The UM Service Fellowship is the legacy of two UM students who sought to create opportunities for their peers to participate in service-oriented, summer internships that would otherwise be unpaid.  Supported by a grant from the Atlantic Coast Conference International Academic Collaborative, the University of Miami will offer summer fellowships to support students who will participate in full-time, public service internships locally, nationally and abroad.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Rising UM sophomores, juniors and seniors in good standing
  • Students planning to participate in a full-time unpaid, service-oriented summer internship in government, education, the nonprofit sector, or the public interest/advocacy sector.

General Information

This fellowship program provides students with a stipend to offset the cost of their expenses while participating in an unpaid, service-oriented internship. Selected students are eligible to receive up to $3000; $2000 will be paid at the start of internship and $1000 will be paid upon successful completion of the Toppel Internship Program (TIP). Students are responsible for securing their own placement, which must be approved by the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships and the Toppel Career Center. Over the course of the summer, Service Fellows must complete a minimum of 320 hours of service, keep a log of their hours, and take photographs of their internship experience.


  • Internships cannot take place at the University of Miami. No research projects or work under any department at UM will be funded.
  • Students participating in part-time internships are not eligible.
  • Host organization cannot be owned or run by a member of intern’s immediate family.
  • Internship must be done through one sponsor and must be supervised by someone at the site. Supervisor may not be a family member.
  • Funding cannot be granted for internships involved in direct proselytizing for religious work or for work done on a political campaign.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit a completed copy of the application to the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships, in the Rhodes House (Building 37-K) by Friday, April 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm.  Applications may also be e-mailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).