The Office of National Scholarship assists students, who are actively pursing a national scholarship opportunity, in exploring and applying for internship and research opportunities that will help them grow academically and professionally. Students can be from any academic field or future career interest.

There are some national scholarship programs that provide internships in and of themselves. A couple of examples are listed below.

Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program is designed to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities. The scholarship awards financial assistance for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship at a NOAA facility during the summer. Applicants must be a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program.


  • U.S. citizen

  • Be currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or as a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program at an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. territories; Community college or transfer students must provide proof of application to a four-year institution when applying for the scholarship and submit proof of acceptance prior to starting the program

  • Earn and maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on other identified scale) in all completed undergraduate courses each term and cumulative, as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 in your major field of study. The grade point average requirement applies prior to and at the time of application for a scholarship, for the period between application and award notification, and after award distribution

  • Have and maintain a declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to, oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission

  • A competitive applicant will have research, or outreach activities pertaining to climate, and ocean science, already started or ongoing at the time of the application.
    When is the national deadline? Typically, January 31st unless otherwise advertised on NOAA website.

When should you come see us? For an applicant already involved in research and/or other activities related to NOAA’s mission, a first assessment meeting in October is preferred. Students must declare an intent to apply no later than November 1st. 

What is the application timeline? 3 months working with ONS consistently

ONS Contact: Ms. Lauren Roberts, robertsl1@usf.edu


Department of State Internships

The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States.

*If a student elects to complete an internship abroad, then the student is eligible to apply for a Gilman Scholarship to support this opportunity (Pell Grant eligible students only).

Eligibility: US Citizen; minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA; undergraduate student with at least junior status or a graduate student

When is the national deadline?

- Summer Internship: September

- Fall Internship: February

- Spring Internship: June

When should you come see us? At least two months prior to the national application deadline

What is the application timeline? Students will begin working on first drafts of application essays one to two months before the national deadline (after our initial appointment). Students often move at their own pace in the drafting process, getting through as many drafts as they feel comfortable from initial appointment through the national deadline.

ONS Contact: nationalscholarships@usf.edu