Career Services Summer Funding Program FAQs – For Employers

What is the purpose of Career Services Summer Funding? 

Career Services has funds to allow some select students to pursue unfunded or under-funded summer opportunities. Funds could cover travel expenses, living expenses, or other expenses related to the summer experience for undergraduates and graduate students in the schools we serve. Funds are for the students‘ needs only, distributed directly to the student, and are not intended to replace any salary or stipend your organization may be able to provide. 

Please note that No Documentation is Required to Apply. Applicants can be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, international students, DACAmented students, or undocumented students.

What do students need from me, or from my organization, in order to apply for summer funding? 

Students must have confirmation of an offer of their summer experience in order to apply for Career Services Summer Funding. This confirmation can be a formal offer letter or an email confirmation of the summer experience from their direct supervisor or human resources department.

For research opportunities, the student must provide a letter from a faculty member that states the student has been extended this offer and explains how this experience will be mutually beneficial. If the opportunity is the continuation of a research experience (either from the academic semester or a previous summer), students will also need to identify how the summer experience will differ from research they have previously done, especially if it is in the same lab.

Are students guaranteed funding? 

No, students are not guaranteed funding, even when they meet all the eligibility criteria. Applying for Career Services Summer Funding is a competitive process, and not all applicants will be awarded funding.

What types of experiences are eligible for funding? 

Internships or research opportunities must be at least 8 weeks in length, and at least 30 hours per week to be eligible for funding.

Fee-based internship programs that are not associated with Penn are NOT eligible for funding, and funds are not to apply to future savings or costs. Career Services Summer Funding awards can only be applied to costs associated with summer professional experiences.

What is the timeline for students to apply, and to learn if their experience will be funded?

In 2022 there will be multiple application rounds. These are not rolling deadlines; we will review each batch of applications following each deadline. We will notify all applicants of decisions within one month of each deadline.

  • Round 1 Application Deadline: Sunday, February 27, 11:00PM ET
  • Round 2 Application Deadline: Sunday, March 27, 11:00PM ET
  • Round 3 Application Deadline: Sunday, April 17, 11:00PM ET
  • **Just Added** Round 4 Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 11, 11:00PM ET

What is the typical summer funding grant amount from Career Services? 

Award amounts vary. In 2021 awards ranged from $500 – $4000, which was the maximum possible award (in 2022, the maximum award amount will be $4,500). The average award amount in 2020 was $2,636.*

*Awards were lower in 2021 due to COVID-19, and the fact that we funded many students for virtual experiences.

Where can I find more information about Career Services Summer Funding?