Summer Experience Grants

The Summer Experience Grant application for Summer 2024 opened on March 1, 2024. Applications will close Monday, April 15 at 11:59pm EST. 

About Summer Experience Grants

The Summer Experience Grant (SEG) is a collection of summer funding awards that provide financial support for students to complete summer unpaid or minimally paid career-related experiences. SEG supports students with living expenses, transportation, and travel so that these essential experiences are available to all of our students, who may otherwise not be able to afford them. The selection process is competitive, as we receive a large number of high-quality applications for a limited amount of funding. Administration of the grant is coordinated by the Central Career Services Office. For information on eligibility and the application, please see the Central Career Services Summer Experience Grant website here.

Alexis Petterson '21 (right) at her summer experience with the U.S. State Department in Barcelona, Spain.
Alexis Petterson '21 (right) at her summer experience with the U.S. State Department in Barcelona, Spain.

College of Arts & Sciences Students

Undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences will be considered for A&S specific awards.  Visit the eligibility criteria portion of the website below and take the eligibility screening to determine if your experience qualifies. 

Cornell or elsewhere) and/or students on financial aid with high need may exceed the $6,000 limit. These applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students should ensure that their budget form and application are detailed and thorough.  

In addition to funding available for all eligible experiences there is funding available for:

  • students on financial aid or that have financial need
  • first-generation college students
  • experiences in the field of journalism/communication, with a preference for students from The Cornell Daily Sun
  • experiences in think tank/government in Washington, DC through the Berger Grant. Students wishing to be considered for the Berger Grant must have a faculty member complete a short recommendation survey. 
  • experiences in the film and tv industry. 

If you would like to discuss the Summer Experience Grant with Sam Stafford, the program manager for the College of Arts & Sciences grants, you can book an appointment using this link. Her office hours for the SEG process are Tuesdays: 2:00-3:30 pm; Wednesdays: 10:30 am- 12:00 pm, Thursdays: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm; and Fridays (remote only) 3:00 - 4:00 pm. 

**From March 28- April 8, students can go to A&S Career Development Same Day appointments from 2:30-4:00 pm M-F. Students can sign up for a virtual same-day appointment slot starting at 8:45 am each day and up to the time of the appointment slot.

Summer Experience Grant Timeline

  • Early March: Application opens on the Experience Cornell site.
  • March 6: 4:00 pm Summer Experience Grant Information Session - register here 
  • April 15: Application Deadline at 11:59 pm.
  • Mid-May: First round of conditional acceptances will be sent. 
  • Late-May: First round of grant recipient contracts will be sent.
  • Mid-June: First round of funding will be distributed to students approved to receive the grant.