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How To Pay For Your Internship...

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Spending 8-12 weeks abroad (often in an unpaid position) can be expensive.

Take a few moments to work out a budget once you have a set plan.

If you have been offered a placement, you should begin applying for funding immediately.  The best place to begin is your department.  Often, departments have funds that they reserve for undergraduate experiential or co-curricular activities. For example, Romance Languages & Literatures has stipends available for International Internships.

Scholarships not confined by a school/college or location:

Coleman Global Experience Scholarship

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for U.S. citizen undergraduate students who receive Federal Pell Grant funding

Scholarships for students in specific schools/colleges of UM:

LSA Internship Scholarship: scholarship for LSA students who qualify for need-based financial aid

Honors College: various funding opportunities for students enrolled in the Honors College

Scholarships for internships in specific areas/countries:

India: Summer in South Asia Undergraduate Fellowships

Europe & Eurasia: Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia

Other resources:

International Center: the International Center maintains a list of known scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students studying or interning abroad

If you will be undertaking a French-language internship, you should apply to the French American Chamber of Commerce, as they have travel stipends to award.
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The Residential College offers internship funding for RC students and for LSA students pursuing a concentration or minor offered by the RC. Please contact for information and to apply.

Ross students may receive funding through CIBER.  Contact for more information.

Apply to the $500 Scholarship for Abroad Experiences through Diversity Network. This scholarship is not need-based.




Funding for undergraduate education abroad in India

Center for South Asian Studies

 Janelle Fosler, Application deadline: January 4, 2016


Arctic Internship Fellowships

Program in International and Comparative Studies

Folaké Graves, Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2016


Korea-Michigan Human Rights Research Fellowship

Program in International and Comparative Studies

 Folaké Graves, Application deadline: March 15, 2016


A funded research program available to undergraduate & graduate students in most


MHIRT—Minority Health & Health Disparities International Research Training Program

(Funded research program in Chile, Ghana, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Colombia, or Mongolia)


Funding for all students with a focus on service: 

Wallenberg Fellowships


Funding for all students with focus on critical languages:

 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program


Funding available for undergraduate & graduate students--offered through U-M's International Institute & Area Studies Centers:

International Institute

Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia

Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) & Center for Chinese Studies

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Internships Abroad Made Possible with LSA Scholarships

Alumna, Grace Sims, talks about her experience with the LSA International Internship Program.

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