Scholarships for Unpaid Internships


Career Center Internship Award


The Career Center understands that, while completing an internship is necessary to be competitive in today's job market, it can be financially straining. In an effort to help offset the costs of working in unpaid internships, the Career Center provides ten $500 scholarships to students during each academic semester (Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer semesters).

 

Qualifications


Candidates for the award must meet the following criteria:

  1. Enrolled as a degree-seeking student and participating in a Grand Valley State University-approved, credit-bearing, unpaid internship. To qualify, students must meet criteria required for internship eligibility within their academic department.  Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need (based on FASFA information), clearly respond to the essay question, and submit a quality resume.
  2. Candidates and recipients shall be making satisfactory academic progress according to the norms established by the University.
  3. Demonstration of financial need as defined by government programs is required. 
  4. Candidates must be accepted by Grand Valley State University for enrollment or be attending the University to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

Award Specifications


  1. This scholarship will be awarded to a candidate only once. Prior recipients may not reapply.
  2. Recipients of the award will be obligated to pay back all of the monies awarded within 30 days of occurrence if for any reason they:
  • Withdraw/drop their academic credit for the experience.
  • Quit or are terminated from their internship work site.

Application Procedure


Candidates for this scholarship will complete the online application found on myScholarships.  Be sure to complete the supplemental information related to the award (this includes uploading your resume and answering the essay questions).

*The application deadline is the first day of classes after the drop/add deadline for the semester applied.

*NOTE: If you are completing a Spring or Summer semester internship, applications are due the first day of the second week of classes for the Spring Semester.


Selection


The recipients will be chosen by a Career Center selection committee in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office of Grand Valley State University. Notifications will be made through the myScholarships website.


First Generation Career Support Award


The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage and assist first generation students participating in an unpaid internship or experiential learning opportunity approved by the university.

Qualifications


To qualify, you must:

  • be an undergraduate enrolled full time
  • be completing an internship for credit
  • be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • be the first in their family to earn a four-year degree (First Generation)

Financial need may be considered, and shall be demonstrated by the completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Award Specifications


  1. This scholarship will be awarded to a candidate only once. Prior recipients may not reapply.
  2. Recipients of the award will be obligated to pay back all of the monies awarded within 30 days of occurrence if for any reason they:
  • Withdraw/drop their academic credit for the experience.
  • Quit or are terminated from their internship work site.

Application Procedure


Candidates for this scholarship will complete the online application found on myScholarships. Be sure to complete the supplemental information associated with this scholarship.

*The application deadline is the first day of classes after the drop/add deadline for the semester applied.

*NOTE: If you are completing a Spring or Summer semester internship, applications are due the first day of the second week of classes for the Spring Semester.

Selection


The recipients will be chosen by a Career Center selection committee in collaboration with the Financial Aid Office of Grand Valley State University. Notifications will be made through the myScholarships website.