The summer is an incredible opportunity for intellectual growth, skill development, and career exploration.  Through the generous support of alumni, Amherst College is able to provide financial support for students who are pursuing low-paid or unpaid summer experiences that directly link to their personal, professional and academic goals.  This program is jointly administered by the Loeb Center and the Center for Community Engagement.

Use the online portal to complete your application.  Please note that there are two separate applications – one for domestic internships and one for international internships.

The Summer Experience Funding Application will open for submissions on Wednesday, February 8


Read about the experiences of students who previously received funding for their internships through the Amherst College Summer Funded Internship Program


How much money can you receive through the program?

$3,500 For students who will live at home over the summer
$4,500 For students who will be interning outside of the U.S. and/or will not be living at home

What are the application dates?

There will be three funding deadlines during the spring semester:

  • Wednesday, March 1, 2017
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017
  • Monday, May 1, 2017

You must have accepted an internship offer before submitting a funding application.

What does the application include?

Your application will not be reviewed unless the following items have been completed by the deadline:

  1. Online application
  2. Sponsor confirmation of your position
  3. Recommender's form

Once you submit your online application, a sponsor confirmation form will be automaticallysent to the email address you provided for your supervisor.  Additionally, the system will send a form to the faculty or staff member you selected to provide a recommendation for you. You will be responsible for ensuring that both your supervisor and your recommender complete and return the electronic forms by the application deadline.  

What types of experiences are eligible for funding?

  • Internships
    • Priority areas: nonprofit, government/public service, education, health, arts and communications
    • Limited funding is available for internships outside of the above priority areas
  • Off-campus research
  • Independent projects*
  • Creative work*

All funded experiences must include 300 hours or more (approximately 8 weeks) of work under on-site, direct supervision from a professional within the organization or at Amherst College, if you are completing an independent project.

*Students looking for funding for independent projects and creative work should apply through the Center for Community Engagement’s funding application.

What is not eligible for funding?

  • Fee-based or placement programs
  • For credit academic programs
  • Remotely supervised positions

How will applications be vetted?

Strong applications will successfully demonstrate the link between personal, professional, and academic goals, past experiences, and the distinct opportunity provided through the summer experience.  Rising Juniors and Seniors will receive priority along with students who have not received funding in the past.  

To be considered for funding, students must be enrolled at Amherst College the semester before and following the summer experience.  Graduating seniors are not eligible for funding.

For more information on how your applications will be evaluated, please review the Summer 2017 Funding Program Rubric below.

Do you need help with your funding application or have additional questions?

Contact the Center for Community Engagement by phone at 413-542-5140 or by email at

Do you have questions about how to search and apply for an internship?

Make an appointment with Victoria Wilson, Assistant Director for Internship Programs, through Quest or call the Loeb Center at 413-542-2265

Drop in hours:

The Loeb Center's Peer Career Advisors and CCE's Student Project Advisors will be holding drop in hours in Frost Cafe every Monday-Thursday from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. to provide additional support for students with questions.