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

Application Deadline: 11:59pm on Thursday, March 18th 2021.

Application Information

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

Applicants must:

  • Be a current degree-seeking undergraduate UVM student in good standing.
  • Earn academic credit during the summer semester the internship occurs. If you don't want or need this credit, you might check out the affordable SINT summer credit option.
  • Plan to continue studies in the fall 2021 semester (that is, the awards are not available to graduating seniors).
  • Provide a letter from their internship employer confirming the internship offer if granted an award

These internship scholarships help defray living costs of unpaid or "under-paid" internships. "Under-paid" means that you may receive payment 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.

Students are eligible to receive this funding once during their time at UVM.

Please note that the internships with the College of Arts and Sciences' Communities of Practice (i.e. Community News Service, Strategic Communications, and Sustainable Transportation Vermont) are not eligible for UVM Internship Scholarship funding. Please get in touch with Sophia Trigg (strigg@uvm.edu) to learn more about funding for Communities of Practice

Application Process

Please review all pertinent information below before starting your application.

The application asks for:

Information about your internship

Provide detailed information about your top-choice internship, including an attachment of a position or job description. 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

You will be asked to write essays on the following topics:

  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 resume

The Career Center’s Guide to Resumes offers tips, resume examples, instructions to request online resume feedback, and our in-person Drop In Hours.

Your budget sheet

FileDownload and complete this budget sheet (XLS), which you will be asked to upload with your application. Please make realistic estimations, and do appropriate research as you calculate costs. A tool like Numbeo's Cost of Living Calculator may be helpful. The budget asks for expenses related to travel, housing, and food. It then subtracts any income you will receive, calculating your total unmet need (i.e. your requested funds). The scholarship fund cannot be used for tuition or program fees (unless the program fee is specifically for transportation, housing, and food).

You will also be asked if you consent to having your success publicized if you win a scholarship. This is optional, and will not influence the selection committee's decision.

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 and write your short essays). 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 or contact Amanda Chase.

Award Details

Internships for the Common Good

  • Supports students doing direct service at nonprofit or mission-driven organizations
  • 8-10 awards up to $1250 each

College of Arts & Sciences Internship Scholarship

  • For students in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • 35-40 awards up to $3000 each

Honors College Career Development Award

  • For students in the Honors College
  • 2 awards of up to $3000 each

Samuel Fishman Memorial Fund

  • For students pursuing internships in government, policy, or service
  • 2-5 awards up to $3000 each

Geography Department Internship Funding

  • For Geography students pursuing internships; available through the generous donations of alumni Matthew Glass and Will Kies
  • 3-5 awards of up to $2500 each

International Internships

If you are planning an internship abroad, your plans will require further approval by the Office of International Education. Please consider the risks that you may encounter abroad - pull down the menu on the right 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.

Review the Office of International Education's additional health and safety considerations when abroad.

Funding Timeline and Decision Process

  • Early January: Application process opens
  • March 18th: Application deadline
  • March 19th-March 31st: Applications reviewed by the scholarship selection committee
  • April 1st: Scholarship selection committee meets to discuss and decide on awards
  • April 2nd-9th: Applicants notified. Applicants will receive an email indicating that they have been awarded, wait-listed*, or not funded
  • April 23rd: 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.

Evaluation Criteria

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

As an international student, you may have additional requirements as a condition of your visa. Please ensure that you take appropriate steps with the Office of International Education and your advisor to fulfill these requirements.

If you are awarded a scholarship, it may be taxed at a different rate than domestic students. Please contact Student Financial Services if you have questions.

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

  • All scholarship recipients are required to earn academic credit during the summer semester the internship occurs.
  • Once the internship is complete, all scholarship awardees are required to submit a video or written 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.
  • 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 CAS Internship Scholarship requirements can be found on their website.

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 or contact Amanda Chase.