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Career Services Summer Funding - 2019

Many summer internships and research opportunities, particularly in certain fields, provide only a small stipend or do not pay at all. Frequently the internships are located in cities with a high cost of living. This means that many students are unable to take advantage of excellent positions, which are sometimes the first step towards a career in a given field. Other students wish to participate in not for profit or NGO work abroad, or to do a research project, but the travel costs to get there are prohibitive. Career Services has a small fund of money to allow some select students to pursue unfunded or under-funded summer professional opportunities (study abroad programs are not eligible for funding). The funds could cover travel expenses, living expenses, or both. The maximum possible award is $4000*. 

This is a competitive process so please pay close attention to the details and instructions below to give your application the best chance of success. Please note that if you qualify as highly aided, you are guaranteed funding (provided that you meet the eligibility requirements) and we will coordinate with Student Financial Services to process your funding.

Turner Schulman Human Rights Internship Award
One of the dedicated summer funding awards through Career Services is the Turner Schulman Human Rights Internship Award, created in June 2017 by Suzie Turner C'82 and David Schulman C'82 L'85 to allow Penn students to follow their passions to further human rights causes here and around the globe. If your opportunity is related to human rights, please indicate that as part of your Career Services summer funding application questionnaire, as directed by the application instructions. 

Students applying for Career Services Summer Funding must:
  • Be a full-time returning Penn student (graduating students are not eligible to apply); preference will be given to undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors only--rising sophomores are ineligible), but graduate students in the schools we serve** are also encouraged to apply
  • Have applied for a summer opportunity such as an internship, service program, or research opportunity, either here in the US or abroad that is at least 6 weeks in length; you must send the offer letter to Career Services by March 15, 2019, but you may still apply if you have not yet received confirmation (study abroad programs and summer courses, even those with an internship or volunteer component, are NOT eligible for funding)
  • Disclose if you have applied for summer funding from another Penn program or office
  • Be working in a summer experience for a minimum of 30 hours per week
  • Not be participating in a fee-based internship program. Those are ineligible for our funding
  • Not apply funds to future savings/costs. Career Services Summer Funding Awards can only be applied to costs associated with your summer professional experience. They can not be applied to future academic year costs, helping with family expenses at home, etc.
  • Agree to write a brief (450 word) summary of your experience which will be shared with our donors and posted on our blog, Penn and Beyond
Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate the following:
  • That the experience is tied to long-term career goals/professional interests
  • An ability to make an impact in their field/industry
  • An opportunity for professional growth
  • Financial need and/or being the first in their family to go to college
  • Previous usage of Career Services advising (walk-ins, appointments, mock interviews or program attendance) as part of their career development
To Apply:
  1. Click the "Apply" button associated with this listing on Handshake.
  2. Attach a resume to this Handshake posting
  3. Attach a personal statement (no more than 450 words) explaining how this experience will help you with your professional development (this will be considered your "cover letter") to this Handshake posting
  4. If you receive financial aid from Penn, please attach a copy of your financial aid award (as the "other document") to this Handshake. If you do not receive aid, simply attach a document that says "I do not receive financial aid from Penn."
  5. Fill out the summer funding application questionnaire here: Summer Funding 2019

IMPORTANT: Your application is not considered complete until you fill out both the questionnaire on Qualtrics AND apply through Handshake.

*Please note that Career Services Summer Funding awards are considered taxable income and that international students are taxed on that "income" upfront at a rate of 30%.