Money for your Internship

Applications for 2024 are open! Apply here by May 15!

Looking for additional sources of financial assistance to support your internship? Start here. 

It can be tough to manage the many expenses that come along with a summer internship. For students with unpaid internships, or internships in high-cost locations, the SuccessWorks Internship Fund provides support payments of up to $5,000. These payments are made possible through the generous donations from UW-Madison family and friends.

Preference is given to undergraduate students completing unpaid internships, or those who would not be able to participate in the internship without financial support. Students who are underrepresented in their school, major, and/or industry are also prioritized.

Eligibility Requirements

  • L&S undergraduate student
    • Student must be seeking an L&S degree (primary major is in the College of Letters & Science)
    • If you are unsure of your degree, login to your Student Center and click the My Academics tab, or consult your academic advisor.
  • Overall GPA is 2.5 or above
  • Have secured an internship
  • Internship must be 10 hours/week, 6 weeks minimum; cannot be for internship post-graduation
  • Must be returning to complete at least one semester at UW-Madison after the internship experience
  • Students are required to demonstrate their financial need by completing a FAFSA through the Office of Student Financial Aid.
    • Students who are not eligible to fill out a FAFSA (ex. international, DACA, undocumented students) can still apply. They must clearly articulate their financial situation and why funds are necessary to complete the internship through the narrative sections of the application.

How do I know what counts as an internship?
Basic Criteria for Determining Internship Validity

Internship Fund Timeline

February 1 – March 31: Round 1 applications collected

April: Round 1 applications reviewed

Early May: Round 1 awardees notified

April 1 – May 15: Round 2 applications collected

May/Early June: Round 2 applications reviewed

Mid-June: Round 2 awardees notified

Students who receive a financial aid package are encouraged to consult with the Office of Financial Aid to ensure an award will not impact their financial standing.

Internship Fund Resources





Got Questions? Kathleen Can Help

Kathleen Rause

Position title: Associate Director of Internship Programs & Career Advisor: Nonprofit Management & Education


Funded by Friends & Alumni

The SuccessWorks Internship Fund is made possible by friends and alumni dedicated to changing the lives of L&S students.

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