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UVM Summer Internship Scholarship Information

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The application for summer 2019 funding will open in January

2019 Budget sheet (will need to be saved and uploaded within the application)

Application deadline is 11:59pm on Thursday, March 21st 2019.

UVM Internship Scholarships provide money to defray the costs of summer internships. The funds help students who want to participate in a career-related opportunity, but who need financial assistance in order to accept an internship.

Once you have applied to an internship opportunity, you can then apply for internship scholarships. You do not need an internship offer to apply to funding. You can use one scholarship application to apply to multiple funding sources. Please see the chart below to determine your eligibility and the focus and requirements of each award.

Requirements for all awards

Applicants:

  • Must be a current degree-seeking undergraduate UVM student in good standing.
  • Need be planning to continue studies in the fall 2019 semester (that is, the awards are not available to graduating seniors).
  • Must complete three career-related activities with the Career Center before the end of the 2019 spring semester.
    These can include workshops, events, or other professional development activities. Activities completed in a previous semester or year also count. See the current list of Career Center events for ideas. If you cannot remember the events/activities that you have previously attended, contact Amanda Chase and she can check for you. If you are currently abroad or have a circumstance that may prevent you from completing this requirement, please contact Amanda Chase to create an alternate arrangement -- we don't want this requirement to prohibit you from applying. 
  • Who are awarded a scholarship must provide a letter from their internship employer confirming the internship offer

The internship scholarships help defray living costs of unpaid or "under-paid" internships. "Under-paid" means that you may be receiving an hourly wage or stipend for your internship, but that it would not be enough to cover your financial needs for housing, transportation, and food. Funds cannot be used to cover tuition or program fees. Internship scholarships are meant to cover the costs of living during your internship, not provide a wage.

Award Details

Award Name and Webpage Max Award $ # of Awards Who Can apply Award Aim & Purpose Additional Materials Required
(see Info Page for details on how to submit)
Internships for the Common Good Fund $2500 5-6 Students doing direct service at nonprofit or mission-driven organizations To support student internships at nonprofit or mission-driven organizations None
College of Arts & Sciences Internship Scholarship $2500 7-10 Students in the College of Arts & Sciences Supports CAS students in professional development None
Energy Climate Public Impact Award $4000 5 Students in the College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences or Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources Supports research in the non-profit sector, with a non-governmental or governmental agency focused on energy and climate mitigation through energy system change. • Letter of recommendation
Award Name and Webpage Max Award $ # of Awards Who Can Apply Award Aim & Purpose Additional Materials Required
Honors College Career Development Award $3500 2 Students in the Honors College Supports students in the Honors College None
Public Impact Research Scholarship $2500 5 Expands funding sources for students engaged in an internship with significant research/creative component in the non-profit sector, with a non-governmental or governmental agency. Students pursuing a research/creative internship, or an internship with a significant research/creative component • Faculty sponsor recommendation
Samuel Fishman Memorial Fund $2500 2 Provides funding for students pursuing internships in government, policy, or service. Students pursuing an internship in government, policy, or service • None
Award Name and Webpage Max Award $ # of Awards Who Can Apply Award Aim & Purpose Additional Materials Required

Application Process

Please read ALL pertinent information before starting.

The application asks for:

The application will take a total of about 30 minutes to complete (not counting the time you may need to create a resume and budget, write your short essays, and attend required events). You can save your progress as you fill in the application, so you can start and stop the application as needed (just click the "Resume later" button at the top of the page). You can also return to your earlier answers if you need to make adjustments. If you want to skip ahead to preview questions, click "Question Index" on the top right of the page.

Please note that once you hit the "Submit" button and finalize your application, you will no longer be able to access it or make changes. If you have questions about the process or this application, please contact Internship Coordinator Amanda Chase. All applicants will be notified about funding decisions by mid-April.

If you have questions about the application process, please come to Drop In Hours at The Hub, or contact Amanda Chase.

International Internships

If you are planning to do an internship abroad, your plans will require further approval by the Office of International Education. Please follow this link to view risks that you may encounter abroad, and pull down the menu on the upper right-hand side to view Medical, Travel, and Road Safety risks. If any of your chosen destinations have a high or extreme risk, contact Amanda Chase as early as possible, as the review and approval process can take some time.

Read more about health and safety abroad on the Office of International Education's website.

Funding Decisions and Timeline

All applicants will be notified about funding decisions by mid-April.

If you are selected for an award, your funding is contingent upon a letter from your internship supervisor that confirms your internship offer.

A committee of staff and faculty members will make the final decision on the dollar amount and recipient(s) for each award.

The following criteria are used to evaluate applications:

  • Related to career goals
    • There is a clear link between this internship and the student’s career goals.
    • The activities at this internship would allow the student to test out the field, gain skills and experience that could help them launch their career, and establish important networks.
  • "Stands to gain"
    • The student would benefit greatly from this experience.
    • It is a unique opportunity and/or a step up from work that they have previously accomplished. The student has not previously worked at this organization (unless their responsibilities are significantly different and more substantial than work done previously).
    • The student has not previously received internship scholarship funding.
  • Financial need
    • Funds from this scholarship would have a significant impact on this student.
    • There is clear need for financial assistance.
    • If not awarded funds, the student may have undue hardship when taking on this internship.
  • Internship quality
    • The internship will be a significant, challenging, meaningful experience that will fill a real need for both the student and the organization. It is not solely clerical or busy work.
    • The internship will have supervision and feedback from an experienced mentor
    • The internship expectations are reasonable for a college student’s level of knowledge, ability, and maturity.
  • Unique perspective/Diverse range of awardees
    • The pool of student awardees represents the diversity of identities and experiences across UVM. This may include (but is not limited to) major, class year, hometown/home country, age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, religion, or other life experience.

Financial Aid and Tax Information

The monies received from internship awards are not compensation for hours worked. The awards are intended to cover food, transportation, housing, and cost of living expenses. There may be financial aid and/or tax implications for awards. If you have questions about the impact of a scholarship, please consult with the financial aid office or your tax professional.

International students at UVM are also eligible for internship awards, though their scholarships may be taxed at a different rate than domestic students. If you are an international student, please consult with Student Financial Services about the impact this may have on you.

Alternative Plans

It is important to make a back-up plan in case you do not receive funding. In past years the committee has received an annual average of about 80 applications, and has been able to distribute about 50 awards. Internship scholarships are competitive, and some applicants will not receive funding. If you need assistance making alternative summer plans, please make an appointment at the Career Center.

Awardee Responsibilities

Each award has different requirements of its awardees. Scholarship recipients may be invited to a dinner to meet their award benefactors. Additionally, please see the table below for more information about expectations and requirements:

Award Name and Webpage Responsibilities
Internships for the Common Good Fund • Thank you note to the benefactor
• After the internship, a two page summary addressing how the internship helped you grow and how it affected your career trajectory.
College of Arts & Sciences Internship Scholarship • Thank you note to the benefactors
• After the internship, a two page summary addressing how the internship helped you grow and how it affected your career trajectory.
Energy Climate Public Impact Award • Presentation of internship experience during the fall semester at a joint Rubenstein-CEMS event which is meant to foster increased connections and collaborations between the two colleges.
• After the internship, a two page summary addressing how the internship helped you grow and how it affected your career trajectory.
Honors College Career Development Award • After the internship, a two page summary addressing how the internship helped you grow and how it affected your career trajectory.
Public Impact Research Scholarship • Presentation of research at the annual UVM Student Research Conference in April, generally in the year following their internships.
Samuel Fishman Memorial Fund • Thank you note to the benefactors
• After the internship, a two page summary addressing how the internship helped you grow and how it affected your career trajectory.

Questions and Help

If you have questions about the application process, please come to Drop In Hours at The Hub, or contact please contact Amanda Chase.

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