There are a variety of funding resources for students who are pursuing internships and other forms of experiential education.  This list, while not comprehensive, gives a good starting point for exploring funding from both UNC and non-UNC sources.

UNC-CH Resources

In order to be competitive in the job market most students understand that they need to participate in an internship or internships in their chosen field before they graduate. However, sometimes those internships are unpaid. This is challenging for any student, and particularly challenging to the C-STEP student who may feel like they need summer school or have other financial commitments that don’t allow them to take an unpaid internship.  Please click here for more details.

  • UNC-CH Funding Database
    Search multiple funding opportunities such as fellowships, scholarships and stipends that support research, scholarly activities, travel and service work for UNC Students.


Scholarships, fellowships and awards sorted by class year brought to you by the UNC-Chapel Hill Office of Distinguished Scholarships. 

The Carolina Experience Enrichment Scholarship, or CEES, is a $500-$1500 summer fellowship that was established to financially empower students to supplement their education with a study, unpaid internship, or volunteer experience.  Any undergraduate or graduate student who hasn’t yet studied abroad or worked as an unpaid intern is eligible to apply.  Those students that face unusual obstacles to participating in those experiences or who are ineligible to apply for many other rewards are preferred during selection.  This includes transfer students, Carolina Covenant scholars, non-traditional students, student parents, and non-returning recent graduates.   Learn more at

  • Burch Fellows Program
    The Burch Fellows Program was established in 1993 by a gift from UNC-CH alumnus Lucius E. Burch III. Its purpose is to recognize undergraduate students at the University who possess extraordinary ability, promise, and imagination. It grants up to $6000 to support self-designed off-campus experiences that will enable them to pursue a passionate interest.

  • Class of 1938 Summer Study Abroad Fellowships
    The UNC-CH Alumni Class of 1938 annually awards summer study abroad fellowships to American students interested in pursuing independent career or personal projects outside the United States. This is a unique scholarship program because it provides financial assistance to students who could not perform independent projects abroad without the support of the Class of 1938 funding.

  • C.V. Starr Scholarship
    The Center for Global Initiatives administers the C.V. Starr International Scholarships.  CGI provides financial need-based competitive funding for undergraduate and international graduate students to support independent internationally-oriented experiences.

  • Frances L. Phillips Travel Scholarship
    Administered by Student Affairs and the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, this scholarship engages students in directed international travel experiences.

  • Center for Global Initiatives
    The Center for Global Initiatives supports faculty research and curriculum development, as well as student language training, international internships and projects, and on-campus student projects relevant to global studies.  CGI is particularly interested in opening access to students who are underrepresented in international experiences and study abroad including: ethnic minority students, students with financial need, and students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.

  • Carolina Undergraduate Health Fellowships 
    The Center for Global Initiatives established the Carolina Undergraduate Health Fellowship (CUHF) to enable promising UNC undergraduates to create a self-designed health-related study, anywhere in the world. The CUHF is an investment in talented students bound for health care professions and opens access to international experiences for students whose academic requirements might limit their ability to study abroad. The medical and cultural experience of successful applicants will strengthen the future of health care, both in the United States and globally.

  • International Internship Awards
    The Center for Global Initiatives opens access to valuable international experiences by awarding competitive financial support to undergraduate and graduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill who have secured an internationally-focused internship. Students must secure their internship before applying for this award. 


  • VIMY Global Team Award 
    The Center for Global Initiatives offers funds to a project team of UNC undergraduate and Master’s-level students from multiple disciplines to implement a global social entrepreneurial or research project abroad.


Other Resources

  • Public Service Internship Prize
    The J. W. Saxe Memorial Prize is a prize of fifteen hundred dollars that will be awarded to one or more college or university students involved in public service. The award is meant to enable the student to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Preference will be given to applicants who have already found such a position, but who require additional funds.

    Applicants should send a resume together with an essay stating short and long-term goals to the J.W.Saxe Memorial Fund, 1524 31st Street N. W., Washington, D.C. 20007-3074. Include statements from four references including on from a faculty member. Deadline to apply: April 5th by 5pm. Winners will be notified by April 12th.

  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    Learn more about the Undergraduate Scholarship Program Award by visiting the DAAD website.