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UVM Internship Scholarship Information

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The 2017 application is available in Catamount Job Link. Log in and click "Apply for Internship Scholarships" to access the application.

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Information Sessions offered in the Hub on:

  • Wed, Feb 15th 2:15pm-3:15pm
  • Tues, Feb 23rd 1pm-2pm
  • Mon, Mar 6th 2:30-3:30pm

Application deadline is 5pm on Tuesday, March 21st 2017.

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 can use one 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.
  • Must be planning to continue studies in the fall 2017 semester (that is, the awards are not available to graduating seniors).
  • Must have completed three career-related activities with the Career Center before the end of the 2017 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.
  • 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, travel, food, etc. These 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 • Letter of recommendation
• Follow-on service project
Plotkin Arts Internship Scholarship $2500 7-10 Students pursuing an internship in the arts. Preference is given to students majoring or minoring in one of the following arts disciplines: studio art, art history, art education, music, music education, music technology, musical theatre, dance, theater, or film & television studies. Supports students in an arts-related career opportunity. 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.

A complete application consists of four steps:

  1. Upload your resume
    • Upload your resume in the "Documents" section of Catamount Job Link.
    • Once in the "Documents" tab, click the "Add New" button.
    • Upload your resume using this screen. Select the Resume as the Document Type. Please note that once a document is uploaded, it needs to be approved by a counselor in the Career Center. This review process can take up to two business days.
  2. Complete and send your budget sheet
  3. Complete the online application
    • Complete the online application, available in Catamount Job Link. Once you log in, click the link on the right-hand side that says, "Apply for Internship Scholarships". The application takes 30-60 minutes to complete, and you may save your progress by clicking the "Save Draft" button at the top or bottom of the page, so that you can return to the application later. We suggest writing your short essay answers in a separate document and then copying them into the application.

    The application essay prompts (and maximum length for each answer) are as follows:

    • In one or two sentences, describe your post-graduate goals for the first one to three years after you graduate from UVM. (60 words)
    • Why have you chosen to pursue an internship at this particular organization? (150 words)
    • How does your internship relate to your career/academic interests? (150 words)
    • What are your goals for this particular internship experience? What do you hope to learn? Please feel free to use bullet points. (125 words)
    • How do you expect to receive supervision and feedback during your internship? (125 words)
    • Please provide reasons for pursuing internship funding, and information about your financial need. (125 words)

    If you have questions about the application process, please come to Drop In Hours at the Career + Experience 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 four staff members will make the final decision on the dollar amount and recipient(s) for each award. Decisions are made based on a number of factors, such as:

    • The specific aim and focus of each award, and the fit with those aims
    • The benefits a student will gain from the internship
    • How the internship aligns with the student's career/professional goals
    • The learning opportunities and supervision available at the internship
    • The student's financial need
    • Supporting a range of awardees who reflect the diverse skills, interests, and identities of the UVM student body

    Award criteria

    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 begin establishing 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.
    • 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 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 student brings a unique perspective, life experience, or identity.

    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 alternative plans. Internship scholarships are competitive awards, and not everyone will receive funding. If you need assistance making alternative summer plans, please make an appointment at the Career Center.

    Academic Credit

    If you are interested in obtaining academic credit for your internship, please read information about internship course options here. Earning credits for an internship is dependent upon registering (and paying) for those credits. Credit cannot be awarded for work already completed, so be sure to work out credit arrangements in advance of beginning your internship. Credit-bearing internships have an academic component, so you will need to budget time for the reading and writing assignments.

    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 • Follow-on service project (see webpage for more details)
    • After the internship, a two page summary addressing how the internship helped you grow and how it affected your career trajectory.
    Plotkin Arts 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.
    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 Career + Experience Hub, or contact please contact Amanda Chase.

    Last modified February 15 2017 10:26 AM