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.

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.

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, demonstrated financial need, and quality of the internship experience. Preference will be given to first-generation college students and those from underrepresented backgrounds.

FAFSA Required
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. Have you formally secured and accepted an internship offer?
  2. If you have not yet secured an internship, please list those you have applied to and where you are in the recruiting process (ex. 1st round interview, waiting for offer, etc.). **Please note that you MUST have secured an internship and submitted the verification letter by April 15 in order for your application to be considered.**
  3. 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.
  4. Please upload a copy of the internship job description.
  5. 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.
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