Scholarships, Fellowships, and Grants for Internships

By Career & Alumni Services

Funding an unpaid Internship here in the United States or abroad can be tricky. However, the experience is often exactly what is needed to jump start your career. Increasingly, internships for government agencies or nonprofits are unpaid, so most students require some financial support in order to participate. Below is a list of funding sources that was compiled by first year MPA student, Smita Aggarwal. Some of the deadlines have passed, but these are good resources for the future.

Botner Internship Scholarship – At the Truman School, we are lucky enough to have the Botner Scholarship for TSPA students participating in an unpaid internship experience. Applications for this scholarship can be obtained through the office of Career & Alumni Services. The application deadline for this year is Wednesday, April 15, 2015, so apply soon!

J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund – The J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund is a prize of two thousand dollars awarded annually to one or more college or university students in the United States that are involved in public service. The award enables students to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Preference will be given applicants who have already found such a position, but who require additional funds.

Rotary Club – Local area chapters from Columbia or your home town may be able assist students with finding available funds through the Rotary’s Global Grant Scholarships Supplement and through other Rotary programs


AAUW – AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. It is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women.

Boren Fellowships – Fellowships are offered specifically for US graduate students to add significant international or language components to his or her academic study.

Christianson Grant – The Christianson Grant is awarded to individuals who have arranged their own work abroad programs. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component. The grant program does not support independent research projects or academic study abroad programs. Grants are open to US citizens up to age 28 and range between $2,500 and $10,000. Application deadlines are throughout the year.

CIEE Scholarships – A variety of scholarships are funded under the GAIN Scholarship Program and were developed to aid in diversifying study abroad by providing opportunities for students who are economically challenged, from diverse backgrounds, or in underrepresented fields of study.

Mayme and Herb Frank Scholarship Program – Scholarships and grants are awarded to US and foreign students for post-graduate work focusing on federalism in its application to international integration.


The Global Fund – The program allows interns to be part of an international health financing organization whose commitment is to increase capacity in the fight against three diseases: HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Applications open in December.

Global Health Fellows II – GHFP-II, led by the Public Health Institute (PHI), helps USAID address its immediate and emerging human capital needs by developing a diverse group of global health professionals to support and sustain the effectiveness of the Agency’s current and future health programs.