Have you ever had an unpaid internship? Gaining experience is great, but it can be tough working without pay. That’s why JMU CAP is now offering a new Scholarship Program to students!

This is the first year Career and Academic Planning (CAP) is offering the scholarship program. Scholarships will be awarded beginning this Summer to students working unpaid internships. The internship doesn’t have to be through JMU; students can intern wherever they like as long as it’s unpaid. Students will also need to register for IDLS 486 or a course within their major for at least 1 credit hour in order to be eligible to receive scholarship funds.  A few more of the scholarship requirements are listed below:

  • Internship needs to be 30-40 hours per week
  • Internship needs to last at least 8 weeks
  • Student must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.50
  • Student needs to be enrolled at JMU for at least 1 semester after completing the internship

About the Scholarship

  • Scholarship amount varies per student ($1,000-$5,000) based on student need
  • Scholarship funds are meant for living expenses, food, rent, travel, etc.
  • Scholarships are meant for unpaid internships only, research programs or placement programs for your major do not qualify
  • Students who receive scholarships that total more than the cost of tuition and books must report the excess amount as income on their tax return

How do I apply?

You can find the application here. All materials need to be submitted to CAP internship coordinator, Laura Hickerson, by Friday, April 14th. In the application each student needs to submit a detailed budget listing what their scholarship money would be used for. In addition to the application, students will need a recommendation from a JMU faculty member or advisor.

Email your materials to Laura Hickerson at or drop them off in person to the CAP office located in the Student Success Center room 3210 by April 14th.

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Learn more about the scholarship and find the application here!

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