Each year, Wheaton awards more than $800,000 to eligible students undertaking unpaid internships, research, and volunteer experiences in fields as diverse as global security, publishing, environmental sustainability, international business, and diplomacy. With summer fellowship awards ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 and term-time career-exploration funding, you can dive into meaningful work starting your first year.
- Who will help me understand the Wheaton Funded Internship program?
- What are the funding opportunities available to students?
- What are the obligations if a student receives a stipend or fellowship?
- How do students find a summer experience?
- What if I find an internship that is paid?
The Wheaton Edge combines the promise of a paid experiential learning opportunity with the high-quality educational program for which the college is known, including:
- personalized support for each student from professors and staff to set goals, plan a course of study and explore their interests on campus and beyond.
- a rigorous, interdisciplinary liberal arts education through our Connections curriculum that links the liberal arts to the wider world.
- a residential campus experience directed by students, offering myriad opportunities to shape the Wheaton experience and develop leadership skills.
Who will help me understand Wheaton funding?
You can meet with any of the Career Advisors to ask questions and discuss your ideas. First-year students have a dedicated Career Advisor with whom they will interact through their FYS and a variety of workshops and information sessions. You should meet with a Career Advisor or a CPA in the first semester of your first year to begin the conversation about career exploration and to discuss your eligibility for Wheaton summer funding.
What are the funding opportunities available to students?
Funding is available to students for summer experiences including internships, research, and in-depth volunteer opportunities.
The following fellowships fulfill the College’s Wheaton Edge Promise.
- Davis International Fellowship
- Mars Faculty-Student Research
- Merit Scholar Stipends
- Porter Cleveland Fellowship
- Projects for Peace
- Wheaton Edge Fellowship
What are the obligations if a student receives a stipend of fellowship?
As a recipient of this stipend, the student’s responsibilities/obligations are:
- Required attendance at a pre-departure meeting before leaving for the summer and completion of all necessary payroll paperwork (by the end of April) in order to receive payment in the first week of June. (Students are required to cover expenses before receiving the stipend, and should plan accordingly.) Since the stipend MAY BE considered taxable income, students will receive a document outlining tax information at the pre-departure meeting.
- If going overseas, students will need to purchase overseas health insurance through the Center for Global Education.
- Submission of a 1-2 page reflection essay on the experience at the end of August and presentation of a poster/presentation at the annual Internship Showcase, held in November. (If the gift is named for a benefactor whose gifts to Wheaton have made the award possible, the student may be asked to acknowledge that fact.)
How do students find a summer experience?
Students may choose to work with Career Services to explore, identify and apply for an internship, volunteer experience or a research post or can undertake this task on their own. Regardless of how students identify their opportunities, the Career Services staff is available to help students develop more competitive application materials, including resumes, cover letters, and personal statements.
What if I find an internship that is paid?
Congratulations! That is great … and many students find opportunities that are funded by organizations sponsoring formal internship programs or research. If you secure an internship that is paid, you should meet with your Career Adviser to discuss how to proceed. Depending on the amount you will be paid, you may or may not be eligible for funding from the College.