Got a question about applying for summer funding? Chances are you'll find the answer here!
If your question isn't covered here, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or attend one of the Summer Funding Q&A Sessions:
- Fri. 3/8, 12-1:30 p.m., Career Development Center Conference Room
- Wed. 3/13, 4:30-6 p.m., Career Development Center Conference Room
What types of career-related summer experiences are allowable for funding?
Funding through the Career Development Center is only available for unpaid or low-paid, off-campus, full-time, 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 organization or financial assistance from another source.
MLK Fund and Susan Phillips Fund recipients may receive pay from the sponsoring organization.
Career-related summer experiences allowable for funding include:
- 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)
Students applying for funding to participate in a tuition or fee-based program (i.e. festival, theater program, 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.
What types of summer experiences are not allowable for funding?
- Research with faculty or work with offices/departments on Oberlin’s campus.
- Paid experience: Students can apply for funding if they receive a stipend of $1,000 or less from the host organization or financial assistance from another source. Students who will receive financial assistance from the host organization or another source must state the name of the organization and the amount they will receive on their budget when they apply for funding. Only MLK Fund and Susan Phillips Fund recipients may receive pay from their host organizations.
- Tuition or fee-based program (i.e. festival, theater program, language study, volunteer abroad, writing institute, etc.) that does not include an experiential component with at least 200 hours spent on activities that classify as an internship.
- Independent projects.
Can F-1 visa students apply for summer funding?
F-1 visa students are eligible for all funds. Read the information for F-1 visa students on the International Student Resource Center website for information about CPT.
I applied for the summer experience but haven't been accepted yet. Can I apply for funding?
Students are encouraged to secure their summer experience by the application deadline. Students can apply for funding if they have applied to a summer experience and are awaiting a response from the organization.
Can I apply for funding if I’m not a high-need student?
Financial need is one of the factors considered for funding. All students involved in summer experiences allowable for funding are encouraged to apply and use the Statement of Financial Need on the budget to express their financial circumstances for the summer. The Career Development Center will consult the Office of Financial Aid for each student’s level of need, which will be confidentially assessed and shared with the selection committees. The MLK Fund is only available for students who qualify for a Pell grant and international students with comparable levels of need.
Also, read the eligibility criteria listed for each fund in the Fund Descriptions section.
Can I select which fund(s) I want the selection committee to consider when they review my application?
Rather than selecting particular funds, students will answer a series of screening questions that will help staff determine which fund(s) are the best fit for their particular summer experience.
What should I do if I've applied to multiple organizations?
We realize that a number of organizations may provide a student with the career-related experience they want for the summer, but it is best to focus on one organization in the application. Applications will be judged on the student's ability to convey a clear understanding of the host organization, the quality of the experience, and how the experience relates to their post-graduate plans.
Who should I talk to if I have questions about the application?
Career Development Center staff will be available during drop-in hours to assist students with their application materials and submitting their documents online.
Summer Funding Coordinator Bernie Fischlowitz-Roberts can also meet with you to discuss your application. To request an appointment, log in to Handshake (Category: Gain experience > Appointment Type: Summer Funding).
Specific questions about summer funding can be sent to email@example.com.
Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this service.
What should I include in my budget?
Funding can only be applied to travel, transportation, housing, food, and utility expenses related to the experience. Please use the sample budget as a guide. Students applying for funding to participate in a tuition- or fee-based program will be expected to provide a list with each expense covered by the program's fee or tuition on their budget.
Although students awarded the MLK Fund or the Susan Phillips Fund will receive up to $5,000, which may be applied to cover their summer earnings expectation listed on their financial aid package from Oberlin and to offset lost summer earnings, the budget should only include summer expenses.
Will the Career Development Center consider late applications?
The Career Development Center will not consider late applications. Students must complete the online application by 5 p.m.on Monday, March 18, 2019. The required documents include a resume, references, responses to essay questions and a budget. The directions to apply will be available on the application section by February 15, 2019.
If I submit my application early, will I have a better chance of receiving funding?
The selection committees will not review applications until after the deadline on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 5 p.m. Please take the time you need to complete your application thoughtfully and thoroughly, keeping in mind that we will not accept partially completed applications or those submitted after the deadline.
What happens after I apply?
The committees will review funding applications after the deadline on Monday, March 18, 2019 and will make their selections and notify recipients by April 26, 2019. All students who apply will receive an email about their application status by this date.
How are students selected for funding?
Students are selected for funding based on the eligibility criteria listed for each fund and the student's ability to convey a clear understanding of their host organization, the quality of the experience, and how the experience relates to their career plans on the written application and during the interview. The student's level of financial need will be considered for most of the funds. The selection committees will not review incomplete applications.
What should I expect during my interview? (Susan Phillips applicants only)
At the beginning of the interview, students will introduce themselves by stating their name, hometown, class year and major/minor. The committee members will introduce themselves. We strongly advise students to bring their application materials to the interview, since the selection committees will refer to the materials.
During the interview, students should be prepared to discuss the information they submitted on their application, including a description of the organization and their role during the summer experience, the quality of the experience, how the experience relates to their career plans, and their projected budget. Students should be prepared to share how their summer experience relates to social justice.
This is an opportunity to verbally convey the importance of this summer experience in a persuasive and succinct manner. Students will have the opportunity to share updates about their summer experience during the interview.
We strongly recommend students dress in business casual attire (e.g. button down shirt, sweater, blouse, skirt, pants, khakis) for the interview. Please do not wear jeans, shorts or sneakers.
When will I find out if I am selected and what will I need to do to receive my award?
Students will be notified of their application status by April 26, 2019. All award recipients must attend a mandatory meeting to discuss the requirements for funding. In addition, written confirmation from the organization that the student has been accepted for the experience is required before the student receives their award. The Career Development Center makes every effort to distribute funds before the end of the semester.
What should I do if the summer experience is abroad?
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.
What if the organization requires that I receive credit?
The Career Development Center’s website has information about summer internship credit. Summer internship credit is only available if it is a requirement from the organization for you to participate in an unpaid internship. Students registered for summer internship credit can apply for summer funding.
Can I apply for funding if the summer experience is paid or I will receive a stipend?
Students are eligible for funding if they receive a small stipend of $1,000 or less from the host organization or financial assistance from another source.
MLK Fund and Susan Phillips Fund recipients may receive pay from the host organization. We define low-paid summer experiences as payment comparable to the national minimum wage or less.
I have already applied to an organization and they want me to decide on their offer before the funding application deadline. What should I do?
The selection committees will not review applications before the deadline. We recommend that you inform the organization about your financial situation and that you’ve applied for funding through the Career Development Center. You will be notified of your application status by email by April 26, 2019.