Summer experience scholarship removes barriers to access for students
In the midst of a new normal, work environments have changed and summer opportunities are no different. From research labs to office internships, students now navigate modified job postings, as in-person experiences are limited.
Distance openings, while offering more flexibility, are often lower paid and many students also take unpaid internships or low paid work opportunities during this time. These economic factors make it difficult for students to accept these positions, especially given the cost of travel and accommodation.
Career development in the arts and sciences is here to help. Its summer experience scholarship is intended to ensure that students can walk through the doors that have opened for them. Applications are now open until April 19 and students can find the application for the summer experience scholarship here.
“We aim to be able to fund as many students as possible who want a rewarding summer experience,” said Jennifer Maclaughlin, Assistant Dean and Director of Career Development in the Arts and Sciences.
The Summer Experience Grants are made possible through generous donations from alumni and support from the Student Assembly. With $ 500,000 in grants available this year, a maximum of $ 5,000 will be awarded to eligible arts and science students. Additional funds may be granted on a case-by-case basis. The funds will be distributed until all the funding is dispersed.
Previous award winners include Tomás Reuning ’21, who interned at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City in the summer of 2019.
“As a Latinx member of the LGBTQ community and a poet, it has been an honor to contribute to the long-term success of such an important cultural center,” said Reuning. “Additionally, as an English graduate with minors in Latin American Studies and Spanish, I have been exposed to the art and culture that I study at Cornell at its most raw source.”
While at the café, Reuning worked on improving the café’s social media presence and creating new promotional materials.
“The most exciting part of working at Nuyorican Poets Café has been having the opportunity to meet so many talented and talented artists in New York City,” said Reuning.
For Harper Tooch ’21, his summer internship at Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage allowed him to combine his interests in anthropology, archeology, and art history to study Armenian culture.
Last summer, Tooch attended the Tel Abel Beth Maacah excavation in Israel, a Cornell archeology project in which many Cornell professors have been involved over the years.
The summer experiences confirmed for Tooch that working in anthropology, archeology or at a university is definitely a career goal.
Amina Kilpatrick ’21 spent the summer of 2019 at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC as an intern in the Social Media Department.
“Although this internship was paid, accommodation in Washington is very expensive and I had to find accommodation,” she says. “This summer experience grant allowed me to live for the first time in a big city and to do an internship away from home.”
In 2018, recent alum Tristan Magloire ’20 had the opportunity to work as a social media and digital marketing intern at William Morris Digital Agency (WMA) and Republic Records in New York. Magloire helped her supervisors brainstorm ideas on how to brand and promote artists such as Drake, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj.
“I am passionate about music and I help creative people realize their full potential and get their message across to as many people as possible,” said Magloire.
Having adequate financial support allowed Magloire to focus her energy on her internship.
“The summer experience grant allowed me to pay for accommodation, transportation and food during my summer in New York without having to worry about taking out a loan,” Magloire said.
Students whose living expenses exceed their pay at work may be eligible for a summer experience scholarship. In order to be considered for financial aid, applicants are encouraged to apply by April 19th.
Interested students can find the application for the summer experience scholarship here.
Amaris Janel Henderson is Communication Assistant for the College of Arts & Sciences.