Who can apply?
Full-time returning Penn students (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.
I am also applying for other funding sources. Can I still apply?
Yes but you need to indicate which other sources of funding you are applying for and if you receive funding from another source, you need to notify Career Services immediately by emailing Robin Chakrabarti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have received summer funding from Career Services before. Can I still apply?
You are welcome to apply for additional funding but will need to explain in your goal statement why you are worthy of receiving it again.
What if I have not yet secured my summer opportunity?
You need to indicate a specific position for which you are applying but need not have received an offer before the application deadline. However, you must submit an offer letter to Career Services no later than March 15 to receive funding.
I submitted an application for funding but am no longer pursuing that opportunity or have received other sources of funding. How do I withdraw my application?
If it is before the deadline, simply withdraw your application on Handshake. If it is after the deadline, please email Robin Chakrabarti at email@example.com to remove yourself from consideration.
Are applications reviewed on a rolling basis or only after the deadline?
The application review process is not rolling. Applications are not reviewed until after the deadline.
How likely is it to be awarded summer funding?
We fund as many students as we can but this is a competitive process. In the 2017 summer funding cycle, we received well over 200 applications and ultimately funded 37 students. In the 2018 summer funding cycle, we received over 350 applications and funded fewer than 50 students. With decreased funding available this year we are expecting to be able to fund far fewer students.
I need funding to cover a summer course I might take which includes a volunteer or internship component. Can I apply for funding?
No, we do not fund any summer courses or study abroad experiences.
I applied for Career Services summer funding last year but my application was not successful. Will that count against me if I apply again?
No, we strongly encourage all students to apply again for Career Services summer funding, particularly if you first applied in your freshman year.
I am a freshman. Can I apply for summer funding?
Unfortunately, no. We have a limited pool of funding this year and encourage you to consider applying next year.
I have more than one summer experience opportunity to consider. How many summer funding applications may I submit?
Each student may only submit one summer funding application and your application may only reference a single summer opportunity.
What if I am receiving a summer stipend/salary but it is not enough to cover my expenses. Can I still apply?
Yes, you may still apply but the funding pool is limited so students receiving large ($2000 or more) summer salaries/stipends must explain how this may not still cover expenses.
Can I receive feedback on my summer funding application materials from an advisor in Career Services?
While our advisors are always happy to review resumes and applications in general, we cannot provide feedback on the Career Services Summer Funding application.
How many students received funding from Career Services last year?
In 2017, 37 students received summer funding awards from Career Services. In 2018, Career Services awarded fewer than 50 students, and VPUL provided funds to an additional 20 students. This year we have a smaller pool of funding and expect to be able to fund far fewer students. Read about how summer funding recipients made an impact last summer on our blog!
What is the typical summer funding grant amount from Career Services?
There is no typical award amount as it it depends upon what was requested, determined need, and other facts. In 2017, Career Services summer funding recipients received between $750 and $3000. The top allocated award amount for 2019 is $4000.
Is there a requirement about the length of the summer experience?
Yes. The Summer Funding Committee will not consider summer experiences shorter than 6 weeks or fewer than 30 hours per week.
Are there other summer funding resources at Penn?
Yes! Visit our Penn Funding Resources for Summer Opportunities page for a complete list.