Career Services Summer Funding Program FAQs

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR FUNDING?

Any currently-enrolled, full-time returning Penn student (graduating students and students who are on leave during the spring 2021 semester are not eligible to apply) may apply. Preference will be given to undergraduates (rising sophomores, juniors and seniors), but graduate students in the schools we serve are also encouraged to apply. Please note that No Documentation is Required to Apply. Applicants can be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, international students, DACAmented students, or undocumented students.

I AM ALSO APPLYING FOR OTHER FUNDING. CAN I STILL APPLY?

Yes, you may still apply for Career Services Summer Funding Award if you are also applying for other sources of funding. However, so that we may fund as many applicants as possible, we require that applicants disclose where else they are applying for funding and if applicants receive alternate sources of funding before the decision about Career Services funding is made, they are required to send an update to Robin Chakrabarti at robincha@upenn.edu with that information as soon as possible.

HOW DO I APPLY?

  1. Complete the Career Services Summer Funding Application Survey
  2. The final question on the survey asks you to attach a PDF. This document must be named “LastName_FirstName” and include your resume, personal statement, detailed budget, financial context (if you don’t receive financial aid, and if applicable), and your offer.* (See sample here for additional information)
  3. Submit before each deadline:
    Sunday, February 28, 11:00PM EST
    Sunday, March 28, 11:00PM EST
    Sunday, April 18, 11:00PM EST

I HAVE RECEIVED SUMMER FUNDING FROM CAREER SERVICES BEFORE. CAN I STILL APPLY?

Yes, applicants who have previously received funding from Career Services can re-apply and will be considered but preference will be given to those who have not yet received funding from our office.

WHAT IF I HAVE NOT YET SECURED MY SUMMER OPPORTUNITY?

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 your direct supervisor or human resources department. Documentation confirming your offer of this opportunity must be included in the PDF that you submit with your application.

I SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDING BUT AM NO LONGER PURSUING THAT OPPORTUNITY OR HAVE RECEIVED OTHER SOURCES OF FUNDING. HOW DO I WITHDRAW MY APPLICATION?

Please email Robin Chakrabarti at robincha@upenn.edu to inform Career Services of your change in status regarding your application request.

ARE APPLICATIONS REVIEWED ON A ROLLING BASIS OR ONLY AFTER THE DEADLINES?

Applications are only reviewed after the application deadlines. All attempts are made to review applications promptly so that decisions regarding funding can be made expeditiously.

WHEN WILL I BE NOTIFIED IF I WILL RECEIVE FUNDING?

We will notify all applicants of our decisions within one month of each deadline.

HOW LIKELY AM I TO RECEIVE SUMMER FUNDING?

The application process is competitive. Each year Career Services receives more applications than funding available to meet the demand for requests. Applicants who demonstrate financial need are given priority in the decision-making process. Starting in Summer 2021, SRFS is committing an additional $500,000 per year to support summer internship and research experiences for middle-income students, with priority eligibility for students whose families have an annual income of $140,000 or less and typical assets.  This funding will greatly expand Career Services’ capacity to award funding, and we strongly encourage students pursuing unpaid or underpaid internships to apply.

HOW MANY STUDENTS RECEIVED FUNDING FROM CAREER SERVICES LAST YEAR?

The amount of funding available each year varies somewhat and therefore impacts the number of recipients possible. In 2019, Career Services awarded summer funding to 17 recipients. In 2020, Career Services awarded funding to 33 recipients.

I NEED FUNDING TO COVER A SUMMER COURSE WHICH INCLUDES A VOLUNTEER OR INTERNSHIP COMPONENT. AM I ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING?

No.

I NEED TO EARN MONEY THIS SUMMER TO SUPPORT MYSELF DURING THE ACADEMIC YEAR. CAN I APPLY FOR FUNDING TO COVER THOSE COSTS?

Unfortunately no. Summer funding is awarded only to support costs associated with summer experiences.

I AM APPLYING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY THAT REQUIRES A FEE. AM I ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING?

If your experience is Penn-affiliated and does not require a significant fee, you are eligible to apply. External opportunities that charge a fee are not eligible for Career Services summer funding. GRIP direct placements and cohort placements require fees that exceed our limit and are therefore not eligible for summer funding.

I APPLIED FOR CAREER SERVICES SUMMER FUNDING LAST YEAR BUT MY APPLICATION WAS NOT SUCCESSFUL. WILL THAT COUNT AGAINST ME IF I APPLY AGAIN?

No. Career Services views each application cycle separately.

I AM A FRESHMAN. CAN I STILL APPLY FOR SUMMER FUNDING?

Yes.

I AM CONSIDERING MORE THAN ONE SUMMER EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITY. HOW MANY SUMMER FUNDING APPLICATIONS MAY I SUBMIT?

Please only submit one summer funding application. If you have offers for more than one opportunity, you may indicate that as part of your application and explain in your essay how they each fit into your career interests. However, you may only submit one budget and so Career Services can only consider multiple opportunities in the same location (i.e. with the same approximate costs involved). You may apply for a different opportunity during a later cycle if an earlier application is not accepted. You may not apply for the same opportunity in a subsequent deadline.

WHAT IF I AM RECEIVING A SUMMER STIPEND/SALARY BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH TO COVER MY EXPENSES. CAN I STILL APPLY?

Yes, summer funding is designed to offset costs associated with your summer experience. You will be asked to account for a budget of expenses as well as to share your summer stipend/salary.

CAN I RECEIVE FEEDBACK ON MY SUMMER FUNDING APPLICATIONS FROM AN ADVISOR IN CAREER SERVICES?

We encourage applicants to speak with Career Services with any questions they may have about their application. However, advisors and peer career advisors (PCAs) are not able to provide feedback on written portions of your application materials beyond a standard resume review.

WHAT IS THE TYPICAL SUMMER FUNDING GRANT AMOUNT FROM CAREER SERVICES?

Award amounts vary. In 2020, awards ranged from $500 – $4000, which is the maximum possible award. The average award amount in 2020 was $1,870.*

*Awards were lower in 2020 due to COVID-19, and the fact that we funded many students for virtual experiences.

IS THERE A REQUIREMENT ABOUT THE LENGTH OF THE SUMMER EXPERIENCE?

Summer experiences must be a minimum of six weeks in length and a minimum of 30 hours per week.

ARE THERE OTHER SUMMER FUNDING RESOURCES AT PENN?

There are a number of other sources of funding for summer experiences available through Penn. Please check the list of resources listed under the “Funding” community to discover them.

WHY DOES THE APPLICATION ASK ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS OPPORTUNITIES?

The Turner Schulman Endowed Human Rights Internship Award is granted from our pool of funding to allow Penn students to follow their passions to further human rights causes here and around the globe. Students who are applying for opportunities not related to human rights are not at a disadvantage in receiving funding.

CAN I APPLY WITH AN INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITY?

During the pandemic and various country-specific travel restrictions, Career Services Summer Funding program will not consider applications that require international travel. However, international students with an opportunity in their home country may apply. In addition, U.S. students can apply for funding to support a virtual international opportunity where projects can be completed domestically.

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