Internship Funding

Have you ever wanted to serve as an intern but you didn’t have the financial means to pursue it?  At PLU, we believe all students should have a chance for any internship with the sky as the limit. Each year Alumni & Student Connections solicits applications from qualified PLU students for the Krise Endowed Internship Fund, the Long Science, Technology & Society Endowed Internship Fund, the Heike A. Phelps Memorial Scholarship. Additional details regarding eligibility requirements, application deadlines, and funding amounts are accessible via the links below.

Krise Endowed Internship Fund

For students from any major with an otherwise unpaid summer internship. GPA minimum is a 2.5

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Long Science, Technology & Society Internship Fund

For unpaid internships related to the fields of science, technology and society

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Heike A. Phelps Memorial Scholarship

For all majors, preference is given to business majors. GPA minimum is a 3.3

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External Internship Funding Resources

In addition to PLU internship funds and scholarships, there are many other scholarship opportunities facilitated by organizations outside of PLU. These scholarships are not awarded by PLU, and eligibility and application requirements may vary. Explore the list of scholarships below and use the links to navigate to the organizations’ websites.

  • Eligibility: Studio Institute’s ARTS Intern Program places undergraduates from diverse cultural backgrounds in paid summer internships at museums and cultural institutions. Applicants must be a resident of New York City, Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, or Providence and Student Aid Report (SAR) must indicate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of less than $5,000.
  • Deadline: Open until filled

  • Eligibility: The Undergraduate Public Service Scholarship supports female undergraduate students who are applying to or have secured an unpaid internship in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Internships in Maryland and Virginia are fine, as long as they are generally near Washington, D.C. Applicants must be rising juniors, seniors, or be recent college graduates (graduated no more than 10 months from the application deadline). There is no requirement regarding the applicant’s major or focus of study, as long as the internship focus requirements are met. We anticipate accepting four scholars each year, although this number may be adjusted according to the volume of applications received.
  • Deadline: Late March

  • Eligibility: The Christianson Grant is awarded to young Americans who have arranged their own service projects abroad. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. The grant does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs.
  • Deadline: Mid-March

  • Eligibility: For more than 20 years, the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program has provided students with fellowship opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. The MLEF program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; however, all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Deadline: Early January

  • Eligibility: The Emma Bowen Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is building a more diverse media and tech industry by recruiting promising students of color and placing them in multi-year paid internships at some of the nation’s leading companies in the media industry.
  • Deadline: Mid-March

  • Eligibility: The Google News Lab Fellowship offers students interested in journalism and technology the opportunity to spend the summer working at relevant organizations across the US to gain valuable experience and make lifelong contacts and friends. While the work of each host organization is unique, Fellows have opportunities to research and write stories, contribute to open source data programs, and create timely data to accurately frame public debates about issues in the US and the world.
  • Deadline: Early January

  • Eligibility: The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests.
  • Deadline: Late March

  • Eligibility: The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) seeks students that are interested in a summer internship in the corporate sector. The applicant must be eligible to work in the United States by law and have completed their freshman year of college.
  • Deadline: TBD

  • Eligibility: The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer.
  • Deadline: Application available in September

  • Eligibility: This highly selective program teaches a talented group of up-and-coming communicators the realities of the business world through an all-expense-paid internship in New York City, which includes practical experience and career-planning advice.
  • Deadline: Early December

  • Eligibility: This Center-unique project is intended to encourage high-caliber college students to both pursue and earn graduate degrees and to enhance their interest in aerospace research by exposing them to the professional research resources and facilities of LaRC. Applicants must be pursuing degrees in aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, computer science, atmospheric science, astrophysics, physics, chemistry or selected aerospace-related disciplines of interest to NASA Langley Research Center. Students with other majors that support NASA, such as business administration and public administration, are also eligible.
  • Deadline: On-going

  • Eligibility: The LCIF internships are full-time and run from the first week of June to August with starting and end dates depending on school opening dates. Interns are placed in prominent advertising, marketing, sales, public relations, media and other industry-related businesses in Chicago, Detroit, New York and Washington, DC. Students chosen are full-time minority undergraduate student in good academic standing and are majoring or minoring in communications, marketing, advertising or public relations.
  • Deadline: Late March

  • Eligibility: For 50 years, the American Society of Magazine Editors has sponsored the Magazine Internship Program—a ten-week program for rising college seniors at magazines in New York and Washington. ASME interns report, edit, fact-check, and copy-edit for print and online publications. They may sometimes interview celebrities, attend press conferences and work the red carpet—but most of the summer they do the un-glam but essential work of magazine journalism.
  • Deadline: Early December

  • Eligibility: For more than 20 years, the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program has provided students with fellowship opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy. The MLEF program was created in 1995 with the goal of improving opportunities for under-represented students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; however, all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Deadline: Early January

  • Eligibility: The Collegiate Leadership Internship Program (CLIP) is a paid summer internship experience in New York City that seeks to foster and develop professional and lay leadership in the Jewish community. CLIP matches undergraduate students who have an interest in pluralistic Jewish life and culture with engaging, substantive internships at a variety of for-profit, non-profit, and Jewish communal organizations, where they are provided with mentorship and guided development of new skills.
  • Deadline: Early February

  • Eligibility: The Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program provides U.S. undergraduates, entering their Senior year, with the rare opportunity to work on supervised research projects at the Institut Pasteur. The Foundation’s goal is to encourage and inspire students in the pursuit of a scientific career and to expose them to an international laboratory experience.
  • Deadline: On-going

  • Eligibility: The Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program provides U.S. undergraduates, entering their Senior year, with the rare opportunity to work on supervised research projects at the Institut Pasteur. The Foundation’s goal is to encourage and inspire students in the pursuit of a scientific career and to expose them to an international laboratory experience.
  • Deadline: Late January

  • Eligibility: CAPAL’s Public Service Scholarship Program awards scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who will be serving in unpaid public service internships in the Washington, DC area. These scholarships are intended to enable outstanding students with leadership potential to work full-time and learn ways to influence their local communities and the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) community. Recipients of the scholarships are responsible for securing their own internship opportunity.
  • Deadline: Early March

  • Eligibility: Each summer, the Education Department invites a number of college students to help facilitate its summer education program, Camp Shakespeare. Ideal for candidates interested in exploring careers in theatre education. Exceptional candidates will have prior experience working with youth, preferably in the arts. These summer education internships are full-time, short-term engagements that span from late-June to mid-August. Summer interns receive a weekly stipend, but are not provided with housing.
  • Deadline: Early April

  • Eligibility: The Smithsonian offers these internships to increase participation of groups who are underrepresented in the museum field. This program is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through direct experience in research or museum-related internship projects under the mentorship of research and professional staff members at the Institution’s many museums, research institutes and offices.
  • Deadline: Early February