University of Vermont

UVM Summer Internship Scholarship Information

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 or secured internship plans to apply to funding -- you just need to have applied to the internship. 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.

Eligibility for all awards


  • Must be a current degree-seeking undergraduate UVM student in good standing.
  • Need to plan to continue studies in the fall 2019 semester (that is, the awards are not available to graduating seniors).
  • Who are awarded a scholarship must provide a letter from their internship employer confirming the internship offer
  • Are eligible to be funded one time during their time at UVM.

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.

Application Process

Please read ALL pertinent information before starting.

The application asks for:

  • Information about your internship
    Please include information about your top-choice internship. If you are awarded funding and decide to intern at an organization different from what you detailed in your application, you will be asked to submit an updated scholarship application. The committee will review your updated application and decide to: Award the scholarship as originally planned; adjust the scholarship amount or funding source (if possible); or withdraw funding.
  • Six short essays:
    1. In one or two sentences, describe your post-graduate goals for the first one to three years after you graduate from UVM. (Max 400 characters, or about 60 words)
    2. Why have you chosen to pursue an internship at this particular organization? (Max 1000 characters, or about 150 words)
    3. How does your internship relate to your career or academic interests? (Max 1000 characters, or about 150 words)
    4. What are your goals for this particular internship experience? What do you hope to learn? Please feel free to use bullet points. (Max 850 characters, or about 125 words)
    5. How do you expect to receive supervision and feedback during your internship? Be specific. (Max 850 characters, or about 125 words)
    6. Please provide reasons for pursuing internship funding, and information about your financial need. (Max 850 characters, or about 125 words)
  • Your involvement in career-related activities
    You 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. 
  • Your resume
    • Resume tips and examples are available to help guide you.
    • You can request feedback on your resume draft in Handshake. To do so, request an appointment and select "Online Document Review"
    • For in-person assistance, bring a resume draft to Drop Ins at The Hub (first floor of the Davis Center): Mondays-Thursdays: 10am-5pm, Fridays: 10am-3pm.
  • Your budget sheet (available here):
  • Your consent to publicize your success if you win a scholarship (optional)

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.

Award Details

Award Name and Webpage Max Award $ # of Awards Who Can apply Award Aim & Purpose
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
College of Arts & Sciences Internship Scholarship $2500 7-10 Students in the College of Arts & Sciences Supports CAS students in professional development
Honors College Career Development Award $3500 2 Students in the Honors College Supports students in the Honors College
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
Vermont Scholarship Fund $2500 3-5 Provides funding for students pursuing internships within the State of Vermont. Students pursuing an internship that will take place in Vermont
Award Name and Webpage Max Award $ # of Awards Who Can apply Award Aim & Purpose

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 Timeline and Decision Process

  • January 5th: Application process opens
  • March 21st: Application deadline
  • March 22nd-April 2nd: Applications reviewed by the scholarship selection committee
  • April 3rd: Scholarship selection committee meets to discuss and decide on awards
  • April 5th-12th: Applicants notified. Applicants will receive an email indicating that they have been awarded, wait-listed*, or not funded
  • April 27th: Deadline for awardees to submit a letter from their internship supervisor that confirms their internship offer

*Students placed on the wait list will be notified on a rolling basis when funding becomes available. Wait-listed students will receive final award decisions by the end of April.

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

  • Once the internship is complete, all scholarship awardees are required to submit a two page summary addressing how the internship helped you grow and how it affected your career trajectory.
  • Students who receive awards from donor-funded scholarships will be asked to write a thank-you note to the award benefactor.
  • Public Impact Research Scholarship Recipients will be asked to give a presentation of their research at the annual UVM Student Research Conference in April, generally in the year following their internships.
  • Energy Climate Public Impact recipients will be asked to give a presentation on their 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.
  • CAS Internship Scholarship recipients will be asked to write a thank-you note to the award benefactor and submit a short video at the end of the summer summing up the experience. Specific requirements can be found here.

Questions and Help

Please give yourself adequate time ahead of the application deadline to submit your materials so that you can contact us during business hours with any questions.

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

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