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Funding Your Experience

The funding application cycle for Summer 2021 is closed.


Professional Development Funding

The Greene Center has set aside funding to help students access professional development and skill building opportunities. Check out the application and deadlines.


fundingSummer Internship Funding

Summer Internship Funding is available thanks to the generous gifts of University of Rochester friends and alumni who believe in the importance of experiential opportunities.

Summer Internship Funding provides monetary support for undergraduates who obtain a summer internship to investigate career options, develop skills, and link classroom learning to the world of work.

Eligibility

  • Undergraduate students who will continue enrollment into Fall 2021 (including Dec 2021 graduates).
  • Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences or Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences for at least one degree program (including dual degree Eastman).
  • Can document a cost of living financial need exceeding that of internship wages, university or other funding supports
  • For questions on whether your experience qualifies as an internship, see the internship overview page.
  • Both domestic and international travel expenses can be included in the application, and will be subject to university review if necessary.

Not eligible for funding

  • Programs that include a fee or tuition to participate, including study abroad, Washington Center Internships, summer business accelerators, etc.
  • Summer research opportunities mentored by a UR Faculty member – UR summer research projects are eligible for funding under the Office of Undergraduate Research’s Summer DISCOVER Fund.
  • Entrepreneurial projects should connect with the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship for a variety of different financial supports. 

Applying

  • Search for and secure an internship. If you need assistance, meet with a staff member or peer career advisor in the Greene Center. The opportunity must be secured before applying for funding, and your internship supervisor will receive a request to confirm the dates, hours and any funding they are providing to you.

Deadlines

  • Applications open: March 22, 2021. For Summer 2020, we will be accepting applications for virtual, hybrid and in-person internships. Students drafting their application can use the revised worksheet to start compiling the information and essays you will need to submit once the application opens. 
  • First round application deadline: April 12, 2021. Please submit your application by April 12 for consideration. We will be continuously reviewing applications during April, so submitting as soon as you can create a high quality application is encouraged. Applications will be evaluated based on the same rubric and parameters. All applications submitted by April 12 will be reviewed.
  • Second round application deadline May 2, 2021. Please submit your application by 11:59 p.m. EST Sunday, May 2. This round is likely to be very competitive for the remaining funds we have available, and it is encouraged that you review the funding rubric and create the strongest application you can. Decisions for this round will be made by May 14, with funding distributed in June and July.

Creating a Strong Application

As with any application, we encourage you to put reflection, time, and effort into your funding application. The following tips can help you prepare a strong application.

  • Use the application checklist worksheet to compile all of the information you will need to input into the online application. You will be able to save and return to your application if needed, up until your final submission.
  • We encourage you to take advantage of the Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program as well as collaboration hours at the Greene Center to review your budget justification and career impact statements prior to the deadline. Be concise but complete with your statements.
  • Check the application scoring rubric to understand how applications are evaluated.

In addition, applications with the following have a higher likelihood of receiving funding:

Budget justification:

  • Clearly describes how each budget line was researched and estimated
  • Describes how you will maximize your budget for the summer
  • Explains how receiving summer internship funding is important to your ability to complete the internship 

Career impact statement:

  • Describes your motivation for undertaking the internship
  • Makes strong connections between the internship experience and your academic or career goals
  • Gives concrete examples of how the internship activities will help you further develop college competencies

Evaluation and Payment Process for Internships

Applications are evaluated based on funding requested, the completeness and quality of the application, the budget justification, and career impact statements. Please see the application scoring rubric to craft a competitive application.

Award amounts are based on budget submitted. They typically range from $1,000 to a max of $2,500.

If awarded funding, there are multiple steps you will need to take for us to process your award. There are broken down by a variety of factors here.

Payments are made by the end of May and the middle of July in most cases. All Summer Internship Funding recipients should be aware that tax withholding MAY be taken out of your check, depending on your primary citizenship and any applicable tax treaties.

Questions?

See the funding frequently asked questions page for more information. 


Creative Experiential Learning Funding

  • Applications open: March 22, 2021. As of this moment, we will be accepting applications for virtual, hybrid and in-person internships, but this is subject to change upon guidance from the university. Students looking to start drafting their application can use this worksheet to start compiling the information and essays you will need to submit once the application opens. 
  • Application deadline extended through May 2, 2021.

In the creative fields, summer experiential opportunities are quite common, helping students investigate career options, develop skills, and link studio learning to the world of work. These training programs usually occur in the visual arts, performing arts, or writing and differ from internships as their primary focus is on the production, creation, and improvement of arts-specific skills. Examples of these opportunities include:

  • Festivals (film/music/theatre)
  • Summer Intensives
  • Workshops or masterclasses
  • Residency or studio programs
  • Academies or institutes

The Greene Center offers financial support for these experiences of $500 - $1,000 per person. Due to COVID, both in person and online experiences are acceptable, however we can only sponsor opportunities for the summer.

Student Eligibility

  • Undergraduate students who will continue enrollment into Fall 2021 (including Dec 2021 graduates).
  • Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences or Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences for at least one-degree program.
  • Must be interested in pursuing a career in the arts (music, theater, dance, literature, film, visual arts, etc.).
  • Can document expenses for program tuition, room/board, travel, etc.
  • Students must be already accepted into a program to apply for funding (an acceptance letter is part of the application requirement).

Not eligible for funding

  • Classes – Full-fledge (credited or non-credited) courses at a higher education institution.
  • Internships – If you receive an internship, you can apply to the Summer Internship Funding instead.
  • Summer research opportunities mentored by a UR Faculty member – UR summer research projects are eligible for funding under the Office of Undergraduate Research’s Summer DISCOVER Fund.
  • Entrepreneurial projects – Connect with the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship for different financial supports.

Application Process

  • First Round Deadline - April 12. Please submit your application by April 11 for consideration. We will be continuously reviewing applications during April, so submitting as soon as you can create a high-quality application is encouraged. Applications will be evaluated based on the same rubric and parameters.
  • Second Round Deadline - May 2, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Evaluation and Payment Process for Experiential Funds

Applications are evaluated based on funding requested, the completeness and quality of the application, the budget justification, and career impact statements.

Awarded amounts are $500 - $1,000.