Each fund has specific eligibility criteria; please read the information below thoroughly before applying.

Funding through the Career Development Center is available for unpaid, off-campus, full-time, domestic or international experiences sponsored by an established nonprofit organization, for-profit employer or government agency. Pre-professional experiences (such as research and performance opportunities) must be substantial in intensity, although the length may vary. Funding can only be applied to travel, transportation, housing, food, and utility expenses related to the experience. However, students awarded the Susan L. Phillips Fund or the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fund will receive up to $5,000, which may be applied to the summer earnings expectation listed on their financial aid package from Oberlin and help offset lost summer earnings.

The Social Justice Internship Fund provides financial support to students for expenses related to unpaid or low-paid summer internships that directly support workers' rights, civil liberties and rights, poverty, food security, gender equality, environmental protection, and homelessness. Other areas will be considered if the applicant can satisfactorily demonstrate how their internship relates to social justice or the greater social good.

Susan Phillips spent most of her career in the U.S. labor movement. She served first as publications director and then as an international vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, where she created programs to increase the involvement of women, young members, and retirees in union activities. She is eager to support students who are considering work in various aspects of social justice.

The fund is intended to cover expenses associated with, but not limited to travel, transportation, housing, food, utilities, equipment, or other such appropriate expenses. Students selected to receive this fund whose need-based financial aid package from Oberlin includes a summer earnings expectation may use a portion of their award to cover this obligation and offset lost summer earnings.

Eligibility:

  • Students from all classes (including graduating seniors) and all majors

  • Students with demonstrated financial need are encouraged to apply.

In honor of their 50th reunion and in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his Commencement speech at Oberlin in 1965, the class of 1965 has established this fund to provide financial support for very high-need students to participate in low- or unpaid career-related experiences. The classes of 1966 and 1967 have dedicated their 50th reunion gifts as a continuation of the class of 1965's initiative and good work.

These experiences, which include but are not limited to internships, performance opportunities for musicians, research across fields/disciplines, and pre-professional employment, should promote the student's professional development with meaningful career-building exposure. Students may use a portion of their award to cover their summer earnings expectation listed on their financial aid package from Oberlin and to offset lost summer earnings.

Eligibility:

  • Students from all classes (including graduating seniors) and all majors

  • Must qualify for a Pell grant (for U.S. students) or have a comparable financial situation (for international students)

The C&L fund provides support for entrepreneurial internships that might include but are not limited to: Conducting research or investigating a potential venture with an experienced entrepreneur, serving as an intern with an established organization or individual/team engaged in a successful venture, interning with a startup organization, or receiving mentoring from an experienced entrepreneur and developing skills to further personal entrepreneurial aspirations.

Funding can only be used to offset travel, transportation, housing, food and utility expenses related to the experience.

Eligibility:

  • Students from all classes (including graduating seniors) and from all majors.

  • Strong interest in entrepreneurship and/or plans to undertake an entrepreneurial venture.

This fund was created to promote idealism and a dedication to political activism, particularly in the realm of peace organizing. It is intended specifically for students participating in peace-oriented activities, organizing to promote reallocation of resources to non-military needs, and "anti-war" projects in the United States. Students can intern with an established organization or pursue an independent project sponsored by an established organization that focuses on the areas listed above.

Eligibility:

  • Second and third-year students from all majors. Priority will be given to students with domestic anti-war proposals.

  • Students must identify an Oberlin College faculty sponsor/mentor on their application, particularly if they choose to pursue an independent project.

Mr. Gittler's commitment to the Ohio branch of the American Civil Liberties Union extended over 25 years and he served in every leadership position within the organization. This fund, named in his honor, is intended to provide financial support to students who pursue internships with agencies and other organizations that work on issues related to civil liberties.

Eligibility:

  • First, second and third-year students from all majors.

  • Priority will be given to students with serious interest in civil liberties.

  • Students with demonstrated financial need are encouraged to apply.

The Godlove Rubin family established this fund to support students involved in summer internships at nonprofit organizations focused on public interest or government agencies.

Eligibility:

  • First, second and third-year students from all majors

The purpose of these funds is to enable student(s) to perform community service or unpaid internships by providing financial support to assist with travel, transportation, housing, food and utility expenses while the student participates in the experience.

Career Development Center funds include the Class of 1968 Endowed Leadership Award, Peter Goldsmith Endowed Internship Fund, Young Alumni Internship Fund, Oberlin Social Capital Fund for Internships, and Donald Philips ‘83 Student Experience Support Fund.

Eligibility:

  • First, second and third-year students from all majors