Volunteer Scholarships & Internship Programs

Make a difference in your community and apply today!

Elizabeth Hoyt

March 27, 2017

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Need money to pay for college?

Every semester, Fastweb helps thousands of students pay for school by matching them to scholarships, grants and awards for which they actually qualify. Sign up today to get started. You'll find scholarships like the Course Hero's $5,000 Scholarship, and easy to enter scholarships like Niche $2,000 No Essay Scholarship.


Join the Discussion