Career Exploration and Development

Apply for Summer Experience Funding

The summer funding application will be open from Friday, February 2 through Friday, May 17, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.


2024 Summer Experience Fund Application is now closed for 2023-2024.

The 2024 Summer Funding Application comprises multiple pages and must be completed in one sitting. Please make sure you are prepared to answer all the questions before you start! 

NOTE: In the application, students will be asked which program they are participating in and must indicate they are participating in the Summer Experience Funding (Internship+ is for third year students only and requires registration).


Application Information and Materials Needed

Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the funding overview and take advantage of Career Exploration and Development (CED) resources to prepare their materials. For assistance, contact us at

Incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered

  • Organization name, location, and website
  • Contact information for your supervisor or the person you have been corresponding
  • Length of the summer experience
  • Number of projected weekly hours
  • Summer experience start and end dates

  • Essay Response: Upload a PDF document titled "LastName_FirstName_Essay.pdf"
    • Limit your essay response to 300 words.
      • Explain in detail how this summer experience will enhance your career readiness, professional skills, and how it relates to your future goals.
  • Resume: Must be in PDF format and follow this naming format:  "LastName_FirstName_Resume.pdf"
  • Acceptance or Confirmation Letter or Email: Must be an official letter or email including the email header in PDF format and follow this naming format:  "LastName_FirstName_AcceptanceLetter.pdf"
  • Job Description: Must be in PDF format and follow this naming format:  "LastName_FirstName_JobDescription.pdf" 

Note to Conservatory/Double Degree Students: completing a musical performance or pre-professional music training program, without a job description, will need to provide a detailed experience description.

You will be asked to enter a total dollar amount, as well as cite sources for projected expenses, which will include:

  • Travel: travel to and from internship location: plane train, bus, car, etc.
  • Daily Commuting: transit pass, carpool, etc.
  • Food/Meals: ranging from $100/week in lower-cost areas to $135/week in higher-cost areas
  • Housing/Rent: using credible websites such as Airbnb, Renthop, or other rental websites. Please use credible websites to estimate housing or landlord estimates. For example AirBnb,, or other sublet websites.
  • Program Fee(s): cite your source(s) for program fee(s) and any associated expenses hyperlinking the program site(s) containing the fee/cost breakdown or provide email communication from the program director or program coordinator you corresponded
  • Income: How much income (ONLY hourly wage or host organization's stipend), if any, will you receive from the host organization
  • Other Scholarships or Grants: list the amount and the department/external source providing the amount, if applicable
  • Statement of Financial Need (optional)

*This cost of living database may be helpful while calculating or estimating summer expenses in a specific city or country*

You will be asked to add additional supporting documents. 

If applying to summer music festivals or equivalent summer musical experiences:

  • Email confirmation or registration receipt(s)
  • Name of an Oberlin reference: primary studio instructor or other Oberlin faculty member