The Ferguson Career Center fully supports its students who engage in experiential learning activities through internships, volunteerism, summer research, and job shadow opportunities. We offer internship scholarships for current students who have obtained summer experiential learning opportunities, but may not otherwise be able to participate due to financial constraints.

General Eligibility Requirements

  • All undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a scholarship, however some scholarships may have additional requirements.
  • All applicants must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher, a confirmed internship experience, and demonstrate financial need.
  • All awards will be based on the anticipated educational and professional value of the internship, the student's self-assessment and skill development, expenses directly related to the internship, and level of compensation.
  • Students seeking financial assistance for summer coursework will not be considered (i.e. May Term or study abroad).
  • All awards will be paid prior to commencing the internship, and they are taxable.

Scholarship amounts vary based on each individual application and the discretion of the awards committee.

Anticipated Cost Worksheet (pdf)

Application via Handshake

Application Instructions

Completed applications include:

  1. The Internship Scholarship application
  2. Anticipated Cost worksheet
  3. Proof of employment from your internship site supervisor including your job/internship title, company name and employment dates (a printed email will suffice)
  4. A statement, not exceeding one-page, explaining your internship duties, educational benefit of the experience as it relates to your career plans, and the usefulness of receiving the scholarship
  5. A current resume

Application deadlines

Application materials must be submitted to the Career Center via Handshake by 5 PM, April 1st. Late or incomplete application packets will not be accepted.

Review and Award Process

An awards committee will thoroughly review each application packet and conduct brief interviews with each applicant. Applicants will be notified of the committee's decision shortly afterwards.

Expectations of Recipients

Students receiving a stipend must sign an agreement prior to receiving their check stating that they will adhere to the outlined expectations. Students who do not complete these requirements may have their awards revoked.  

  • Goal Setting: set professional goals for your internship experience with plans of how to achieve them.
  • Site Visit/Conference Call: mid-summer check in with you, your internship supervisor, and a member of the Career Education team.
  • Participation in Career Education Programming: you will be asked to participate in any of the following: Intern Panel, sharing your experiences on the Career Education blog, The Circle Gala (Circle Fund recipients required to attend in November), sharing your experiences via Career Education social media.
  • Final Evaluation: a summary and reflection of your summer experience, including documentation explaining how you spent the funds.

International Students

Any international students who accept summer internships and/or any scholarship funding through the Career Center need to see Dr. Daniella Widdows regarding Curricular Practical Training (CPT) approval. Her office is located in Bagby, room 202.


Please contact the Career Center at, or 223-6106.

Generous donations have been sustained through these sources:

  • The Sears Endowment for student internships is made possible by the generous gift from the estate of Roy B. Sears '42
    • All undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a scholarship, however preference will be given to juniors and those hailing from the state of West Virginia.
  • The Circle Internship Fund is made possible by a generous gift from fraternity alumni of Hampden-Sydney College
    • All undergraduate students who are active members of a fraternity are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
  • The Charles Wilder Watts, Jr. '31 Chi Phi Internship Endowment is made possible by a generous gift from the estate of Mr. Watts
    • All undergraduate Chi Phi fraternity students are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
  • The Gottwald Internship Endowment is provided by a generous gift from a friend of the College, Bruce C. Gottwald, Jr.
  • The Robison Internship Endowment comes from the very generous Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Robison III '70
  • The Career Education Internship Fund is generously supported by the Office of the President and Provost of Hampden-Sydney College