Please read the information below and plan to secure your internship no later than early April, so you have time to apply for funding.

Applications are closed.

The application funding period for Summer 2020 internships is now closed.  

Funding application deadlines: April 13 and May 8, 2020.

New College Policy Related to COVID-19 (as of 5/20/20)

A current Middlebury policy review has determined that while virtual internships are those most conducive to personal health and safety for all, should the supervisor and intern agree that conducting or transitioning to an in-person internship is desirable, it will be allowed under the following condition:  both student and supervisor must each sign an agreement that states that all CDC guidelines as well as evolving state, local, and College restrictions that relate to Covid-19 will be monitored and adhered to by each party.

  • CCI has been authorized to fund students participating in remote internships this summer.  
  • CCI may also fund internships that start remote with an expectation to transition to an in-person experience or internships that are solely in-person. In both of these cases, the student and the supervisor must each sign an agreement as outlined above. No additional approvals are required.  
  • No international experiences may be funded this summer unless students are interning in their home city and are already located in that city. 

Please read all information and FAQs below and plan to secure your internship no later than early April, so you have time to apply for funding. If after reading this web page, the FAQs and the Quick Guide, you still have questions, feel free to email Karen White at  

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 or offer a very small stipend; CCI provides internship grants on a competitive basis to help students with expenses related to unpaid summer internships/experiences.

Competitive Grants for Summer 2020

  • Summer Internship Funding Grants: $3000
  • First-Year Explore Grants: $1000
  • Dance Festival Grants: $3000

Criteria for Funding Eligibility

  • Connects the work of an organization to your career exploration, academic pursuits, and/or personal passions and interests, and your aspirations for the future.
  • Includes substantive responsibilities and minimum time commitments as outlined below:
    • $3000 Summer Funding Grants require a minimum internship length of eight weeks at 30 hours/week or a longer internship that totals at least 240 hours. Strongly encouraged: Appointment with a CCI advisor to discuss your plans.
    • $1000 First-Year Explore Grants require a minimum of four weeks with a total of at least 100 hours. Required: Appointment with a CCI advisor to discuss your plans.
  • Requires résumé approval by CCI Peer Career Advisor before April 7.
  • Must have secured the internship AND accepted it in order to apply.
  • Must have at least one remaining semester after the summer in order to apply; must not be on leave (unless it is Study Abroad) the semester prior to or after the summer internship unless approved by CCI
  • Must not have already received a $3000 competitive grant from CCI, or be participating in a CCI-sponsored program or internship this summer.
  • May be a self-directed project, not necessarily affiliated with an organization.
  • Dance grants support dance students who are attending performance-based trainings/intensives.
  • Use this Quick Guide: CCI Summer Funding for additional information about eligibility and how to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions


While we would like to fund everyone, we have limited funds, so awards will be made through a competitive process. You should make sure you have an alternative plan in the event that you don’t receive funding. 

All applications will be reviewed after the April 13 deadline. Funding decisions will be sent via a Handshake email on May 1. 

All communications will be done through Handshake so pay attention to Handshake emails and notifications. You may need to look in the Spam, Junk, or Clutter folders to find them!

The funding is competitive but you have a good chance if you can clearly demonstrate that this is the right internship/experience for you at the right time; the experience should give you the opportunity to gain experience and skills and relate to planning for your future. All applicants must have their resume reviewed and approved by a Peer Career Advisor before they apply. Due to the campus shut-down, your resume does not need to be CCI-approved this year.

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 about their plans will be the strongest candidates. (CCI Advisors are still available for phone, Skype, or Zoom appointment during the campus shut-down.) Please schedule through Handshake.  Any combination of these will strengthen your chances. An internship should be one longer experience (e.g. 8 weeks or longer), not two shorter related experiences together in one application. Not receiving funding is not a reflection on the value of your experience, but is the reality of the funding committee having to make hard choices with limited funds. Applications for self-directed projects and from students not on financial aid who have low expenses and are applying mainly to off-set lost summer wages are less competitive.


International internships require more planning 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 experience as well as an opportunity to explore work in international development or business, teaching, languages, and more. Please note that students must comply with international travel registration, waivers, and insurance coverage as described below in order to receive internship funding.

Coronavirus update: Please realize we are in extraordinary times and the world-wide situation is very fluid. CCI will follow all policies outlined by Middlebury College which is responding to an ever-changing situation. Internship funding may need to be rescinded if situations worsen. 

International registration, health, 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 $75 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. Students should consult the CDC, Parton Health Center and/or their health care provider on recommended vaccinations.  

Please see 4 Simple Steps for Safer Travel.

Please Note: Funding requests for travel to countries with State Department Travel Advisories of Levels 2, 3, or 4 will necessitate additional paperwork and may be denied by the College based on a risk assessment analysis. Check the State Department Travel Advisory page. Travel to a Level 2 advisory country where Middlebury has a school abroad does not require additional review.  Travel to countries with Level 2 where Middlebury does not have a school abroad, as well as countries with Level 3 and 4 travel advisories (including your home country), require submission of an International Activity Approval Form to the Global Operations Committee. Complete the form at the same time that you complete your funding application or earlier so the Committee has time to review your proposal.


A First-Year Explore Grant gives students the opportunity to explore a career-related interest or field during the summer and be supported by a CCI $1000 grant. The experience must be at least 4 weeks long and 25 hours per week. Students may work with an organization or design a self-directed project. 

Eligible students are First-Year Febs, First-Years, and Sophomore Febs. Sophomore Febs may choose either an Explore Grant or a $3000 grant. 

Students applying for a First-Year Explore Grant must have met with a CCI advisor before applying for funding. Schedule a video or phone appointment via Handshake if you haven’t already met with an advisor in-person. Students with extenuating circumstances may email Cheryl Whitney Lower at

Students awarded a First-Year Explore grant are required to attend a pre-departure training via Zoom in early May. Dates and times will be posted here and sent out by email. 

If your internship is an international community-based experience not in your own country or a domestic community-based social impact experience, CCI suggests that you also attend an additional Pre-Immersion Training for International and/or Social Impact Experiences also offered via Zoom. Details forthcoming. RSVP to Cheryl Whitney Lower at


A self-directed project means you have developed an idea to explore an interest or field but you are not working for or with an organization. You will not have a supervisor per se, but you do need an adult mentor or advisor (no direct relatives) who can help you determine goals and stay on track with those goals over the course of the summer. Self-directed projects require more independence and drive and thus will be judged on a much more competitive basis by the funding committee. We recommend that you meet with the CCI advisor that fits your project interest (e.g. arts, environment, etc). Phone, Skype, or Zoom appointments may be scheduled through Handshake. Only a handful of self-directed projects will be approved for funding. Applications for funding must be very thorough and include the name of a mentor/advisor, timelines, and achievable goals. You must be able to articulate why you need to spend 8 or more weeks at 30 hours a week (for $3000 grants) on this project as opposed to doing it in your spare time, and why you have not pursued working for an organization. Your advisor/mentor overseeing the project must write a letter of reference for you talking about his or her knowledge of the project, how they plan to advise you, and why they feel you have the drive and organizational ability to achieve your goals. (Upload this letter of reference in the attachments section of your Handshake Experience). Plans to do independent academic research do not qualify for a self-directed project. Examples of past self-directed project ideas include creating a STEM camp for girls, conducting an environmental assessment for an abandoned coffee plantation, and developing a solar-powered lawn mower.


Update related to Coronavirus: We realize some employers are rescinding internship offers, and situations may be out of your control. If this happens, please contact a CCI advisor for advice and provide us with the email from the employer notifying you of your change in status. CCI will do all we can to offer flexibility in these cases.   

Because of the Coronavirus situation, we are offering a May 8 contingency funding application deadline for students who need more time to find an internship or whose employers have cancelled their internships. If you have plans secure, you should apply for funding by April 13. If you need more time, you have up until May 8 to submit a funding application. These later applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Please work with a CCI advisor for alternatives to your summer plans or contact Cheryl Whitney Lower at with questions. 

All applicants must now contact their supervisor and ask if they are able to do their internship remotely if needed. Please include a statement in your essay to tell us what the contingency plan is if the internship cannot be done in-person. 

You must have been offered your internship, accepted it, and committed to it; you must be sure that the internship for which you are applying for funding is the one you want to do. CCI expects you to conduct yourself professionally in your internship search. If you have accepted an internship, you should withdraw your applications from all other employers/organizations.  If you do change your mind, you will not be able to make changes to your application for funding or submit a new funding application, and you will need to forfeit your funding.  Exceptions will be granted if your employer rescinds the offer or if we can only fund remote internships and your internship cannot be converted into a remote experience. 

Students should apply to their internships early and explain to potential employers that they have an opportunity to apply for funding by the April 13 deadline. Often employers will hire on a rolling basis. Do not wait until the application deadline to apply for an internship. 

Students who have been offered their internship contingent on a security clearance should still submit an application and indicate in their essay that they are on hold until the security clearance process is complete.


Except for dance grants, CCI typically does not fund classes, trainings, or experiences with organizations that charge a fee for participation, e.g. third party internship providers, yoga retreats, etc. We may make exceptions if the majority of the experience is an internship or if the fee is charged mainly to pay for housing.  

CCI does 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 fund paid internships unless it is a very low-paid internship (i.e. less than $2000 for an eight-week experience or more). In this case, we may choose to provide a supplement grant of up to $1000 or to the equivalent of $3000; students in this position should use the $3000 grant application form and explain your situation in your narrative and in the budget form. If you are receiving any compensation from your employer such a housing or transportation stipend, you can expect that CCI will deduct that amount of money from your internship grant in order to make your award consistent with what other students are receiving.  Contact Cheryl Whitney Lower at if you have questions about a low paid internship. 

CCI does not generally fund students who receive funding 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 Center for Community Engagement. 

CCI does not fund experiences where a family member is serving as your supervisor or mentor.


No. The set grant amounts give you decision-making power over your own summer experience. Your costs may be substantially higher, in which case you will need to assess and explain in your budget 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 lost summer wages. Applications from students not on financial aid who are applying mainly to off-set lost wages are less competitive.


Creating a budget and thinking carefully about how much money you need for your experience can be a great learning experience. Use this Budget Template (link to come).

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:

Funding can be used to help you with expenses associated with your internship. Funding may be used to offset lost summer wages but if you are not on financial aid, applications requesting lost summer wages may be less competitive.  

A typical food budget will vary depending on where you live, but we advise using a figure of approximately $75- $100 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 housing resources, Airbnb, look for house-sitting opportunities, enlist your various networks. We recommend allowing approximately $800-$1000 per month for housing. If you are living at home or with relatives, do not include housing and food costs 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.


If you have read all the information at on this page, and have completed all the steps in the Quick Guide: CCI Summer Funding, including having your resume ready* before submitting your application, writing your essay, completing your budget, completing your funding agreement, and completing additional paperwork if your internship is outside the U.S. and qualifies for review by Global Operations Committee (see FAQ on international internships), then you are ready to apply! Find all the forms you need in the blue box on the top right-hand side of this page.

*Due to the campus shut-down, resumes do not need to be CCI-approved this year in order to apply for funding. You do, however, still need to submit your resume as part of your funding application. If you would like your resume to be reviewed by CCI, please send it to  

Complete an application for funding by Requesting an Experience.  

If you are participating in a CCI-sponsored internship or a cohort internship and have received an award letter, you will be instructed to create an Experience and select either CCI-sponsored or cohort as “experience type.” All other applicants should choose the industry field (#1-7 into which your internship, dance festival, or self-directed project falls to answer the first question on “experience type.” Answer all required questions marked with an asterisk. 

Remember that your application is not complete until you have uploaded all four required documents (essay, resume, budget, and funding agreement) into the attachments section found on the left-hand side of your Handshake Experience. Students submitting an application for a self-directed project must also upload a letter of reference from the advisor or mentor who will advise you before and during your project. Do you upload zip files. Please note that you must upload your resume to the attachments section even if it is already in the documents section of Handshake. You must complete your application all in one sitting. Applications that have been submitted without the required documents will be declined. 

All communications will be done through Handshake emails so students must check email, clutter, SPAM and junk email folders daily and ensure that you have your Handshake notifications turned on. Failure to respond to email will result in application being declined.


Funding notifications will be sent by Handshake email on May 1. Make sure your Handshake notifications are enabled. You may need to monitor your spam, junk, and clutter folders. 

If you are awarded funding and have entered your direct deposit information correctly and completed all steps outlined in your award letter by the deadlines, you can expect your money in your account by approximately June 5. Students who have not entered their direct deposit information correctly will have checks mailed to them. Since you will not receive your money until June, be sure to make your summer plans accordingly; you may need to arrange to start your internship later to accommodate the payment schedule. 

Please note that international students may have taxes withheld ahead of time so the amount of the grant you receive may be less than stated in your award letter. 

All funded interns must attend a mandatory internship pre-departure meeting via Zoom. Attendance will be taken, and any student who has not attended one of the meetings risks losing their funding or sponsorship. Contact Cheryl Whitney Lower at ahead of time with any extenuating circumstances.

Dates and times of Zoom trainings will be posted here and sent to you in an award letter. 

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