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LSA Internship Scholarship

Up to $5,000 in funding is available to cover the cost of interning in the US and up to $7,500 for interning abroad — all through the LSA Internship Scholarship. These scholarships are made possible thanks to generous donations from U-M alumni and supporters (In 2018, we awarded more than $1 million!).

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis between January 1 and May 24, 2020. To learn more about eligibility requirements, frequently asked questions, or to apply, visit the LSA Scholarships page.

What does the scholarship cover?

The LSA Internship Scholarship supports LSA students pursuing a spring or summer 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:

  • Travel to and from the city where the internship is located

  • Travel between residence and internship on work days

  • Housing

  • Food

  • Professional clothing

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.)

  • Laptops or other personal computing devices

  • Entertainment expenses

If you aren’t sure whether your expenses are eligible or not, go ahead and include them on your application. We evaluate each application individually and will make a determination of your expenses based on the information provided.

 

Eligibility

Both you and your internship must meet the eligibility requirements in order to be considered for the LSA Internship Scholarship. At its core, an internship is a type of experiential learning, but not all experiential learning opportunities are funded by the LSA Internship Scholarship.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

In order for YOU to be eligible for this scholarship, you must:
  • Be an undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program (major) of the College of LSA or be an LSA Undeclared student (NOTE: students pursuing a minor only in LSA do not qualify)
  • 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)
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (green-card holder)
  • Have a FAFSA and CSS Profile on file with the Office of Financial Aid
  • Be eligible for and receive need-based support through the Office of Financial Aid
  • Secure an internship prior to applying for the scholarship (internships do not need to come through the LSA Internship/International Internship programs; placement may come from an external source)
In order for YOUR INTERNSHIP to be eligible for this scholarship, it must:
  • Include a formal job description with the qualifications the employer is seeking

  • Apply knowledge that you’ve gained in the classroom

  • 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, such as a laptop
  • Require you to work at least 25 hours per week for a minimum of six weeks

Your internship may be domestic OR international, paid OR unpaid, credit OR not for credit.

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 to be considered an internship. Other experiences that are not funded by the LSA Internship Scholarship include but are not limited to student’s own entrepreneurship activities or interning for family member.

How to Apply

To apply for the LSA Internship Scholarship, you will need to complete two parts:

  • Part 1: Internship submission: To determine whether your internship qualifies for the LSA Internship Scholarship, you will need to submit your internship details to 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 this part, contact the LSA Opportunity Hub at lsa-opphub@umich.edu

  • Part 2: Scholarship application: To apply for the funding, you will complete the LSA Internship Scholarship application. Instructions and more information can be found on LSA Scholarships' website. This can be done at the same time as the first step.

You will need to complete BOTH steps for your scholarship application to be reviewed. Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis according to the following timeline:

 

Review Round 

Part 1: Internship Submission Deadline

Part 2: Scholarship Application Deadline 

Notification Date 

Round One

February 23

March 1

March 20

Round Two

March 22

March 29

April 17

Round Three

April 19

April 26

May 15

Round Four

May 17

May 24

June 7

 

 

Scholarship Requirements and Award Disbursements

Once awarded, scholarship recipients must complete the requirements listed below.

Accept your Award

Please follow the instructions included in your award email in order to accept your scholarship within Academic Works and register your internship in the LSA Opportunity Network. Please be aware that LSA cannot disburse your award until you accept the scholarship and complete all pre-disbursement requirements.

Complete Additional Pre-Disbursement Requirements for International Internships

All students interning abroad must complete U-M mandated health and safety requirements via the M-Compass Internship/Work Registry, including purchasing (and providing proof of enrollment for) GeoBlue U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance for the entire duration of your internship, providing a copy of your passport, entering an itinerary record to show where you will be for what dates, and contact information for while you are abroad.

Disbursement of Scholarship

The College of LSA will disburse your scholarship once you accept your award and complete all pre-disbursement requirements. LSA Internship Scholarships (both international and US-Based) are typically disbursed at the beginning of the Spring term.

If after you have accepted your award and completed all pre-disbursement requirements, you have any specific questions about when your scholarship funds will be disbursed, please contact the LSA Scholarship Office (LSAscholarships@umich.edu). NOTE: For students planning on registering for classes in the Spring/Summer term, please know that this may affect when and how your internship scholarship will be disbursed.

Internship Reflection and Post-Experience

Internship Scholarship recipients are required to earn 100 points in Yellowdig by posting internship reflections and commenting. Information about using Yellowdig during your internship is sent by email prior to the start of your internship.

Scholarship recipients will also be required to complete a post-experience survey about your internship and participate in an activity or writing exercise in the Fall to express gratitude to the scholarship donors.