To apply, complete the online form  by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of the evolving situation with COVID-19, the Career Development Center is no longer able to consider funding summer experiences that take place outside the United States for summer 2020.

The summer funding application form comprises multiple pages. It must be completed in one sitting, so please make sure you are prepared to answer all the questions before you start! 

Below is a list of all the information you'll need to fill out the application. Click each drop-down section to view the list of questions for that section.

Section 1: About You
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • T Number [use format T01234567]
  • Phone Number
  • Projected Graduation Year
  • Major(s)
    • You may list "undeclared" or "undecided" if appropriate. You may also list any minors or concentrations (optional).
Section 2: About Your Proposed Summer Experience
  • Organization Name
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Address
  • Is your summer experience abroad? (Yes/No)
  • Supervisor's Name, Email Address, Phone Number
    • Please enter the name of your direct supervisor for the summer experience.  We will only contact the supervisors of students selected for funding to confirm their acceptance. [If you do not yet know this information, you can say “N/A” or “TBD.”]

  • Status of your summer experience application:
    1. I have applied, but have not received a response from the organization.
    2. I had an interview or have corresponded with the organization.
    3. I have received an offer, but have not yet accepted.
    4. I have accepted an offer.
  • Into what sector does your proposed experience fall? (Some examples include public policy, business, education, public or global health, art, music, or technology.)
  • Briefly summarize your career goals, in no more than 2 sentences. (You can get into more detail in the essays.)
  • Essay Responses
    • Upload a PDF with your responses to the following essay questions. Limit each essay to no more than 250 words. The document should be named “LastName_FirstName_Essays.pdf”

      1. Describe the organization and how you will be involved.
      2. What prior experience(s) motivated you to pursue this opportunity?
        Experiences may include internships, courses, service, employment, or personal endeavors. 
      3. Explain how this opportunity aligns with your career goals, what you hope to achieve, and the specific skills you want to gain.
Section 3: Funding Information

Please answer the following Yes/No questions that will help determine your eligibility for various funds.  There are numerous funds that are not narrowly tailored to particular types of summer experiences, so do not be concerned if you answer No to each question.

  • Does your proposed summer experience relate to equity, social justice, or social change? (yes/no)
    • If yes, please indicate (in up to 250 words) how your proposed summer experience relates to equity and social justice and what you hope to learn while engaging diverse communities in social change efforts. Upload your response as a PDF; the document should be named “LastName_FirstName_ESJ.pdf”
  • Are you a Conservatory or double-degree student applying to a summer music festival or equivalent music experience?
    • If yes, please upload 1-2 supporting materials including audio or video files that highlight your work.
      Uploaded files should be named "LastName_FirstName_Filename” and should total no more than 8 minutes in length.
  • Does your proposed summer experience involve peace organizing or domestic anti-war activism?  (For example, a summer internship with Friends Committee on National Legislation.)
  • Does your proposed summer experience involve work for an organization working to protect civil liberties? (For example, a summer internship with the American Civil Liberties Union.)
  • Does your proposed summer experience involve work with a creative organization, entrepreneurial activity, or as part of an R&D (Research and Development) or Innovation Center for an organization, receiving mentoring from an experienced entrepreneur, or developing skills to further your personal entrepreneurial aspirations?
  • Do you expect to graduate from Oberlin in May 2020? 
  • Amount you are requesting
    Please enter the amount you are requesting, rounded to the nearest dollar. This should match the amount specified on your budget, and should not exceed $5,000.
  • Please upload your résumé.
    Your résumé should be in PDF format and named "LastName_FirstName_Resume.pdf"
  • Please upload your itemized budget with Statement of Financial Need.
    Provide an itemized list of your projected income and expenses related to the summer experience and a statement of financial need. Use the sample budget  as a guide.
    Your budget should be an Excel file and named "LastName_FirstName_Budget.xlsx"
Section 4: Certification

Please read and agree to the statement below.

I certify that the information provided in this application is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge.  I understand and agree that all materials submitted as part of this application are subject to Oberlin College's Honor Code and any misrepresentation or omission of information will justify a denial of funding.  I authorize access to and review of all of my Oberlin institutional records, including FAFSA data, and understand that the Office of Financial Aid will only reveal applicants' level of financial need to the Career Development Center.  If selected for funding, I understand that the award is contingent upon my good academic and social standing at Oberlin College.  I understand that, in certain cases, the Career Development Center may ask me to provide references.  In addition, I commit to abide by the conditions and requirements of funding established by the Career Development Center, and understand that I may be required to return any awarded funds if I fail to complete these requirements.

Incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the funding overview and take advantage of the Career Development Center’s resources to prepare their materials. For assistance, visit Drop-in Hours.