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Finding financial support

Some internships provide interns with a salary or wage.  Such internships are usually found in companies and businesses -- both large and small. Usually internship providers who provide a wage or compensation will make this known in any materials or information about the internship.

But, many internships -- the majority really -- do not provide compensation. What to do?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Sometimes a company or organization will agree to provide some compensation to individuals who express the need. It depends on the circumstances. It never hurts to ask.
  • Industry groups, professional organizations and associations in many fields are often willing to provide financial support for students wishing to do interesting and worthwhile internships in their field.  Try to think of such organizations either in the UVM area or near your home. (Ask professors, people working in the field, etc. for leads.)  Contact them to inquire about the possibility for financial support.  For example, if you are planning a dairy internship, you can contact the Vermont Dairy Industry Association to see if they would consider a request for support.
  • Likewise, many fraternal, religious, and community organizations often provide stipends to support the education of students who reside in their community area. Ask family, friends, etc. about these organizations.  Contact them to inquire about opportunities for support.  For example, community Rotary Clubs routinely consider requests for such support.
  • Contact UVM's Career Services office for additional ideas for finding financial support.
  • NOTE: UVM WORK/STUDY STUDENTS: Students with WorkStudy support here at UVM can work at non-profit organizations -- such as the Humane Society of Chittenden County -- and receive their work-study wages. This work can, in many circumstances, also be an internship and yield academic credit. Speak with Fran Kinghorn, ASCI Internship Coordinator, if you are interested in this possibility.

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