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Beth Garrett Memorial Internship Grant



The Beth Garrett Memorial Internship Grant is awarded to support a student serving as an unpaid intern in the field of public policy. This award was created to honor UVA’s 2016 Distinguished Alumna, Beth Garrett, who went on from her early work in public policy to accomplish many great things in her 52 years. Beth was a 1988 alumna of the School of Law and was serving as the president of Cornell University at the time that she was selected to be the Distinguished Alumna for 2016. Sadly, Beth passed away before the award could be formally bestowed upon her and the larger UVA community could honor her.

Beth is remembered with tremendous admiration by her classmates and colleagues for the unusual way that she combined intellectual prowess with humor, warmth and practicality. Her gifts were many and she shared them generously with all of the academic and professional communities of which she was a part. Beth knew the importance of equipping oneself to be successful. She understood that small, but significant, obstacles could challenge people’s effectiveness.

We are proud to offer one grant of $2,000 each year to extend Beth’s legacy at UVA to the next generation so that they, in turn, can gain the public policy experience they need to make a difference. Those who knew Beth best have said that she would be honored by knowing that students’ practical needs were met so that, logistics set aside, they could take fullest advantage of an exciting professional development opportunity.  



Beth consistently referred to her time at the University of Virginia as the touchstone of her success. She embodied the values of citizenship and service that define our students, our graduates, our community. The Women’s Center convenes a committee of faculty, staff and/or alumni to select the student who receives this grant in Beth's honor. Applications are accepted in the spring from students who have secured an unpaid summer internship in public policy (see detailed instructions and application deadline below). The selected recipient of the Beth Garrett Memorial Internship Grant will demonstrate: interest in public policy, commitment to public service, and a passion for making a difference.

Application Instructions

Applicants for the Beth Garrett Memorial Internship Grant must be current students at UVA and are required to submit:

  • resume
  • copy of the offer letter for the public policy internship, and a copy of or link to the job description
  • a 500-word statement addressing the applicant's:  interest in public policy, future career goals, ways the internship will be transformative professionally, and how the applicant will go on from the internship to make an impact in the realm of public policy.

Click here and attach all of the above to apply by the below deadline.


Applications for the 2018 Beth Garrett Memorial Internship Grant are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18. 

Please Note

This grant will be paid to the selected student in a single payment, to be used at the awardee’s discretion to make the purchase(s) that ensure their ability to be effective in this growth opportunity.

Past Recipients of the Beth Garrett Memorial Internship Grant

2017          Shaun Khurana