Internships and Financial Aid
The Financial Aid Office provides guidance to students about federal, state and institutional scholarships, grants, loans and work programs, and provides coordinating information about other sources of student assistance throughout the UAF campus and resources for individuals and families off-campus.
Internships and other opportunities
A distinctive part of the department’s program is internship training in Fairbanks area government and private agencies for interested students. We support the legislative internships in the state capitol and provide other opportunities for students who wish to do international affairs internships in Washington D.C. In all cases, students learn actual government roles.
Most internships, fellowships, and scholarships require nomination by the university. If you are interested in any of them please contact the faculty advisor for information. This list is not exclusive. Faculty learn of new opportunities throughout the year.
Dr. Amy Lovecraft is the campus coordinator for the Alaska Universities Legislative Internship Program, which provides a unique opportunity for UAF students to gain valuable, direct experience in government by serving on the staff of a member of the Alaska State House or Senate. Every year three UAF students are selected to spend spring semester in Juneau, where they work closely with the professional legislative staff for the entire fifteen-week session. Students also participate in a seminar in which they receive instruction on state government and legislative politics, meet state government officials, and share their experiences with other interns. The internship provides a stipend to cover transportation and living expenses. Students earn 12 upper division credits in political science.
Current internship opportunities are available at these websites:
Dr. Lovecraft is the faculty representative for The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the United States Constitution in secondary schools. Applicants must be a teacher, or planning to become a teacher, of American history, American government, or social studies at the secondary school level. The Foundation offers two types of Fellowships: Junior Fellowships are awarded to students who are about to complete, or have recently completed, their undergraduate course of study and plan to begin graduate work on a full-time basis. Junior Fellows have two years to complete their degree. Senior Fellowships are awarded to experienced teachers who wish to undertake work for a graduate degree on a part-time basis through summer and evening classes. Senior Fellows have up to five years to complete their degree.
Dr. Meek is the faculty representative for the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation. The program is for undergraduate students with good academic records who wish to pursue careers in environmental policy, health care, or tribal policy. Students chosen for the award receive a $5,000 scholarship to apply toward the cost of a year of college, and must be nominated by UAF to compete with others for an award.
The Marshall Scholarships provide an opportunity for two years of study in the United Kingdom. They are open to graduating seniors and graduate students who demonstrate a high level of academic and personal achievement. The scholarships allow for study at over 100 universities and colleges in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Any field of study may be chosen. The scholarships cover all costs for two years, including travel, tuition, and living expenses.
The Rhodes is the oldest international study award available to American scholars. It allows for two or three years of study at Oxford, and scholars are selected on the basis of well-rounded excellence that includes academic and intellectual achievement, integrity of character, service to society, and leadership ability. Candidates must be between 18 and 24 years of age, and hold a Bachelor’s degree. The scholarships are for all fields of study that qualify the candidate for admission to Oxford. The Rhodes Scholarships cover all costs of study, living allowance, and travel.
The Truman Scholarships are awarded to college juniors to attend graduate school that will prepare them for careers in public service. Truman Scholars are chosen on the basis of leadership potential; outstanding academic and interpersonal skills; and the career goal of making a difference in the government, education, or volunteer sectors of public life.Truman Scholars are awarded up to $30,000 in support for their studies.