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Internship Funding Opportunities

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

**Applications for the Internship Grant Fund, Geneen Fund, Rudnick Fund, and Thompson-Bartlett Fellowship will open on February 1st**

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 freshman, 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 Carol Ostrow ’77 P’09 P’15 and Michael Graff P’09 P’15, Jason Blum '91, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Elizabeth C. Schwartz ’70 Internship Fund, and Ann Friedberg Kolker ’62 Internship Fund
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation supports internship grants and summer earnings relief for Vassar's Pell-eligible and undocumented students. The Elizabeth C. Schwartz ’70 Internship Fund supports students pursuing 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 Ann Friedberg Kolker ’62 Internship Fund supports students pursuing unpaid internships in health policy and/or advocacy, preferably in the Washington, D.C area. 
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.

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. 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. 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.

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, mathematic 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. Applications are due April 15th. Five recipients are awarded $5000 each.

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. 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.

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. 

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 2017, 95 students applied, representing a 21% 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. 

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 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 (freshman, 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 freshmen, sophomores and juniors; seniors are ineligible.