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UNL Career Services, with funding from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, will provide scholarships of $1,000-$1500 each to assist up to 10 students participating in internships (or serviceships) that are unpaid or that provide only a limited stipend.

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Internship Scholarship Application Procedures

Purpose of the Internship Scholarship

The goal of the internship scholarship program is to reduce financial barriers which prevent some students from pursuing experience in their career field of interest. The program assists with expenses incurred while onsite at an internship (or serviceship) that is either unpaid or provides only a limited stipend. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate financial need. The internship (or serviceship) must be within the non-profit, humanitarian, scientific research (non-profit) or government sector.


  • Sophomore, Junior or Senior status.
  • Applied, secured, or accepted into a summer internship program within the non-profit, humanitarian, scientific research (non-profit) or government sector which will last a minimum of 8 weeks with a minimum of 240 hours of total work performed between 30-40 hours/week.
  • Registered for at least one credit hour this summer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • United States citizen or qualified alien who can be verified as lawfully present in the United States.

Application Procedure

Submit all materials to Career Services, 230 Nebraska Union by Friday, April 12th, 2013, 12 Noon. Include the completed Application Form along with:

  1. Your resume
  2. Most recent college transcript
  3. Proof of internship - A copy of the completed application; time period and hours of internship; a complete description of duties and responsibilities; planned hours/time period of internship; location; the amount of pay or stipend being provided (if any); and, if accepted, a letter from program/organization confirming offer/acceptance.
  4. A letter of recommendation from an advisor, professor, employer, or professional contact (one page maximum).
  5. A personal statement describing: a) financial need and how this internship and scholarship will benefit your personal and professional goals, b) the impact of this scholarship on your ability to participate in this particular internship opportunity (one page maximum).

Selection Criteria and Notification

Up to 10 students will receive scholarship funds based on:

  • The strength of the personal statement
  • Financial need

Applicants will be notified of the decision regarding their application by the end of April. The selected individuals must demonstrate no later than the first week of May confirmation and acceptance of the serviceship/internship identified in the scholarship application.


Still have questions?
Dr. Kelli K. Smith
Assistant Director
UNL Career Services
(402) 472-3145

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