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Internship Funding

The CDO has a wealth of resources for students considering summer opportunities. From internship databases to workshops on how to make the most of your summer, the CDO can help you connect with an experience that’s a great fit for you and your interests. Internship deadlines approach quickly -- plan ahead and meet with a CDO Career Assistant or Counselor to learn more about these opportunities!

For more information about any of the following funding opportunities, please email igf@vassar.edu

Internship Grant Fund (IGF)

**The Internship Grant Fund application is now closed for summer 2017. All funds have been depleted.**

The Internship Grant Fund (IGF) provides financial support to Vassar students who are participating in low-pay and unpaid summer internship opportunities. Any current Vassar first year, sophomore, or junior with an unpaid or low-pay internship secured may apply. Preference will be given to students who receive financial aid at Vassar.

Application components include: information about your secured internship(s), resume, cover letter, budget, and contact information for 2 references (note: letters of recommendation are not required).

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in March and will continue until funds are depleted. Typical grants are $250-$2500.

Students who are Pell Grant eligible who also have a summer earnings requirement will also be considered for a one-time summer earnings relief up to $2000, in addition to the IGF award.

Applicants usually receive notification of their award status 2-3 weeks after their application is submitted.

The IGF cannot be used to support on-campus work (ie: URSI, Ford, CAAD, etc), to support fee based programs or used for coursework. Students need to be interning at least 30 hours per week for a duration of 8 weeks or longer. For more information and FAQs, please Click here for a list of FAQs about the IGF.

The Internship Grant Fund is made possible through the generous support of Carol Ostrow ’77 P’09 P’15 and Michael Graff P’09 P’15, Jason Blum '91, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.


Ellen Rudnick ‘72 Student Entrepreneur Fund

The Ellen Rudnick ‘72 Student Entrepreneur Fund provides financial support for Vassar students of all class years to pursue summer opportunities in start-ups/entrepreneurial ventures. Opportunities may be self-initiated or with an entrepreneur or start-up organization. Special consideration will be given to opportunities proposed in conjunction with a Vassar alumna/us. Two students will be selected to receive an award of $5000. Applications are due April 15th and the opportunity must be secured at the time of application.


This fund is made possible through the generous support of Ellen Rudnick ’72, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship and Executive Director of the Michael P. Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Harold S. Geneen Fund for Internships in Corporate Life

The Harold S. Geneen Fund for Internships in Corporate Life have been created to promote corporate citizenship among Vassar's students. First year, sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. Corporate governance is defined as “the system of rules, practices and processes by which a company is directed and controlled. Corporate governance essentially involves balancing the interests of a company's many stakeholders, such as shareholders, management, customers, suppliers, financiers, government and the community.”

Priority will be given to those applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in corporate management and governance; all majors welcome, students pursuing the major in Economics and/or Political Science are especially encouraged to apply. Two students will be selected to receive an award of $4000; additional "summer earnings relief" possible for high-need students pursuing unpaid or low-pay internships. Applications are due April 15th and the opportunity must be secured at the time of application.

This fund is made possible through a generous gift from The Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust.

Thompson-Bartlett Fellowships for Women in Science, Mathematics and Computer Science

The Thompson-Bartlett Fellowships for Women in Science, Mathematics and Computer Science have been created to encourage highly motivated women to pursue summer opportunities that will allow them to build their scientific, mathematics and computer science knowledge and advance their career goals. This opportunity is open to sophomore and junior women majoring in STEM fields who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have applied for naturalization. Five students will be selected to receive an award of $4000. Applications are due April 15th and the opportunity must be secured at the time of application. NOTE: This fellowship cannot be awarded for on or off-campus research with a Vassar faculty member and previous recipients are ineligible to receive the award a second time.

This Fellowship is offered to open up opportunities for women and remedy past discrimination faced by US women entering science fields. Strong preference will be given to applicants majoring in Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics. Preference will be given to applicants majoring in Biochemistry, Biology or Neuroscience. It is strongly recommended that all applicants have taken 1-2 (or more) college courses in mathematics.

Supported through a generous gift from Dede Thompson Bartlett ‘65, women are encouraged to seek internships and research positions in corporate, university, or medical fields in which women have been historically under-represented. This Fellowship has been established to honor Emilie Jones Thompson, Ms. Bartlett’s mother, a champion of higher education who overcame enormous obstacles to graduate at age 45 with honors from New York University.



The Tananbaum Family Leadership Program for Work and Development

The Tananbaum Family Leadership Program for Work and Development is a unique, merit-based fellowship opportunity designed to provide internship support, mentoring and enriching educational opportunities for Vassar juniors who demonstrate a commitment to professional and personal growth, achievement and success. Fellows are selected in the fall of their junior year, and receive internship search guidance, personalized career coaching, and mentoring over the course of the spring, the duration of their summer internship opportunity, and through senior year. Fellows participate in enriching workshops on topics like internship search skills, interview preparation, professional conduct, and networking.


Twenty students will be awarded; awards range from $5000 (domestic) to $6000 (abroad), depending on the internship location. As this is a merit-based fellowship, financial need is not a consideration in the selection process. However, fellows who receive financial aid and secure a low or unpaid internship may receive additional summer earnings relief.

Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of four primary criteria:

– Establishment of a clear connection between their immediate career goals and future professional goals

– Demonstration of a record of constructive endeavors, both on campus and during previous summers and other extended breaks

– Evidence of motivation, resourcefulness, maturity and the ability to take initiative

– Demonstrated academic commitment and accomplishment

The application consists of a series of essay questions, a resume, a transcript, and one letter of recommendation.

Note: This is a highly competitive fellowship; only 20 juniors are selected each year. In 2016, 135 students applied and there was a 14% acceptance rate. Applicants not selected may be referred to other Vassar fellowship and funding sources.

Applications are due October 15th by 12 midnight. No applications will be accepted after this date. Letters of recommendation are due by October 20th. An internship does not need to be secured at the time of application. This fellowship cannot be combined with any other Vassar connected funding opportunity (ie: URSI, Ford, other Fellowship, etc.)

The Tananbaum Family Leadership Program for Work and Development is made possible through the generosity of Steven Tananbaum '87 and Lisa Tananbaum.