UT Austin students have access to funding that supports participation in unpaid internships during summer 2023.
When applying for internships there are many things you might consider, including your income needs. Texas Career Engagement created the Internship Fund to help reduce the financial barriers to internship participation. Through financial support, we aim to increase access to internships for all UT Austin students.
Students with financial need who are participating in unpaid internships are encouraged to apply for the TCE Internship Fund.
TCE offers this funding program for summer internships only.
Through this Texas Career Engagement grant, students receive funding of $15 per hour up to a maximum amount of $2,000 based on internship hours completed between the first and last class day of the summer (June 1- August 11, 2023). Selected students will receive funds in two disbursements: the first after the application has been accepted and the second in the last weeks of the internship. The internship host-employer is required to submit a confirmation of the intern’s hours for the second payment to be disbursed. The amount of the funding may be recalculated based on the final total hours completed at the internship.
Students who have unpaid internships and who receive additional UT funding for the internship – such as a stipend from your department or other UT office – can apply for the TCE Internship Fund.
The amount of this fund is limited and applicants are prioritized by financial need; therefore, not all applicants will be selected to receive funding.
Student & Internship Eligibility
Currently enrolled, degree-seeking UT Austin undergraduate and graduate students in an eligible internship that takes place prior to graduation are eligible to apply. This is a needs-based scholarship and students must have submitted a 2022-2023 FAFSA and/or TASFA to UT Austin to be eligible; priority to the limited funding is given to students based on the highest financial need.
Internships must take place between the first and last class days of the summer: June 1 – August 11, 2023. Internships that take place after graduation are not eligible.
In addition to the student and internship eligibility requirements listed above, summer internship fund recipients must be enrolled in a UT Austin zero-credit internship course or credit-bearing internship course through your college or school. Award recipients will apply to the zero-credit internship course after selections are made; students do not need to apply to the course prior to final selections.
Internship Eligibility & Dates
Internship eligibility is reviewed on a case-by-case basis; however, following are general requirements. The internship must:
- be unpaid;
- take place off campus and not with an institution of higher education;
- provide direct and daily supervision and guidance and regular access to the supervisor;
- assign meaningful projects with learning components;
- provide the resources needed to complete the internship responsibilities;
- not charge the student tuition or other program- or placement- related fee; and
- be hosted by an employer that is an established for-profit company with the legal right to transact business in the state of the internship site, an IRS-exempt organization, a governmental entity or an established, professionally recognized and legal entity of a foreign country.
Internships must take place between the first and last class days of the summer: June 1 – August 11, 2023.
Deadline & How to Apply
Students are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and priority will be given to eligible students with the highest financial need and earliest application date.
The application deadline is May 29, 2023. Students will receive a determination on their application no later than June 6, 2023.
Applications must include the official offer letter provided by your employer. The offer letter must include the internship number of hours per week and the internship start and end dates. If your letter is not included or is incomplete, your application will not be accepted.
Additional Internship Funding Options
In addition to the TCE Internship Fund, UT Austin students have access to other internship funding programs, most of which are available to majors within the specific college or school.
Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, Moody College of Communication: Ted Strauss Internship Award
Clements Center: Student Professional Development Fund
Rapoport Center, School of Law: Undergraduate Internships
Texas Global: Funding for Internships Abroad
College of Liberal Arts
Department of Government: Applied Political Strategies Scholarship
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies: Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and Critical Need Award
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies: CREEES Professional Development
Department of Slavic & Eurasian Studies: McWilliams Scholarship for Russian Studies
Liberal Arts Career Services: LACS Scholarship for Unpaid Nonprofit Internships
Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies: Scholarships for Students in the Internship Program in Jewish Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS): Digital Scholarship Fellowships
College of Fine Arts
LBJ School of Public Affairs
Moody College of Communication
Moody Career Center: Wofford Denius Music Industry Internship Program
School of Journalism: Bob Brister Memorial Scholarship
School of Journalism: Brandon Schantz Memorial Scholarship
School of Journalism: Frenchy Falik Journalism Award
School of Journalism: Helen M. Powell Traveling Fellowship
School of Law