Internship Equity Fund

Support Student Career Readiness

The Internship Equity Fund aims to reduce financial barriers and support students in pursuit of high-quality internships that will help them develop new skills, apply classroom learning in a real-world setting, and build experience to enhance their career readiness. Students selected for the program work with staff at the UW Career & Internship Center to secure an unpaid, or underpaid, summer internship in the non-profit or government sector, and receive funding for successful completion of program requirements. This fund meets a critical need for students, as noted by one of our previous recipients who stated, “I certainly could not have afforded to devote the whole summer to this kind of project without the support of the fund.”



  • Program Details

    • UW Seattle undergraduate students apply for the program in the fall.
    • Applications are reviewed by Career & Internship Center staff. Priority is given to students with financial need and little to no professional experience.
    • Selected students work with a career coach in winter and spring quarter to secure an internship.
    • Students are required to work at least 100 hours in their internship site, meet regularly with a career coach, and complete an evaluation at the conclusion of their internship.
    • Students receive $2,500 (split in two installments) upon successfully securing an internship and completing all program requirements.
  • Previous Student Interns

    • Name: Shea Formanes
      Major: English
      Internship Site: Leading Women of Tomorrow
      Description: During my summer internship at Leading Women of Tomorrow, I worked as a Digital Media and Contributing Writer for the organization’s blog, where I pitched, researched, wrote, edited, and published articles and blog posts. In addition, I was responsible for selecting keynote and diversity & inclusion (D&I) speakers for the first-ever LWT Chapter Summit. I actively researched, scheduled meetings, and negotiated availability, logistics for the event, and compensation with multiple politicians, lawmakers, and senators.


    • Name: Margarita Quintana-Salas
      Major: Chemical Engineering
      Internship Site: North Seattle College
      Description: I interned at North Seattle College, working under Professor Kalyn Owens as a Teacher’s Assistant for her two Chemistry courses. I set regular office hours for students to drop by and I would answer their questions and go through homework and/or practice problems together. I also provided my email in case the office hours didn’t work with the student’s schedule. To better understand where confusion might arise from students and to be better prepared for future questions, I viewed their lectures, worked on their quizzes and homework.


    • Name: Emily Smith
      Major: Drama
      Internship Site: Synetic Theatre
      Description: While interning at Synetic I designed and implemented a new archival system, created a standardized strike plan that can be applied to every production and streamlined transitions between plays, and helped implement a CRM system that will be used to track employee progress and make sure the company is meeting its EDI goals. Overall, I learned how to be a good production manager in a crisis like COVID, as well as some of the fundamentals about how a theatre is run that are missing from my undergrad education with the school of drama.


    • Name: Briyanna Stewart
      Major: Sociology
      Internship Site: Northwest Film Forum
      Description:  During my internship with the Northwest Film Forum, I worked independently creating artist profiles for POC filmmakers. I helped and shadowed editors, and I reviewed film submissions for the local sightings film festival.


    • Photo of Lupe GalvanName:
      Guadalupe Galvan
      Major: American Ethnic Studies
      Internship Site: King Count Juvenile Court
      Description: During my internship, I worked with a Probation Counselor at King County Juvenile Court where I was able to monitor a caseload of twelve adolescents. Although we couldn’t meet them in person because of COVID, we would call them each week to check in with them and make sure we were providing the best support and resources. I would update case notes, reports, sit in court hearings and had the opportunity to close a few cases. I was also able to work with other Probation Counselors and learn about their area of work. Overall, through this internship I was able to learn more about Juvenile Court and have a better understanding about how our legal system works in King County.


    • Photo of Fani Medel MartinezName:
      Fani Medel Martinez
      Major: Social Welfare, Communication
      Internship Site: The Borgen Project
      Description: As a Nonprofit Leadership Intern, I raised funds, advertised, and mobilized community members to fight against global poverty. I was responsible for raising $500 and contacting my Congressional Leaders through emails, letters, and phone calls. In addition, I designed a marketing campaign to teach individuals how to contact Congress. At the end of my internship experience, I also got the opportunity to attend a Congressional Meeting with a staff member from Washington District 4th.


    • Photo of Liz MughoName:
      Elizabeth Mugho
      Major: Political Science
      Internship Site: The Borgen Project
      Description: As a political affairs intern, I was tasked with helping promote and educate the community and representatives about The Borgen Project and its aim to end global poverty. I fundraised money, reached out to state representatives, mobilized people in my community, and tried to make global poverty a focus of U.S foreign policy.
  • Student Quotes

    • “I’ve always wanted to have an internship, but I think this [the internship equity fund] made it manifest.”
    • “Working over the summer enhanced my skills not only as a writer, but also as a researcher and public speaker.”
    • “I wanted to find an internship to establish if social work is the right path for me… In just the first two weeks, my internship made me excited for my future.”
    • “Looking for internships is hard for me, and you [the program staff] were great! You took your time in providing me virtual internship options which was a great help.”
  • Financial Details