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2021 Summer Experience Fund - April Deadline

The 2021 Summer Experience Fund is now open to a 2nd round of applications with limited funding. Students who applied to first round funding do not need to take further action (i.e. - don't reapply), unless applying for funding for a different summer experience.

If you have secured (or, are in the process of securing) an unpaid or low paid summer experience, you may be eligible to apply to the 2021 Summer Experience Fund. This fund provides a limited number of qualified students with funding up to $5,000 to help with transportation and/or living expenses incurred as a result of participating in an unpaid or low-paying summer experience. Again, this funding is distributed to help defray living expenses for an intern during the course of their summer experience; it should not be considered salary or meant as compensation.

Students will be notified (whether selected or not) of decision by 5/15. The Selection Committee will not review applications until after the deadline (4/26). The 3/29 deadline applications are currently under review.

Because of the high volume of applicants, we consider both the quality of your materials (including your resume) and the extent to which you follow instructions. Be sure to read this post in full. In other words, just like other internships or jobs to which you apply, your application materials will be evaluated.

Students from diverse backgrounds including members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for funding without regard to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, class, religion, age or veteran status.

Humanities students, apply here following the instructions below. Also indicate you would like to be considered for HEDGE funding on the budget form. To be considered for HEDGE funding, you must be a declared Humanities major and be seeking funding for a Humanities-related internship.

Who is eligible?
1. Students who have an internship (including research) experience secured that meets the requirements stated below. Students must have an offer in hand OR be in the interview stage of a hiring process. Students who do not provide evidence of offer or interview will not be considered for this funding (i.e. - submitting an application to an experience does not qualify).
2. Students receiving less than minimum wage (hourly) for their summer experience. If you receive more than minimum wage (hourly), you are not eligible to apply to this program - your application will not be reviewed.
3. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who are enrolled in BOTH the 2021 spring and fall semesters.
4. Duration of summer experience must equate to 240 hours minimum (or, six weeks full time).
5. Prior recipients, who have received less than $5,000. Total awards, per recipient, will not exceed $5,000 (cumulative). Past recipients who have received the maximum allowable through Owl Edge funding, but are otherwise eligible, may still be considered for HEDGE funding.
6. Programs that require students to pay to participate are not eligible; applications will not be reviewed if payment was made to any internship program for placement. 

Required materials (must be uploaded in Handshake; will not accept materials by email):
1. Resume (If you haven't already done so, be sure to have it reviewed at a resume lab, drop in hours, appointment with a CCD team member, PCA or other reviewer).

2. If available, include an offer letter or letter of interest from the hosting organization that includes information about your compensation. The format can be an official offer letter or email correspondence between you and the hiring manager attached to application materials. If you are in the interview stage, include an email or written explanation of where you are in the hiring process.

3. Budget Worksheet (If you have extenuating circumstances not included in your proposed budget, add a note in the essay AND on the Google form below).

*Click the attachment, download the attached form, complete it, save as "PDF" and attach to your application materials (you should assign it as "Other" in your Handshake documents). Be sure to tally your total request as it is not auto-filled.*

4. Reflective essay (one page): Explain why you want to participate in this internship. Describe how the experience could help shape your career exploration and job search process. Include whether or not you can pursue this opportunity during the academic year. Preference will go to students pursuing opportunities they cannot pursue during the academic year (not continued research, for example).

5. Complete this Google form with corresponding information regarding your summer internship/research experience.

6. If available, attach the internship or research post/description to the reflective essay.


Handshake may only allow you to submit a few documents by designation (i.e. - resume, cover letter, other) so feel free to combine any of them as you see fit. There is no cover letter requirement - you may use that designation for your essay. The end goal is that everything is uploaded to your application in Handshake by the deadline (it doesn't matter how they are labeled). Application materials sent via email (before or after the deadline) will not be considered.