Life + Career Design scholarships

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 September 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.

Potential experiences

Experiences that will be considered for scholarships include:

Potential summer opportunities:

Potential fall opportunities:

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