Our Opportunities

WESLEYAN SUMMER GRANTS are funding resources, available through the Gordon Career Center, that are awarded through a competitive application and review process. Wesleyan Summer Grants assist students in financing summer experiential learning opportunities related to their career and post-Wesleyan interests. Some Summer Grants are awarded with preference to students with demonstrated financial need. Please note: the funding resources listed under Our in the Opportunities navigation are part of the Wesleyan Summer Grants program and this application process is specific to only these grants. For other programs and resources on campus, please click on the External from the Opportunities tab for more information.

Grants are given for all types of summer experiential learning opportunities from career-focused internships in the corporate world to the non-profit; faculty-mentored research, or independent field study; and volunteer opportunities—in the U.S. and abroad. To be considered for funding, the summer opportunity should be full-time for a minimum (or the equivalent) of 8 weeks. Grant awards typically range between $4,000 and $5,000. Only opportunities that take place over the summer will be considered and funded.

If you have questions about your eligibility, the specific requirements of a particular grant, or the Wesleyan Summer Grant process—please contact Marcy Herlihy, Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations via email wseg@wesleyan.edu.

ELIGIBILITY
For the majority of Summer Grants, undergraduates who are rising juniors or rising seniors by the start date of the summer opportunity and are actively enrolled at the time they apply will be eligible. Please note that some grants have preference for student receiving need-based financial aid. Students can only receive a Wesleyan Summer Grant one time during their Wesleyan career. Please review each grant for specific eligibility and requirements.

SELECTION CRITERIA
Applications will be evaluated the the Wesleyan Summer Grants Committee on the basis of:                                              
1. Clarity of the proposal and essays
2. Feasibility of the outlined and detailed budget (Sample budget)
3. The opportunity presented to enhance the Wesleyan educational experience, to gain new skills, to test or broaden areas of career interest
4. An approved resume

Some grants (the Child Advocacy, the Campbell, Ganbarg, Invisible Men, the Macy, the Miller, and WIJSL) also have additional, supplemental questions and/or required documents. After clicking “Finish and Submit” on your Grants application you will be prompted to move to the Recommended Opportunities page where you will need to apply to each of these individual opportunities to complete the supplemental questions or upload additional documents.


The Gordon Career Center staff is available by appointment or during drop-in hours to show you the resources available to help you find a great summer experience, to approve your resume, and to review your application. For more information on how to develop your proposal and complete your application, please read our guide on How to Develop a Great Application.

RECEIVING YOUR GRANT
If your proposal is selected to receive funding, you will be notified in early April, and in mid-May, after completing the necessary steps to accept funding, you will receive a check for all of your approved budget. If funded, over the summer you will be required to complete a questionnaire about your experience and write a thank you to your donors.

WESLEYAN SUMMER GRANTS OPEN APPLICATION PERIOD: FEBRUARY 1 – MARCH 1, 2018
APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE CAN NOT BE CONSIDERED

Opportunities Table
Award Name Actions
Varies College of the Environment (CoE) Internship Fund
  • Deadline: 05/31/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2018
Varies Dr. Edmund H. Sonnenblick '54 Summer Science Research Fund
  • Deadline: 05/31/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2018
Waries Goffe Fund for Student Research in Anthropology and Cultural Studies
  • Deadline: 05/31/2018
  • Award: Waries
Deadline05/31/2018
Varies John T. Paoletti Research Travel Fellowships in Art History
  • Deadline: 05/31/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2018
Varies Klein Family Endowed Leadership Award
  • Deadline: 05/31/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2018
Varies Marty Saggese '80 Summer Language Fund
  • Deadline: 05/31/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2018
Varies Siegel Family Endowed Student Research Fellowship Fund
  • Deadline: 05/31/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2018
Varies Summer Science Research Endowed Fund
  • Deadline: 05/31/2018
  • Award: Varies
Deadline05/31/2018
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Anil Fernando '05 Endowed Internship Grant Fund
Established by Anil Fernando ’05, the Anil Fernando ’05 Endowed Internship Grant Fund provides grants to students who are interested in pursuing...
Established by Anil Fernando ’05, the Anil Fernando ’05 Endowed...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Belzberg Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund
The Belzberg Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund was established by Strauss Zelnick ‘79 and Wendy Belzberg in honor of Wendy’s parents....
The Belzberg Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund was...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Child Advocacy Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund
The Child Advocacy Grant is an endowed fund established by a generous anonymous donor that provides grant funding to Wesleyan students with...
The Child Advocacy Grant is an endowed fund established by a generous...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Citrin Family Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience
Established in 2017 by Jim Citrin P’12,’14 and his sons Theodore ’12 and Oliver ’14, the Citrin Family Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund...
Established in 2017 by Jim Citrin P’12,’14 and his sons Theodore ’12 and...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Coburn Military Veterans Summer Experience Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by Gordon ’86 and Susan Coburn, the Coburn Military Veterans Summer Experience Grant Fund provides grants for veterans with...
Established in 2017 by Gordon ’86 and Susan Coburn, the Coburn Military...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) David Schenkein '79, P'08 Endowed Summer Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by David Schenkein ’79, P’08, the David Schenkein ’79, P’08 Endowed Summer Grant Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan...
Established in 2017 by David Schenkein ’79, P’08, the David Schenkein...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Diane Weiss Wesleyan Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by the Weiss family in memory of Diane Weiss, the Diane Weiss Wesleyan Grant Fund provides grant support to students majoring...
Established in 2017 by the Weiss family in memory of Diane Weiss, the...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Donna S. Morea '76 & Jeffrey D. Chandler P'06 Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience
Established by Donna Morea ‘76 and Jeffrey Chandler P’06, the Morea Chandler Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund provides grant support to...
Established by Donna Morea ‘76 and Jeffrey Chandler P’06, the Morea...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Ellman Family Internship Fund
Established in 2014 by Stuart J. ’88 and Susan Berger ’90 Ellman, the Ellman Family Internship Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan students...
Established in 2014 by Stuart J. ’88 and Susan Berger ’90 Ellman, the...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Ethan S. Bronner '76, P'10 Journalism Grant Award
Established by Richard and Carole Johnson P’18 in honor of Ethan S. Bronner ‘76, P’10, the Ethan S. Bronner ‘76, P’10 Journalism Grant Award...
Established by Richard and Carole Johnson P’18 in honor of Ethan S....
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Fries Internship Fund for Colorado
Supported by Michael T. Fries ’85, the Fries Internship Fund for Colorado provides grants for students who are interested in pursuing opportunities...
Supported by Michael T. Fries ’85, the Fries Internship Fund for...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Ganbarg Internship Program
The Ganbarg Internship Program is an endowed fund established by Pete Ganbarg ‘88 that provides grant funding to encourage and enable Wesleyan...
The Ganbarg Internship Program is an endowed fund established by Pete...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Goldrach Family Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund
Established in 2017 by Anne ‘79 and Alain Goldrach P’12, the Goldrach Family Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Fund provides grant support to...
Established in 2017 by Anne ‘79 and Alain Goldrach P’12, the Goldrach...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust Summer Grants
Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust Summer Grants Fund, established in 2017, provides resources to students who are majoring or minoring in economics...
Harold S. Geneen Charitable Trust Summer Grants Fund, established in...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Hartford Steam Boiler Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant
Established through the Dana Foundation Challenge, the Hartford Steam Boiler Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant is awarded to a student with...
Established through the Dana Foundation Challenge, the Hartford Steam...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
$5,000 Invisible Men Summer Experience Grant
Capitalizing on the positive momentum created by the Black and Latino Brotherhood in the 90s, the Invisible Men organization embraced the name of...
Capitalizing on the positive momentum created by the Black and Latino...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $5,000
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Janklow-Harrington Family Summer Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by the Janklow-Harrington family, the Janklow-Harrington Family Summer Grant Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan students...
Established in 2017 by the Janklow-Harrington family, the...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Jeremy R. Serwer '70 Veterans Summer Experience Fund
Supported by Jeremy R. Serwer ’70, the Jeremy R. Serwer ’70 Veterans Summer Experience Fund provides grants for veterans, with demonstrated...
Supported by Jeremy R. Serwer ’70, the Jeremy R. Serwer ’70 Veterans...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Jewett Foundation Endowed Summer Experience Fund
The Jewett Foundation Endowed Summer Experience Fund was established with a grant from the George Frederick Jewett Foundation and is designed to...
The Jewett Foundation Endowed Summer Experience Fund was established...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Joel C. Tillinghast '80 Endowed Wesleyan Summer Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by Joel C. Tillinghast ’80, the Joel C. Tillinghast ’80 Endowed Wesleyan Summer Grant Fund provides grants to Wesleyan...
Established in 2017 by Joel C. Tillinghast ’80, the Joel C. Tillinghast...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) John Plukas Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant
The John Plukas Grant is awarded to a Wesleyan student with demonstrated financial need pursuing a position in the corporate world. This internship...
The John Plukas Grant is awarded to a Wesleyan student with demonstrated...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) John W. Macy Jr. '38 Internship
The John W. Macy, Jr. ’38 Internship was established by family and friends in honor of John Macy ’38. Interns are chosen from the junior class on...
The John W. Macy, Jr. ’38 Internship was established by family and...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Kevin Sanborn '87 Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant
Established in 2002 with gifts from family and friends in memory of Kevin Sanborn ’87, this grant is awarded to Wesleyan students spending the...
Established in 2002 with gifts from family and friends in memory of...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Lynch Family Endowed Internship Grant Fund
Established by Daniel ‘80 and Elizabeth ’80 Lynch P’11, ’14, the Lynch Family Endowed Internship Grant provides grant support to Wesleyan students,...
Established by Daniel ‘80 and Elizabeth ’80 Lynch P’11, ’14, the Lynch...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Marc N. Casper '90 Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by Marc N. Casper ’90, the Marc N. Casper ’90 Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant provides grant support to Wesleyan students,...
Established in 2017 by Marc N. Casper ’90, the Marc N. Casper ’90...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
$5,000 McCarthy Family Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Summer Grants
McCarthy Family Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Summer Grants, established in 2018 by Steve McCarthy ’75, are awarded to Wesleyan sophomores,...
McCarthy Family Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Summer Grants,...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $5,000
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Military Veterans Summer Experience Fund
Established in 2017 by an anonymous donor, the Military Veterans Summer Experience Fund provides grants for veterans, with demonstrated financial...
Established in 2017 by an anonymous donor, the Military Veterans Summer...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Muzzy Rosenblatt '87 Summer Experience Grant
Established by Lawrence “Muzzy” Rosenblatt ’87, the Muzzy Rosenblatt ’87 Summer Experience Grant provides grant support to Wesleyan students, with...
Established by Lawrence “Muzzy” Rosenblatt ’87, the Muzzy Rosenblatt ’87...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Nancy Campbell Internship in Historic Preservation
In honor and recognition of her national leadership in historic preservation, friends and family of Nancy Campbell, wife of former Wesleyan...
In honor and recognition of her national leadership in historic...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Nazarian Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant
The Nazarian Wesleyan Sumer Experience Grant was established by Seta Nazarian ‘79, P’13 and is awarded to a student with demonstrated financial...
The Nazarian Wesleyan Sumer Experience Grant was established by Seta...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
$5,000 Newman’s Own Internship Grants
Made possible by a gift from Newman’s Own Foundation to Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, these grants support students...
Made possible by a gift from Newman’s Own Foundation to Wesleyan’s...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: $5,000
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Norman Ernst Priebatsch Fund for Entrepreneurship
The Norman Ernst Priebatsch Fund for Entrepreneurship provides grant to fund entrepreneurial summer internships or experiences for Wesleyan...
The Norman Ernst Priebatsch Fund for Entrepreneurship provides grant to...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Okrent Memorial Grant for Social Justice (OMG Fund)
The Okrent Memorial Grant for Social Justice, also known as the OMG Fund, was established in memory of Alex Okrent ’05. Alex was dedicated to...
The Okrent Memorial Grant for Social Justice, also known as the OMG...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Orrin Baird '69 Endowed Wesleyan Summer Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by Orrin Baird ’69, the Orrin Baird ’69 Endowed Wesleyan Summer Grant Fund provides grants for students who are interested in...
Established in 2017 by Orrin Baird ’69, the Orrin Baird ’69 Endowed...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Internship Grant
Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship supports students and alumni interested in creating and sustaining programs, businesses,...
Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship supports...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Professor Richard Miller Internship in Business
The Professor Richard Miller Internship in Business was established by several friends to honor the retirement of Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of...
The Professor Richard Miller Internship in Business was established by...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Pruzan Family Summer Experience Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by Robert ’85 and Tracey Winn ’85 Pruzan, the Pruzan Family Summer Experience Grant Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan...
Established in 2017 by Robert ’85 and Tracey Winn ’85 Pruzan, the Pruzan...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Rayman L. Solomon '68 Fund
Established with gifts from Ray Solomon ’68, the Rayman L. Solomon ’68 Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan students, with demonstrated...
Established with gifts from Ray Solomon ’68, the Rayman L. Solomon ’68...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Rebecca Friendly '11 Internship Endowment Fund
The Rebecca Friendly ’11 Internship Endowment Fund was established by Rebecca Friendly ’11 and her family. After participating in an unpaid...
The Rebecca Friendly ’11 Internship Endowment Fund was established by...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Resnick Family Wesleyan Grant Fund
The Resnick Family Wesleyan Grant Fund provides grant support to Wesleyan students pursuing summer experiential learning opportunities.
The Resnick Family Wesleyan Grant Fund provides grant support to...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Ruth and Hank Fins Endowed Wesleyan Summer Grant Fund
Established in 2017 by Joseph J. Fins ’82 and Rabbi Amy Ehrlich in honor of Joe’s parents, the Ruth and Hank Fins Endowed Wesleyan Summer Grant...
Established in 2017 by Joseph J. Fins ’82 and Rabbi Amy Ehrlich in honor...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended
Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant) Silverberg-Shapiro Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund
Established in 2016 by Shonni Silverberg ’76 and John Shapiro ’74, the Silverberg-Shapiro Endowed Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Fund provides...
Established in 2016 by Shonni Silverberg ’76 and John Shapiro ’74, the...
  • Deadline: Ended
  • Award: Varies ($4,000 to $5,000 per grant)
Ended