Annually, The Career Center administers stipends of $250-$3,500 to support Oberlin students pursuing unpaid summer internships with organizations that do not have the resources to provide financial support. By reducing the living expenses and other financial barriers associated with unpaid internships, these stipends allow students to develop new skills, make valuable connections, and explore their future career interests.
Students can prepare for the rigorous, highly competitive application and interview process by attending a series of information sessions and drop-in hours, and by carefully reviewing the requirements and application procedures for each award. Students must demonstrate that they have secured an appropriate unpaid internship, or that they are engaged in the application process for the internship prior to seeking funds. This procedure helps applicants develop the fundamental skills required to apply for future positions in a competitive market.
These stipends are funded primarily by the generous support of Oberlin alumni and the Creativity & Leadership Project. The Career Center administers funding, which includes the Class of 1968 Leadership Award, Career Development Fund, Marion B. Anderson 1954 Endowed Grant Fund for Aspiring Peace Activists, Peter Goldsmith Internship Fund, Oberlin Club of Washington DC, and Young Alumni Internship Fund. Creativity & Leadership Internship Awards are available to students for unpaid internships that support entrepreneurship.
The Career Center and the Creativity & Leadership Project are pleased to announce that a number of stipends will be awarded on a competitive basis to students completing unpaid internships in summer 2014. It is critical that interested students carefully read the following requirements and application procedures. Please download the 2014 Stipend Guide & Instructions (PDF) and complete the online Stipend Application Form. Due to the large volume of applicants and highly competitive nature of these awards, students who fail to address all required components of the application adequately will NOT considered. Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the Career Center resources available to help them identify internships and prepare stipend applications.
The deadline to apply for 2014 summer stipends is Friday, April 4, 2014.