COVID-19 Update: Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 globally, Wheaton Edge Fellowships may not be used for opportunities outside of the United States through summer 2021, except in cases where:

  1. a student from outside the United States is completing the opportunity in their home country or

  2. the opportunity can be completed remotely from the student’s home.

PLEASE NOTE: Funded internships are considered college-sponsored programs and, as such, are subject to all college policies regarding international and domestic travel, including travel restrictions. These policies may change with little warning in response to global events.

The Wheaton Edge Fellowship is available only to those students who:

  • are, according to the Registrar, a current sophomore or junior in good academic standing
  • are not a Balfour, Community, Regional, or Trustee Merit Scholar
  • have not received a major Wheaton summer fellowship*
  • secured a supervised, unpaid experience (internship, volunteer position, research position) of at least 160 hours that is not for academic credit from another college or university.

Eligible students received an email from Matthew Wheeler with details about the Wheaton Edge program. View that email here.

We encourage and support students seeking paid summer internship opportunities. If you do not secure a paid experience or find that an unpaid experience is a better fit, you will be eligible to access the Wheaton Edge Fellowship.

*Wheaton-related funding includes Merit Scholar Stipends (Balfour, Trustee, and Community), Davis International Fellowships, Porter Cleveland 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.

To access the Wheaton Edge Fellowship

Once you have obtained an unpaid summer experience, please fill out the Wheaton Edge Fellowship Access Form by June 1st, 2021, linked below. In addition to details about you and your summer experience, the Access Form requires the following:

  • An uploaded resume*
  • An uploaded cover letter*
  • An uploaded one-page reflection about your resume*
  • A link to your LinkedIn Profile*
  • A 2-to-3-page Statement of Interest about your summer experience
  • A completed and signed Supervisor Memorandum of Understanding (blank form linked below)
  • A completed Intent to Access form (blank form linked below)

*While these requirements are due at the same time as the access form, we recommend students begin working on them before the June 1st deadline, as they can be completed prior to securing a summer experience. They mirror important steps and reflective work students are encouraged to complete during an internship search.

Qualifying experiences include unpaid domestic or international non-credit bearing internships, service/volunteer experiences or guided or structured independent research. 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 fellowship between $2,000 and $3,000 to support an unpaid summer internship, volunteer, or research experience of at least 160 work hours. The stipend received is awarded based on the following hour ranges, and those hours are certified by your supervisor in the Memorandum of Understanding (linked below):

160 – 199 hours = $2,000
200 – 239 hours = $2,500
240+ hours = $3,000

Fellows may not use their stipend to volunteer or intern in countries that are on the U.S. State Department Warning List or U.S. Centers for Disease Control Travel Warning List without an approved petition. Students seeking an exception to this policy must submit a Travel Warning Petition to the Office of Career Services by April 15th.  Petitions are reviewed and considered by the College’s Safety Policy Committee and decisions made by the committee are final. Merit scholars who access their stipends for a Wheaton faculty-led trip (during winter break or the summer) are not eligible to apply for or receive additional Filene Center funding for the immediate subsequent summer.

Deadline for submitting the Wheaton Edge Fellowship Access Form is June 1st, 2021. No late paperwork will be accepted. 

For more information, please contact Matt Wheeler at

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