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Internship Funding

The CDO has a wealth of resources for students considering summer opportunities, including funding to support internships and related experiences. 

Note: Applications for CDO summer funding are now open! Links to applications are located with grant and fellowship descriptions below.

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

The 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. 

Click here to access the IGF application.

Deadline:

Rolling; application review will begin in March

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current Vassar first year, sophomore, junior with an unpaid or low-pay internship secured

  • Students who receive financial aid at Vassar receive priority consideration; certain funds that comprise the IGF are restricted to students who receive financial aid (see below)

  • Proposed experience is an internship, research, or comparable experience with (1) a designated supervisor who is an employee of the organization, (2) a minimum of 6 weeks and 120 total hours

Award Amounts:

  • Typical grants are $500–$4500

  • Amounts range based on financial need, proposed budget, and time commitment (i.e., part-time vs. full-time)

  • Pell Grant eligible students with an expected summer earnings requirement will also be considered for a one-time summer earnings relief credit of up to $2000, in addition to the IGF award

Application Process:

  • Application components include the following: information about your secured internship(s), employer confirmation, resume, cover letter, budget, financial aid status, and contact information for 2 references, in addition to short answer questions

  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in March and will continue until funds are depleted

  • Applicants usually receive notification of their award status 2–3 weeks after their application is submitted

Evaluation Criteria:

In addition to demonstrated need, applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Intentionality: The applicant shows evidence of thought around what they are searching for and how criteria for the summer experience have been determined.

  • Clarity of learning objectives: The applicant clearly defines and articulates potential takeaways from the proposed summer experience(s).

  • Relevance of experience: If the applicant proposes an experience that is exploratory in nature, the applicant provides evidence to explain why proposed experience(s) allow exploration and reflection on these areas of interest. Alternatively, if the applicant is searching for an experience that is purposeful with regard to identified career goals, the applicant provides evidence for how proposed experiences are relevant to the student's future goals.

  • Overall quality of the application: The applicant submits an application that is complete, detailed, and demonstrates attention to detail (eg, free of errors, typos, etc.).

Expectations:

Recipients of IGF funding will be expected to:

  1.  Provide employer confirmation and communicate with the CDO regarding any status changes

  2.  Complete a brief mid-summer check-in

  3.  Write a thank you letter to the donor at the end of the summer (recommended: include a photo of you and/or your internship)

Recipients may also be invited to serve on student panels to share more about their experiences.

Additional notes:

  • College travel policy may impact the feasibility of in-person experiences in light of continued health and safety concerns around covid19; review the latest guidance on the VassarTogether website

  • Awards made for summer 2021 are contingent upon the continued availability of the proposed experience and travel policy guidelines

Funding Sources:

The 2021 Internship Grant Fund is made possible through the generous support of a variety of funding sources, including both unrestricted (e.g., internships in any industry) and restricted funding sources, as detailed below. Any student who applies to the Internship Grant Fund will automatically be considered for funding through all of the following IGF funding sources:

Brigitte Mach Erbe ’63 Internship Fund: Unrestricted by industry.

Class of 2016 Internship Fund: Unrestricted by industry; preference for FGLI+ students.

Jason F. Blum ’91 Expendable Internship Fund: Unrestricted by industry; preference for students who receive financial aid.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation: Unrestricted by industry; restricted to Pell-eligible and undocumented students.

Ostrow Graff Internship Grant Fund: Unrestricted by industry; preference for students who receive financial aid.

Paula Weil ’58 Internship Fund: Unrestricted by industry; restricted to students who receive financial aid.

Restricted by industry:

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.

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.

Julie Reinganum ’77 Internship Fund For Social Justice: Supports students pursuing summer internships with non-profit organizations devoted to social justice and/or civil rights causes, broadly defined; preference for students who receive financial aid.

Pauline Newman ’47 Internship Fund: Supports students with internships at the intersections of science, technology, and society, including opportunities within the fields of business, law, public service, engineering, medicine, government, journalism, research, management, and education.

Sheila Ginsberg Riesel ’66 Endowed Legal Internship Fund: Supports students with internships in the law and law-related fields. 

Click here to view a list of IGF FAQs

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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.

Click here to access the Rudnick application.

Deadline:

April 15th

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current Vassar first year, sophomore, junior, or senior engaging in an entrepreneurial venture or interning with a start-up
  • 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.

Awards:

  • Two awards of $5000. 
  • Funds will be distributed as follows: $4500 in May/June; $500 in September

Application Process:

  • Application components include the following: information about your internship or venture, resume, cover letter, and one letter of recommendation

Expectations:

Recipients of the Ellen Rudnick ’72 Student Entrepreneur Fund will be expected to: 

  1. Provide employer confirmation (if not a self-started venture) and communicate with the CDO regarding any status changes

  2. Complete a Learning Contract

  3. Complete a brief mid-summer check-in

  4. Write a thank you letter to the donor at the end of the summer (recommended: include a photo of you and/or your internship)

Recipients may also be invited to serve on student panels to share more about their experiences.

Additional notes:

  • College travel policy may impact the feasibility of in-person experiences in light of continued health and safety concerns around covid19; review the latest guidance on the VassarTogether website

  • Awards made for summer 2021 are contingent upon the continued availability of the proposed experience and travel policy guidelines


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.

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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.

Click here to access the Geneen application.

Deadline:

April 15th

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current Vassar first year, sophomore, or junior with a relevant internship secured
  • All majors welcome; students pursuing a major in Economics and/or Political Science are especially encouraged to apply
  • Priority will be given to those applicants who demonstrate a strong interest in corporate management, governance, and/or business ethics.
  • 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. 

Awards:

  • Two awards of $4000; additional summer earnings relief credit for recipieints with unpaid or low-pay internships who have an expected summer earnings contribution
  • Funds will be distributed as follows: $3500 in May/June; $500 in September

Application Process:

  • Application components include the following: information about your confirmed internship, employer confirmation, resume, cover letter, and one letter of recommendation, in addition to a series of short-answer questions

Expectations:

Recipients will be expected to: 

  1. Provide employer confirmation and communicate with the CDO regarding any status changes

  2. Complete a Learning Contract

  3. Complete a brief mid-summer check-in

  4. Write a thank you letter to the donor at the end of the summer (recommended: include a photo of you and/or your internship)

Recipients may also be invited to serve on student panels to share more about their experiences.

Additional notes:

  • College travel policy may impact the feasibility of in-person experiences in light of continued health and safety concerns around covid19; review the latest guidance on the VassarTogether website

  • Awards made for summer 2021 are contingent upon the continued availability of the proposed experience and travel policy guidelines

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.

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Tananbaum Fellowship

The Tananbaum Fellowship, also known as the Tananbaum Family Leadership Program for Work and Development, is a 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. This fellowship is intended to support students across a wide range of industries, including the for-profit sector.

Click here to access the Tananbaum application.

Deadline:

April 15th

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current Vassar junior with a secured internship in any industry or sector, including for-profit
  • All majors welcome
  • Internships may be paid or unpaid

Awards:

  • Twenty (20) awards of $5000 (domestic) or $6000 (international); additional summer earnings relief credit for recipieints with unpaid or low-pay internships who have an expected summer earnings contribution
  • Funds will be distributed as follows: $4500 in May/June; $500 in September

Application Process:

  • Application components include the following: information about your confirmed internship, employer confirmation, resume, cover letter, transcript, and one letter of recommendation, in addition to a series of short-answer questions

Evaluation Criteria:

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

As this is a merit-based fellowship, financial need is not a consideration in the selection process. 

Expectations:

Recipients will be expected to: 

  1. Provide employer confirmation and communicate with the CDO regarding any status changes
  2. Attend 2-3 cohort meetings
  3. Complete a Learning Contract
  4. Complete a brief mid-summer check-in
  5. Write a thank you letter to the donor at the end of the summer (recommended: include a photo of you and/or your internship)
  6. Attend an in-person or Zoom gathering with the donor in the fall

Recipients may also be invited to serve on student panels to share more about their experiences.

Additional notes:

  • College travel policy may impact the feasibility of in-person experiences in light of continued health and safety concerns around covid19; review the latest guidance on the VassarTogether website

  • Awards made for summer 2021 are contingent upon the continued availability of the proposed experience and travel policy guidelines

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

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Thompson Bartlett Fellowships for Economics

Ten Thompson Bartlett Fellowships for Economics have been created to encourage outstanding and highly motivated students to pursue summer opportunities that will allow them to apply their economics education in a practical setting and contribute to US economic advancement. The goal of the fellowship is to create more equitable opportunities for those historically underrepresented in economics-related professions in corporate, government, university, and non-profit settings.

Click here to access the Thompson Bartlett Fellowships for Economics application.

Deadline:

April 15

Eligibility criteria:

  • Current sophomore or junior.
  • Declared major or correlate in Economics. Preference will be given to majors. Up to 4 of the 10 awards will be made to correlates.
  • Applicants with coursework in Quantitative Economics will also receive preference.
  • Secured internship in a corporate, government, university, or non-profit setting; internships should be full-time (30-40 hours/week) for at least 6 weeks.
  • Internships may be paid or unpaid; applicants with unpaid or low-paid experiences will receive priority consideration.
  • Summer opportunities may be in industry or research based, but on- or off-campus research opportunities with Vassar faculty are not eligible.
  • Previous recipients are not eligible to apply.

Awards:

  • Ten recipients will receive $5000 each.

Application Process:

  • Application components include the following: information about your confirmed internship, employer confirmation, resume, cover letter, transcript, and one letter of recommendation, in addition to a series of short-answer questions

Expectations:

Recipients will be expected to:

  1. Provide employer confirmation and communicate with the CDO regarding any status changes
  2. Attend 2-3 cohort meetings
  3. Complete a Learning Contract
  4. Complete a brief mid-summer check-in
  5. Write a thank you letter to the donor at the end of the summer (recommended: include a photo of you and/or your internship)
  6. Attend an in-person or Zoom gathering with the donor in the fall

Recipients may also be invited to serve on student panels to share more about their experiences.

Additional notes:

  • College travel policy may impact the feasibility of in-person experiences in light of continued health and safety concerns around covid19; review the latest guidance on the VassarTogether website

  • Awards made for summer 2021 are contingent upon the continued availability of the proposed experience and travel policy guidelines

Supported through a generous gift from Dede Thompson Bartlett ‘65, this Fellowship has been established to honor Emilie Jones Thompson, Ms. Bartlett’s mother, a champion of higher education for women who overcame enormous obstacles to graduate at age 45 with honors from New York University. Applications from members of historically underrepresented groups in economics are especially encouraged.

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Thompson Bartlett Fellowships for Science, Mathematics and Computer Science

Ten Thompson Bartlett Fellowships for Science, Mathematics and Computer Science have been created to encourage outstanding and highly motivated students to pursue summer opportunities that will allow them to build their scientific, mathematical and computer science knowledge and advance their career goals for American scientific advancement. This Fellowship is offered to encourage students who are interested in entering selected fields of science. The goal of the fellowship is to create more equitable opportunities for those historically underrepresented in STEM-related professions in corporate, university, non-profit, governmental, or medical settings.

Click here to access the Thompson Bartlett Fellowship for Science application.

Deadline:

April 15

Eligibility criteria:

  • Current sophomore or junior with a declared major as described below:
    • Strong preference: Major in Astronomy, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics. At least 7 awards will come from this group of majors
    • Preference: Major in Biology, Cognitive Science, Earth Science, or Neuroscience. Up to 3 total awards will come from this group of majors
  • Secured internship in a corporate, university, non-profit, governmental, or medical setting; internships should be full-time (30-40 hours/week) for at least 6 weeks
  • Internships may be paid or unpaid; applicants with unpaid or low-paid experiences will receive priority consideration
  • 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.

Awards:

  • Ten recipients will receive $5000 each.

Application Process:

  • Application components include the following: information about your confirmed internship, employer confirmation, resume, cover letter, transcript, and one letter of recommendation, in addition to a series of short-answer questions

Expectations:

Recipients will be expected to: 

  1. Provide employer confirmation and communicate with the CDO regarding any status changes
  2. Attend 2-3 cohort meetings
  3. Complete a Learning Contract
  4. Complete a brief mid-summer check-in
  5. Write a thank you letter to the donor at the end of the summer (recommended: include a photo of you and/or your internship)
  6. Attend an in-person or Zoom gathering with the donor in the fall

Recipients may also be invited to serve on student panels to share more about their experiences.

Additional notes:

  • College travel policy may impact the feasibility of in-person experiences in light of continued health and safety concerns around covid19; review the latest guidance on the VassarTogether website

  • Awards made for summer 2021 are contingent upon the continued availability of the proposed experience and travel policy guidelines

Supported through a generous gift from Dede Thompson Bartlett ‘65, this Fellowship has been established to honor Emilie Jones Thompson, Ms. Bartlett’s mother, a champion of higher education for women who overcame enormous obstacles to graduate at age 45 with honors from New York University. Applications from female-identifying students and members of historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields are especially encouraged.

Click here to view a list of past recipients of the Thompson Barlett Fellowships for Science, Mathematics and Computer Science.

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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.

Click here to access the Vassar Fund for Living and Working Abroad application.

Deadline:

April 15

Eligibility criteria:

  • Current first year, sophomore, junior or senior with a secured summer internship in a foriegn country. Seniors shall be considered eligible to receive a grant during the summer immediately following their graduation.
  • 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.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with limited opportunity and experience living and working abroad. 

Awards:

  • Approximately 3-4 awards of up to $7000 available
  • A portion of the funds may be applied to satisfy the recipients’ summer earnings requirement. 

Application Process:

  • Application components include the following: information about your confirmed internship, employer confirmation, resume, cover letter, transcript, budget, and one letter of recommendation, in addition to a series of short-answer questions

Expectations:

Recipients will be expected to: 

  1. Provide employer confirmation and communicate with the CDO regarding any status changes
  2. Complete a Learning Contract
  3. Complete a brief mid-summer check-in
  4. Write a thank you letter to the donor at the end of the summer (recommended: include a photo)

Recipients may also be invited to serve on student panels to share more about their experiences.

Additional notes:

  • College travel policy may impact the feasibility of in-person experiences in light of continued health and safety concerns around covid19; review the latest guidance on the VassarTogether website

  • Awards made for summer 2021 are contingent upon the continued availability of the proposed experience and travel policy guidelines

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.

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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. 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. 

Click here to access the Woodward Fund application.

Deadline:

April 15

Eligibility criteria:

  • Current first year, sophomore or junior with a secured summer internship
  • Military veteran

Awards:

  • Five recipients will receive $5000 each.

Application Process:

  • Application components include the following: information about your confirmed internship, employer confirmation, resume, cover letter, transcript, and one letter of recommendation, in addition to a series of short-answer questions

Expectations:

Recipients will be expected to: 

  1. Provide employer confirmation and communicate with the CDO regarding any status changes
  2. Complete a Learning Contract
  3. Complete a brief mid-summer check-in
  4. Write a thank you letter to the donor at the end of the summer (recommended: include a photo of you and/or your internship)

Recipients may also be invited to serve on student panels to share more about their experiences.

Additional notes:

  • College travel policy may impact the feasibility of in-person experiences in light of continued health and safety concerns around covid19; review the latest guidance on the VassarTogether website

  • Awards made for summer 2021 are contingent upon the continued availability of the proposed experience and travel policy guidelines

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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.

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.

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.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Email stuemp@vassar.edu for more information. Online registration/applications for these positions typically open late March. These opportunities are open to current first-year students, sophomores and juniors; seniors are ineligible.

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