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Vassar Funded Summer Experiences

In addition to these the grants and funds administered by the Career Development Office opportunities, a variety of funds for summer experiences are administered by the Dean of Studies Office and the Office for Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising, and through the following programs:  

The Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) at Vassar provides the opportunity for students to engage in collaborative research with faculty in a ten-week, full-time science research experience. Students that are selected for URSI receive a $3800 stipend and access to on-campus housing for a minimal fee. More information on URSI can be found here.

The Ford Scholars Program provides special opportunities for students (first year, sophomores and juniors) in the humanities and social sciences to engage in collaborative scholarship with faculty. Projects are approximately 8-weeks long and may be conducted on campus or away depending on the project requirements. The student stipend for an eight-week project is $3200 (stipends for projects fewer than eight weeks will be pro-rated). Students are responsible for their own room and board, but campus housing is available for a minimal fee. More information on the Ford Scholars Program can be found here.

Vassar and New York Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater takes place on the Vassar Campus every summer. The Apprentice Training Program offers actors, directors, and playwrights the chance to take classes from resident professional artists, assist on professional productions, and perform/work on productions of their own. This program is fee-based. More information on the Apprentice Program is available here. For those interested in the technical/administrative sides of theater, internships are available in all areas of production and administration. Interns work with professional technicians, designers, and managers to help create a full season of productions, workshops, and readings of new plays. These internships come with a (very modest) stipend, but housing on campus is provided. More information on these internships can be found here. In addition, a few paid positions are available working in the box office and as house managers during the season.  For more information about these paid positions or for any questions about the above programs, e-mail powerhouse@vassar.edu.  

On-Campus Summer Employment Opportunities:  There are approximately 70 summer job opportunities for Vassar students. These opportunities are primarily full-time, hourly positions throughout the campus providing necessary student staffing for various administrative and other offices. Priority is given to international students on financial aid and students with high financial need. Feel free to stop by the Student Employment Office (Main Building, S-199) or email them at stuemp@vassar.edu to get more information. Online registration/applications for these positions typically open late March. These opportunities are open to current first year, sophomores and juniors; seniors are ineligible.