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Summer Funding Application Process

The 2019 Summer Funding Application is now available.

It is highly recommended that you work on your summer funding application offline, save a copy, and then transfer your completed responses to the online form when you are ready to submit. Download the application questions.

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The 2019 Summer Funding application deadline is Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Important Reminders

The Summer Funding process is competitive; therefore, we highly recommend spending time to compose a quality application. Please note: 

You must have your resume/CV certified this academic year to be considered. 

You may apply for summer funding before you receive or accept an offer for a summer experience. The application considers a candidate's overall goals, research, and intention behind pursuing a summer experience. Accepting an offer in advance of the Summer Funding deadline will not advantage an application.   

Students are invited to attend a Summer Funding Information Session to learn more about this signature program and its application process. 

  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 213 Benton Hall
  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018: 4:15–5:15 p.m., 213 Benton Hall

Students are also encouraged to attend a Summer Funding Strategy Session that will provide tips and strategies on completing a competitive application.

  • Wednesday, January 30, 2019: 4:15–5:15 p.m., 213 Benton Hall
  • Monday, February 4, 2019: 2:30–3:30 p.m., 213 Benton Hall
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 213 Benton Hall
  • Monday, February 11, 2019: 4:15–5:15 p.m., 213 Benton Hall
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019: 8:00–9:00 p.m., 213 Benton Hall
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019: 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 213 Benton Hall
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019: 8:00–9:00 p.m., 213 Benton Hall

How do I apply for funding, and on what criteria will my application be evaluated?

I. Have your resume/CV reviewed and certified
Resumes/CV must be reviewed and certified by Career Services during the 2018-19 academic year, prior to the February 27 deadline. Certification can often take several trips to Career Services - start early to ensure your document is ready to go by the deadline. Please call 315-228-7380 to schedule an appointment with a career advisor.

Resume Round-ups will offered at the following times. Resume reviews during Resume Round-up are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Friday, February 15, 2019: 1:30–4:00 p.m., 213 Benton Hall
Wednesday, February 20, 2019: 12:30–4:30 p.m., 213 Benton Hall
Friday, February 22, 2019: 1:30–4:30 p.m., 213 Benton Hall
Tuesday, February 26, 2019: 1:30–4:30 p.m., 213 Benton Hall

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
Each application question provides the committee insight into your thought process. Take the opportunity to fully answer each question with a thoughtful response.  If your responses seem redundant among questions, we recommend that you re-consider what the question is asking.  Our advisors are on hand to assist you to brainstorm your responses.   
IV. Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. EST, Wednesday, 2/27. 
Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Review

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 which will be shared with students during summer funding strategy sessions. 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. Financial aid status will be considered in decisions. 

The Committee will evaluate applications on the following criteria:
  1. Intentionality: The applicant shows evidence of thought around what they are searching for and how criteria for the summer experience have been determined.
  2. Clarity of learning objectives: The applicant clearly defines and articulates potential takeaways from the proposed summer experience(s).
  3. Relevance of experience: If the applicant proposes an experience that is exploratory in nature, the proposed experience(s) allow exploration and reflection on these areas of interest. Alternatively, if the applicant is searching for an experience that is purposeful with regard to identified career goals, the proposed experiences demonstrate a clear relevance to the student's future goals.
  4. Compelling articulation of why: The applicant provided compelling rationale as to why these types of experiences would be critical for 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.). 
  5. 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 an internship or experience search and new professional environment. 
Students should expect to hear determinations on funding from Career Services by March 29, 2019.

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