Penn Funding Resources for Summer Opportunities

These represent funding opportunities made available through various offices and centers at Penn. Students from all schools are eligible to apply for most funding programs. Deadlines and requirements vary. Check individual program pages for details.

Also, students may want to look at the Penn Summer Waiver Award program through Student Financial Services. Students who are accepted to participate in the program and who meet the eligibility requirements will qualify for a full or partial waiver of their expected contribution from summer savings.

Career Services
Fox Leadership
Center for Advanced Study on India
MARAB Summer Stipend
Christian Association
Wharton Public Policy Initiative
Civic House
Wharton Social Impact Initiative
CURF

Wharton Entrepreneurial Intern  Fellowships
D.C. Penn Club
UPAAN- Public Service Internship Fund



Non-Penn Sources of Funding

Career Services

Deadline: March 28th, 2016

Many summer internships, 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 on 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.

This year, thanks to generous donors, Career Services has a small fund of money to allow students to pursue unfunded or under-funded summer opportunities.  The funds could cover travel expenses, living expenses, or both.  No award will exceed $3000.

Apply via PennLink using Job ID #821154

For full details, visit our funding page.


Center for Advanced Study on India

Deadline: March 14th, 2016

CASI provides up to $3,000 to undergraduate winners and up to $3,500 to graduate student winners to use towards international roundtrip economy fare and India in-country travel related expenses.* We encourage applications from both Penn undergraduates, preferably juniors writing a thesis related to contemporary India, and graduate students focused on contemporary India or India in a comparative context.

Eligibility: Current students enrolled in a degree program at the University of Pennsylvania; students must spend at least eight (8) weeks in India during the summer months.

For more details: http://casi.sas.upenn.edu/studentprograms/researchfunds

Christian Association

Since 2009, the Christian Association at the University of Pennsylvania (CA) has awarded travel grants to students involved in service work in Africa during the summer. These scholarships were part of the CA's Open Mind for Africa program that engaged the Penn community in learning about systemic issues facing countries in Africa and supported students putting learned skills into practice.

CA grant eligibity grants include summer service work anywhere in the world, including the U.S., and has renamed the grant program simply, Open Mind for Service. The change was made in recognition of the CA's commitment to service and social justice wherever it takes place, and to provide additional opportunities to support the amazing work in which Penn students are engaged. This year, three grants in the amount of $750 each will be reserved for one graduate student in the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) and two undergraduate students working on service projects that last a minimum of two months during the summer. For inquries contact: upennca@gmail.com

For more details: http://www.upennca.org/programs/service-advocacy.php

Civic House

Community Engagement Internship

Deadline: Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The Community Engagement Internship provides funding to Penn undergraduate students to support summer-long and academic year-long internships at our selected community partner organizations. At our community partner organizations, Penn students engage in a meaningful social justice work, learn more about the city of Philadelphia, acquire real-world skills, and develop and grow through a mentorship relationship with a supervisor. At Civic House, the selected students attend bi-weekly social justice workshop meetings with the other interns. During these meetings, students explore aspects of their identity, the root causes of social justice work, and engage in reflection to develop critical consciousness with a cohort of students interning at other organizations.  Students work for 30 hours/wk with the community partner organization and attend a bi-weekly meeting at Civic House with the cohort of interns.

*Please note that students who are eligible for summer work study funding and/or demonstrate financial need will be prioritized. Usually, students who get work study funding during the school year are eligible. Summer work study information will be available on 3/11 on the Student Financial Services (SFS) website.

See the list of sites here. Please submit a resume and complete the application under "Other Documents" section on PennLink.

Deadline to apply via PennLink is Wednesday, March 30th!

CURF

CURF offers a list of selected undergraduate research grants administered by CURF and other Penn departments. CURF is developing a comprehensive directory of research funding resources, but other department and center-based grants exist, so students should always inquire in every relevant department. Grants vary in their eligibility requirements. All will require that a student have a specific, well-thought out and clearly defined project, and have identified an appropriate Faculty Project Advisor.

Where should I start?: A good place to start for undergraduates in the College is the College Alumni Society Research Grant. For undergraduates in the other three schools, the best starting grants are the Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant and the Class of 1971 Robert J. Holtz Endowed Fund for Undergraduate Research.

For more details: http://www.upenn.edu/curf/research/research-grants

D.C. Penn Club

Deadline: Rolling

D.C. Penn Club, the largest alumni club in Washington, sponsors one or more students per summer as funding permits through their scholarship program, for public policy internships in Washington, D.C.

Fox Leadership

Deadline: March 21st, 2016 5:00PM

The Fox Program sponsors four types of funded fellowships for Penn undergraduates and recent alumni. 

Penny Fox Undergraduate or Alumni Research and Service Fellowships include those enrolled undergraduates or students who graduated from Penn within the preceding five years who are engaged with the program during the summer months.

Robert A. Fox Undergraduate or Alumni Research and Service Fellowships are those presently enrolled undergraduates or students who graduated from Penn within the preceding five years who are engaged with the program in one or more semesters during the academic year.

Robert A. Fox and Penny Fox Alumni Research and Service Fellowships are those presently enrolled undergraduates or students who graduated from Penn within the preceding seven years who are engaged with the program for an entire year or more.

Starting in 2014 the program will offer one Frederic Fox Fellowship per year.  This fellowship is dedicated to a low-income student who attended high school and resides in Philadelphia.  It offers four years of tuition, room and board, and Fox fellowships.   

For more details: http://foxleadership.upenn.edu/apply-fox-fellowship

Bios of past fellowship recipients: https://foxleadership.upenn.edu/sites/foxleadership.upenn.edu/files/fox%20fellows%202012.pdf

MARAB Summer Stipend 

The Middle Atlantic Regional Advisory Board is offering a stipend of approximately $2500 - $3500 to a student working at a non-profit or government agency in DC.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter addressing your financial need and commitment to community/public service and/or non-profit work to hookspiw@gmail.com. Format the subject of your email as follows: [Your Name], MARAB Summer Stipend.

Students that have not yet received an internship offer but are committed to working for a non-profit or government agency are encouraged to apply. However, the stipend will only be granted upon receipt of the internship offer. The application is also open to graduating seniors.   

For more details: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/civichouse/pic_marab.php

Wharton Public Policy Initiative

Deadlines: February 29th, March 31st, and April 29th (Applications are taken in rounds i.e., all applications received on or before February 29th will be reviewed at that time, and so on)

The Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative (PPI) is pleased to announce that it is offering funding, on a competitive basis, to students that accept offers for public policy summer internships in Washington, DC, that otherwise would be unpaid or come only with modest compensation. This includes internships on Capitol Hill, at any of the executive branch agencies, and at think tanks or research organizations. PPI funding is available for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any of Penn's schools.

For internships that are unpaid, Penn Wharton PPI can provide up to $500 per week to undergraduate students for up to 12 weeks, for a maximum of $6,000 for the summer. Students receiving some compensation (or funding from other sources) that falls short of the $500/week threshold for undergraduates or the $1,000/week threshold for graduate students may apply to Penn Wharton PPI for supplementary funding to make up the difference.

For more details: http://publicpolicy.wharton.upenn.edu/for-students/internships-careers/internship-funding/

Wharton Social Impact Initiative

Wharton Social Impact Initiative will be granting summer internship funding award of up to $4,000 each to a select group of exceptional Wharton undergraduate students who have secured social impact internships with nonprofit or for-profit mission-driven organizations this summer.

More details: https://socialimpact.wharton.upenn.edu/general-news/how-to-get-your-social-impact-summer-opportunities/

Entrepreneurial Intern Fellowships Through Wharton Entrepreneurship

Deadline: June 1st, 2015

 The Wharton Entrepreneurial Intern Fellowships are awarded to students who plan to spend the summer in an entrepreneurial setting and who demonstrate both a commitment to entrepreneurship at Penn and to pursuing an entrepreneurial career. The Fellowship Program seeks to identify outstanding individuals to serve as Ambassadors of Entrepreneurship, to promote the entrepreneurial career path to the Penn student community, and to assist in providing continuity for this program after their summer internships. (Note that students do not need to be in Wharton to apply for this program.)

For more details: http://entrepreneurship.wharton.upenn.edu/careers/ambassadors.html

UPAAN- Public Service Internship Fund

Deadline: May 15th, 2015

UPAAN is now accepting applications for consideration of a scholarship from our UPAAN Public Service Internship Fund 2015. The purpose of the UPAAN Public Service Fund is to provide two student grants of up to $1,500.00 each for the summer who pursue internships in the public sector. The grant is considered a taxable donation and there is no restriction on how you spend the amount.

For more details and how to apply: http://www.upaan.org/resources/internship-fund/

Non-Penn Sources of Internship Funding

Gilman International Scholarship for Internships Abroad

Deadline: March 1, 2016

The Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go by offering awards to U.S. undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in intern abroad programs worldwide.

For more details: http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program/

Eckenfelder Scholarship

Deadline: April 15, 2016

Dr. Eckenfelder's career as an environmental trailblazer spanned more than 50 years, during which time he has trained thousands of graduate students and professionals in the science and art of industrial wastewater treatment. To honor his dedication to the environmental industry, we created a $5,000 Dr. Wes Eckenfelder Jr. - Brown and Caldwell Scholarship. Criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • Be a full-time student enrolled in his/her Junior, Senior year or graduate program at an accredited college/university.
  • Declared major in Civil, Chemical or Environmental Engineering or one of the environmental science
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on a 5.0 scale)

For more information: http://www.brownandcaldwell.com/ScholarshipEckenfelder.asp

Minority Scholarship

Deadline: April 15, 2016

At Brown and Caldwell, we value diversity in the workplace, supporting organizations like the Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. We've also set up a $5,000 Minority Scholarship Program to help minority groups succeed in the environmental engineering industry.

For more details: http://www.brownandcaldwell.com/scholarships.asp

J.W. Saxe Grant

Deadline: April 1, 2015

The J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund is a prize, typically up to two thousand dollars awarded annually based on need, to one or more college or university students in the United States involved in public service. The award enables students to gain practical experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Preference will be given to applicants who have already identified a position or project, but who require additional funds. 

Visit jwsaxefund.org to apply for the grant.

Amy Adina Schulman Memorial Fund

Deadline: Rolling decisions

The Amy Adina Schulman Memorial is an endowment fund started in 1987 to honor the life of a student and progressive activist. This Fund is a realization of her family and her communities' desire to celebrate her life, to fulfill her dreams and her potential. The Fund is unique in that it provides grants only to individuals - young adults who volunteer or intern for progressive social action projects or programs of their own choosing.  Applicants submit a letter of acceptance from the organization with which they will work and receive supervision, and also submit a proposed plan as to how they will educate and encourage their peers to participate in similar social action.

Visit http://amyadinaschulmanfund.org/ to access the application.

Jessica Jennifer Cohen Foundation Fund

The Jessica Jennifer Cohen Foundation seeks to provide financial assistance to benefit young adults to enable them to perform community service that otherwise would be financially difficult or impracticable for them to do. The community service may be through employment or other association with a non-profit or other suitable community service organization, through the development and execution of an individual's own program of community service, or through any other suitable community service activity. The Jessica Jennifer Cohen Foundation prefers to help young people whose proposed project is an early major step for him or her in community service.

Visit http://www.jjcf.org/index.html for more information and http://www.jjcf.org/application.html to apply.