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Getting Started

As the academic curriculum prepares you for your choice of major, summer experiences provide you with choices of how to live into your mission—that is, internships, research fellowships, and projects offer you a way to couple your (inter)disciplinary pursuits with the purpose and passion that fuels you. But how do you sort through the different opportunities? What choice is right for you?

It might seem counter intuitive, but the best way determine how to best spend your summer is to begin with the end result in mind. For instance, imagine you are preparing to return to campus next fall. What do you hope you will have learned over the summer months? How might this learning experience inform the remainder of your college career and beyond? What new connections will you have made? How much summer earnings will you have set aside? Whose recommendation would you most like to call upon in the future?

For instance, by the end of the summer I hope to have... 

  • Explored a possible career path...
  • Contributed to a social justice cause…
  • Fully immersed myself in a foreign language...
  • Collaborated on a research project....

With this purpose in mind, you can start researching the different funding opportunities. There are several different offices on campus that offer summer funding (or summer employment options) and we're all here to help! Reach out to the funding office if you have any questions at all!