Summer Funding for Unpaid Internships and Projects

Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education has funding available for students who receive an unpaid internship, pursue a project-based opportunity, research or engage in substantive experiential learning over the summer. The funding is designed to enable students from all majors and economic backgrounds to participate in meaningful work and build skills through hands-on learning.

Application Guidelines

  • To be eligible, you must be a CWRU undergraduate student.
  • For summer 2021, funding will be provided in $500 increments, not to exceed $3,000, depending on the number of submissions. 
  • The first deadline for application submissions will be Friday, May 7. If funding still exists, additional applications will be considered on a rolling basis until June 1 or until funds are fully distributed, whichever occurs first. 
  • Students do not have to have secured an offer or a project prior to applying, but will need to submit proof of the experience before receiving any funding.
  • Applicants will receive funding decisions no later than May 31, 2021.

To Apply

  • Complete the online application
  • As part of the application, upload a single PDF file that includes an essay outlining your summer plans, your current resume and your offer letter (if applicable)

Application Essay

Applicants must submit an essay that outlines their summer experience. The application essay should be a concise description of the opportunity and why it is important to you. We recommend that you organize your essay following the outline below:

I. Key Details

What are the key details of your summer plans? Be sure to include:

  • The title or role and the name of the organization that you have received the offer from or the scope of the project you are pursuing
  • The location of the opportunity (city, state)
  • The length of your opportunity, including the start and end dates for your position
  • The number of hours that you will work per week

II. The Position and Summer Goals

  • What are your tasks and responsibilities?
  • What skills do you expect to learn?

III. Long-Term Goals    

  • How does the internship or opportunity support your post-graduation plans, career goals, and/or passions? (Passions can be scholarly, community-driven, social justice, familial creative, etc.)

IV. Preparedness

  • How have your major, coursework, and/or extracurricular activities at CWRU prepared you for this experience?

V. Budget & Financial Need

A summary that justifies your summer budget and funding request, including:

  • How much funding are you requesting?
  • Will your employer provide any form of financial compensation? (This includes stipends, wages, salary, travel reimbursements, tuition/fees, etc.)
  • How are you going to pay for expenses in excess of this summer funding award?
  • What is your family/household’s overall level of financial need? (As determined by the CWRU Office of Financial Aid)

Terms of Funding

  • Award contingent upon submission of written verification for experiential opportunity from sponsoring organization, in the form of offer letter, contract, email from supervisor using organizational email domain or some other verifiable source.
  • Recipients must enroll in the CWRU Practicum Program (fee will be waived for awardees).
  • Recipients must write and submit a final 1 to 2 page report at the end of their experience.
  • Recipients agree to update their resume to include the experience. 
  • Recipients agree to adhere to state-issued COVID-19 guidelines and CDC recommendations to ensure their safety

If you have questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Brian Matthews