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Summer Funding Opportunities Across Campus

Students seeking funding in the summer months can apply through various offices across campus.  

Check out the opportunities that are available to students….

Academic Division Funding | Career Services | Center for Innovation and Leadership (CIL) | Lang Center for Civic and Social ResponsibilityMellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (nomination required) | Richard Rubin Summer Funding (Current Rubin Scholars only) | Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program (S3P) - Mentor Opportunities

Summer Opportunities and Research - Academic Division Funding

Funding is available to support students who wish to pursue research opportunities, internships, intensive language study, independent projects, etc. during the summer months in each of the academic divisions (Humanities; Social Sciences; and Natural Sciences and Engineering; plus Interdisciplinary projects). The application process includes: a student proposal, a Swarthmore faculty or staff recommendation, and an external recommendation (for projects that are not directly supervised by a Swarthmore faculty member). Students are encouraged to review the Summer Research Opportunities page which includes Program Resources page for more information.

Career Services

Career Services can help you with your summer plans. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor via Handshake and email any application materials to cpa@swarthmore.edu. Review our Navigating Remote Summer Experiences webpage for additional suggestions.

Center for Innovation and Leadership (CIL)

The CIL cultivates co-curricular opportunities at the intersection of leadership, entrepreneurship, and management for students to develop into creative, adaptable, ethical individuals. Learn more about funding opportunities through the CIL.

Summer Opportunities through the Lang Center for Civic and Social Responsibility

The Lang Center student grant programs exist to empower students and their partners to build impactful solutions to pressing societal problems. There are three main types of summer opportunities funded by the Lang Center: unpaid internships, faculty-led engaged research, and pilot projects. Swarthmore students can receive Lang Center summer funding for placements with non-profit organizations; for-profit organizations, law offices, or religious or religiously-affiliated organizations with a social mission; a Swarthmore faculty member working on engaged scholarship; and independent projects that address pressing social, environmental, or ethical problems. Students attending paid programs (i.e., programs that students must pay to participate in) are not eligible for summer funding from the Lang Center. Students are encouraged to review the Lang Center Summer Grantee Handbook and our Summer Opportunities webpage for more information.  Please note that a pre-application advising session is required; applications received from students who did not have an advising session will not be reviewed.

Summer Opportunities through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program (nomination required)

Swarthmore’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program was among the first in the country when the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation established this program in 1988 to address the underrepresentation of African Americans, Latinx, and Native American faculty in the arts and social sciences. The goal of the program is to prepare undergraduates to successfully pursue the PhD in select fields with a combination of guided independent research, faculty mentoring, workshops and other programming, and generous funding. Each spring, we select up to five new MMUFs for the program from sophomores and juniors nominated by the faculty.  Interested students are encouraged to visit the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program webpage for more information.

Summer Opportunities through the Richard Rubin Scholar Mentoring Program (For Current Rubin Scholars only)

The Richard Rubin Scholar Mentoring Program will be offering some internship opportunities during the summer. Open only to current Rubin Scholars, the program's fundamental objective is to advance the academic, inter-personal, social, and professional success of Swarthmore College students who are underrepresented or first-generation students. Read more about the Richard Rubin program by visiting the Rubin Scholar Mentoring Program webpage.

Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program (S3P) - Mentor Opportunities

S3P is a program designed to allow incoming Swarthmore students the opportunity to get familiar with our campus and prepare for their academic career. An important part of the S3P program is having our own Swarthmore students serve as student mentors. Information about this program can be found on the Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program webpage which includes information for mentor positions.