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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

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Internship Grant Fund (IGF)

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, 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 the following: information about your secured internship(s), resume, cover letter, budget, financial aid award letter, and contact information for 2 references.

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.

Click here for a list of FAQs about the IGF.

The Internship Grant Fund is made possible through the generous support of the Ann Friedberg Kolker ’62 Internship Fund, the Brigitte Mach Erbe ’63 Internship Fund, the Elizabeth C. Schwartz ’70 Internship Fund, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Jason F. Blum '91 Expendable Internship Fund, the Matthew Moneypenny '93 Internship Grant Fund, the Ostrow Graff Internship Grant Fund, the Paula Weil ‘58 Internship Fund, and the Sheila Ginsberg Riesel '66 Endowed Legal Internship Fund.

The IGF is comprised of both unrestricted (e.g., internships in any industry) and restricted funding sources. The Ostrow Graff Internship Grant Fund, the Paula Weil ‘58 Internship Fund, and the Jason F. Blum '91 Expendable Internship Fund are not restricted by industry. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supports internship grants and summer earnings relief for Vassar's Pell-eligible and undocumented students.  The Ann Friedberg Kolker ’62 Internship Fund supports students with unpaid or low-pay internships in one or more of the following areas: health policy and/or advocacy, scientific research related to health and medicine, or advocacy for women’s rights. The Elizabeth C. Schwartz ’70 Internship Fund supports students with internships broadly in the field of environmental studies, with a preference for students who are interested in native plants, food quality, or farm to table subject matter. The Matthew Moneypenny '93 Internship Grant Fund supports students with internships in the fashion, photography, publishing, and creative arts industries, broadly defined. The Pauline Newman '47 Internship Fund supports students with internships at the intersections of science, technology, and society, including opportunities within the fields business, law, public service, engineering, medicine, government, journalism, research, management, and education. The Sheila Ginsberg Riesel '66 Endowed Legal Internship Fund supports students with internships in the law and law-related fields. 

Any student who applies to the Internship Grant Fund will automatically be considered for funding through all funding sources.


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.

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.

Click here to view a list of past Rudnick recipients.

Harold S. Geneen Fund for Internships in Corporate Life

The Harold S. Geneen Fund supports Vassar students at internships associated with corporate governance, compliance, and business ethics. These internships can include work with non-profit or for-profit entities, research, and other hands-on pragmatic experiences. Organizations that students have interned for in the past include Institutional Shareholder Services, the Office of Commercial Affairs at the Royal Thai Embassy, JP Morgan Chase Corporate and Investment Bank, NY Green Bank, and The White House. Any current Vassar first year, sophomore or junior can apply. Priority will be given to those applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in corporate management, governance, and/or business ethics. All majors welcome; students pursuing the major in Economics and/or Political Science are especially encouraged to apply. Students must have a relevant internship secured at the time of application. Applications are due April 15th. Two recipients are awarded $4000 each; additional "summer earnings relief" possible for high-need students pursuing unpaid or low-pay internships.

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

Click here to view a list of past Geneen recipients.

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 female-identifying students 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 female-identifying students majoring in STEM fields who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have applied for naturalization. Applications are due April 15th. Six recipients are awarded $5000 each.

This Fellowship is offered to open up opportunities for female-identifying students 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 Astronomy, Biochemistry, Biology or Neuroscience. It is strongly recommended that all applicants have taken 1-2 (or more) college courses in mathematics. Summer opportunities may be in industry or research/lab-based, but on- or off-campus research opportunities with Vassar faculty are not eligible. Previous recipients are not eligible to apply. 

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.

Click here to view a list of past Thompson Barlett recipients.

The Vassar Fund for Living and Working Abroad

The Vassar Fund for Living and Working Abroad provides grants for students to pursue summer internships in foreign countries. Preference will be given to applicants with limited opportunity and experience living and working abroad. With respect to academic major/correlate, the selection of grant recipients shall be prioritized in the following manner: 1) students who have declared a major in French & Francophone Studies; 2) students who have declared a correlate in French & Francophone Studies; 3) students who have declared a major in the humanities (including the arts, foreign languages and literatures, and social sciences) or a multi-disciplinary program; 4) all other majors. All students are welcome to apply, regardless of major.

A portion of the funds may be applied to satisfy the recipients’ summer earnings requirement. Seniors shall be considered eligible to receive a grant during the summer immediately following their graduation.

Applications are due April 15th. Plans must be secured at the time of application. Application components include information about the proposed experience, essay responses, a resume, a budget, an unofficial copy of your transcript, and one letter of recommendation.

Two grants of up to $7,000 will be awarded for summer 2020.

Supported through a generous anonymous gift, students are encouraged to seek transformative opportunities to live and work abroad.

Click here to view a list of past VFFLAWA recipients.

Woodward Fund Student Veterans Internship 

The David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund-Watertown was created to support veterans enrolled at Vassar in the pursuit of unpaid or low-paid summer internships in government, non-profit organizations and business.  Applications and one letter of recommendation are due April 15. More information and the application can be found here. Two grants of $2500 will be awarded for summer 2020.

Recognizing that veterans’ benefits do not apply except during the academic year, and that some veterans have family responsibilities, the David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund-Watertown wants to encourage and support veterans’ ability to take summer internships they might not seek otherwise.  A selection committee of administrators and CDO officers will choose the awardees, who will be notified about 3 weeks after the April 15th application deadline and asked to sign a brief agreement to write reports on their summer experiences, including a letter of thanks to the David, Helen & Marian Woodward Fund-Watertown.

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 (if the internship is not yet secured), 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. This fellowship is intended to support students across a wide range of industries, including the for-profit sector.

Awards range from $5000 (domestic) to $6000 (abroad), depending on the internship location. The financial award may be used to support students pursuing both paid and unpaid opportunities.

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-pay 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 2018, 135 students applied, representing a 20% 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 15th. 

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


Additional 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, individual academic departments and programs, and the Office for Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising, and through the following programs:  

The Community Fellows program, administered by the Office of Community-Engaged Learning, provides the opportunity for students to intern full-time with Poughkeepsie-based non-profit organizations. More information on Community Fellows can be found here.

The Undergraduate Research Summer Institute (URSI) at Vassar provides the opportunity for students to engage in full-time, collaborative research with faculty. More information on URSI can be found here.

The Ford Scholars Program provides special opportunities for students in the humanities and social sciences to engage in collaborative scholarship with faculty. 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  

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 to get more information. Online registration/applications for these positions typically open late March. These opportunities are open to current freshmen, sophomores and juniors; seniors are ineligible.