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Annually, The Career Center administers funds of up to $3,500 to support Oberlin students pursuing unpaid summer internships with organizations that do not have the resources to provide financial support. By reducing the living expenses and other financial barriers associated with unpaid internships, these funds allow students to develop new skills, make valuable connections, and explore their future career interests.

Students can prepare for the competitive application and interview process by attending the information sessions and drop-in hours, and by carefully reviewing the requirements and application procedure for each award. Students must demonstrate that they have secured an appropriate unpaid internship, or that they applied for the internship prior to seeking funds. This procedure helps applicants develop the fundamental skills required to apply for future positions in a competitive market.

These fundss are provided primarily by the generous support of Oberlin alumni and the Creativity & Leadership Project. The Career Center administers funding, which includes the Class of 1968 Leadership Award, Career Development Fund, Marion B. Anderson 1954 Endowed Grant Fund for Aspiring Peace Activists, Peter Goldsmith Internship Fund, Godlove-Rubin Endowed Family Public Interest Internship Fund, and Young Alumni Internship Fund. Creativity & Leadership Internship Awards are available to students for unpaid internships that support entrepreneurship.

Summer Funding

The Career Center and the Creativity & Leadership Project are pleased to announce that a number of funds will be awarded on a competitive basis to students completing unpaid internships in summer 2014. It is critical that interested students carefully read the requirements, and follow the application procedure. Students who fail to submit all required documents for the application will not be considered. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Career Center's resources to help identify internships and prepare application materials.

Application Checklist

  • Online Application Form with the name and contact information for two refereces
  • Personal statement with responses to essay questions
  • Budget of summer expenses, and statement of financial need
  • Current resume with prior work, volunteer and/or leardership experience, skills and relevant coursework

All application materials (except the online application form) must be uploaded on ObieOpps.

Notice for Students Applying for Funds for International Internships:
Advance planning is essential for a successful international trip. Please read the information about international projects and schedule an appointment with Amy Moniot, preferably before you apply for summer internship funding.