UW Career Center Scholarships for Unpaid Internships

Website: UW Career Center


This scholarship is for students interested in doing an internship with a non-profit or government organization in summer. The internship must be unpaid (or paid less than $500) at a non-profit or in the government (local, state or federal) and offer a minimum of 10 hours a week. Selected scholars will work with a career coach to secure an unpaid internship next summer. Selected scholars who successfully secure an eligible unpaid internship will receive $3,000 disbursed directly to their student account – half at the beginning of the experience and half after successful completion of all scholarship requirements. The application is open to students of all citizenship statuses and will prioritize students who demonstrate financial need.

  • Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for the scholarship:
    • Enrolled undergraduate student at UW-Seattle in good academic standing
    • Interested in completing an unpaid or low-paid internship experience in either a non-profit or governmental (local, state, or federal) organization in the summer. Low paid is defined as receiving less than $500 during the academic quarter from the supervising employer or organization.
    • Work with the Career & Internship Center to find an eligible internship and then obtain confirmation of your internship participation by the site supervisor.
    • Applications are accepted from students of all citizenship statuses (international and undocumented students are eligible to apply)
    • Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate financial need.
    • Plan to enroll at the UW in autumn quarter following their internship.
Student Type
  • freshman
  • sophomore
  • junior
Citizen Type
  • US Citizen
  • Permanent Resident
  • International or Other Visa Status
  • Undocumented

Complete the application Google Form which includes:

    • Essay questions about how an internship will contribute to your personal, academic, and/or career development
    • Essay question about how this scholarship funding would benefit you
    • Current resume
Service Agreement

Recipients of the scholarship are required to:

  • Meet with UW Career & Internship Center staff at least once prior to starting their internship to support their ability to find and maximize a summer opportunity.
  • Complete their internship experience as defined by a learning agreement created with their internship site supervisor. Minimum 10 hours per week.
  • Complete a program evaluation survey at the conclusion of their internship experience.
  • Conduct an exit interview with UW Career & Internship Center staff to provide feedback on their experience to help improve the program in subsequent years.
Contact Information

Dan Herb- Internship Success Manager

(206) 543 9106