National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program

National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) 2018 Scholarships For more information, contact
NIAF Congressional Fellowship  
NIAF is nonpartisan and serves as an important voice for Italian Americans in Washington, DC. The Foundation works closely with Congress, The White House, the Department of State, the U.S. Embassy in Rome, and the Embassy of Italy in Washington to promote Italian American heritage and serve as a bipartisan educational foundation. As a unified voice on issues of importance to Italian Americans, the Foundation builds relationships with key decision makers on behalf of the Italian American community and serves as a resource and thought leader for politicians, policy makers, and diplomats.
Students must be members of the National Italian American Foundation.
Students must be a junior or senior in college, or in the first year out of college, at beginning of internship date
Students must have at least one Italian great-grandparent.
Students must provide TWO references who are either current/former employers or supervisors or current/former professors. Please do NOT include family members.
Students must email a resume to
Preference will be given to students who have never previously held an internship on Capitol Hill.
IMPORTANT: NIAF will only accept online applications (no exceptions).

Please note that NIAF cannot guarantee that Fellows will receive school credit for their fellowship. Fellows who are interested in receiving college credit should be in contact with their university career center and an academic advisor. Apply HERE!

Sons of Italy

Through the Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF), and hundreds of thousands of family members located in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA) has awarded nearly $61 million in scholarships to date. In past years, the SIF has offered 10 to 12 merit-based scholarships (National Leadership Grants), ranging from $4,000 to $25,000 in a nationwide competition. These figures and the number of scholarships may vary according to funding each year. General Eligibility: U.S. citizens of Italian descent (at least one Italian or Italian-American grandparent) enrolled in a four year undergraduate program or a graduate program at an accredited academic institution. 

More information about specific scholarships can be found HERE and HERE.

Volunteer in Italian Summer Camps for 3 weeks or 6 weeks . Your main task will be to help teach English while engaged in fun activities (it’s summer camp, not school!). You’ll also work with the other counselors organizing games, sports, art activities, and trips that the camp offers. Importantly, you’ll have a chance to improve your Italian. At these camps, Italian is the primary language of communication, so you must have the basics down. The project is open to all volunteers without distinction of sex, race, religion, political opinion, or social conditions. Preference will be given to candidates who passed the Italian AP exam, and/or have taken intermediate to advanced Italian college-level courses. Also, candidates who participated in earlier programs are eligible, and strongly encouraged to re-apply. The program will offer: Free accommodation (room and board) in an Italian family. For the entire three or six-week program you’ll be living with Italian families who belong to the camp’s parish. Health care and accident insurance for the period of stay in Italy under the tutelage of the host organization. A great cultural and linguistic experience. You’ll experience a vibrant part of Italy few tourists get to see — the real family-centered Italy far away from the long museum lines in Florence and Venice. U.S. citizens at the senior or graduate level in any major are encouraged to apply for one year study abroad fellowships. One year English teaching assistantships in secondary schools are also available.
For additional scholarship and fellowship opportunities see: