Internships: Funding Your Internship

Scholarships, Grants, and Financial Assistance

Your summer experiences provide you with an opportunity to explore your interests, develop insight into various career fields, and gain experience to build your skill set. Whether it is an internship, summer job, or volunteer opportunity, we recognize that your experience will be a valuable one – and that some personal costs may be incurred, 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, paying to be enrolled in internships for credit, and/or having an unpaid internship.

It is our desire to help you brainstorm ways to fund or help support your internship. Below we share examples of opportunities we have discovered, both internal and external to the university. We know it can be challenging to have the resources to access various internships/programs, and the list below is provided to help you start thinking about the types of scholarships, grants, and financial assistance that may already exist and be available to you.

Funding opportunities at U.Va.

Charles H. Koch Jr. Scholarship
Application deadline: May 4, 2015 at noon to John Echeverri-Gent

The first annual Charles H. Koch Jr. Scholarship will provide $5,000 to an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, who intends to spend the summer working as an intern. The scholarlship committee will give preference to students working abroad but encourages anyone to apply. To be considered, applicants must submit the following:

  1. Letter describing his or her summer internship, including the name of the employer and how much he or she expects to earn
  2. Resume
  3. Transcript
  4. Name of a faculty member as a reference
Please address all inquiries about the scholarship to John Echeverri-Gent.
Parents Committee Internship Grants
Application deadline: Monday, March 30, 2015 at noon to UCS
Parents Committee 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
Review the Parents Committee Internship Grant page to learn about eligibility requirements and selection criteria, and read about the experiences of previous recipients!
Larry Simpson Internship Scholarship
Application deadline: Monday, April 6, 2015 at noon to UCS
This scholarship is designed to encourage rising 4th year students in the College of Art and 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.
Learn more about this scholarship and download the application here.
Z Society - Gilbert J. Sullivan Award
Application deadline: April 17, 2015 at 11:37pm

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. To apply, pick up an application from University Career Services in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium, or download here:
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Applications deadline - April 17, 2015 at 11:37pm - and may be returned via email to

Beckman Scholarships
Application deadline: February, 2015
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 travelling to and from two conferences. To apply, students must propose a research plan with one of the mentoring professors.
Learn more about the scholarship and participating professors here.

External to U.Va.

J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund
A prize of two thousand dollars will be awarded to one or more college or university students involved in public service. The award is meant to enable the student to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Visit the site to learn how to apply and to see a list of previous recipients.
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. Review the site for information regarding eligibility, the application deadline, and the selection process.
Consider investigating the following options:
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.