Unpaid Internship Resources

Resources for any student

Resources for students in the DC-Maryland-Virginia (DMV) Area*

*Non-exhaustive list. Please send any additional recommendations to internships@thedialogue.org

  • American University
    • School of International Service Internship Fund: The SIS Internship Fund is awarded annually by the SIS Office of Career Development to provide financial assistance to SIS students pursuing unpaid internships to enhance their academic experience and future career prospects. The application opens on March 1 and is announced by email. Awardees are chosen by mid-April. Email Career Office for more info on how to apply.
    • Extensive list linked here.
  • George Mason University
    • Scholarship for Unpaid Internships: The Scholarship for Unpaid Internships program provides financial support to students who would not be able to participate in an internship experience in their chosen field without it. University Career Services strongly encourages all employers to provide paid internships; however, this is not possible or realistic in many fields of interest to our students. Preference is given to students seeking their FIRST internship/career experience in their chosen field of interest and/or demonstration of financial hardship incurred by taking on an unpaid internship. Students may receive up to $1000 during the fall and spring semesters and up to $3000 during the summer term. More information linked here and here.

  • George Washington University
    • Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF): The GW Career Services Council established the Knowledge in Action Career Internship Fund (KACIF) to encourage GW students to pursue high-quality, necessarily unpaid internships that foster their career exploration and enhance their academic program, while reducing the financial challenges associated with unpaid internships. Review eligibility requirements and information about the award and the application process below to help you prepare to apply for the award. More information linked here.

  • Georgetown University 
    • Extensive list of scholarships and funding resources linked here (link only accessible to students with a Georgetown NetID).
  • Johns Hopkins University
    • Extensive list of scholarships and resources linked here.

  • University of the District of Columbia
  • University of Maryland
    • The Bright Futures Initiative: The Bright Futures Initiative awards students with need-based scholarships ranging from $100-$1,000 to help offset expenses incurred during unpaid internships.  Scholarships are generously funded by the Eisen Family, the University Career Center & The President’s Promise, the University of Maryland Parents Association and individual donors through Maryland Giving Day.  If you are interested in financially contributing to the Bright Futures Initiative, please visit brightfutures.umd.edu. If you are an undergraduate student who has secured an unpaid summer internship with a non-profit organization or government agency, you are eligible to apply. More information linked here.
    • Extensive list of other scholarships and funding resources linked here.

  • University of Virginia
    • Extensive list of scholarships and funding resources linked here.


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