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CLA Undergraduate Internship Scholarship


Internships are great way to enhance your academic experience. The CLA Undergraduate Internship Scholarship Program is designed to provide some financial assistance to students participating in unpaid internships.


All applicants will automatically be considered for whichever scholarship they qualify for. Below are the awards that are available:
  • CLA Alumni Award: This $1500 internship scholarship is designated for CLA undergraduate students who are doing unpaid internships, regardless of major or field of internship.
  • Elden Johnson Award: This $1500 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.
  • Barbara Newsome Award: This $1500 internship scholarship is designated for CLA undergraduate students who are majoring in sociology and engaged in an unpaid internship in the community related to the field.
  • Kevin J. Mossier Foundation Award: The Mossier Award is a gift from the LGBT community to support all CLA students, regardless of sexual orientation. This $1500 scholarship supports CLA undergraduate students who are doing unpaid internships at organizations to strengthen communities in Minnesota and throughout the world. Click here to learn more about the Kevin J. Mossier Foundation Award.
  • Dr. Matthew Stark Civil Liberties Internship Award: This $1500 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.
Special Notice....

If you're awarded one of the $1500 scholarships, please note that the award will be considered part of your financial aid package. If you have questions about this, contact OneStop.


To apply, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Be an already-admitted, degree-seeking student in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota
  • Be of sophomore standing or above
  • Have not previously received this scholarship
  • Be already engaged in an internship, or 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 will help ensure that you have a good internship experience.
    • Your work is off-campus and 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.


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Summer scholarship: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Fall scholarship: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Spring scholarship: Wednesday, February 11, 2015

This is a one-time, non-renewable scholarship.

Completed applications must be submitted through the CLA Undergraduate Internship Scholarship Moodle site by 11:59 p.m. on the day specified above. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


A complete application includes the following:
  • Application Form
  • Unofficial copy of your transcript(s)
  • Internship Scholarship Essay (2 pages)
  • Terms of Arrangement (signed by you and site supervisor)

Applicants are encouraged 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 the CLA Career Services office, email, or call 612-624-7577.

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 3208 Internship Reflection. It'll help you get more out of your internship and earn 1 credit.