Colgate and its generous alumni and parent donors offer grants to support students' living costs and supplemental expenses to pursue unpaid and underpaid summer experiences.
Qualifying experiences such as internships, research, long-term community service, and skill-based courses allow students to gain insight on their career paths. Students can test different work environments, shape and grow their professional networks, and develop the essential skill sets to thrive in the professional arena. Explore previous student experiences on the Career Services News page.
The application period for 2021 Summer Funding is closed.
Sources of Funding on the Common Application
Completing the common application puts you in contention to receive funding from one of the following funds, sponsored by alumni, family, and friends of the university. Please note, students needn't apply for individual funding sources. If awarded funding, the Summer Funding Committee and Career Services staff will determine the most relevant funding source.
Career Services is excited to offer additional grants to fund students' practical experiences — internships, research, and community service. Experiences can be in any career field. Funding is awarded to students who best articulate the potential value of the proposed experience to the career exploration process and/or the advancement of career ambitions.
The Brill-Milmoe ’69 Internship Endowment provides financial support to Colgate University students to pursue unpaid or underpaid internships in government, NGOs, and private organizations engaged in governance, public policy or policy implementation, or communication in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Funding is available to all enrolled Colgate students including, but not limited to, those accepted into or currently enrolled in the Washington, D.C. Political Science Study Group. This fund encourages Colgate students to explore and learn from experiences in our nation's capital as a complement to their academic coursework.
The Browning Family Endowed Internship Fund provides financial assistance to one or more Colgate students pursuing internships.
Established in 2018 by John K. Colgate Jr. '57, this is a permanent endowment fund created to provide financial assistance for one or more Colgate student interns.
The Caroline E. Conroy ’10 Endowed Fellowship provides financial assistance to one or more Colgate students who are participating in unpaid/underpaid internships relating to psychology.
Established in 2016 by members of the Class of 1966 in celebration of their reunion, this is a permanent endowment fund created to provide financial assistance for one or more Colgate student interns.
Established in 2017 by the Class of 1968 in honor of their 50th reunion, this is a permanent endowment fund created to provide financial assistance for one or more Colgate students seeking an unpaid or low-paid internship opportunity.
Established in 2015 by members of the Class of 2015 in celebration of their graduation, this is a permanent endowment fund created to provide financial assistance for one or more Colgate student interns.
Established in 2016 by members of the Class of 2016 in celebration of their graduation, this is a permanent endowment fund created to provide financial assistance for one or more Colgate student interns.
The Galvin Family Endowed Fellowship offers financial support to one or more Colgate students who qualify for need-based financial aid.
Established in 2004 by Laurence and Alice Jacobs P’96, this is a permanent endowment fund created in honor of their son, Aaron Jacobs ’96. This fellowship provides support for one or more Colgate students who wish to intern in the financial or business fields.
The David M. Jacobstein ’68 and Cara Jacobstein Zimmerman ’97 Endowed Fellowship was established in 2007 to provide stipend support for internships for one or more students, particularly those interested in a public interest internship in fields such as law or politics. Preference is given to students who wish to undertake a public interest internship in fields such as law or politics. Preference will also be given to students who qualify for need-based financial aid from Colgate University.
The Bernt ’82 and Maria Killingstad Endowed Fellowship provides financial support to one or more Colgate students who qualify for need-based financial aid.
Established in 2020 by Ned Lecky, PhD in honor of his parents, John S. Lecky ’62 and Nancy Ruth Ward Lecky, this permanent endowment fund is intended to provide financial assistance for one or more Colgate student interns. This fund, inspired by Ned's parents' love for Colgate and the stories of their experiences here, is established by Ned in recognition of the importance of internship opportunities in building bridges from undergraduate life to students' future roles in advanced academic research or industry.
This is a funding opportunity offered through Colgate's Center for Outreach, Volunteerism, and Education (COVE).
The Milhomme International Internship program was created by Phillip Milhomme ’60 to support Colgate students eager to enhance their global competency and gain career experience through an internship abroad.
Established in 2005 by Dr. Merrill Miller, Director of Student Health Services at Colgate University, this fund supports students who want to gain experience through an internship or research experience in health or other science-related fields. This fellowship provides financial assistance to a Colgate University sophomore, junior, senior, or an exceptional first-year.
Established in 1998 by Arthur A. Watson Jr. ’76, this is a permanent endowment fund created to provide financial assistance for one or more first- or second-year Colgate students each year who are purposefully searching for an appropriate career direction.
After summer funding grant decisions are published, students who receive a yes or waitlist decision are required to complete the following:
- Attend a summer funding orientation and budgeting session. Multiple virtual sessions will be offered. Awarded students will be notified directly of the schedule.
- Submit a direct deposit form to establish a payment channel for your grant
- Once you have received an offer for your summer experience, and no later than June 1, 2021, submit the following documentation for career services to review:
- Experience confirmation form
- Proposed summer funding budget
After reviewing your documentation, career services will notify you of your finalized summer funding grant amount.
- Review your final summer funding grant offer and complete the following items to initiate the disbursement of your grant:
- Summer funding acceptance form
- Colgate online travel planning form
- No later than August 18, 2021, submit all summer funding assignments
Other Funding Opportunities
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