Funding for 2017 Unpaid Summer Internships

The deadline for submitting funding applications has passed.  We are no longer accepting applications. Please contact clower@middlebury.edu with questions.

Middlebury students are eager to gain "real world" experience, and CCI is here to help.  We realize that sometimes a great summer internship may be unpaid; CCI provides a limited number of internship grants to help students with expenses related to unpaid summer internships.

CCI will offer three types of competitive grants for Summer 2017.
All applications are due April 9 and will be reviewed after April 9.

We are here to help you in the process, but please start by reading the tips and FAQs below first.

The definition of a “Middlebury internship” eligible for funding:

  • Connects the work of an organization to your career exploration, academic pursuits, and/or personal passions and interests.
  • Includes substantive responsibilities and a time commitment that:
    • Lasts at least 6 weeks AND a minimum of 150 hours for $2500 Summer Funding grants.
    • Lasts at least 4 weeks AND a minimum of 100 hours for Explore Grants.
    • Some exceptions may apply; contact Cheryl Whitney Lower to discuss.
  • May be a self-directed project, not necessarily sponsored by an established organization.
  • Dance grants support dance students who are attending performance-based trainings.


Here are the top ten things you need to know about CCI internship funding.

  1. Eligible students are currently enrolled, in good academic and judicial standing, have at least one remaining summer before graduation, and have not previously received a $2500 summer internship grant. 
  2. You may only receive a $2500 Summer Funding Grant or Dance Festival Grant once.
  3. The funding is very competitive. Criteria on which applications are evaluated include: financial aid status, class year, length of internship, a compelling essay, and a practical and realistic budget, as well as whether you have had your resume reviewed (by a peer career advisor or at a resume workshop), and you have met with a a CCI advisor to discuss your plans. Attendance at the March 13, "Rocking Your Internship with Great Communication" is also strongly encouraged.  All applications will be reviewed after the deadline of April 9.  Funding decisions will be announced on April 21.
  4. First-Year Explore Grants support first-year students and first-year Febs in summer exploration of a career interest or personal passion related to planning for your future.  Resume review by a Peer Career Advisor OR attendance at a Resume workshop AND meeting with a CCI Advisor in your interest area are REQUIRED by April 5.
  5. You must have been offered the internship and accepted it by the time you apply for funding. Many organizations hire on a rolling basis so do not wait until their deadline to apply. Discuss our funding process with the organization; it is our experience that most are flexible regarding your decision timeline. If this is a self-designed project, your plans should be solidly in place.
  6. Funding may not be transferred. If you receive a funding award, it may be used only for the internship designated in your application.
  7. Middlebury College does not grant credit for unpaid summer internships; do not accept an internship with an organization that requires credit. If you have questions about this academic policy, make an appointment with Cheryl Whitney Lower.
  8. Funding decisions will be announced by 5:00 pm on April 21.  Awards will be made via direct deposit in early June. Acceptance of funding requires significant paperwork submission during and after your internship, including , reflections, evaluations, photos, and a donor thank you letter. Failure to complete these steps by the deadlines will result in your Middlebury account being charged for the full amout of your funding.
  9. Taxes for awards may affect domestic and international students differently.  If you are an international student, please read more information from ISSS here.  If you are a domestic student, please read information here.
  10. Help is available here:
    Quick Questions: Funding, finding an internship, cover letters or resumes. No appointment necessary.
    The CCI advisor in your interest area: Industry-specific advice about your internship search; discussing your proposal; funding and general questions.
    Associate Director of Internships: Funding and general questions, internship search, discussing your proposal. 
    Resume Workshops: Feb 24 at 2:30 in Coltrane Lounge (first 30 minutes on resumes) or March 1 at 7:30 pm at Anderson Freeman Center (covers resumes and cover letters during QQ hours).

In addidtion, here are a few FAQs with more detailed information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How competitive is the process and what are the most compelling applications?

While we would like to fund everyone, we have very limited funds. In the past we have received more than twice the number of applications we can fund, so you should make sure you have an alternative plan in case you don't receive funding. 

All applications will be reviewed after the April 9 deadline. Funding decisions will be made on April 21. 

Those applicants who are on financial aid or demonstrate high financial need, have longer internships, are juniors or higher, write a compelling essay, and have demonstrated their seriousness by talking with a CCI advisor and having their resume reviewed by a Peer Career Advisor or have attended a resume or internship communication workshop will be the stongest candidates.  Any combination of these will strengthen your chances. Not receiving funding is not a reflection on the valule of your experience, but is the reality of the funding committee having to make very hard choices with limited funds.

What do I need to know about funding for international internships?

International internships require greater lead time in planning, particularly in terms of investigating any visa issues associated with your internship. These internships can be an incredible part of a post-Study Abroad immersion experience in addition to being an opportunity to explore work in international development or business, volunteer service, teaching, and languages. Please note that students must comply with international travel registration, waivers, and insurance coverage as described below in order to receive internship funding.

International registration and insurance coverage process: If you receive internship funding and your internship experience is in a country other than the US, you must complete steps to register your travel plans online and ensure that you have medevac, repatriation, and health insurance. If you do not have such insurance coverage, you must enroll (there is a charge of approximately $50 per month). If you are an international student with an internship experience in your home country, you do not have to purchase the insurance but you still need to register your travel plans. Specific instructions will be included in your funding award notification. PLEASE NOTE: Funding requests for travel to countries on the State Department's travel warning list will necessitate additional paperwork and may be denied by the College based on a risk assessment analysis.

Are there experiences that CCI does not fund?

Except for dance grants, CCI does not generally fund classes, trainings, or experiences with organizations that charge a fee for participation. There may be exceptions if the majority of the experience is really an internship.  We also do not fund on-campus summer undergraduate research positions with Middlebury faculty because these positions are funded by Middlebury's Undergraduate Research Office in the CTLR. 

We do not generally fund paid internships unless it is a very low-paid internship (i.e. less than $1000 for a six-week experience or more).  In this case, we may choose to provide a supplement grant of up to $1500; use the $2500 grant application form and explain your situation in your narrative and in the budget form. 

CCI does not generally fund students who are being funded by another Middlebury program or office. The exception is if you are taking part in an intercultural experience that benefits the community, it is possible to combine a CCI grant with a Cross-Cultural Community Service grant through the Community Engagement office. 

Does my budget need to add up to $2500 or $1000?

No. Your costs may be substantially higher, in which case you will need to assess how you will cover the additional costs. Consider these grants support from CCI to help cover the costs associated with your internship. You may need to obtain a part-time job to finance the whole experience. On the other hand, if your costs are low (i.e. you decide to live at home) and the set grant amount exceeds your budget, you should explain why you are applying to offset to lost summer wages. The set grant amounts give you decision-making power over your own summer experience.

I need help making my budget. What are the guidelines?

Creating a budget and thinking carefully about how much money you need for your experience can be a great learning experience. Click here to see our sample budget.

We have limited funds to award. Your careful attention to your budget indicates that you approached the process thoughtfully--and did your homework! Here are some general guidelines:

  • The funding may offset lost summer wages.  Funding can also be used to help you with expenses associated with your internship.
  • A typical food budget will vary depending on where you live, but we advise using a figure of approximately $75 per week.
  • Housing can be tricky. If you choose to stay in a university-based internship housing program (e.g., NYU in New York City), your entire internship funding allocation will likely be eaten up by that cost--and then some! But you don't want to spend your summer sleeping on someone's floor either. Start your search early, check out CCI's housing resources, Airbnb, look for house-sitting opportunities, enlist your various networks. We recommend allowing approximately $800 per month for housing. If you are living at home, we ask that you do not include housing in your budget. MIDDLEBURY HOUSING NOTE: Even if your internship is in the Middlebury area, receiving internship funding does NOT make you eligible for on-campus summer housing.
  • Your budget can include transportation to and from your internship site. However, if you live in San Francisco, and your internship is in San Francisco, we would not expect you to include the cost of round-trip airfare in your budget. If your home is in Boston, and your internship is in San Francisco, then it is certainly appropriate for you to include round-trip airfare. Transportation costs can also include subway fare, commuting by train, gas and tolls, etc.
  • If you are studying abroad and your internship will continue in your host country, you should not include return airfare to the US in your budget as you would be returning anyway. Budgeting for in-country transportation expenses or travel to another country for your internship is appropriate.
  • It is okay if your internship site wants to provide minimal financial assistance such as a subway pass, help with housing, or daily lunch passes. You do need to indicate these funding sources in your application.  

When in doubt, just ask! Or add an explanatory note in the Comments section of the budget.