Career Development Center Opportunities

Funding through the Career Develpment Center is only available for unpaid, off-campus, full-time, domestic, and international experiences sponsored by an established nonprofit organization, for-profit employer, or government agency. Funding can only be applied to travel, transportation, housing, food, and utility expenses related to the experience.

We encourage students to verify the availability of funds and these funding opportunities with the Career Development Center.

This fund, up to $5,000, provides financial support to students for expenses related to unpaid or low-paid summer internships that directly support workers’ rights, civil liberties and rights, poverty, food security, gender equality, environmental protection, and homelessness.

Other areas will be considered if the applicant can satisfactorily demonstrate how their internship relates to social justice or the greater social good.

Students selected to receive this fund whose need-based financial aid package from Oberlin includes a summer earnings expectation may use a portion of their award to cover this obligation and offset lost summer earnings.

Eligibility:

  • Students from all classes (including graduating seniors) and all majors
  • Students with demonstrated financial need are encouraged to apply.

This fund, up to $5,000, provides financial support for very high-need students to participate in low- or unpaid career-related experiences. These experiences, which include but are not limited to internships, performance opportunities for musicians, research across fields/disciplines, and pre-professional employment, should promote the student’s professional development with meaningful career-building exposure.

Students may use a portion of their award to cover their summer earnings expectation listed on their financial aid package from Oberlin and to offset lost summer earnings.

Eligibility:

  • First-, second-, and third-year students from all majors
  • Must qualify for a Pell grant

Provides financial support for up to $5,000 for students to participate in summer opportunities conducted abroad, including internships, service-learning or applied research projects.

The opportunity must take place at a non-U.S. location, and it may be paid. Students should seek organizations that will expose them to a global dimension which complements their studies and offers a transformative international experience.

Eligibility:

  • First-, second-, and third-year students from all majors
  • Priority will be given to students with significant coursework in international topics and an articulated connection between the opportunity and their course of study
  • Students with demonstrated financial need are encouraged to apply
  • International students are eligible as long as their visa allows them to participate in an opportunity within the identified country

Funding up to $2,500 for eligible students provides support for entrepreneurial internships that might include but are not limited to conducting research or investigating a potential venture with an experienced entrepreneur; serving as an intern with an established organization or individual/team engaged in a successful venture; interning with a startup organization; or receiving mentoring from an experienced entrepreneur and developing skills to further personal entrepreneurial aspirations.

Eligibility:

  • Students from all classes (including graduating seniors) and from all majors
  • Strong interest in entrepreneurship and or plans to undertake an entrepreneurial venture

This fund provides financial support for up to up to $2,500 for students participating in peace-oriented activities, organizing to promote reallocation of resources to non-military needs, and antiwar projects in the United States.

Students can intern with an established organization or pursue an independent project sponsored by an established organization that focuses on the areas listed above.

Eligibility:

  • Second and third-year students from all majors. Priority will be given to students with domestic anti-war proposals.
  • Students must identify an Oberlin College faculty sponsor/mentor on their application, particularly if they choose to pursue an independent project.

Provides financial support of up to $2,500 to students who pursue internships with agencies and other organizations that work on issues related to civil liberties.

Eligibility:

  • First-, second-, and third-year students from all majors
  • Priority will be given to students with serious interest in civil liberties
  • Students with demonstrated financial need are encouraged to apply

Provides financial support of up to $2,500 for students involved in summer internships at nonprofit organizations focused on public interest or government agencies.

Eligibility:

  • First-, second-, and third-year students from all majors

This fund provides financial support of up to $2,500 to enable student(s) to perform community service or unpaid internships by providing financial support to assist with travel, transportation, housing, food and utility expenses while the student participates in the experience.

Career Development Center funds include the Class of 1968 Endowed Leadership Award, Peter Goldsmith Endowed Internship Fund, and the Young Alumni Internship Fund.

Eligibility:

  • First, second-, and third-year students from all majors