Career Exploration and Development

Funding for Summer Experiences

Funding for Summer Experiences

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


The 2023 Summer Funding Application closed on Friday, April 21. Due to the large number of applications received, we are unable to consider late applications.


What can you do before you apply for funding?

Funding through Career Exploration and Development (CED) is available for unpaid, off-campus experiences sponsored by an established nonprofit organization, for-profit employer or government agency. The funding committees 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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