Due to the emergence of COVID-19, this year's LSA Internship Scholarship will only be awarded to students participating in virtual internships for the spring and summer of 2020. For your health and safety, we will not provide funding to support in-person internship experiences in the US or internationally. This decision is in compliance with university guidelines for experiential learning opportunities.
Thanks to generous donations from UM alumni and supporters, the LSA Internship Scholarship can help make these life-changing internship opportunities a reality for all students, regardless of their circumstances. In 2019, we awarded more than $1 million to LSA students participating in internships. Read on to learn more about the LSA Internship Scholarship, including new eligibility criteria for this year's virtual internships.
What does the scholarship cover?
The LSA Internship Scholarship supports LSA students pursuing a spring or summer virtual internship experience. Scholarship funds can be used to assist with any reasonable expenses that a student incurs as a result of completing their internship.
Examples of eligible expenses include:
- Professional clothing
- Equipment required to complete the internship virtually if not provided by your employer
Examples of ineligible expenses include:
- Expenses incurred from personal travel or vacations
- Regular expenses that a student pays outside of their internship (e.g. car payments, auto insurance, long-term medical expenses, credit card bills, etc.)
- Entertainment expenses
If you aren’t sure whether your expenses are eligible or not, go ahead and include them on your application. The LSA Scholarships office will evaluate each application individually and will make a determination of your expenses based on the information provided.
Amounts and Duration
LSA Internship Scholarship awards vary depending on the cost of a student's virtual internship experience and their financial need. Award amounts can go up to $5,000. Students are awarded their scholarship in the term when the majority of their internship takes place, either spring or summer.
LSA Internship Scholarship applications are open until June 12, 2020. Awards are made on a rolling basis and completed applications will be placed in review rounds on the schedule listed below. Remember that applications are not placed in a review round until the student has registered their internship in the LSA Opportunity Network and when the LSA Scholarships office has received both a submitted application and a completed confirmation from the employer.
|Review Round||Registration Deadline||Application Deadline||Notification Date||Thank You Letter Deadline|
|Closed due to
|April 27||May 4||May 11||May 18|
|May 13||May 20||June 3||June 10|
|June 5||June 12||June 26||July 3|
NOTE: While the final deadline is June 12, students are advised to submit their portion of the scholarship application well ahead of this date so their employer has enough time to complete the confirmation form. An application cannot be considered without the employer confirmation.
To be eligible for the LSA 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)
- Apply for and receive need-based support through the Office of Financial Aid
- Have a FAFSA and CSS profile on file with the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) and must renew their FAFSA annually
- Not be enrolled in spring/summer classes or study abroad
- Be returning to LSA as an enrolled undergraduate student in the fall term following the internship (NOTE: students participating in an internship after graduation do not qualify)
At its core, an internship is a type of experiential learning, but not all experiential learning opportunities are funded by the LSA Internship Scholarship. In order to be considered for the LSA Internship Scholarship, your virtual internship experience must:
- Total at least 60 hours of work and last for a minimum of four weeks
- Conclude no later than August 30, 2020
- Include a formal job description with the qualifications the employer is seeking on official letterhead
- Develop skills that you can use in other employment settings
- Offer clearly defined (preferably written) learning objectives related to your professional goals
- Be supervised by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field
- Provide you with routine feedback from your supervisor
- Provide you with the resources and equipment you need to do your work
Your internship may be US-based OR international, paid OR unpaid, credit OR not for credit but must be conducted virtually.
Student organization activities and community volunteer work are other types of experiential learning, but please note that they must meet all of the above criteria in order for you to be considered for an internship scholarship.
If you’re not sure whether your experience qualifies for the LSA Internship Scholarship, you may send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss. We will assist you in registering your internship which is the first step to being considered for the LSA Internship Scholarship.
How do I apply?
To apply for the LSA Internship Scholarship, you will need to complete these three steps:
Step one: Register your virtual internship in the LSA Opportunity Network. From the Home page, click "Hub Programs" > "Hub Programs" and select "Register an Opportunity". Fill out all the fields, including “Yes” for LSA Internship Scholarship, and then click "Submit" once you are finished. If you have questions about these instructions, please email us at email@example.com and we will help you register your virtual internship.
Once you have submitted your internship through the LSA Opportunity Network, we will evaluate your internship for eligibility. Once your internship has been approved by us, the LSA Scholarships team will review your LSA Internship Scholarship application.
Step two: Complete the general application.
Step three: Complete the conditional application.
Please refer to our FAQ below for more details on how to complete steps two and three.
- Thank you letter: After accepting their scholarship award within the application system, students selected for an LSA Internship Scholarship will be prompted to complete a thank you letter that will be shared with the donor of their scholarship. This form must be completed before our office will disburse any scholarship funds.
- Additional Funding: Scholarship recipients who receive additional funding towards their internship must inform our office immediately. LSA Internship Scholarships are tied to an assessment of a student's financial need and failure to disclose anticipated changes to a financial aid package may result in negative impacts to the total amount of the scholarship.
- Yellowdig Participation: Scholarship recipients will receive access to our Yellowdig site as early as May. Participation in Yellowdig's writing and reflection prompts is required. We will share further details directly with scholarship recipients prior to the start of their internship.
Again, for any questions about this process, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond as soon as we can.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I find a virtual internship or convert my current internship to a virtual experience?
If you need support securing a virtual internship or if you would like guidance on converting your current on-site internship into a virtual internship, we encourage you to view this resource page or to speak with a member of our team directly. Email email@example.com to speak to an Internship Coordinator who can assist you with this planning.
How do I complete steps two and three of the application process?
After you have completed step one of the process by registering your internship in the LSA Opportunity Network, you can complete steps two and three as follows:
Step two: Click the “apply here” button below and complete the general application. When asked which scholarship program you are applying to, click the box that matches your internship experience, either "US-Based Internship" or "International Internship." For virtual internships, you should select your application based on where the office you will be working for is located. If you have already completed a general application, simply check the box for the internship application you need and save your application. Do not uncheck any of the other boxes or change any of your previous responses.
Step three: Once the general application has been completed and submitted, you will then be directed to complete the conditional application that matches the type of scholarship you selected (either “US-Based Internship” or “International Internship”). Complete and submit the appropriate conditional application for full consideration.
Note: If you previously started or submitted an application for this year's LSA Internship Scholarship through LSA Scholarship’s application portal, they have returned all applications in the system to "drafted" mode. Please update your application and resubmit once you have secured your virtual internship and registered it in the LSA Opportunity Network. If you will no longer be pursuing an internship this year, you may uncheck the box on your general application that indicated which type of internship scholarship you were applying for.
When will my scholarship disburse?
Scholarship funds are disbursed once a student accepts their award and completes the necessary requirements listed above. LSA Internship Scholarships are typically disbursed at the beginning of whichever term encompasses the majority of the internship experience.If, after you have accepted your award and completed all pre-disbursement requirements, you have specific questions about when your scholarship funds will be disbursed, you may contact the LSA Scholarships office at firstname.lastname@example.org
If I am taking spring/summer classes and applying for tuition support, can I still apply for the LSA Internship Scholarship?
Due to recent changes to the university's spring/summer enrollment requirements, students are not eligible for the LSA Internship Scholarship if they are also pursuing classes during any part of the spring/summer 16-week term. This is because the scholarship would have a negative impact on any financial aid received for spring/summer courses.
Students considering multiple spring/summer experiences will need to make a choice to either pursue internship funding or to participate in credit-bearing courses as they cannot receive funding for both.
What if I do not qualify for this scholarship? Is there anywhere else I could look for support?
If you do not meet the qualifications for this internship scholarship, we encourage you to check out our list of additional funding sources, but please keep in mind that there may be some changes to funding availability given current circumstances.