COVID-19 Update: For Winter 2020, Winternship grants may not be used for opportunities outside the United States, 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.

Deadline Date: Friday, December 4th, 2020 by 12:30pm EST

In fall 2013, the Filene Center for Academic Advising & Career Services launched a program where students are able to receive stipends to complete unpaid internship, research and volunteer experiences over winter break.  Dubbed the “Winternship Program,” students are able to travel around the globe to spend their winter break working in schools, health clinics, non-profit organizations and corporate settings. Student stipends are made possible through the generosity of three endowed funds:

  • The Nancy Lyon Porter ’43 Community Service Fellowship
  • The Talanian Family Work & Learning Fellowship
  • The Blakely Fetridge Bundy ’66 Work and Learning Fellowship

To be eligible, students must first secure a winter break experience for a minimum of 40 hours.  Students participating in Wheaton faculty/staff-led January trips are not eligible to apply. To apply, students must complete an online application which requires the submission of a resume, a supervisor offer letter and a brief statement of interest.  Winternship funding recipients are required to submit a two-page reflection essay to the Filene Center at the conclusion of the experience.

2020-21 Stipend Structure

Given the longer winter break during academic year 2020-21, the stipend structure has changed.

Stipends for experiences 40-99 hours will be $500

Stipends for experiences 100+ hours will be $1,000

Note: if a student has previously been awarded Winternship Funding, they cannot reapply to receive it again until their senior year.  Finally, students must be in good academic (not currently on academic suspension) and social standing (having no student conduct violations that have resulted in either probation or suspension) in order to receive a fellowship from Wheaton.  

Recipients may not use their stipend to volunteer or intern in countries that are on the U.S. Government Warning List.  Students seeking an exception to this policy must submit a Travel Warning Petition to the Office of Career Services by November 30th.  Petitions are reviewed and considered by the College’s Safety Policy Committee and decisions made by the committee are final.

Deadline Date: Friday, December 4th, 2020 by 12:30pm EST

Questions about Winternship Funding can be directed to:  Matt Wheeler at

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