Summer Experience Funds Managed by OSPGD

Recognizing the value of summer experiences and the financial hardship posed by those that are unpaid (particularly common in the non-profit and government sectors), OSPGD is pleased to invite you to apply for the funds listed below. OSPGD welcomes applicants to the Summer Experience Funds with or without a summer experience already secured by the time of application submission.  Successful applicants will be those able to clearly articulate their vision for their summer experience. Monetary awards will be disbursed only upon confirming their position with OSPGD. 
  • Awards range between $2,000-$5,000 (varies per fund).

Please note that not all requests can or will be granted due to limited funding available. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated financial need.



Students who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to apply for OSPGD’s Summer Experience Funds:

  • Current, full-time first-years, sophomores, or juniors in good standing (defined for this application as those who have not received a sanction of disciplinary probation or greater);
  • Have cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 at the time of application;
  • Have not previously received funding from the same OSPGD source;
  • Are not receiving funding from another F&M source (including but not limited to: additional OSPGD funds, Hackman, Marshall, Summer Travel and other Departmental Awards) for a Summer 2023 experience or opportunity;
  • Have or plan to secure an unpaid experience to take place between May-August 2023. The experience must include a minimum of 200 hours at one organization (in-person, remote, or hybrid) over at least 5 weeks.

*Some criteria vary per fund. Thoroughly review the Handshake posting and any documents attached for the fund to which you plan to apply before submitting your application. 



Applications for Summer 2023 funding will become available via Handshake in January 2023. Applications are not reviewed on a rolling basis; all submissions will be evaluated after the deadline has closed. All applicants will be notified of their decision (selected to receive stipend or placed on waitlist) in April 2023.



Search for the Handshake posting (via the Jobs tab in Handshake) that corresponds with the fund to which you wish to apply. Handshake postings will be available beginning late January 2023 through early March 2023. Review all supporting documents attached to the Handshake posting for complete instructions. The Handshake posting will prompt you to apply by:

  1. Completing the corresponding application (Google Form) AND
  2. Uploading the completed supplemental short answers/essay (varies per fund) in PDF format. 

Incomplete applications, i.e. not submitting both the Google Form and supplemental document, will not be considered.



Contact Ashley Fry, Director of Career Development, at

Available Funds 
Additional Funded Opportunities