Scholarships & Internships for Gamers

This list proves that scholarships and internships are awarded for just about any hobby or activity you’re passionate about, including your gaming obsession!

Elizabeth Hoyt

May 01, 2016

Scholarships & Internships for Gamers

When mom and dad give you a hard time about wasting your life playing video games, send them this list. It proves that scholarships and internships are awarded for just about any hobby or activity you’re passionate about, including your gaming obsession!

For gamers at heart, playing video games is more than a way to spend time; it’s a unique world they’re become a part of. You likely know this if you’re an avid gamer. But, what you really need to know is that this passion can extend to getting help paying for school and, even become a career path, too!

It’s been said that whatever you do on your down time to escape your responsibilities should really become your job. This holds true for gamers, especially with so many career options. Why not pursue your passion? Who knows, perhaps a career within the gaming industry is exactly the career path you should be considering!

To help better organize your scholarship and internship search, please note that the following awards and internships for gamers are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of the list. As deadlines pass, opportunities will be refreshed as often as possible.

If gaming is what you love most, check out the following scholarship and internship opportunities for gamers:

Scholarships for Gamers

Play! Pokemon Scholarship Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $1,000

Sponsored by the Pokemon Company International, the Play! Pokemon Scholarship Program is open to students who are the top finishers at the Pokemon Trading Card Game U.S. National Championships and the Pokemon World Championships.

Regional Championships are held in the summer of 2016 with the World Championships being held in August 2016.

Scholarships are available until your 28th birthday or ten years from the date the scholarship is granted.

Get more information on the Play! Pokemon Scholarship Program.

Electronic Arts/William J. Byron Endowed Fund for Student Support

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Electronic Arts/William J. Byron Endowed Fund for Student Support is open to students from diverse ethnic and gender backgrounds attending the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.

You must be enrolled in interactive media with an emphasis in games to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Electronic Arts/William J. Byron Endowed Fund for Student Support.

Digital Animation and Game Design Student Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Digital Animation and Game Design Student Scholarship is available to students majoring in digital animation and game design at Ferris State University.

You must submit an application/resume, one page essay and have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Digital Animation and Game Design Student Scholarship.

Integrated Project Solutions Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Integrated Project Solutions Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students at Savannah College of Art and Design.

You must be majoring in animation, broadcast design and motion graphics, interactive design and game development, sound design or visual effects.

To be eligible, you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least 45 credits.

Get more information on the Integrated Project Solutions Scholarship.

Internships for Gamers

Games Developer Intern

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Juniors through Graduate Students, Year 5

The Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Games Developer Intern is available to currently enrolled in a four-year college or university in a Computer Science-related field.

You must have completed their sophomore year in college prior to the start of the internship, be an interest in video games and Adult Swim content.

2+ years HTML experience, including experience with CSS, HTML, Javascript, as well as some proficiency with Photoshop to be considered for this position.

Familiarity with Unity 3D and mobile development is a plus but not strictly required.

As an intern, you will be responsible for performing daily maintenance tasks on the site, as well as supporting Adult Swim Games.

Get more information on the Games Developer Intern.

Microsoft Technical Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Juniors through Graduate Students, Year 5

The Microsoft Technical Internships are available to undergraduate and graduate students.

Positions are available in software development, hardware engineering, user experience, IT and operations, game design, and content publishing.

Get more information on the Microsoft Technical Internship.

Collections Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5

Provided by The Strong National Museum of Play, the Collections Internship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in history and museums.

This internship is extremely research and writing intensive.

Interns will spend the majority of their time writing brief essays on the history and impact of various electronic games and related materials, which will be displayed on the museum’s website.

Get more information on the Collections Internship.

Remember, there are always many more options than we list on a specific scholarship or internship theme, which you can access through your Fastweb profile and scholarship/internship matches. This list is simply a snapshot showing examples of the available scholarships and internships for gamers in order to give you an idea of the opportunities are out there!

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