Colgate and its generous alumni and parent donors offer funding to help support unpaid and underpaid summer internships, research, and long-term service projects.

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Internships, research, and long-term community service allow students to gain insight on their career paths, test different work environments, shape and grow their professional networks, and develop the essential skill sets to thrive in the professional arena. The value of Colgate’s distinguished liberal arts education coupled with practical, hands-on experience obtained through an internship can give our students a significant advantage as they enter the workforce. 

Often low-paid or unpaid opportunities can deter students from gaining the experience necessary to grow professionally. Summer Funding can help cover the supplemental costs associated with pursuing an unpaid opportunity, allowing students to explore potential industries of interest and pursue their passions.

Application Process

We provide a step-by-step outline of the application process, how applications are evaluated, and when you should expect to hear decisions on your funding application. 

The Summer Funding application deadline for summer 2019 has now passed. 

  1. Career Services will compile all paperwork, remove student names and ID numbers, and distribute to members of the selection committee. 
  2. 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. 
  3. The Committee will evaluate applications on the following criteria: 
  • Intentionality: The applicant shows evidence of thought around what they are searching for and how criteria for the summer experience have been determined.
  • Clarity of learning objectives: The applicant clearly defines and articulates potential takeaways from the proposed summer experience(s).
  • Relevance of experience: If the applicant proposes an experience that is exploratory in nature, the applicant provides evidence to explain why 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 applicant provides evidence for how proposed experiences are relevant to the student's future goals.
  • Compelling articulation of why: The applicant provides compelling rationale as to why these types of experiences would be critical to explore or pursue an identified career interest.
  • Familiarization and maturity: The applicant demonstrates evidence of research and understanding of industry-based, organizational, geographic, and/or cultural dynamics of the proposed experience.

Students should expect to hear determinations on funding from Career Services by March 29, 2019.

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 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.

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. Recognizing the financial obstacles to interning overseas, this program annually makes four awards of up to $5,000 each for living and internship-related expenses.

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.

Recipient Information

I've been awarded Summer Funding, what are my next steps?

After summer funding grant decisions are published on March 29, students who receive a yes or wait-list decision should plan to complete the following requirements: 

  1. Attend a summer funding orientation and budgeting session. Multiple sessions will be offered during the week of April 2-9, 2019 including a virtual session for students studying away from campus.
  2. Submit a direct deposit form to establish a payment channel for your grant
  3. Once you have received an offer for your summer experience, and no later than June 1, 2019, submit the following documentation for career services to review:
    1. Experience confirmation form
    2. Proposed summer funding budget
      After reviewing your documentation, career services will notify you of your finalized summer funding grant amount.
  4. Review your final summer funding grant offer and complete the following items to initiate the disbursement of your grant:
    1. Summer funding acceptance form
    2. Colgate online travel planning form 
  5. No later than August 21, 2019, submit all summer funding assignments

Policies and Procedures

We discuss who is eligible to apply for Summer Funding, what opportunities are eligible for funding support, and basic policies and program requirements.

Learn more about funding eligibility and the process through which funding is awarded.

Below you will find information regarding eligibility to apply for summer funding, and policies and procedures around the process.  Please also refer to the Summer Funding Sources page to learn more about the different available funds and their donors, or to the Summer Funding Application Process site to better understand the process through which to apply.

Student Eligibility

  • Only students who have completed all components of the Summer Funding Application before the deadline are eligible to be considered for funding.
  • Applicants must have completed at least one semester at Colgate, and intend to enroll in at least one remaining semester at Colgate. Students who are graduating December 2019 – May 2022 are eligible to apply for funding during the 2019 application cycle. Funding is not available for May 2019 graduates.  Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing to be eligible to apply.
  • Student resumes/CVs must be certified by Career Services during the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • If an applicant seeks funding for an internship outside of their home country, it is the student’s responsibility to secure proper work documentation and visas to pursue the opportunity prior to the start date listed on the Internship Confirmation Form.

Other Eligibility Requirements

  • Funding is available to help cover unpaid and underpaid experiential education opportunities: internship, research (including field school), volunteer work, and well-designed independent projects. 
  • The experience or the combination of experiences must be a minimum of 8 weeks in duration. Exceptions for extenuating circumstances such as military service or an early study abroad departure will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Funding may be available to assist with program fees associated with internships or academic experiences. However, these awards are subject to the maximum grant amounts, which will also include funding for living and travel costs. For students considering experiences that include a significant program fee, we highly encourage you to consider whether your goals can be achieved without partnering with a fee-based organization. If you are interested in pursuing a business bridge program, we encourage you to enroll the Harvard Business School Online program, for which Colgate maintains a partnership.   
  • International internships are subject to additional review to evaluate risk and to ensure the student’s safety and preparedness. Career Services and Colgate will not sponsor grants for travel to international destinations that currently or at any point during the application process have heightened associated health and/or safety risks.  Please conduct adequate research via the U.S. State Department and International SOS (member number: 11BSGC000073) to assess if the experience you are considering and the location to which you’re proposing travel currently has any travel, health, or safety advisories or warnings.  If so, before advancing your application, please consult with career services at 315-228-7380 or to determine the eligibility of your proposal. When reviewing funding proposals for international experiences, Career Services will consider: U.S. Department of State advisoriesInternational SOS ratingsa student’s experience with international travel, and the nature of the proposed experience (with a group, on the ground support, etc.).  International funding support will not be given to experiences where the international component is less than 6 weeks in duration.
  • 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.

Awards and Payment

  • Maximum grant amounts for summer 2019 are $5,000 (domestic) or $6,000 (international). The total award is contingent upon multiple criteria, including the duration of the experience, the geographic location, and the student's actual expected expenses.
  • Once students are notified that they have been awarded a summer funding grant, they are expected to advise Career Services immediately upon accepting an offer for the summer.  Career Services must receive confirmation that the student has accepted an experience for the summer and all other required paperwork before any grant funding will be released.
  • Funding is not intended to replace wages for one’s experience and cannot, in fact, replace lost wages. Instead, it is meant to help cover supplemental costs associated with pursuing an unpaid or underpaid internship including, but not limited to, living (housing and utilities), transportation (travel to city of employer, daily tolls/commuting costs), and food. Funding toward other expenditures will be considered on an individual basis (e.g. workplace attire, dry cleaning, immunizations for international trips, etc.).
  • Payment will be made upfront in one lump sum once all required paperwork is completed. Career Services reserves the right to demand payback from the student if recipient does not comply with all requirements and deadlines. 
  • In compliance with IRS regulations, the funding granted by Career Services in support of one's internship or experience is considered taxable income. Funding recipients are responsible for reporting this award on their 2019 tax returns. Please consult your tax advisor for additional information.
  • Upon completion of all paperwork, please expect a minimum 2-week turnaround for funding to be released.
  • As a condition of receiving funding, short assignments are required at the completion of the student experience. Award recipients must comply with all set deadlines and requirements. Should a recipient default on his/her contract, Career Services will revoke the funding award AND the student will become ineligible for future Career Services funding and recruiting opportunities. Career Services reserves the right to inform a student’s internship provider of his/her non-compliance and violation of Summer Funding policy.

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