What award amounts do students receive?
Awards are given up to $4,000, and this is taxable income. Summer funding is subject to applicable federal, state, and local income taxes and FICA. Taxes are withheld from payments generally at the rate of 15-20 percent. It could be more or less depending on the filing of one's taxes as well as one's international student status.
Do I have to have a summer internship already set up to apply for funding?
Yes. Students must secure their internship at the time of application. The application asks you to submit a written confirmation from your host organization that you have been offered the internship.
If I am having trouble getting the Organization Verification Form by the deadline, what should I do?
Applications that are complete will be given a full review. However, organizations may be delayed in submitting their information. If you secure an internship by the deadline, but are getting your host organization to complete the form, please notify us at email@example.com before the application deadline.
What is the difference between the two deadlines?
The international internships deadline of March 5, 2020 is if you are applying for funding with an internship outside of the U.S. and not in your home country. The domestic internships deadline of April 5, 2020 is if you are pursing an internship in the U.S. or in your home country.
What should I consider if I am applying for an international internship outside the U.S. and not in my home country?
If you are applying for international internships, before submitting an application, you are encouraged to make an appointment with Jennifer Prudencio. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or make an appointment in Handshake.
I received funding for my internship proposal, but I have decided to accept a different internship. Am I still eligible for the funding?
Funding decisions are based on the internship designated in your application. If, due to an extenuating circumstance, you want to request to transfer your funding to a different internship, you must contact Jennifer Prudencio at email@example.com. Your application will Your application will undergo another review to receive approval.
I have been offered two short-term summer internships that would meet the 240 hours requirement if I did both. Can I still apply?
No. Eligible internships for funding must be full-time internships, or at least a minimum of 8 weeks at 240 total hours.
I am an international student with a secured unpaid internship in the U.S. Is there any additional information I should know before I apply for funding?
International students who receive internship funding for a secured internship in the U.S. are required to meet with Patti Lausch, Director of International Students and Scholar Services, to confirm your eligibility for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). If Patti confirms you are eligible for CPT, you are required to enroll in the summer Personal Development course.
I am a Haverford student interested in applying for BMC Internship Funding. Am I eligible to apply?
Haverford students majoring at Bryn Mawr are eligible to apply for the following grants: Pollak Grant for Sociology Majors and Bolton Grant for Cities Majors. Haverford students must select these grant names in their funding application.
I am applying for other summer programs that are funded by Bryn Mawr. Can I still apply?
You can certainly apply to multiple opportunities for funding, but know that you can only accept one funding opportunity. For example, if you apply to Summer of Service and apply for Self-Design funding, you are not able to combine those amounts to receive more funding. Once students are notified of the decision, there is a period of time to decide if you choose to accept the funding award.
Are summer funding awards competitive?
There are many outstanding applications each year, so summer awards are competitive, but remember that many internships are funded each summer. If you do not receive funding this year, be sure to apply again next year.
What selection criteria is used in reviewing application through the Summer Internship Funding Program?
- Funding preference goes to students based on the quality of the internship proposal and the personal statement. Well-written applications will reflect a student’s focus and understanding of how the internship fits the applicant's career plans, academics, and personal goals. Poorly written materials can be grounds for denying funding, even if the student has proposed a good internship.
- Preference will go to proposals that clearly articulate what tasks the internship entails and that have a very good chance of being realized (i.e. proposals should include details about the secured internship).
- Preference will go to students with excellent recommendations.
- Funding preference is based on student seniority and on whether the student has ever received College summer funding. For example, if two students have equally strong proposals and a choice is to be made, preference would go to the more senior student. Among senior students, preference would go to the student who had never before received any College summer funding.
- Many funding awards set forth specific guidelines regarding the types of internships that are eligible to be awarded. These guidelines therefore impact the selection process.
- Note that financial need is not a criteria for selection.
I am preparing my funding application for my secured internship. Are there additional Career & Civic Engagement resources I can pursue to help me prepare a strong application?
Absolutely! Students are encouraged to utilize resources at Career Engagement to help prepare your application. You are invited to make an appointment with a career counselor or stop by walk-ins in Career Engagement, Campus Center 2nd Floor.
Do you accept applications after the deadline?
Because deadlines are an important professional development skill and the funding process is competitive, we do not accept applications after the deadline. You must submit your application by the deadlines of March 5, 2020 at 11:59PM ET (international internships) or April 5, 2020 at 11:59PM ET (domestic internships) to be considered for funding.
When will I be notified of the decision?
Students applying for the March 5th deadline are notified the week of April 6th. Students applying for the April 5th deadline are notified the week of April 20th.