I have already talked about how I found the opportunity for my internship at the Yarmouth History Center, so now I’d like to share how I found the grant opportunity. At first, I was not sure where to look. I had checked several places on campus where I thought it would be (both on the campus website and in person), but I was not finding anything that looked like it could help me specifically.
For a while, I was not even sure if I would be working at the Yarmouth History Center as an intern–the director of the History Center was very understanding and said I could work as a volunteer for the summer. I would not have been paid for my work, but it would have given me the experience necessary to figure out whether I wanted to be an archivist or not–which was my whole goal in finding an internship, to begin with.
But then one day as I was looking through my email, I came across an offer for a grant–one that specifically could help me. Grant prizes could range anywhere from $500-$1500. I emailed the director of the History Center again and told her of the grant opportunity, put in my application, and some money!
There are a few words of advice I would give to anyone else who would like to apply for an internship grant; firstly that would be to know where to look for internship opportunities. I had checked all over campus multiple times–both offline and online–but I ended up getting information about my grant through an email. Check with your professors about where to look and what to look for, but at the same time keep in mind that UMW internship grants will not open for application right at the start of the semester as I thought. This may have been a contributing factor to why I could not find information about the grants at first. Not only had I started looking a little too early, but I also think I could have had a clearer idea of where to even look.
Here is a helpful link with more information about UMW’s internship grants: https://www.umw.edu/careercenter/students/internships/internship-grants/