Funding Opportunities

Internship Scholarships

The Jackson School Office of Career & Professional Development oversees the administration of four scholarship funds that provide financial support to unfunded or under-funded students pursuing internationally-focused internships during their time at the University of Washington. Learn more about the Jackson School's four intern scholarship programs below.

Available Scholarships

The Diane Fathi-DiLuck Endowment

What is it for?

Established in 2006 to provide financial assistance of up to $1,000 to Jackson School students who serve as unpaid interns with organizations in the greater Seattle area in order to gain practical experience in the field of international affairs.

What kind of internships apply?

Internationally focused internships in the Greater Seattle area.

Who can apply?

All undergraduate and graduate students from the Jackson School of International Studies.


The George Taylor Internship Endowed Fund

What is it for?

Established in 1999 to provide financial assistance of up to $1,000 to provide Jackson School students who serve as unpaid interns with organizations in order to gain practical experience in the international field.

What kind of internships apply?

Internationally focused internships in the Greater Seattle area.

Who can apply?

All undergraduate and graduate students from the Jackson School of International Studies.


The Jackson-Fosdick Memorial Internship Fund

What is it for?

Established in 1998 in memory of Dorothy Fosdick to provide financial assistance of up to $1,000 to undergraduate and graduate Jackson School students serving in internships at organizations engaged in some aspect of international affairs.

What kind of internships apply?

Internationally focused internships in the United States or abroad. Traditionally excludes internships in the Greater Seattle area.

Who can apply?

Undergraduate juniors, undergraduate seniors, and graduate students who are currently enrolled at the Jackson School.


The Leslianne Shedd Memorial Fund

What is it for?

Established in 1998 to provide financial assistance of up to $2,000 to Jackson School undergraduate and graduate students who wish to intern with the U.S. Foreign Service, the United Nations, or other international governmental or non-governmental organizations; or to students pursuing a career in public health in underserved areas overseas.

What kind of internships apply?

Internationally focused internships in the United States or abroad. Traditionally excludes internships in the Greater Seattle area.

Who can apply?

– JSIS undergraduate and graduate students

– Students in MPH programs focusing on global health.


Eligibility

  • For the Taylor, Jackson-Fosdick, and Fathi-DiLuck scholarships, applicants must be Jackson School undergraduate or graduate students who have been accepted into unpaid internationally-focused internships.
  • Internships can be completed in the Winter or Spring quarters before applying, or during the Summer or Fall quarters immediately after application.
  • Students graduating in the summer of the year they apply who will continue on to an unpaid summer internship are still welcome to apply for funding, however, priority will be given to students who will be continuing their UW studies into fall after the duration of their internship.
  • For the Leslianne Shedd Memorial Fund scholarship, in addition to JSIS students, MPH students with a global health focus are invited to apply. Non-JSIS applicants to the Leslianne Shedd Memorial Fund Scholarship should apply using the JSIS scholarship application form and indicate in their personal statement that they are applying for the Leslianne Shedd Memorial Fund from another department.

Selection Criteria

Scholarships will be awarded by the scholarship committee based on the following criteria – we recommend you consider these when building your applications:

  • Academic achievement
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Student status (continuing students given priority in most cases)
  • Internship location (will determine type of scholarship awarded)
  • The substantive nature of the internship
  • The potential of the person(s) selected to make a significant future contribution to the international arena
  • A student’s goals for the internship

Please Note: Students must be completing a professional internship to be eligible for these scholarships. These scholarships will not be awarded for activity connected to academic fieldwork or research.


Post Scholarship Requirements

At the conclusion of the internship we require that scholarship recipients submit a brief report of responsibilities and experiences to send to our donors. Our internship scholarships are made possible through the generosity of our donors, who believe in supporting the academic and professional goals of students.  At the conclusion of your internship, we ask that you thank the people who established this scholarship by expressing your appreciation and describing what their support has meant to you.  You will receive an invitation to visit our online tool for collecting scholarship information, which will allow you to tell the donors about yourself and your internship experience.  

Additionally, we are sometimes able to arrange luncheons between scholarship recipients and donors and ask that recipients make time to attend these one-time events. 


How and When to Apply

Once applications for a given year go live, students must complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Read the eligibility and selection criteria list above. Be sure to read all instructions carefully, as the scholarships differ in eligibility and purpose. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  2. Prepare your application materials (listed below) – all application materials for Jackson School Internship Scholarships must be submitted electronically. Hard copy application materials will not be accepted.
  3. Complete and submit the online JSIS internship scholarship application by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button.
    Students must submit a completed application packet by 5:00 p.m. PDT on the application due date to be considered for opportunities.

 

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Application Materials

  • Internship information 
  • A one-page written statement describing the work you will be doing and how the skills and experience provided by the internship will help further a career in international affairs.  
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended 
  • One letter of recommendation 
  • Resume 

When to Apply

Applications Open Application Deadline Candidate Notification Accept Award & Submit Paperwork Post-Internship Reports Due
JSIS Academic & Internship Scholarships 2020 February 18, 2020 March 21, 2020 April 30, 2020 Mid May Early October 

(If completing Autumn quarter internship, reports due Mid-January 2021) 

 

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Scholarship Committee

Scholarship decisions will be made under the supervision of the Director of the Jackson School in collaboration with Jackson School staff and faculty. Committee membership may change at the discretion of the Director.


Award notification

All applicants will be notified via email whether or not they have been awarded a scholarship. Once candidates receive award letters and before receiving financial support, they are expected to do the following:

Provide final confirmation that the internship has either been completed or confirmed.

Formally accept or decline the award via online confirmation.


Financial Awards

The amount of each award shall be determined by the Jackson School and is dependent upon both the availability of funds and the terms of the internship.


FAQ

Visit the Careers Frequently Asked Questions page for Internship Scholarship FAQ.