Career Services Summer Funding

Many summer internships, particularly in certain fields, provide only a small stipend or do not pay at all. Frequently the internships are located in cities with a high cost of living. This means that many students are unable to take advantage of excellent positions, which are sometimes the first step towards a career in a given field. Other students wish to participate in nonprofit, NGO, or research work abroad, but find the travel costs to get there to be prohibitive.

Career Services has a limited fund of money to allow some select students to pursue unfunded or under-funded summer opportunities. Funds could cover travel expenses, living expenses, or both.

This is a competitive process so please pay close attention to the details and instructions below to give your application the best chance of success.
Please note that if you qualify as highly aided, you are guaranteed funding (provided that you meet the eligibility requirements) and should apply directly through Student Financial Services

No award will exceed $4,000*

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Students applying for Career Services Summer Funding must:

  • Be a full-time returning Penn student (graduating students are not eligible to apply); preference will be given to undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors only–rising sophomores are ineligible), but graduate students in the schools we serve are also encouraged to apply
  • Have applied for a summer opportunity such as an internship, service program, or research opportunity, either here in the US or abroad that is at least 6 weeks in length; you must send the offer letter to Career Services by March 15, 2019, but you may still apply if you have not yet received confirmation (study abroad programs and summer courses, even those with an internship or volunteer component, are NOT eligible for funding)
  • Disclose if you have applied for summer funding from another Penn program or office
  • Be working in a summer experience for a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • Not be participating in a fee-based internship program. Those are ineligible for our funding
  • Not apply funds to future savings/costs. Career Services Summer Funding Awards can only be applied to costs associated with your summer professional experience. They can not be applied to future academic year costs, helping with family expenses at home, etc.
  • Agree to write a brief (450 word) summary of your experience which will be shared with our donors and posted on our blog, Penn and Beyond

Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate the following:

  • That the experience is tied to long-term career goals/professional interests
  • An ability to make an impact in their field/industry
  • An opportunity for professional growth
  • Financial need and/or being the first in their family to go to college
  • Previous usage of Career Services advising (walk-ins, appointments, mock interviews or program attendance) as part of their career development

Turner Schulman Human Rights Internship Award

One of the dedicated summer funding awards through Career Services is the Turner Schulman Human Rights Internship Award, created in June 2017 by Suzie Turner C’82 and David Schulman C’82 L’85 to allow Penn students to follow their passions to further human rights causes here and around the globe . If your opportunity is related to human rights, please indicate that as part of your Career Services summer funding application questionnaire, as directed by the application instructions on Handshake: