"Doing an internship abroad is much more hands-on than anything you might learn at your own university. You truly experience a job rather than study it. You're presented with real responsibilities... On top of that, you're living in a different country, gaining insight into cultural views and business perspectives." - Zeke, LSA International Scholarship Intern, Summer 2022
A great internship can help make lasting connections and propel your post-graduation job search. Along with earning your LSA degree, you will have gained valuable skills and experience that may put you ahead of other job candidates.
Thanks to generous donations from U-M alumni and supporters, LSA Internship Scholarships can help make these life-changing opportunities a reality for students, regardless of background or financial resources. All our internship scholarships are donor funded and based on financial need. If you're planning to spend your LSA internship abroad read on for more information and how to apply.
Our International Internship Scholarship application has changed!
All LSA International Internship Scholarships will be awarded in partnership with the LSA Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) International Internship program. All other international internships, including those posted in LSA Engage, are not eligible for this funding opportunity.
If you are actively pursuing an International Internship through CGIS, check this page for updates, as we are still finalizing details.
What does the Scholarship cover?
LSA Scholarships support LSA students who enroll in a Center for Global and
Intercultural Study (CGIS) International Internship program. Scholarship
funds help offset or cover internship-specific expenses and the cost of
attendance associated with a CGIS International Internship program*.
Examples of eligible expenses include:
- Cost of attendance for the SEGIS International Internship program*
- Travel for airfare and transportation to your destination
- Commuting on workdays
- Professional clothing
LSA International Internship Scholarship awards vary in amount depending on the cost of a student's internship experience, CGIS International Internship Program* cost of attendance, and a student's level of financial need. We cannot award funds beyond what a student's aid package allows.
*If a student does not receive credit (CR grade) for their internship program, their scholarship may be retroactively canceled. The student may be responsible for paying back the entire amount of the scholarship and this may impact their eligibility to receive LSA Scholarship support in the future.
The LSA Internship Scholarship application is open December 2 – May 20. Completed scholarship applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in late March with awarding beginning in early April and continuing through the first week of June. Scholarship applications will not be reviewed for funding consideration until the student has registered for their (CGIS) International Internship program*.
While the final application deadline is May 20, we advise all students to register for their internship well ahead of this date to allow for the approval process.
In order to be considered for the LSA International Internship Scholarship, your internship experience must be an LSA International Internship Program, coordinated through the CGIS office.
To be eligible for the LSA International Internship Scholarship, a student must:
- Be an undergraduate currently enrolled full-time and pursuing a degree program (or MDDP) in the College of LSA
- Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (i.e., possess a green card)
- Have applied for and receive need-based aid through the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) for the current academic year
- Have a CSS Profile and current-year FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid (OFA)*
- Register for a Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) International Internship Program
- Return to LSA as an enrolled undergraduate student in the fall term following the internship
*Financial assistance from all sources during the academic year (September through August) factors into the ongoing review of your financial aid eligibility now and in the future. If your total financial aid, including any new offer, exceeds your eligibility for financial assistance this academic year, your aid may be limited in a future term or reduced from previously received assistance. You can learn more about financial aid terms and conditions on the Office of Financial Aid's website.
Some of these activities must be completed before our office will disburse scholarship funding to recipients. Others will be required of students either during or after their internship experience.
- Enroll in and successfully complete Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) Internship Program* Which is an 8+ week placement and a 3-credit (in-residence) internship seminar that is taken concurrently.
- Complete Health and Safety Requirements—INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS ONLY
- Notify LSA Scholarships staff of additional internship funding
- Receive credit (CR grade) for their CGIS International Internship program**
**If a student does not receive credit (CR grade) for their CGIS International Internship program, their scholarship may be retroactively cancelled. The student may be responsible for paying back the entire amount of the scholarship and this may impact their eligibility to receive LSA Scholarship support in the future.
All LSA International Internship Scholarship applicants must register for a Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) International Internship program*. This step must be completed before our team, LSA Scholarships, can review a student's LSA Internship Scholarship application.
If you have any questions about enrolling, please contact a CGIS International Internship Advisor for assistance.
Health and Safety Requirements—INTERNATIONAL ONLY
Notification of Additional Internship Funding
How do I apply?
At the same time as registering with CGIS for your International Internship, complete the general application through the LSA Scholarships application portal. Click on the “Apply For Scholarship Here” button below. When asked which scholarship program you are applying to, click the box for "LSA Internship Scholarship."
Note: If you have already completed the general application—this is common for students who apply for multiple scholarships each year—simply check the box for the LSA Internship Scholarship and save your application. Do not uncheck any of the other boxes or change any of your previous responses, as doing so may impact other active applications you currently have in the portal.
Once the general application has been completed and submitted/updated, you will then be directed to complete the LSA Internship Scholarship application. Submit this application for full consideration.
If you have any questions about the scholarship application process, please contact us, or schedule an appointment.