The B.A. Rudolph Foundation provides financial and professional support to young women with summer internships in public service. The goal of the stipends is to cover the living expenses, making it feasible for students to accept unpaid internships.
The Undergraduate Public Service Scholarship supports female undergraduate students who are applying to or have secured an unpaid internship in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Applicants must be rising juniors, seniors, or be recent college graduates (graduated in the last 10 months). There is no requirement regarding the applicant’s major or focus of study, as long as the internship focus requirements are met. We anticipate accepting four scholars each year, although this may be adjusted in the future.
Generally, we ask that if you have been accepted to a graduate program but have not yet started, please apply to the Undergraduate Public Service Scholarship. If you have questions or specific circumstances that should be considered, please contact us.
Internships must be centered on government, public service, non-profit endeavors, and/or women’s rights. The intention of the scholarship is to cover the cost of living and some travel expenses for those who otherwise would not be able to afford such an opportunity, and therefore applicants must show financial need (see Overview for details).
The financial award consists of $1,500 per month (4 weeks) for the length of the individual’s internship, and will be calculated for each accepted scholar individually. Each scholar is assigned at least one mentor in her field to lend guidance on entering and navigating her profession and Washington. Additionally, the Foundation is happy to informally connect the scholar with others that we feel would be useful contacts outside of the assigned mentors, as another opportunity for networking within her chosen profession or interest.
Applications are accepted beginning February 1 and ending April 15. Apply here.