with the Criminal Law Internship Program, Kate was paired with attorneys and completed a significant portion of the investigative work related to the assigned attorney’s cases -- including interviewing witnesses, photographing the crime scenes, and testifying in court.

Ayumi Nakamura

2007: Ayumi Nakamura, CLAS 2008

Ayumi double-majored in Biology and Neuroscience and graduated from the College in May of 2008. In summer 2007, she interned with the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, MD. Working as an undergraduate researcher in their Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ayumi studied how the body’s immune system is related to the aging process.

Timothy Ly

2006: Timothy Ly, CLAS 2007

Timothy double-majored in Anthropology and Political & Social Thought and graduated from the College in May of 2007. In the summer of 2006, he interned with Breakthrough Atlanta, an Americorp program that engages gifted and talented middle school students from inner city schools.

Alyse Shortland and Carrie Rudder
Alyse and UCS career counselor Carrie Rudder in 2005

2005: Alyse Shortland, CLAS 2006

“I am currently interning with MTV Networks, where I hope to eventally find permanent employment. I am working to gain experience in production and program development, and am employed with the News team to develop stories and programming relevant to my generation. I am working to make connections and form work relationships that will prove beneficial in my post-college job search. I am also gaining knowledge of the large field of entertainment, and even if I choose employment with somewhere other than MTV, I will still have valuable knowledge and experience.”

“The Larry J Simpson scholarship has opened up opportunities to devote increased time to my internship, and decreased the stress that accompanies an unpaid, and yet essential, internship. UCS provided resources to find financial assistance I may not have otherwise been able to find.”

Shannon Sturcken with Larry Simpson
Shannon and former UCS Director Larry Simpson in 2004

2004: Shannon Sturcken, CLAS 2005

“The Larry Simpson scholarship allowed me to accept my dream internship at Fox News Channel in New York City. Without the scholarship, I would not have had enough money to pay for my housing, food, and travel expenses. Living in New York City and working at Fox News allowed me to learn invaluable on-the-job skills and network with other professionals in the media industry. All in all, I had the summer experience of a lifetime!”