Scholarship for Unpaid Internships

The Scholarship for Unpaid Internships 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 garner experience in the non-profit or government sector. Students selected for this scholarship will work with staff at the UW Career & Internship Center during winter and spring quarter to secure a unpaid, or underpaid, summer internship in the non-profit or government sector.

Funding for this program has been made available through the Gerald J. Baldasty and Randal A. Beam Career Internship Endowed Fund for Students, the UW Career & Internship Center, and generous donations from UW alumni, donors, and staff.

  • Program Benefits

    • Student Quotes here.
  • Program Eligibility

    • 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 of 2020. Low paid is defined as receiving less than $500 during the academic quarter from the supervising employer or organization.
      • 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 2021 following their internship
  • Program Requirements

    • 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.
  • Financial Details

    • Selected scholars who successfully secure an eligible unpaid internship will receive $2,500 disbursed directly to their student account – half at the beginning of the experience and half after successful completion of all scholarship requirements. This funding counts towards the student’s financial aid eligibility and could disrupt their current financial aid package. If you have concerns regarding financial aid implications, please talk with the scholarship program staff and UW Financial Aid.
  • Application Information

    • Apply by December 8, 2020

      Complete the application in Handshake including:

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

      All applicants will be notified in January 2021 of their application status.

  • Questions

    • Contact Dan Herb, Internship Success Manager, at

Past Scholarship Recipients

  • Summer 2020

      Name: Shea Formanes
      Major: Community, Environment and Planning (CEP); English
      Internship Site: Leading Women of Tomorrow
      Description: My internship assists other members of Leading Women of Tomorrow in achieving outreach on their platforms, especially their blog and social media accounts, as well as help coordinate other chapters across the country. I will also help cultivate partnerships with other advocacy groups to spread the message that more women should run for public office. My day-to-day responsibilities include communicating with the general board members of Leading Women of Tomorrow, attending meetings regarding large-scale events, and researching topics regarding women in politics and positions of power for various blog posts. Additionally, I will also be in frequent contact with other like-minded organizations about potential collaboration opportunities with Leading Women of Tomorrow, either via email, phone, or Zoom. My projects and daily deliverables would include blog posts, social media posts, collaborations with other organizations, and events held by Leading Women of Tomorrow.


    • Name: Magarita 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 am going to be designing and implementing a new archival system, creating a standardized strike plan that can be applied to every production and will hopefully streamline transitions between plays, helping implement a CRM system that will be used to track employee progress and make sure the company is meeting its EDI goals, and learning Raymond’s theory of production management. Specifically, I’m hoping to learn from him how to be a good production manager in a crisis like COVID, as well as learning some of the fundamentals about how a theatre is run that are missing from my undergrad education with the school of drama.PICTURE
      Name: Briyanna Stewart
      Major: Sociology
      Internship Site: Northwest Film Forum
      Description: Help create content for community partners. Shoot and edit projects.
  • Summer 2021

      • TBD!