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.

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Overview

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. All students are encouraged to pursue a minimum of two robust career experiences in their time at Colgate. 

Summer Funding FAQs

Internship Experiences

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.

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Thank you for your interest in applying for Summer Funding. It is highly recommended that you work on your application offline, save a copy, and then transfer your responses to the online form.

Download application questions here.

  1. Have your resume/CV reviewed and certified. 
    Resumes/CVs must be reviewed and certified by Career Services during the 2019-2020 academic year prior to February 26, 2020 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 at the deadline.
  2. Begin considering your summer plans. 
    Although you do not need to have a confirmed summer experience 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 advisers for assistance in considering your options. Students will have until June 1 to finalize an opportunity.  
  3. 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. 
  4. Get help on your application materials. 
    Our advisers are on hand to assist you to brainstorm your response. To make an appointment stop by Benton Hall or call 315-228-7380. 

    Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. EST, Wednesday, February 26, 2020. 

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: 

  • 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 a 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 April 3, 2020.

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. 

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

After summer funding grant decisions are published on April 3, students who receive a yes or waitlist decision are required to complete the following: 

  1. Attend a summer funding orientation and budgeting session. Multiple sessions will be offered during the week of April 6-10, 2020 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, 2020, 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 19, 2020, submit all summer funding assignments

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