Funding Opportunities

The Career Center offers two funding options for off-campus internships. The goal for this funding is to make it possible for students to complete an internship who otherwise wouldn’t be able to due to financial constraints. Scholarships can only be awarded during a semester in which a student is enrolled in courses at UNC Asheville, including over the summer. Additional details regarding summer internships can be found under ‘Application & Deadlines.’ Students can apply and receive a Career Center scholarship one time during their time at UNC Asheville. Funding cannot be requested after the internship is completed.

LA 271: Internship Search Scholarship

The Career Center offers the ‘LA 271: Internship Search’ 1 credit elective course during Term 2 in the fall and for the entire semester in the spring. This course is designed to help students obtain an off-campus internship. Students will learn how to search and apply for internships, as well as how to network and explore internship opportunities. They will actively prepare for and seek internships as a part of this course. Students of all majors are encouraged to participate. Only students planning to complete an internship should register for this course. For more information, please email career@unca.edu.

Students who are taking or took the elective course ‘LA 271: Internship Search’ through the Career Center and will complete a minimum of 150 hours at their internship site are eligible for this scholarship. Eligible students can apply for funding within 2 semesters of completing the LA 271 course.

Students who secure an unpaid off-campus internship with an expected contribution of 150 to 200 hours at the site are eligible for a $3,000 scholarship. Students who secure a paid off-campus internship with an expected contribution of 150 to 200 hours at the site are eligible for a $1,500 scholarship.

The Internship Assistance Fund Scholarship

Students who have completed their first semester or transferred to UNC Asheville and have secured an unpaid or paid off-campus internship where they’ll be completing a minimum of 75 hours are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Students who secure an unpaid off-campus internship with an expected contribution of 75 hours or more at the site are eligible for a scholarship up to $1,500. Students who secure a paid off-campus internship with an expected contribution of 75 hours or more at the site are eligible for a scholarship up to $750.

Application & Deadlines

To apply, submit your application before the deadlines listed below based on when you’ll be completing your off-campus internship. Funding cannot be requested after the internship is completed. Scholarships can only be awarded during a semester in which a student is enrolled in courses at UNC Asheville, including over the summer.

For off-campus internships being completed during fall semesters:

  • Scholarship applications accepted from the first day of classes in August through November 1.

For off-campus internships being completed during spring semesters:

  • Scholarship applications accepted from the first day of classes in January through April 1.

For off-campus internships being completed during summer sessions:

  • Scholarship applications accepted from April 1 through July 1.
    • If you are not planning to complete any courses during summer sessions, you must have your internship site secured and scholarship application submitted by April 15.
    • If you secure a site after the April 15 deadline, you may enroll in IST 325, a 3-credit hour online elective interdisciplinary internship course, to meet enrollment requirements and receive funding in the summer.