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Internships & Scholarships

As you complete your FAFSA applications, please consider applying for outside scholarships. Our webpage has a list of outside scholarships for a variety or majors, GPAs, and life experiences.

Please remember: A Scholarship is FREE money. You should never pay for a scholarship search or a scholarship application. Don’t limit your search to what is on our website, go out and find that FREE money!

Internships & Award Opportunities for Students with Disabilities:

Apply for the 2018 Summer Internship Program – The AAPD Summer Internship Program develops the next generation of leaders with disabilities and offers host employers access to a talented, diverse workforce. The application deadline is November 6, 2017.

Apply for the 2018 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards – Through the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards, AAPD recognizes outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community. The application deadline is October 2, 2017.

DE-DC-MD Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators Scholarships 

Trinity gets to select 1 student’s application to send to this contest to compete against other students at other member schools. We’ve had winners in several of the past years so please submit your application and let’s put Trinity on the winning list again! This is for both UNDERGRADUATES and GRADUATE students.

Health Related Majors:

Occupational Health Scholarship

Aging Senior Care Scholarship

Scholarships for Women:

Angela DiPietro Women in Business Scholarship

Women’s Independence Scholarship Program  This scholarship is specifically for recent (last 5 years) survivors of intimate partner violence. There is no deadline but the review process can take 2 months.

ZONTA Scholarship DC Area

Jeanette Rankin Scholarship for Women over 35 

Scholarships for African American Students:

Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

Scholarships for Latinx Students:

Hispanic Scholarship Foundation General Scholarship

Beacas Univision Scholarship

Scholarships for Parents:

Generation Hope Scholarship for Teen Parents 

Patsy Mink Foundation Scholarship for Single Mothers 

Other Scholarships


The National Council on Independent Living

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) hosts 2 internship positions at their headquarters in Washington, DC. The NCIL Policy Internship Program is open to students and individuals pursuing a career in a field relevant to NCIL interests, particularly Independent Living and disability advocacy. Although not a requirement, preference shall be given to individuals with disabilities. This program will provide real Washington policy experience to participants at a highly respected national organization.

The program includes 2 internships, typically lasting 12 weeks, with applicants accepted on a rolling basis. Interns are required to work 10-15 hours each week. Typically, scheduling and hours are negotiated after an intern is selected. Although internships are unpaid, NCIL will cover the cost of all job-related travel to meetings, and assist interns with post-graduation job placement at related organizations. NCIL will also assist students seeking academic credit if the opportunity exists at their school. Successful candidates completing the internship program will gain valuable policy experience in Washington, and will be ideal candidates for open positions at NCIL, CILs, and other advocacy organizations across the country. To Apply: Please email a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation to Tim Fuchs at Also, visit the NCIL jobs website for more information.

  • Workforce Recruitment Program: Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a resource for federal agencies and private businesses nationwide to identify qualified temporary and permanent employees from a variety of fields. Applicants are highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates eager to prove their abilities in the workforce. Employers seek to fill both temporary and permanent positions in a variety of fields.

Google Scholarship (BA, MA, PhD)
Areas of Study: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering
Determination Factors: GPA (2.5+)
Award: Up to $10,000; Mentorship weekend
Deadline: May 31st

UNCF Sodexho Internship (BA)
Areas of Study: Business, Culinary, Food Service/Science, Food & Beverage, Hotel Mngmt, Hospitality Mngmt/Administration
Determination Factors: GPA (3.0+)
Award: 10 week internship; $460/week stipend
Deadline: May 31st

UNCF-Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award (BA)
Areas of Study: Life Science, Physical Science, Engineering
Determination Factors: GPA (3.3+); African-American
Award: 10-12 week internship (Jr + Sr summers) w/ $5k stipend; Up to $30k ($25k can be used for tuition & fees)
Deadline: March 31st
* Science fellowships for grad school also on website

Chevron International Studies Scholarship (BA)
Areas of Study: Engineering & Applied Sciences
Determination Factors: GPA (3.0+); NSBE International membership
Award: $3k
Deadline: June 30th

At Life Technologies NSBE Scholarship (BA, 1st yr MA/PhD)
Areas of Study: Engineering, Technology, Science
Determination Factors: GPA (3.0+ strict); financial NSBE membership
Award: $2.5k or $7.5k
Deadline: June 30th

NSBE O-I Corporate Scholarship Program (BA)
Areas of Study: Chemical, Mechanical, Material Science, Ceramic, Glass, Manufacturing, or Industrial Engineering
•Demonstrated leadership and community service
Determination Factors: GPA (3.0+ strict); Demonstrated community service & leadership
Award: $2.5k
Deadline: June 30th

NAACP Hubertus W.V. Willems Male Scholarship (BA, MA, PhD)
Areas of Study: Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics
Determination Factors: GPA (2.5+ for BA; 3.0+ for MA/PhD); Financial need (<$16k ann); NAACP memebership
Award: Up to $2k (BA) or $3k (MA/Phd)
Deadline: March 31st

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program (BA, MA & PhD)
Areas of Study: Technical- Chemistry, Information Mngmt, Computing & Software Systems, Material Science, Printing Mngtmt Science, Laser Optics, Physics, All Engineering
Determination Factors: GPA (3.0+); Ethnic/racial minority
Award: $1k to $10k
Deadline: Sept 30th

Charles Pierce Visiting Student Scholarship Program (BA)
Areas of Study: STEM/Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics
Determination Factors: Pref. to women, minorities & 1st generation
Award: Semester internship w/housing & $10k stipend
Deadline: Oct 15 (Spring) & April 15th (Fall)

HACU National Federal Internship Program (BA, MA, PhD)
Areas of Study: All; Previous placements in Public Affairs, Accounting, Human Resources, Information Tech, Lab/Hospital, Airport, Nat’l Forest & Parks
Determination Factors: GPA (3.0+); Community & campus activities
Award: Semester or summer internship w/ $450/week stipend
Deadline: June 30th (Fall), Nov 4th (Spr), & Feb 25th (Sum)
* application is general; interested agencies select from applicant pool

HSF/Marathon Oil Corporation Scholarship Program (BA, some MA)
Areas of Study: Geology (BA & MA), Geophysics (BA & MA), Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Transportation & Logistics, IT/MIS, Engineering (Chemical, Civil. Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Geotechnical, Mechanical, Petroleum), Computer Science, Energy or Petroleum Land Mngmt, Environmental Health & Safety, Global Procurement or Supply Chain Mngmt
Determination Factors: GPA (3.0+); Ethnic/racial minority
Award: Up to $15k; Up to 2 years; May be offered 8-10 week paid summer internship
Deadline: Nov 15th

BP Scholarship (BA, MA, PhD)
Areas of Study: Energy Industry
Determination Factors: GPA (3.0+)
Award: $2.5k
Deadline: Jan 31st

Battelle & Nat’l Society of Black Engineers Collegiate Scholarship Program (BA)
Areas of Study: Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Applied or Engineering Phsyics, & other Engineering (Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Materials, Mechanical, Software)
Determination Factors: GPA (3.0+); NSBE membership
Award: $5k + Internship w/sponsoring lab
Deadline: Jan 21st

NSBE Hilton Worldwide Scholarship (BA)
Areas of Study: Engineering, Science, Technology
Determination Factors: GPA (3.0+ strict); African-American; NSBE membership
Award: $10k for 3 years
Deadline: Jan 21st

Jacob K. Javits Grant (MA & PhD)

Areas of Study: Arts (i.e. Creative Writing, Dance, Cinematography), Humanities (i.e. Foreign Langauges, History), and Social Sciences (i.e. Non-Clinical Psychology, Public Policy)
Determination Factors: demonstrated achievement, financial need (FAFSA), exceptional promise
Award: Up to $30k stipend; Up to $13k tuition; up to 48 months
Deadline: March 25th

United Negro College Fund: Avis Budget Group Summer Internship Program (BA, MA & PhD)
Areas of Study: Accounting, Business, Communications, Computer Science, Economics, Human Resources, Marketing
Determination Factors: GPA (3.0+); HBCU attendee
Award: 10-12 week internship; Up to $5k stipend
Deadline: Feb 28th

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (PhD)
Areas of Study: None specified; Dissertation-level
Determination Factors: high-achieving, low-income students
Award: one-time 25k
Deadline: Feb 5th

Minority Coproate Counsel Assoc/MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson Jr. Scholarship (JD)
Areas of Study: 1st Yr Law; part. Corporate Law
Determination Factors: GPA (3.2+); financial disadavantage (FAFSA); Community service & leadership experience
Award: Up to $10,000; Assistance w/ paid summer placement
Deadline: May 31st

NAACP Lilian & Samuel Sutton Education Scholarship Program (BA, MA, PhD)
Areas of Study: Education
Determination Factors: GPA (2.5+ for BA, 3.0+ for MA/PhD); Financial need (FAFSA)NAACP membership
Award: Up to $1k
Deadline: March 31st

Career Advancement Scholarships
Areas of Study: TBD
Determination Factors: TBD
Award: TBD
Deadline: TBD

Fellowship on Women & Public Policy (MA & PhD)
Areas of Study: Public Policy & Advocacy
Determination Factors:
Award: Placement in NY State agencies, gov’t or nonprofit w/$9k stipend
Deadline: Sept 1st

WREI Congressional Fellows on Women and Public Policy (MA, PhD)
Areas of Study: All; Previously Law, Medicine, Art, Science, History, Women’s Studies, Business Admin, Poli Science, Social Work, Film-making, Business, Nursing/Midwifery
Determination Factors:
Award: 8-month placement as congressional aid w/ $1450/month stipend (+ $500 for health ins) + up to $1500 for 2 sem of tuition
Deadline: May 20th

The Washington Center offers a range of scholarships for students with disabilities:

AT&T Scholarships

Funded by the AT&T Foundation, these awards provide program and housing assistance in varying amounts to competitively selected students who self-identify as having a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Priority consideration is given to undergraduate students; however, Postgraduate Professional Development Program applicants may be considered. There are no geographic restrictions; students of all majors are eligible to apply.

Coca-Cola Scholarships

Funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation, these awards provide program and housing assistance in varying amounts for undergraduate students who self-identify as having a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There are no geographic restrictions; students from all majors are eligible to apply.

Kessler Foundation ScholarshipsFunded by the Kessler Foundation, these awards provide scholarships to fully offset program and housing fees to a limited number of students who attend New Jersey institutions and self-identify as having a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For this award, students may be asked for a brief personal statement, and preference is given to students with a hometown in New Jersey.

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Scholarships

Funded by the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, these awards provide program and housing assistance in the amount of $2,000 to students who self-identify as having a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Priority is given to students from California, Ohio, Tennessee, and Massachusetts.


Qualifying students will earn scholarships that help to offset the cost of participation. Although amounts vary, many students who apply for funds during summer 2015 will receive at least a full housing scholarship ($4,350). Please note that this aid can in some cases be combined with state funds. To be considered for a scholarship, students should:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Participate in The Washington Center’s academic internship program (Postgraduate Professional Development Program students are also eligible).
  • Complete and submit a The Washington Center application by the regular deadline.
  • Indicate interest on the scholarships section of the application.
  • Provide TWC with documentation from a physician or campus disability services office.
  • Upon acceptance, return to the student portal to complete the disability services application if services are required.

For more information about our scholarship offerings, contact us at

Additional Resources

The Washington Center offers the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative (formerly known as the Competitive Government Program) to help students from a wide variety of backgrounds access opportunities with selected government agencies. Positions are located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area as well as in other regions across the United States.

Federal Diversity Internship Initiative: U.S. Government Internships

Review this resource to determine if the Federal Diversity Internship Initiative is the best way for you to participate in The Washington Center.

 Goals of the Initiative

This initiative is designed to assist the federal government with hiring and training the next generation of leaders. It is focused on supporting federal agencies so that they can meet the priorities of:

  • Promoting diversity in the federal workforce
  • Increasing the number of veterans hired by the government
  • Increasing the representation of people with disabilities

The Federal Diversity Internship Initiative is open to all qualified candidates without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law.

Program Components

  • Internship: Students are immersed in a work environment full-time (40 hours/week) and receive direction from a mentor at the federal agency.
  • Professional Development: In addition to the internship experience, students have an academic program advisor who organizes workshops on various topics (conducted as webinars for students placed outside of the D.C. area) and provides feedback on written assignments.

Benefits of Participation

  • Gain professional experience within the U.S. government
  • Learn how to navigate
  • Build a federal resume
  • Conduct informational interviews
  • Create an individual development plan and enhance goal setting skills

Contact Info for Prospective Students:

Please contact Lyndsy Horn at or 202-238-7917 for more information.

Additional Resources


Accessibility Program (AP)

The purpose of this program is to provide paid internship opportunities annually at the Smithsonian for people with disabilities. Applicants who are in college or graduate school, or who have graduated within the last 6 months are invited to apply. Interns will be based in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and must have United States citizenship. You can learn more at the access to opportunities page.

Since September of 2013, the Smithsonian Institute has teamed up with Project SEARCH in partnership with SEEC and Ivymount School, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) and the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). Project SEARCH is a school-to-work transition program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To learn more, visit the Smithsonian Project SEARCH site.


For more information, contact Disability Support Services by phone at 202-884-9358 or visit us in Main 212.



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