Funding Opportunities

Jackson School Internship Scholarships

The Jackson School Office of Career Development oversees the administration of four scholarship funds that provide financial support to students pursuing internationally-focused internships during their time at the University of Washington. Learn more about the Jackson School’s four internship scholarship programs below.

Note: With the exception of the Leslianne Shedd Memorial Scholarship, you must be a Jackson School major to receive an internship scholarship.

Priority will be given to students in unpaid internships.

Available Scholarships

Note: Scholarship amounts are subject to change.

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.


The George Taylor Internship Endowed Fund

What is it for?

Established in 1999 to provide financial assistance of up to $1,000 to 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.


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 $1,500 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. Until further notice, remote internships are now eligible. 

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. 

Who can apply?

– Jackson School undergraduate and graduate students

– Students in the University of Washington Master’s of Public Health programs focusing on global health 

NOTE: Non-Jackson School 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.

Application Details

Eligibility

  • Internship applications will open four times a year, aligned with each academic quarter. Application deadline is Census Day each quarter (second Friday). Students may submit their application the day after Census Day of the previous quarter until Census Day of the quarter in which the internship takes place. Students should have a confirmed internship before applying. 
  • 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.

Selection Criteria

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

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

  • Student status (continuing students given priority in most cases)
  • Confirmation from internship provider regarding applicant’s internship, including duration and hours/week
  • Internship provider location (will determine type of scholarship awarded)
  • A student’s goals for the internship
  • Demonstrated financial need (FAFSA or equivalent statement of need)

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. If students have questions or concerns about the application deadlines, please contact the Director of the Office of Academic Services, Britta Simon, at bsimon@uw.edu.

Application Process

Once applications go live, students must complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Read the eligibility and selection criteria list above. Please read all instructions carefully, as the scholarships differ in eligibility and purpose. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  2. Prepare your application materials for the online application: 
    • Internship information and a one-page, double-spaced written statement (between 300-420 words) about what you hope to learn from this internship experience. 
    • Unofficial transcripts from UW 
    • Resume
    • Financial information (FAFSA or equivalent, plus a written description of your financial need) 

Note: All application materials for Jackson School Internship Scholarships must be submitted electronically. Hard copy application materials will not be accepted.

  1. Complete and submit the online JSIS internship scholarship application by clicking on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.
    Students must submit a completed application packet by 5:00 p.m. PDT on the application due date — Census Day (the second Friday of the quarter in which the internship takes place) — to be considered for opportunities.

Award notification

All applicants will be notified via email whether or not they have been awarded a scholarship and the amount of the award. The amount of each award is dependent upon both the availability of funds and the terms of the internship award. 

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 by email response. 

Post Scholarship Requirements

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.  Thank you notes should be at least ½ page in length. 

Questions? Email jsisadv@uw.edu or call (206) 543-0176