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Walter Power Internship Scholarship

Fellowship Description

Through a generous donation from University of Michigan alumnus Walter Power, LRCCS founded the Walter Power Internship Scholarship to support undergraduate students seeking internships in China.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate degree students at the University of Michigan.
  • Applicants must remain an undergraduate degree student at the University of Michigan during the period of the internship. Graduating seniors may not apply for a scholarship to participate in an internship following graduation.
  • Recipients must participate in an eligible internship. The internship must meet the following criteria:
    • Internship must be located in China; that is, your place of work during the internship must be located within China.
    • Internship must be with a reputable government, for-profit, or non-profit organization in China.
    • Students must devote at least 75% of their time (normal work hours) during the internship period to the internship position.
    • Independent research and volunteer activities are not eligible.
  • If eligible, students must also apply to the LSA Internship ScholarshipCoE International Internship Scholarship Program and/or other internship funding offered by their home school and/or department. See the Funding for Summer Internships in China page on the LRCCS website for more internship funding opportunities.

Scholarship Award

  • Approximately 6-8 scholarships per year will be made.
  • Maximum award amount is $5,000.
  • Award amount may not exceed the actual cost of transportation, housing, and food during the internship.
  • Scholarship may only be used to cover expenses associated with the internship, such as airfare, housing, commuting, and food.
  • Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic merit by the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies Internships Funding Committee.
  • International students may be subject to income tax withholding on the scholarship amount. Please consult the International Center if you have any questions.

Application Materials

Please submit the following items to the International Institute Fellowships & Grants online portal.  Login to this Portal with your uniqname and Kerberos password.  In the list of awards, look for CCS-CJS Undergraduate Internship Scholarship.

  • Application form: Complete the online application form.
  • Statement of purpose (limit 1000 words): Please write a concise and coherent essay of no more than 1,000 words. Please explain why you want to participate in an internship in China and how this experience will contribute toward your overall academic and career goals. Please double-space and put your full name and UM ID at the beginning of the statement.
  • Résumé: Please provide a current résumé. If you are not sure how to put a résumé together, please consult the UM Career Center for assistance.
  • Two academic letters of recommendation: Please ask two people who know you well and can speak to your academic interests and abilities. Letters from course instructors, GSIs and academic advisors are acceptable. Recommendation must be completed by someone affiliated with UM. Only one of the two recommendation may be completed by a language instructor; at least one letter must be completed by an instructor of a content course (e.g., history, literature, anthropology, political science, engineering, business, art, etc.). You will first need to register information about the two people completing the recommendations; then, you will complete a form which will send an automated email request to the recommenders.
  • Current UM official transcript: Please check the appropriate box on the Application Form to grant permission to LRCCS to access your academic record on Wolverine Access and put a copy in your application file (this is the preferred method).
  • Copy of letter of acceptance for the internship.

Application Deadline:

  • March 31 for internships taking place during the spring-summer term (May 1 to August 31) of the same year.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Awards will be announced in late April.

Submission

All application materials must be submitted on the International Institute Fellowships & Grants online portal using the CCS-CJS UG Internship Scholarships application.