University of Vermont

Internships For the Common Good Fund

(Formerly the Anna Whitcomb Scholarship)

Quick Links

Complete the online application
(takes 30-60 minutes)

Download the Budget Sheet

Log in to Catamount Job Link

Information Sessions offered in the Hub on:

  • Thurs, Feb 11th 3-4pm
  • Tues, Feb 23rd 12-1pm
  • Wed, Mar 2nd 1-2pm)

The Internships For the Common Good Fund is awarded to students who intend to participate in a career-related opportunity, and need financial assistance in order to accept an unpaid internship. Preference is given to internships that promote the common good and are mission-based/non-profit organizations. Preference is also given to undergraduate students. Applicants must be in good standing, and current students at the University of Vermont. Four awards of up to $2500 each will be awarded at the beginning of the summer. The application deadline is 5pm on March 15th, 2016.
Applicants will be notified about the scholarship by April 18th.

Any degree-seeking University of Vermont student is eligible to apply. Eligible students must plan to continue their course of studies for the fall 2016 semester, which means that students planning to graduate in May 2016 are not eligible for this award. It is important to note that the purpose of this scholarship is to assist students with attaining experience relating to career and professional development. Because of this, scholarship decisions are not made on the basis of previous experience or GPA. Rather, awards are based on:

  • The benefits a student will gain from the internship
  • How the internship aligns with a student’s career/professional goals
  • Financial need

Do not rule yourself out!

Internship eligibility and verification

Eligible internships are those that provide a substantive learning experience. A student should have the opportunity to apply knowledge gained in the classroom, and to attain new knowledge or skills that are transferrable to other employment settings. There should be clearly defined learning objectives/goals, and consistent supervision and feedback from an experienced supervisor. The Career Center can help you determine if an internship fits these criteria – feel free to stop in at drop in hours at the Career + Experience Hub with questions.

You do not need to have confirmed internship to apply, but distribution of the scholarship will be contingent upon receiving a letter from your employer detailing the following information:

  • The organization name and address
  • Confirmation of your internship offer
  • A brief outline of your responsibilities


The application deadline is 5pm on March 15th, 2016. All materials must be received by this date.

Financial Aid and Tax Information

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

Alternative Plans

It is important to make alternative plans. The Internships For the Common Good Fund is a competitive award, and not everyone can receive award money. Please feel free to make an appointment at the Career Center if you need assistance making alternative summer plans.

Academic Credit

If you are interested in obtaining academic credit for your internship, please see Amanda Chase, Internship Coordinator in the Career Center. 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.

Committee Award Decisions

A committee of four staff members will make the final decision on who will receive scholarship funds.

Scholarship Recipient Obligations

The following items will be required from scholarship recipients:

  • A thank you note to the benefactor
  • A two page, double-spaced summary answering the following questions:
    • How did this internship help you grow personally and professionally?
    • How did this internship opportunity affect your career goals? Did it help you explore options, gain skills, or refine a plan as it relates to your career?
  • Participation in an hour-long panel on internships in the fall 2016 semester (date TBA)

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. Upload your budget sheet
  3. Apply in Catamount Job Link
    • Once your documents have been approved in Catamount Job Link (which can take two business days), APPLY to the internship scholarship position in Catamount Job Link, ID #23082.
    • When prompted, select your previously resume and budget to submit your application.
  4. Complete the online application
    • Complete the online application.The application takes 30-60 minutes to complete, and unfortunately, you will not be able to save your progress. Please make sure you have enough time to complete the entire application in one sitting. 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. (400 characters)
    • Why have you chosen to pursue an internship at this particular organization? (1000 characters)
    • How does your internship relate to your career/academic interests? (1000 characters)
    • What are your goals for this particular internship experience? What do you hope to learn? Please feel free to use bullet points. (900 characters)
    • How do you expect to receive supervision and feedback during your internship? (900 characters)
    • Please provide reasons for pursuing internship funding, and information about your financial need. (900 characters)

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

    Last modified June 20 2016 04:01 PM