Applications for $2,500 Paul S. Gravel Federal Intern Scholarship Now Being Accepted

Applications are now open for the Paul S. Gravel Federal Intern Scholarship. LSU students of any major who attend the Baton Rouge campus are encouraged to apply for the scholarship for the summer of 2018.

The $2,500 scholarship is awarded each year to a student who participates in an unpaid or under-paid Washington, D.C.-based internship for a policy, legislative or educational oriented organization.

The scholarship was inspired by the late Paul Gravel, former executive director of LSU’s Washington office, and by Gravel’s efforts to create internship opportunities for students interested in learning about the American political and governmental processes and/or national and global issues.

Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and have earned at least 60 credit hours by the end of the spring 2018 semester. Students must also demonstrate that they have been offered a Washington, D.C., internship for the summer of 2018. 

The application deadline is Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Applications must be accompanied by:

  • An essay (no longer than 1,000 words) stating why the specific internship opportunity is meaningful to his or her course of study or personal/professional goals
  • A letter of recommendation from an LSU faculty or staff member familiar with the student’s work
  • A statement of financial need, signed by the student and a parent or guardian

Application forms and guidelines may be downloaded here.  For more information about the scholarship, contact Manship School Professor Bob Mann at