PLEASE NOTE: Students seeking Wheaton Edge Fellowship funding for an international internship, volunteer, or research experience should fill out the International Funded Internship Pre-Approval Form as soon as possible, and by May 15th, for a preliminary decision on whether their internship location is eligible to receive Wheaton funding. These decisions are preliminary and non-binding, but are intended to provide you with up-to-date information as you make your summer plans.

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.

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

Eligible students must complete the requirements of the Wheaton Edge Career Readiness Program by April 30th, 2022. The Wheaton Edge Career Readiness Program is a series of career development activities and reflective assignments designed to help students prepare for the internship and future job search.

Eligible students have been enrolled in an OnCourse Organization page for the Wheaton Edge Career Readiness Program. This page will be listed under the “Organizations” tab of your OnCourse home screen. Details about program requirements and instructions for submission can be found in OnCourse.

Once you have obtained an unpaid summer experience, please fill out the Wheaton Edge Fellowship Access Form by June 1st, 2022. In addition to details about you and your summer experience, the Access Form requires the upload of three documents: a 2-to-3-page Statement of Interest about your experience, a Supervisor Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and an Intent to Access (ITA) form. The Access Form, prompts for the Statement of Interest, and blank copies of the MOU and ITA can be found in the OnCourse page.

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

Wheaton College reserves the right not to fund students seeking experiences in countries that appear on the U.S. State Department Warning List or U.S. Centers for Disease Control Travel Warning List without prior approval. Students seeking Wheaton Edge Fellowship funding for an international internship, volunteer, or research experience should fill out the International Funded Internship Pre-Approval Form as soon as possible, and by May 15th, for a preliminary decision on whether their internship location is eligible to receive funding, keeping in mind that the decision may change should circumstances in that country change.

Deadline for submitting the Wheaton Edge Fellowship Access Form is June 1st, 2022. No late paperwork will be accepted. 

For more information, please contact Matt Wheeler at wheeler_matthew@wheatoncollege.edu.

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