The Wheaton Edge combines the promise of funding for experiential learning 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.
Wheaton Edge Funding Opportunities
We know that your attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies in targeted areas of interest help you to be career-ready: give you the edge. Wheaton’s Funded Internship Program provides eligible students with at least one opportunity to apply their college experiences in the world of work. Through engagement with career advisors, you will gain access to a host of resources that will help you better understand the connections between your academic and career interests and provide the tools to help you to most effectively take advantage of Wheaton’s career resources.
Each year, Wheaton awards more than $800,000 to eligible students undertaking unpaid, internships, research, volunteer experiences in fields as diverse as global security, publishing, environmental sustainability, international business and diplomacy. With summer fellowship awards ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 and term-time career-exploration funding, you can dive into meaningful work starting your first year!
Wheaton Edge Funding FAQs
Who will help me understand the Wheaton Funded Internship program?
You can meet with any of the Career Advisors to ask questions and discuss your ideas. First-year students have a dedicated Career Advisor and a dedicated Career Peer Advisor (CPA) 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 Wheaton Edge Funding Opportunities Available to students?
There is a wide variety of competitive fellowships available for you to undertake educationally meaningful domestic or international experiences that link to academic or career interests. You are invited to submit proposals to fund unpaid domestic or international non-credit bearing internships, service/volunteer experiences or structured independent research based on their interests and background. You can design and initiate your own assignments and contacts, either independently or through established organizations. You also may seek suggestions and guidance from faculty and staff. Recipients receive a $3,000-$5000 stipend to support experiences of 6-8 weeks (minimum of 240 hours) during the summer break.
Student-faculty research projects take place each summer in a variety of academic departments. Interested students should contact faculty directly about research opportunities.
Wheaton Merit Scholar Stipends
Balfour/Community/Trustee Scholars represent top students in each entering class. They are recognized for strong academic performance, demonstrated extra-curricular, and/or community service commitment. Merit Scholars receive a one-time $3000 stipend that can be applied to a range of unpaid out-of-class learning experiences including internships, research, student-faculty collaborations, faculty-led trips and community service endeavors.
Wheaton-Sponsored Paid Summer Internships
Wheaton’s Career Services has a long history of developing recruitment pipelines and stewarding relationships that have resulted in paid summer internship opportunities for our students. These opportunities are posted in Wheaton Works and throughout campus. Contact Career Services to learn more about how you can tap into your Wheaton Edge through a Wheaton-sponsored paid summer internship.
Junior Summer Stipends (This stipends begins with the Class of 2019)
The Junior Summer Stipend is available only to those students who:
- are, according to the Registrar, a rising senior
- are not a Merit Scholar
- have not received a major Wheaton summer fellowship*
- secured a non-paid summer experiential opportunity (internship, volunteer position, research position)
- completed the requisite Career Services assignments to help you better prepare for and get the most out of, a summer experience.
You are invited to submit proposals to fund unpaid domestic or international non-credit bearing internships, service/volunteer experiences or structured independent research based on their interests and background. You can design and initiate your own assignments and contacts, either independently or through established organizations. Students also may seek suggestions and guidance from faculty and staff. Recipients receive a stipend to support experiences of 6-8 weeks (minimum of 240 hours) during the summer break.
*Wheaton-related funding includes Merit Scholar Stipends (Balfour, Trustee, and Community), Davis International Fellowships, Porter Cleveland Fellowships, Robert College in Istanbul Funding, Wheaton Fellowships, Keefe Family Foundation Business Fellowships, Mars Faculty-Student Research Grants, MassChallenge Summer Fellowship, and/or paid summer internship or job secured through a Wheaton Career Partner. New funding opportunities are being made available every year. Check with Career Services for the most up-to-date list.
What are the Career Services requirements for the Junior Summer Stipend?
- Attend and record in your Wheaton Works portfolio:
- Sophomore Symposium, and/or
- a Career Development Workshop/program, and/or
- Dialogue Information Training through the Office of Multicultural Education
- Develop and have approved by a Career Services advisor:
- a professional resume or cv
- a LinkedIn profile
- Meet with a career advisor and/or a CPA one time each semester
- Activated your Wheaton Works account
- Are in good academic and social standing
How do I apply for a Junior Summer Stipend?
You are invited to submit on-line applications for unpaid domestic or international non-credit internships, service/volunteer experiences, faculty-student research or structured independent research of 6-8 weeks’ duration (240 hours) based on their interests and background. You can design and initiate your own assignments and contacts, either independently or through established organizations. They also may seek suggestions and guidance from faculty and staff. Proposals must identify a specific organization, describing the goals and the nature of the activities in which the student will be engaged. Students must also identify an individual who will serve as the site supervisor. Students may apply for structured independent research directly in support of their academic majors, senior or honors theses, etc. All proposals for structured independent research require a letter of support from a Wheaton faculty member.
How do students find a summer experience?
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 to Ben Chalot, Associate Director of Career Services 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.)
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.