SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science Internship Fund

Awards up to $5,000 are given to enable L&S undergraduates to take advantage of internships—paid or unpaid—during their undergraduate careers. The funds may be used to offset lack of wages for an unpaid or underpaid internship, as well as assist with expenses incurred during the internship, including living and transportation costs.

FAFSA required prior to awarding decisions.

Eligibility Criteria

  • L&S undergraduate student (must be seeking a degree in the College of Letters & Science; if you are unsure of your degree, login to your Student Center and click the My Academics tab).
  • Overall GPA is 2.5 or above.
  • Internship must be 10 hours/week minimum; 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.

How to Apply
Application opens February 1. The deadline to apply is March 31.

Questions? Contact SuccessWorks via email at or by telephone at 608-262-3921.

Selection Criteria
Students will be selected on the strength of their application, satisfactory academic performance, demonstrated financial need, and quality of the internship experience. Preference will be given to first-generation college students and those from underrepresented backgrounds.

Award Information
We require students to submit the FAFSA to be considered for this need-based award. Students who are not able to fill out the FAFSA are still eligible to receive funds but must have alternate means of confirming financial need. Contact the internship coordinator at if you wish to discuss your options.

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Supplemental Questions
  1. Please submit a current resume, limited to 1 page.
  2. Internship Information (must complete each field)
    • A. Company/Organization Name
    • B. Location (City, State)
    • C. Country
    • D. Start Date
    • E. End Date
    • F. Duration of internship (# of weeks)
    • G. Hours per week worked (# hours/week)
    • H. Pay ($/hour) If unpaid, mark 0.
  3. Please upload a copy of the internship job description.
  4. Request a letter of verification (or "offer letter") from the internship employer stating that you have secured this internship. The letter should include the beginning and end dates of the internship, the number of hours a week, and pay or stipend information. Often this letter is provided to you when an employer offers you the internship - it may be in email form.
  5. Explain your motivation for completing the internship. Why are you pursuing this internship opportunity? How will it contribute to achieving your personal and professional goals?
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