Update on Summer Funding Program as of March 25, 2020
A lot of uncertainty still exists around how COVID-19 will impact life in the upcoming weeks and months. At this point, we are hoping and planning to run the Career & Civic Engagement Center Summer Funding; however, we want to be transparent that our plans could change based on how the COVID-19 situation evolves. As President Cassidy indicated in her message to the community on March 20, College leadership will be reviewing summer programs soon.
Students must still submit a complete Summer Funding Application Form by April 5 – this funding application deadline will remain firm. We made two changes to the process. One change is to extend the deadline to submit the Organization Verification form to Sunday, April 26. We encourage those who have already been in touch with their organizations and who are able to submit the Organization Verification form by the April 5 deadline to continue to do so as it will complete your application. If we can continue as planned with the summer funding program, we will begin reviewing applications immediately after the April 5 deadline, giving priority to those who have submitted both the Summer Funding Application Form and the Organization Verification Form. In addition to still considering on-site internships (unless we are directed otherwise by the College), a second change is that we will consider funding remote work options that fit all the internship eligibility criteria (normally we do not fund remote internships) for this summer only.
First-years, Sophomores, and Juniors in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Preference is given to Juniors, particularly if they have never received College funding before.
Students studying abroad during Spring 2020 are eligible to apply as long as they maintain an active, registered status at Bryn Mawr.
- Students receiving summer funding must be enrolled at Bryn Mawr College or at an accredited Study Abroad program for the fall semester following their internship.
- Students who do not return to Bryn Mawr in the Fall 2020 (such as in the case of permanent transfers or leaves of absences) will be required to return the internship funds to the College.
Not Eligible: Students who will not return to Bryn Mawr for Fall 2020 as a current, actively enrolled student. This includes graduating seniors in the class of 2020.
In general, students can only receive internship funding once during their time at Bryn Mawr. Summer Funding is competitive and priority is given to students who have never received funding before. In extremely rare cases, the following exceptions may be considered for this summer 2020:
- Previous Alumnae Regional Scholars and previous recipients of the Projects for Peace grant may be considered for a second summer through the Career & Civic Engagement Center's Summer Internship Funding program.
- Previous participants in the following College-sponsored internship programs may also be considered for a second summer through the Career & Civic Engagement Center Summer Internship Funding Program: Career & Civic Engagement Center Internship Partners, Summer of Service, and BiCo Ghana Lagim Tehi Tuma Action Research Fellowship.
- A student may receive funding for summer research one summer (e.g. Hanna Holborn Gray Grant, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, Science Dept. Research) and for a summer internship another summer. However, preference will be given to students who have never before received summer funding.
If you have received funding through another College program, please include this in your application as this will be taken into consideration. The goal of the funding program is to give as many Bryn Mawr students as possible the access to funds to pursue their internship of choice.
Students may contact Jennifer Prudencio at email@example.com if they have questions about their eligibility.
Internships must meets the following criteria:
- Update 3/25/20: Priority is given to students who have secured the internship at the time of application deadline of April 5. However, for this summer 2020, the deadline to submit the Organization Verification Form has been extended to April 26. Students who have not yet secured the internship can still apply and must submit a Summer Funding Application Form by April 5. If we can continue as planned with the summer funding program, we will begin reviewing applications immediately after the April 5 deadline, giving priority to those who have submitted both the Summer Funding Application Form and the Organization Verification Form.
- The internship is unpaid. While priority is given to unpaid internships, considerations have been made if a student is being paid $1,500 or less including stipend, housing, and/or transportation (for example, if a student is paid $1,000 from the internship, we can fund the remaining $3,000). If a student is to receive any funding through the internship, it must be stated in one’s application in accordance with the policies of the Honor Code.
- Minimum of 240 hours of supervised work (8-10 weeks at 30 hours/week minimum)
- The internship takes place sometime between the end of the spring semester and before classes begin in the fall.
- The internship provides the student with a meaningful and educational experience that can contribute to one’s academic, career, and personal interests.
- The internship can be domestic or abroad. If outside of the U.S., the internship may not be in a country with a level four travel warning from the U.S. State Department. Travel to locations with a level 3 warning must be approved by the College. Students traveling to locations with a level 2 warning are required to have parents sign a waiver. Travel levels can be accessed at: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/. All students travelling internationally are required to register in the Bryn Mawr Travel Registry.
- Supervised by a professional in the organization who agrees to the supervisor guidelines
Summer Internship Funding may not be used to:
- Pay for tuition for academic courses
- Pay for fee-based internship programs, unless the fee is meant to cover strictly travel and housing costs. In other words, we do not fund administrative costs of fee-based programs. An exception may be made in a situation where the best or only opportunity is available through a fee-based program.
- Support purely independent research projects. Career & Civic Engagement Center will consider internship proposals with a research component.
- Support an internship if they have received funding from another department through Bryn Mawr or Haverford for the same internship experience.