What is Summer Funding?
Summer Funding is a program designed to support students pursuing unpaid or underpaid summer experiences by helping to cover the supplemental costs (living, transportation, food, etc.) associated with those experiences. Last year, thanks to our generous Colgate alumni and parent donors, we offered approximately $700,000 to support the summer pursuits of 181 students.
Who is eligible to apply?
Currently matriculating students (Class of 2022, 2021, 2020, and December 2019 grads) in good academic and behavioral standing are eligible to apply for summer funding. You must intend to enroll at Colgate for at least one more semester. Students must also have their resumes Career Services certified within the current academic year before the application deadline.
For what kinds of opportunities can I use a Summer Funding award?
Students can apply for funding to help support internship, volunteer opportunities, research projects, or other experiences that provide meaningful professional growth. Awards are intended to help cover rent, utilities, transportation, food, or other living costs, and cannot serve as a replacement for wages.
Do I need to have a confirmed internship or other summer experience before applying?
No! Students who already have secured internships, are still in the process of applying, or who have just started their search are invited to apply. We ask that you clearly articulate your summer intentions, including specific search criteria, meaningful summer goals, and reasoning for pursuing an experience. Application strength will determine tentative funding offers. You will need to confirm your summer plans in order to access your award, though internship confirmation is not required until a later date.
What if I don't know what I want to do this summer?
Still apply! Our career advising staff is equipped to work with you to discuss your areas of interest and how those might translate into careers. Complete the application based on your goals and interests, as broad as they may be. Even if you don’t know your lifelong goals (that’s okay!), on the application you should indicate what you hope to get out of the summer, whether it be professional exposure to different workplace environments, specific skills, acclimatization to a certain location, or to further develop your network.
How much funding might be available to me?
Maximum grants experiences are $5,000 (domestic) and $6,000 (international). Students will submit budget proposals for review at the time of their internship confirmation. Funding amounts are influenced by factors such as duration of the experience, geographic location, and the actual expenses associated with the experience. A student’s demonstrated financial need will be carefully considered.
How can I get help with my application and/or with finding an internship/summer experience?
Our career advisors are prepared to help you develop your application materials and review your short essay responses prior to submission. Advisors can walk you through the search process, alert you to different search resources, and help you put together application materials.
Can I still get funding even if I do not receive Colgate financial aid?
Yes. Both students who receive financial aid from Colgate and those who do not will receive grants. A student’s demonstrated financial need will factor into the actual grant amount awarded. If students demonstrate the ability to make a partial contribution to summer expenses with personal savings, part-time job earnings, family assistance, or other grants, they may be asked to do so.
When will I know if I have received a Summer Funding award?
Tentative offers will be made on Friday, March 29. These initial offers are conditional upon the student securing a summer experience that aligns with the goals laid out in his/her funding application. Final offers will be distributed within one week of students submitting internship confirmation paperwork.
I'm being asked to commit to a summer experience now, and I need Summer Funding. What are my chances of receiving an award?
Applicants will be notified by Friday, March 29, and unfortunately we cannot notify grantees prior to that time. Approximately 46% of our 510 applicants received funding offers last year, and students can expect an equally (if not more!) competitive process this year. We will also maintain a wait list. If you are asked to commit to an experience before March 29, you should consider whether this is an experience you can afford in the event that you do not receive funding. Your employer may also be willing to extend the time frame by which you need to respond to your offer. Please connect with our advisors to discuss how to approach this negotiation.
What if I get a paid internship?
That’s awesome! If your supplemental living costs (rent, transportation, food, etc.) outweigh your earned wages, then summer funding can still help you cover those. However, if your paid experience can cover these expenses, then you are unfortunately no longer eligible to receive funding.
How long should my summer experience be?
Experiences, or the combination of experiences, need to be at minimum eight weeks, and equivalent to at least 35 hours per week (280 hours minimum), unless there is a significant reason why that duration is not achievable, such as military service. We are committed to funding substantive and quality experiences, and it may be difficult to experience the full depth of an opportunity in a short period of time. This is particularly important for international internships. Students may combine multiple short-term or part-time experiences under their grant, but any component that includes an international experience must extend at least six weeks.
Does Summer Funding cover program fees?
Funding can be available to help pay for program fees associated with internships or academic experiences. However, awards to students applying for funds to cover program costs are subject to the maximum grant amounts and funding awards will preference living and travel costs over program fee expenses. The maximum allocation within a budget proposal allowable for program fees is $1500. However, applicants can additionally itemize and separate living and travel expenses on their budget proposal, even if it is wrapped into the overall program fee designated by the sponsoring organization.
Can I receive funding if I am already being paid by Colgate this summer?
No. Applicants cannot access funding from multiple Colgate sources. If you have committed to receiving funding from the Lampert Institute, Upstate Institute, student- or faculty-initiated summer research, TIA, Colgate summer employment, or another Colgate source, you are obligated to withdraw your funding application through Career Services. Likewise, if you commit to accessing Career Services’ funding, you must withdraw your application for other on-campus funding sources’ application processes.