Volunteer Scholarships & Internship Programs

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Elizabeth Hoyt

November 12, 2015

Volunteer Scholarships & Internship Programs

The spirit of service? It reminds us to give back to others and it’s great for your college applications or to add on to your resume.

Plus, community service offers a wide range of activities which you can do with family and friends bringing you closer together.

As if that’s not enough incentive to spend your extra time volunteering, many scholarship providers seek to reward students who spend their time giving back to their communities with scholarship funding to help pay for school.

Check out the following scholarship and internship opportunities for students involved in volunteering and find out how giving back to your community is actually beneficial to you – as an individual and a student – as well!

Volunteer & Community Service Scholarships

East Villagers Service Scholar Essay and Art Contest

Deadline: 5/02/16
Available to: High School Freshmen through High School Seniors
Award Amount: 5 Awards from $200 – $500

The East Villagers Service Scholar Essay and Art Contest is available to high school students in the U.S. and Canada who have completed at least five hours of community service.

You must respond to an essay prompt or submit a work of fine art, digital art, photography, or video that inspires service or captures an inspirational moment of service.

Learn more about the East Villagers Service Scholar Essay and Art Contest.

Bonner Scholars Award

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Ages 17-18
Award Amount: Varies

The Bonner Scholars Award is available to entering first-year students at participating colleges (a complete list of participating schools is located on the Bonner Foundation Web site).

You must demonstrate high financial need and have an interest in community service and social justice issues to be eligible for this award.

Bonner Scholars will be expected to serve an average of 10 hours of community service each week during the school year and participate in other Bonner Scholars activities.

Learn more about the Bonner Scholars Award.

Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Fire and Emergency Service Personnel
Award Amount: Varies

The Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association Scholarship is open to fire and emergency services personnel. You must be a current member of the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association, have a rank of fire officer or above, be associated with a 100 percent volunteer fire department or a combination department; population must serve 25,000 or less.

Learn more about the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association Scholarship.

Morton A. Gibson Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Entering College Freshmen
Award Amount: $2,500

Provided by the Jewish Social Service Agency of Metropolitan Washington, the Morton A. Gibson Memorial Scholarship is available to Jewish high school seniors from the Washington metropolitan area.

To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or be working toward citizenship, be accepted into an accredited four-year undergraduate program on a full-time basis, and demonstrate financial need. You must also demonstrate significant volunteer services within the local Jewish community.

Learn more about the Morton A. Gibson Memorial Scholarship.

PIRG Fellowship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Senior through Graduate Students, Year 1
Award Amount: $24,500

Sponsored by National Association of State Public Interest Research Groups, PIRG Fellowship is available to recent college graduates who are interested in the public interest movement.

As a PIRG Fellow, you will build expertise on global warming, campaign reform, or another social problem.

You will conduct research, make the case for solutions, act as a spokesperson to the media, build diverse coalitions, write grants, and develop the kind of politically powerful support you need to win.

Get more information on the PIRG Fellowship.

Volunteer & Community Service Internships

City Year – Volunteer for America

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

City Year, a proud member of AmeriCorps, is a national service organization that brings together young adults from diverse backgrounds for a demanding ten months of full-time community service, leadership development, and civic engagement.

In 20 locations across the United States, these young leaders invest their talents and energy to address our country’s most critical needs. City Year corps members engage others in service and make a positive difference in their communities and in the lives of children and youth. Corps members also receive a weekly living stipend and basic health insurance.

Eligibility Requirements: Must be between the ages of 17-24 and a United States citizen or permanent resident alien. High school graduate/G.E.D. recipient OR agreement to pursue a G.E.D. If you do not have a H.S. diploma or its equivalency, you will be required to take a basic academic proficiency test; your position is contingent upon satisfactory testing results.

Learn more about the City Year – Volunteer for America.

Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC): Volunteer Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors

Provided by the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (CEC), the CEC Volunteer Internship is available to students who are interested in environmental issues within a non-profit setting. Internship duties include researching and writing environmental reports, guidance manuals, and fact sheets.

You must demonstrate an interest in pollution and dedication to environmental protection and possess excellent written and oral communication skills to be eligible for this internship.

Get more information on the CEC Volunteer Internship.

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly: Program Assistant Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors

Provided by Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, the Program Assistant Internship is available to students at Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly. Interns will help coordinate friendship visits with volunteers and the elderly.

Get more information on the Program Assistant Internship.

American Cancer Society: Road To Recovery Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomores through Graduate Students, Year 2

Provided by the American Cancer Society, the Road To Recovery Internship is available to full-time students. Interns will collaboratively manage and monitor requests for Road to Recovery services with American Cancer Society Staff partners, and work closely with the volunteer drivers to provide lifesaving transportation assistance to and from cancer-related appointments.

Interns will also work hand-in-hand in assisting ACS with ongoing program assessment, as well as overall volunteer and community management as it relates to the Road to Recovery program.

Get more information on the Road To Recovery Internship.

Children’s Oncology Services, Inc.: Programmatic Internships

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors

Provided by Children’s Oncology Services, Inc., the Programmatic Internships are available to students who are interested in learning what it takes to operate a camp for kids with cancer, volunteer management, and community outreach.

Get more information on the Programmatic Internships.

PETA: General Office Internship

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

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) General Office Internship is available to students who are at least 18 years old. You must be signed up for PETA’s Action Team and have at least one year of work or volunteer experience to qualify for this award.

Additionally, you must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and have a commitment to the objectives of the organization to qualify for this award. A cover letter, resume and three letters of recommendation is required.

Get more information on the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) General Office Internship.

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly: Intergenerational Visiting Program Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors

Provided by Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly, the Intergenerational Visiting Program Internship is available to students at Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly Chicago Chapter.

Interns help coordinate friendship visits with volunteers and the elderly. Interns will also gain experience the field of aging and meet new friends by participating in social activities for elderly and volunteers.

Get more information on the Intergenerational Visiting Program Internship.

The Global FoodBanking Network: Fundraising and Alliance Building Associate Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Juniors through College Seniors

Provided by the Global FoodBanking Network, the Global Hunger Conference Planner is available to current undergraduate and graduate students.

Intern duties may include research and identify corporations/organizations who have a presence in countries where GFN works, brainstorm and develop employee volunteer and giving programs to be considered for this internship. This program is available to undergraduate students; preferably, college juniors or seniors.

Get more information on the Fundraising and Alliance Building Associate Internship.

New England Aquarium: Volunteer Programming Internship

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

Provided by the New England Aquarium, the Volunteer Programming Internship is available to students with an interest in civic engagement, volunteer administration, communications, adult development, human resources, education, psychology and other social sciences.

Intern duties may include assisting with volunteer appreciation events, developing volunteer opportunities, assisting with communications and marketing, writing newsletters and other duties as needed.

You must have completed at least two years of undergraduate study, have strong analytic, organizational, communication and problem solving skills and be proficient in Microsoft Office in order to be considered for this internship.

Get more information on the Volunteer Programming Internship.

Global Leadership Program in Prague

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

Provided by the Leadership exCHANGE, the Global Leadership Program in Prague is open to students from around the world who are interested in participating in a four-week program in Prague, Czech Republic, that includes: university courses, cultural activities and community service. Prospective students are evaluated based on the quality of application and may be contacted for an interview.

Learn more about the Global Leadership Program in Prague.

Global Leadership Program in Panama City

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

Global Leadership Program in Panama City is open to students from around the world who are interested in participating in a four- to eight-week course in Panama City, Panama. Students earn 3 US/ 6 ECTS credits by taking either a social entrepreneurship or politics of developing areas course.

Your selection is based on the quality of your application and essay, demonstrated passion, dedication to international collaboration, proven leadership, and an extensive follow-up interview process.

Learn more about the Global Leadership Program in Panama City.

Women and Leadership Program, Panama City

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

Provided by the Leadership exCHANGE, the Women and Leadership Program, Panama City is open to female students from around the world who are interested in participating in a four-week program in Panama City, Panama, that includes: university courses, cultural activities and community service.

Prospective students are evaluated based on the quality of application and may be contacted for an interview.

Learn more about the Women and Leadership Program, Panama City.

Patagonia Enviro Internship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Patagonia Employees

The Patagonia Enviro Internship is open to Patagonia employees who are interested in interning with environmental groups.

Patagonia provides up to two months of paid time off for employees to pursue their environmental interests.

Get more information on the Patagonia Enviro Internship.

Global Leadership Program in Rome

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

Provided by the Leadership exCHANGE, Global Leadership Program in Rome is open to students from around the world who are interested in participating in a four-week program in Rome, Italy, that includes: university courses, cultural activities and community service.

Prospective students are evaluated based on the quality of application and may be contacted for an interview.

Learn more about the Global Leadership Program in Rome.

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