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, community service or pre-professional activity. It is one of many options to consider as students make plans to finance their summer experiences. 

What can you do before you apply for funding?

Students can apply for funding if they are awaiting a response from the organization.

Funding through the Career Development Center is only available for unpaid, off-campus, domestic or international experiences sponsored by an established nonprofit organization, for-profit employer or government agency. The Career Development Center will consider funding students who receive a small stipend ($1,000 or less) from their host organizations.

The following experiences qualify for funding:

  • Internships (must be full time for at least 8 weeks or 320 hours)
  • Community service (must be full time for at least 8 weeks or 320 hours)
  • Pre-professional experiences including 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. However, students awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fund will receive up to $5,000, which may be applied to tuition and fees to help offset lost summer earnings. 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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Students should consult with the Office of Study Away to obtain specific guidance about the country where the proposed summer experience will occur, including whether obtaining a visa in advance is required. Travel to certain countries is prohibited; travel to certain high risk countries will require students to complete a Travel Safety Petition. All students should complete the Travel Registry form, even if their destination is not considered a high risk country.

Students cannot receive funding for summer experiences in countries where the College prohibits travel, and can only receive funding for experiences in high risk countries if the Travel Safety Petition is approved by the Office of Study Away. All students with summer experiences abroad will be required to complete the Travel Registry form prior to receiving funding.