Internship Scholarships

The Charles Center offers three different summer scholarships for non- or low-paying internships: The Lawrence and Jean Irwin Memorial Internship Scholarship, The Bertha Taylor Scholarship for Public Affairs Internships, and the Reves Center Summer International Internship Scholarships.

The exact number of awards and the amount of each will vary from year to year. There is one application for all three awards.

Lawrence and Jean Irwin Memorial Internship Scholarship/ Bertha Taylor Scholarship for Public Affairs Internships

Thanks to the generosity of Lawrence and Jean Irwin and Bertha Taylor, the Charles Center and the Government Department are able to award a number of scholarships to help support continuing undergraduate-level students undertaking summer internships related to politics, government, and public affairs in general. 

Reves Center Summer International Internship Scholarships

The Reves Center offers a number of scholarships for continuing students at the undergraduate or graduate level.  Students must be involved in full-time internships overseas or in domestic agencies/organizations that are international in focus. 

Application

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Deadline
  • Application review begins on Friday, April 25, 2014
How to Apply
  • Access the online application by clicking this link
  • Create an account using your email.wm.edu address
  • In the Preliminary Questions section select Scholarships for Summer Internships as the program for which you are applying
  • Already have an account/have applied for a Charles Center scholarship before? Visit the FAQs page for instructions on how to start a new application.
  • Fill out the application form and upload the required documents (resume, personal statement, letter from supervisor)
  • Submit application

Be sure to read through the FAQs page for the Charles Center Summer Scholarships for further information, including who to contact for help preparing your application and the process of applying.

Application Materials

Application Form
The online application form asks for your contact information, which internship scholarships for which you qualify, and information about the internship (where it takes place, the dates of the internship, supervisor's name and contact information, etc.)

Resume
The resume can be uploaded (as a Word document or PDF) or typed directly into the online application. It should be no more than two pages maximum.

Personal Statement
The personal statement can be uploaded (as a Word document or PDF) or typed directly into the online application. It should be no more than one page, double-spaced. The personal statement should describe the following:

  • What you expect will be your duties and routine as an intern
  • What is your interest in the position-- why it fits with previous academic or extracurricular activities and what you hope to gain from the experience

Internship Certification Letter
Upload a confirmation letter or email from your internship supervisor that certifies the following:

  • that you have accepted the position
  • that it entails more than clerical duties
  • that it will last an equivalent of five full weeks
  • whether it will be compensated and, if so, the amount

International Travel Insurance
If you plan to travel internationally for your research, the Charles Center requires you to get insurance for your time abroad. The Global Education Office at the Reves Center strongly recommends that you purchase Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) insurance. Read more about CISI and how to purchase it from the Reves Center.

Travel Warning
If you plan to travel to a country which is on the State Department's Travel Warning list, you must petition for approval from the College under the W&M Travel Warning Policy. Prior to submitting your Charles Center application, you must submit your petition to Sylvia Mitterndorfer, the Director of Global Education and receive approval. There will be a place on the Charles Center online application to indicate your petition submission date and approval date. 

Petitions for summer 2014 Charles Center-funded travel/research/internship in a country under a Travel Warning must be received by Sylvia Mitterndorfer, Director of Global Education by 5:00 pm on Monday, February 17, 2014. Please contact the Director of Global Education for information on the petition process.

Follow-Up for Recipients of an Internship Scholarship

Upon completion of the internship, all recipients of Irwin or Taylor funding must complete and submit an evaluation of the internshipIn addition, all recipients must submit one 400-word reflective essay on their experiences, including a photograph and short biography of themselves. Essays may be considered for publication on the Charles Center or Government department websites.  A one-minute video about the internship may be substituted for the essay if desired.  All essays should be sent to [[lmgrim, Lisa Grimes]]; all videos should be sent to [[kmneuhart, Kristina Neuhart]].

Upon completion of the internship, all recipients of Reves Center funding must complete and submit an evaluation of the internship. In addition, all recipients must submit one 400-word reflective essay on their experiences, including a photograph and short biography of themselves. Essays may be considered for publication on the Reves Center website and/or in the Reves Center’s magazine, World Minded. A one minute video of the internship may be substituted for the essay if desired. All essays and videos should be sent to [[international, Reves Center Communications]].