International Internship Grant

For online application questions, email Patrick Murphy at or

Countries where past awardees have gone: 



  • You must have secured an internship or have started an internship at an organization that offers substantial opportunities directly related to your degree program and specialty.
  • Your internship must require at least 30 hours per week for a minimum of 10 weeks.
  • You must be a currently enrolled Elliott School graduate student, planning to enroll the following semester after completing the internship, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • International students are eligible to apply, but the internship cannot be located in your home country, or within the U.S.
  • The internship cannot be located in a country in which you have citizenship or foreign national status.


Grantee Responsibility

Before the award is released, all grantees will need to complete the International Travel Approval Process with GWU.

Also, while in country, grantees agree to provide pictures of their travels and/or their worksite.

After the experience, each Internship Grant recipient will be required to submit an Internship Evaluation found in Handshake's Resource Library section. Grant recipients are also asked to be available for future networking activities with Elliott School students who have questions regarding internships and the internship grant process.  Details for these events will be determined at a later date.


Application Requirements

Please apply through

A copy of the entire Grant Application is due to Graduate Student Service no later than 5 p.m. on the following dates of each semester:
  • Spring 2018: December 1, 2017
  • Summer 2018: April 6, 2018
  • Fall 2018: July 27, 2018
Only completed applications will be accepted; we will not consider your application unless you carefully complete the application steps, which include:
  • Application Summary
  • Basic personal and internship information
  • Completed and signed Internship Employer/Mentor Form
  • Interest Essay (500 word maximum)
  • Completed Personal Budget form including alternative sources of funding
  • Current Resume
  • Faculty Support Form completed and signed by a GW faculty member
  • Copy of most recent GW transcript (printable from the web; unofficial copies accepted)
Please be sure that any application form that requires a signature has a handwritten signature. Typed names will not be accepted.
For questions about the grant and the online application, please contact Patrick Murphy at or


Selection Process

Grant applications will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
  • Academic record at the Elliott School
  • Quality and professionalism of the entire grant application
  • Quality and relevance of proposed internship to current and/or future career plans
  • Quality of Interest Essay


Grant Amounts

A maximum of $2,000 will be available for each grant. The final amount for each grant will be determined by funds available to GSS and the budget submitted with each application.