Career Development

Funding for Summer Experiences

Thanks to the generosity of Oberlin alumni donors and friends of the college, the Career Development Center offers funding for career-related summer experiences. These funds help offset expenses related to an internship or other pre-professional activity. It is one of many options to consider as students make plans to finance their summer experiences. 

Summer 2021 Funding Update

Oberlin College prioritizes and highly encourages students to secure and perform internships that students can complete entirely from their place of residence. If you choose to pursue an in-person summer internship, it must adhere to all federal; state; and local laws, health guidance, rules, regulations, orders, ordinances, and legally binding decrees (“applicable laws”). Oberlin College does not place an expectation or condition on any internship that any students disregard any applicable laws or any students place themselves in harm’s way. 


  • Application deadline: Friday, April 23, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. EDT
  • Recipients notified: Early May
  • Funds distributed: Early June

What can you do before you apply for funding?

Funding through the Career Development Center is available for unpaid, off-campus experiences sponsored by an established nonprofit organization, for-profit employer or government agency. The Career Development Center will consider funding students who receive a stipend from their host organizations.

The following experiences qualify for funding:

  • Internships (must be full time for at least 8 weeks or 320 hours)
  • Pre-professional experiences including off-campus research and performance (must be substantial in intensity although the length may vary)

Funding can only be applied to travel and living expenses. Students applying for funding to participate in a tuition- or fee-based program (i.e. festival, language study, volunteer abroad, writing institute, etc.) must have a clearly defined experiential component with at least 200 hours spent on activities that classify as an internship.

Funding can only be applied to travel, local transportation, housing, food and utility expenses related to the experience. The budget should only include summer expenses. 

Housing is usually one of the highest expenses during the summer. Housing expenses could be reduced substantially if you start to explore low-cost, and possibly free, housing early.
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This information can help you generate ideas for potential summer opportunities.

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