I. Have your resume reviewed and certified
Resumes must be reviewed and certified by Career Services during the 2016-17 academic year and prior to the February 22 deadline in order to be considered for Summer Funding. Certification can often take several trips to Career Services - start early to ensure your document is ready to go by February 22.
II. Begin considering your summer plans
Although you do not need to have a confirmed internship to apply for funding, it is important to be able to articulate your main search criteria in the application. Consult with one of our career advisors for assistance in considering your options.
III. Review the short answer questions of your application and begin crafting your responses
The short answer questions on the Summer Funding application require a great deal of thought. We encourage you to begin crafting your responses well in advance of the deadline.
IV. Get help on your application materials
Our advising staff can help you craft your responses on the Summer Funding application. Although a consult with an advisor is not required, it is highly encouraged in order to ensure you submit the highest quality application materials possible. To schedule a 1-1 meeting with an advisor to go over your responses by contacting Career Services at (315)228-7380.
Students are also invited to attend one of our Application Strategy Sessions led by our Career Advisors.
V. Submit your application. The 2017 Summer Funding application is now closed.
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
Career Services will compile all paperwork, remove student names and ID numbers, and distribute to members of the selection committee.
The Summer Funding Selection Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and alumni. The committee members will review applications against a rubric (see below). Every application will be reviewed by three separate readers. Scores will be aggregated and candidates ranked accordingly. Funding will be disbursed to the highest ranked eligible candidates, and is not available to all applicants.
The Committee will evaluate applications on the following criteria:
- Intentionality: Evidence of thought around what the applicant is searching for and how he/she has determined the criteria for his/her summer experience.
- Clarity of learning objectives: Was applicant able to clearly define and articulate potential takeaways from his/her summer experience?
- Relevance of experience: If the applicant is searching for an experience that is exploratory in nature, to what extent will the proposed experiences allow him/her to explore a potential dynamics and areas of interest? Alternatively, if the applicant is searching for an experience that is purposeful with regard to his/her career goals, to what extent do the proposed experiences demonstrate a clear relevance to the student's future goals?
- Compelling articulation of why: The applicant provided compelling rationale as to why these types of experiences would be critical to his/her career development as compared with similar experiences that are more convenient or that hold fewer associated expenses (e.g. one that is closer to home, a paid position, etc.).
- Search preparedness: We are committed to funding individuals in any stage of the internship search process who demonstrate an understanding of the search mechanics (or an eagerness to learn) and a commitment to successfully landing a summer experience. An applicant qualifies as “prepared” if (a) he/she has made progress in identifying and securing a summer experience – he/she has compiled application materials, has identified and regularly utilizes search resources, and has already submitted applications, or, (b) he/she demonstrates a clear understanding of how to go about the internship search process and exhibits a diligent, proactive, and resilient approach to searching for a position.
- Familiarization, travel savvy, and maturity: The applicant demonstrates evidence of research and understanding of industry-based, organizational, geographic, and/or cultural dynamics, as well as the maturity to successfully navigate a new environment.
- Overall strength of application: The application is well-written, does not contain any typos or careless errors, and suggests that the candidate devoted adequate time to submit a quality application.
Students should expect to hear determinations on funding from Career Services by Friday, March 31, 2017. Award recipients can find next step Summer Funding requirements outlined here.