Life + Career Design scholarships support students’ experiences in professional work with the goal of advancing their career readiness.
Specifically, the scholarships support students’ living, transportation, and/or other expenses related to engaging in unpaid or underpaid work in an actual work environment. The work may be an internship, undergraduate research experience, extended volunteer experience, or possibly even a part-time job that the student wants to use for their professional development seminar. Students advance their career readiness specifically through an online 1-credit professional development seminar in which they create an e-portfolio to reflect on and describe their preparedness for a career based on their experience in an actual workplace.
Students will submit an updated resume and a budget worksheet outlining need for support and will be awarded funds up to $5,000. Our goal is to give 60 awards for Spring and Fall 2020.
For spring/summer, applications are due by May 31. For fall, applications are due by August 15. Application decisions are generally made within two weeks. Applicants that are awarded a Life + Career Design scholarship should expect to fill out a Professional Experience Verification Form upon acceptance.
Students must be in good academic standing, pursuing a major in the College of LAS, and returning to campus for 1 regular term.
Summer experiences must span at least 5 weeks, at a minimum of 15 hours/week. Fall or spring experiences must span at least 10 weeks, at a minimum of 5 hours/week.
Experiences that will be considered for scholarships include:
- Unpaid/underpaid experiences with non-profits; local, state or federal government agencies, NGO, healthcare, law enforcement and legal, historical sites and museums, parks and recreation organizations, and qualifying experiences connected with programs such as Illinois in Washington, Institute for Field Education, and Study and Intern at University of Western Cape in South Africa.
- Research in the Disciplines
- Research labs, Office of Undergraduate Research, or creative project contributing to faculty research.
- Volunteer work
- Experiences with non-profit organizations which meet minimum work hours and length requirements. Examples include working with community organizations, summer camps, healthcare and mental health facilities, or local municipalities.
Potential summer opportunities:
- The Global Internship: Conduct a summer internship with companies, NGOs, and organizations in London, Madrid, or Lisbon
- U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program: Conduct an internship in Washington D.C. or abroad in a U.S. embassy or consulate
- Gustolab International Summer Study and Intern on Food: Conduct an internship within an Italian organization working on aspects of agriculture, health, business, environmental advocacy, and more
Potential fall opportunities:
- Institute for Field Education: Conduct a 12-week internship and research project in your field of study during a semester abroad in France, Belgium, or Spain
- Minnesota Studies in International Development: Conduct a research project or internship with local NGOs during a semester abroad in Ecuador, Kenya, or Senegal
If you are interested in getting involved in a professional development opportunity but are uncertain where to start, or if you have questions, visit the Life + Career Design Lab. View Handshake for additional experiences and opportunities.