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Summer 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.


  • Undergraduate students who will continue enrollment into Fall 2020 (including Dec 2020 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. For summer of 2020 we also welcome applicants participating in a research internship outside of the University of Rochester (see below for funding for UR-based research).

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 (application deadline March 20).
  • Entrepreneurial projects should connect with the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship for a variety of different financial supports. 


  • 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.


  • International Internships – Apply by April 1! If you have secured an internship where you will be gaining experience abroad (including your home country if an international student), you should apply by April 1st. The university needs additional time to process international experience applications depending on your destination. If you miss the April 1 early deadline due to a late offer, you can still apply for the April 9 deadline, but funding may be delayed or declined due to processing timeframes. You will also need to respond promptly to any inquiries or outreach from the Global Engagement office.

*Please note – This early deadline does not impact your score or eligibility for funding, you will be evaluated alongside all other applicants, but will determine if your travels meet the requirements for University funding support.

  • Domestic Internships – Apply by Thursday April 9. There is no advantage to early application (other than the above international experience exception). This year’s program is likely to be highly competitive, so take the time you need to develop the strongest application possible. Leverage the resources and documents below to create the strongest application you can!

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, payments are made in two stipends sent directly from the University of Rochester HRMS payroll system. Prior to departing campus for the summer you should:

  • Make sure you have downloaded the University’s VPN access client to your computer, so you can login to HRMS to view your payment status from off-campus, as well as set up direct deposit.
  • If you already have access to your account in HRMS, make sure that you have direct deposit information up to date. All payments will be processed through direct deposit this year.

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.


See the funding frequently asked questions page for more information.