"My internship...has been an incredible journey, allowing me to explore all aspects of journalism. I've had the chance to shadow experienced journalists, report on court trials (including some high-profile cases), build my journalism reel, operate the teleporter, and make lasting friendships within the industry." - Zena, LSA Scholarship Intern at WBAL Philadelphia, Summer 2023
For many LSA students, pursuing a Spring/Summer internship is an ideal way to gain valuable, hands-on experience in their field of interest. Combined with your degree from the College of LSA, a great internship experience can help you stand out from the crowd during your post-graduation job search and boost your potential for success.
Thanks to generous donations from U-M alumni and supporters, the LSA Internship Scholarship can help make these life-changing opportunities a reality for students, regardless of their background or financial resources. U.S.-based internships may be in-person or virtual, paid or unpaid. Read on to learn more about the LSA Internship Scholarship program and how to apply.
To learn more about International Internship Scholarships please visit our LSA International-Based Internship Scholarships page.
What does the scholarship cover?
The LSA U.S.-Based Internship Scholarship can help with the required ALA 225: Undergraduate Internship Course* tuition and fees, housing, relocation, commuting, food and other internship-related expenses.
LSA Internship Scholarship award amounts vary and are determined by students' calculated cost of attendance, and financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. In-state residents could receive up to $9,400 and out-of-state residents could receive up to $11,200. We cannot award funds beyond what a student's aid package allows.
The LSA Internship Scholarship application is open December 1 – 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 until the student has registered their internship in LSA Engage, registered for the ALA 225* course, and the Hub has approved the student’s internship for funding consideration.
While the final application deadline is May 20, we advise all students to register their internship well ahead of this date to allow the LSA Opportunity Hub time to complete their review and approval process.
In order to be considered for the LSA U.S.-Based Internship Scholarship, your virtual or in-person internship experience must meet the LSA Opportunity Hub requirements.
To be eligible for the LSA U.S.-Based Internship Scholarship, a student must also:
- Be an undergraduate currently enrolled full-time and pursuing a degree program (or MDDP) in the College of LSA (LSA minors are not eligible)
- 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)
- All LSA Domestic Internship Scholarship applicants must register their internship in the LSA Opportunity Hub's LSA Engage platform
- Register for ALA 225*: Undergraduate Internship Course offered by the LSA Opportunity Hub before the first day of your internship
- Return to LSA as an enrolled undergraduate student in the fall term following their 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.
- Ensure that the internship meets the LSA Opportunity Hub requirements for Internships
- Enroll in and successfully complete ALA 225*: Undergraduate Internship Course
- Notify LSA Scholarships staff of additional internship funding
*If a student does not receive credit (CR grade) for ALA 225, 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.
All LSA U.S.-Based Internship Scholarship applicants must register their internship in the LSA Opportunity Hub's LSA Engage platform. If the Hub approves your internship, they will issue you an override to register for ALA 225. 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 registering your internship or enrolling in ALA 225*, please contact the LSA Opportunity Hub for assistance.
How do I apply?
At the same time as registering your U.S.-Based Internship with the LSA Opportunity Hub, 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.