Internship Scholarships and Financial Support

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While the benefits of completing internships are clear, for many students there are financial barriers that stand in the way. To help with this, CLA offers internship scholarships to support students and alleviate some of the financial pressures that might come along with an internship. If you have accepted an unpaid internship, consider applying for the CLA Internship Scholarship. If you’re planning for a summer internship but don’t yet have one lined up, you can apply for the Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship. DACA and undocumented students are eligible for internship scholarship consideration.

CLA Internship Scholarship

The CLA Internship Scholarship is designed to provide some financial assistance to undergraduate students participating in unpaid internships. The scholarships are offered by CLA three times per year and awarded during the term that the internship is completed. 

Applying for a CLA Internship Scholarship

To apply for a CLA Internship Scholarship, you must meet the following conditions:

Please check back here in August for the fall internship scholarship application.
Contact claschol@umn.edu for questions.
  • Be an already-enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate student in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota.
  • Have not previously received this scholarship.
  • Be already engaged in an internship, participating in a university program that places you into an internship, or you have already been accepted into an internship position that meets the following conditions:
    • You are completing or will complete a minimum of 120 hours of work at the internship site.
    • You have been assigned a supervisor at your internship site who will verify your work hours and help ensure that you have a good experience.
    • Your work is off campus and is not directly connected to a University department/unit or to a University faculty/staff member.
    • You are not receiving a salary for your internship work. Small "perks" such as occasional lunches, free tickets, parking privileges, etc., do not count as salary. Modest stipends (less than $100 total) do not count as salary either.
    • Both domestic and international internships qualify for this scholarship.

Required Application Materials

A complete application includes the online application as well as a Site Agreement through GoldPASS powered by Handshake. Both requirements must be completed by the deadline for your application to be considered. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed. You can find instructions for completing the Site Agreement on the CLA Internship Scholarship Applicant & Recipient Canvas site.

Please note: Scholarship recipients are required to enroll in an internship course before the $2,000 award is transferred into their student account. Summer internship scholarship recipients have a number of options that are detailed in the application. HECUA students and some study abroad programs are exempt from this additional requirement. You will note the course you plan to take on the Site Agreement. Contact Chelsea Ochoa with questions.

This is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship. Be sure to use the CLA Career Services office to get help with finding an internship or completing the Internship Scholarship application. To schedule an appointment or to get your questions answered, visit CLA Career Services in 411 Bruininks Hall, email claschol@umn.edu, or call 612-624-7577.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

If you're awarded one of the $2,000 scholarships, please note that the award will be considered part of your financial aid package. If you have questions about this, contact One Stop.

Scholarship Awards

All applicants will automatically be considered for whichever scholarship they qualify for. Please check with your academic department to see if they offer additional internship scholarships. Here are the awards that are available:

Barbara D. and Lee Bearmon Internship Award in Jewish Ethics and Practice

This $2,000 internship scholarship is designated for CLA undergraduate students who are interested in issues of ethical behavior and leadership and doing unpaid internships in Jewish communal and social justice organizations. Students may take the internship for academic credit or as an extracurricular activity.

Barbara Newsome Award

This $2,000 internship scholarship is designated for CLA undergraduate students who are majoring in sociology and are engaged in an unpaid internship in the community related to the field.

Barbara Newsome Liberal Arts Internship Scholarship

This $2,000 scholarship provides financial support to undergraduate students who are enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts, able to demonstrate financial need and academic merit, and who are completing an unpaid internship. 

CLA Alumni Award

This $2,000 internship scholarship is designated for CLA undergraduate students who are doing unpaid internships, regardless of major or field of internship.

Dr. Matthew Stark Civil Liberties Internship Award

This $2,000 scholarship supports students who are engaged in (unpaid) internships that reflect a civil liberties/social justice connection. Recipients will be referred to as Stark Intern Scholars.

Elden Johnson Award

This $2,000 internship scholarship is designated for CLA undergraduate students who are doing unpaid internships and are working with public archaeology, museums, or American Indian studies in some way.

CLA Ignition Award

This $2,000 scholarship provides internship support to students in the College of Liberal Arts.  

Pamela Newsome Edstrom Liberal Arts Internship Scholarship

This $2,000 scholarship provides financial support to undergraduate students who are enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts, able to demonstrate financial need and academic merit, and who are completing an unpaid internship.

If you have an internship, you might be interested in taking a class that will help you make the most of the experience. During the semester you have an internship, consider taking the online class, ID 3896: Internship Reflection. It'll help you get more out of your internship and earn 1 credit.

Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship

CLA Career Services is excited to offer this scholarship opportunity for our students. The Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship will combine the hands-on experience of a summer internship with an internship reflection course, enhanced career coaching, and alumni mentoring opportunities. This award is for undergraduate degree-seeking students in the College of Liberal Arts. Scholarships for 2020 have been awarded.

The Mulhollem Cravens Leadership Scholarship has a separate application process and deadline, so please review the following details carefully. 

Eligibility

  • Degree-seeking CLA undergraduate.
  • Must be enrolled (in CLA) through the fall semester following summer internship 
  • Have not previously received this scholarship. You may apply if you have received an unpaid internship scholarship. 

Award Requirements

If selected for a scholarship, you will:

  • Secure an off-campus internship (paid or unpaid) for the summer 2021 term.
  • Work at least 120 hours total during the internship.
  • Participate in a one-credit Internship Reflection course during the internship.

Required Application Materials

Part One: Essay

Your essay should cover the two main topics below in 750 words or less. In your essay, please touch on these ideas:

  • Please describe your current career goals and the steps you have taken to help make progress towards those goals. How does your liberal arts education connect with your goals? How does an internship this summer tie into your goals?
  • Please offer some comments on how you have demonstrated leadership skills up to this point in your life.  Examples can be from either before or during your collegiate career.

Please note that CLA Career Services does not give preference to students who:

  • Can identify a very specific career goal such as a job title or company. The specificity we are looking for could include any of the following: career field; personal values, mission or purpose; skills or strengths they desire to use; desired future education, etc.
  • Are clearly “decided”. Steps taken to make progress towards goals can include those that help the student to explore and/or clarify career goals.
  • Have demonstrated “positional leadership”, such as president, etc. Student examples of leadership can reflect engagement with family, community, work, student organizations, etc. We are looking for students who demonstrate personal leadership qualities such as initiative, drive, relationship building, advocacy on behalf of others, etc.

Part Two: Résumé

If you do not have a résumé or you simply want it reviewed prior to the application deadline, get assistance from CLA Career Services in 411 Bruininks Hall. Drop-in hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. or you can schedule an appointment. 

This is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship. Applicants are encouraged to use the CLA Career Services office to get help with completing the leadership scholarship application. To schedule an appointment or to get your questions answered, visit the CLA Career Services office, email claschol@umn.edu, or call 612-624-7577.

Application for 2021 will open in fall 2020.

2019-2020 Timeline

  • Complete online application and essay. (December 11)
    A selection committee will review applications and notify winners. (January 2020)
    Find a summer 2020 internship. Personalized support will be available from the CLA Career Services staff. (Spring 2020)
    Enroll in the one-credit summer Internship Reflection course. (May 2020)
    Receive your $5,000 scholarship. (June 2020)
    Begin your summer internship. (June 2020)
    Celebration reception. (Fall 2020)

Scholarships and Financial Aid

If you're awarded one of the $5,000 scholarships, please note that the award will be considered part of your financial aid package. If you have questions about this, contact One Stop.

Get Ready Internship Scholarship

The application for 2020-2021 is now closed. The 2021-2022 application will open in fall 2020.

  • Be an already-enrolled, degree-seeking student in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota with sophomore status at the time of application
  • Be a first-generation college student with demonstrated financial need (preference for Pell-eligibility)
  • Be planning to find and complete an internship (paid or unpaid) within the next 12 months

Details & Basic Timeline:

Recipients will receive the scholarship during the term they are completing an internship. The amount of the scholarship will depend on the nature of the internship and the award is contingent upon successfully finding an internship. Unpaid internship: $2000 // Paid internship: $1000

  • Apply by December deadline, specifying desired internship term (summer, fall, spring)
  • Recipients are notified in the spring semester and complete scholarship agreement
  • Students search for an internship with support from CLA Career Services
  • Students complete site agreement to confirm internship by the stated deadline for that term. If a student changes plans or does not find an internship, they will work with the Internship Scholarship Coordinator.
  • During the term a student completes an internship, they enroll in an internship course (3896). If the internship is during the summer, special accommodations will be made to avoid further financial barriers.

The CLA Career Readiness Internship Guide: Making the Most of Your Internship offers tools and suggestions for making your internship the best experience it can be. Access the guide online, or pick up a copy in CLA Career Services or in one of the CLA Academic Advising offices.