We recognize that students typically have financial demands of tuition, housing, travel, and other personal expenses, and that unpaid/under-paid internships (while offering great experience) can also create a financial burden.

In an effort to make internship access more equitable for all students, CAS and UVM offer the following funding opportunities:

Art & Art History Internship Funding

The Department of Art and Art History is pleased to provide scholarships of up to $1000.00 to support Studio Art, Art History, or Art Education students pursuing unpaid or under-paid internships in summer 2021. You don't need to have landed your internship yet, just need to have applied!

Art & Art History Funding

Deadline EXTENDED: April 22 at 11:59 p.m.

Communities of Practice Funding

Students participating in the Communities of Practice program can apply for funding to assist them with living expenses while completing the program.

Communities of Practice

Deadline: April 5 at 11:59 p.m.

College of Arts and Sciences Internship Scholarship

Scholarships up to $3,000 for students in the College of Arts and Sciences to cover travel and living expenses while they work at an unpaid or underpaid internship.

CAS Internship Scholarship Website

Additional Funding Sources

There are several other UVM funding sources that provide scholarship money for students who need financial assistance in order to accept an unpaid internship:

More Internship Funding

Office of Fellowships, Opportunities and Undergraduate Research (FOUR)

FOUR offers several funding opportunities for research and internships. Sometimes your internship, if it includes a lot of research, may qualify you for some of these alternate funding sources. 

FOUR website

Other ways to get paid

If your employer does not offer to pay you minimum wage, you might ask them about other forms of compensation. Some internships offer stipends, which is a fixed amount of money delivered in a lump sum, used to cover expenses (e.g. a $1,000 stipend for the semester). Other allotments may include housing, food, or vouchers for gym memberships, bus passes, etc. It can’t hurt to ask!


Intern Olivia Shutkin

Olivia Shutkin ('20 Spanish, Political Science) interned during summer 2019 at Abby Yozell's interior design firm in Boston, M.A. and was a recipient of the CAS Internship Scholarship.

"As an aspiring interior designer, having the opportunity to work alongside Abby on interiors work as well as with her e-commerce home goods business, this internship will provide relevant experience from a talented interior designer. My internship will include photography, sourcing furniture, space planning, digital design programming, and more."