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Wallerstein-UIP Scholarship for Summer Internships in Virginia Local Government

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University Internship Program

Academy for Civic Renewal
Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, University of Virginia
Virginia Municipal League

The Wallerstein Scholarship was established in 1973 at the University of Virginia (U.Va.) by a gift from Ruth C. and Morton L. Wallerstein to foster interest in and/or research in Virginia local government. The Virginia Municipal League, the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service and the University Internship Program at U.Va. administer the Wallerstein-UIP Scholarship collaboratively.

Overview

The Wallerstein-UIP Scholarship provides financial and academic support for students attending the University of Virginia or the College at Wise to intern in Virginia local government. Four $2,500 scholarships are awarded annually for the Summer Session.

Applicants must secure an approved internship in Virginia local government under the auspices of the University Internship Program and enroll in one of the University Internship Program’s summer internship options. Successful applicants must be accepted into the University Internship Program and successfully complete its academic requirements and satisfy all Wallerstein requirements.

Scholarship Award

Four $2,500 scholarships will be awarded.

Eligibility

  1. Virginia resident
  2. Current 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate student, or graduate student at U.Va. or the College at Wise
  3. A minimum overall GPA of 3.25
  4. Enrolled for at least one semester after the end of the internship
  5. Secured or offered an approved internship in a department or agency of a city, town, or county government or other local government or regional entity in Virginia, e.g., planning district commissions (PDCs) or authorities
  6. Enrolled in and complete all requirements of the University Internship Program’s summer options (SOC 4800)
  7. Satisfy all requirements of the Wallerstein Scholarship

Internship Requirements

  1. Consistent with UIP requirements, intern for eight weeks during U.Va.’s 8-week Summer Session (Monday, June 12 – Friday, August 4, 2017)
  2. Enroll in and complete the requirements of the University Internship Program (SOC 4800)
  3. Submit and review the results of the SOC 4800 paper with the internship supervisor

Application Deadlines

February 28, 2017 for the University Internship Program
April 28, 2017 for the Wallerstein Scholarship

Selection Criteria

The Wallerstein-UIP scholars will be evaluated and selected on academic record, public service, work record, relevance of the internship, and expressed interest in local government.

Notification

Selections for the Wallerstein-UIP Scholarship will be announced in the late spring of 2017.

Terms and Conditions

Wallerstein-UIP Scholarship recipients must complete the entire internship. Failure to complete the internship will be considered a material breach of the program requirements subjecting the student to forfeiture or repayment of the scholarship funds. Exceptions to the forfeiture/repayment requirement will be granted only in extreme and unusual circumstances as determined by the sole discretion of the Wallerstein Selection Committee. 

Application Procedures, Deadlines, and Special Instructions

Step 1:     Determine your eligibility.

Step 2:     Identify and apply for Virginia local government internships that are Wallerstein eligible and UIP approved.

A Wallerstein eligible internship is an internship in a department or agency of a town, city, or county government, other local government or regional entity in Virginia, e.g., planning district commission (PDC) or regional authority.

Local government internships in the Central Virginia area, found in the online UIP INTERNSHIP LISTING, are Wallerstein eligible sites.

You may also seek a Virginia local government internship ON YOUR OWN. Go directly to Virginia city and county local government websites. Proceed as directed to apply. The UIP Director must approve all internships not currently posted in the UIP Internship Listing. You must seek approval prior to March 31, 2017.

Internships with state and federal government or non-profit organizations are NOT Wallerstein eligible sites.

Step 3:    Complete the standard University Internship Program (UIP) application by February 28, 2017.

When you complete the UIP application, please be aware of the following:

Part V: Internship Options
From among the eight UIP internship options available, the following are the Wallerstein-UIP eligible. Please check all that apply to you.

[   ]    Summer Internship Program in Charlottesville (8-week Summer Session)
[   ]    Extended Summer Internship Program in Charlottesville (8-week Summer Session & Fall Semester)
[   ]    To-Go Summer Internship Program in Washington, DC/NOVa (8-week Summer Session)
[   ]    To-Go Summer Internship Program in Other U.S. Cities including Other Virginia Localities (8-week Summer Session)

Part XIV: Expected Internship Outcomes and Anticipated Post-Graduation Plans
Your responses should specifically address your interest in Virginia local government and your post-graduation plans as they relate to government or public service.

Part XVIII: Certification, Understanding and Consent to Disclose
Please be sure to check the following box:

Please check only if you intend to pursue a summer internship in Virginia local government and wish to be considered for a Wallerstein-UIP scholarship.

[   ]    Summer Internships in Virginia Local Government: If I am offered and accept a Virginia local government internship in a department or agency of a city, town, or county government, or other local government or regional entity in Virginia approved by and under the auspices of the University Internship Program, I agree to submit the additional information and documentation required for consideration for a Wallerstein-UIP scholarship as outlined on the UIP website.

Step 4:    Schedule and complete a UIP interview by March 2, 2017.

Step 5:    Acquire and email, by April 28, 2017, the following documents as PDF attachments to intern-UIP@virginia.edu.

 

  1. A current resume
  2. A current transcript
  3. A personal statement that specifically address your interest and commitment to public service in local government
  4. One letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to your interest in local government 
  5. A description of the Virginia local government internship that you have been offered
  6. Documentation of the internship offer, e.g., offer letter or email from department or agency

Questions:  Please email Intern-UIP@virginia.edu

Click HERE for the Wallerstein-UIP Scholarship flyer.