Terms and Dates:

  • Summer 2019


Nicole Moss

Cornell Affiliations:

Arts and Sciences


Opportunity Description

The Summer Experience Grant application period is now open until April 17 at 11:59 pm. Apply here after reading through the eligibility and application information below.


While many summer experiences are paid, others, such as government and political groups, media companies and nonprofits, are not. Often students identify volunteer opportunities around the world that require some money for travel and living expenses.

Tips and resources for identifying summer funding are outlined below. We encourage you to make an appointment with a career advisor to discuss your specific situation.

You might want to start with the Cornell Career Services Library searchable database, Link Library and the Opportunities Marketplace, which include information about grants, travel grants and fellowships. Also check out Cornell-affiliated programs and grants.

Student Assembly Summer Experience Grant

The Student Assembly Summer Experience Grant (SEG) aids students to complete summer unpaid or minimally paid career-related experiences. It helps students who would not be able to take on a summer career-related experience or would have a difficult time doing so. First-years, sophomores, and juniors in all 7 undergraduate colleges are eligible to apply. Each college’s career office will complete the grant review process for their own students. Administration of the grant is coordinated by A&S Career Development--funding comes from the students helping students fund.

How does funding work?

  • Student submits application, including all necessary supplementary materials (listed in below section)
  • Applications are reviewed. Successful candidates will be asked to sign and return a grant contract.
  • Funding will be given in the form of a travel grant, meaning that the student is responsible for making and paying for their own travel arrangements, reservations, and other expenditures. The grant will help to offset some or all of the costs.
  • Once a signed contract is received, the request for funds will be submitted to Financial Aid (please allow at least 2 weeks for processing)
  • Once processed by Financial Aid, the student will receive a reimbursement check for the sum of the grant awarded. 
    • Students may set up direct deposit to have the funds dispersed directly into their account.

To allow for application and funding processing time, we recommend applying at least 3 weeks in advance of when you need to begin paying for your professional development opportunity. As a note: Financial Aid asks for at least 2 weeks for funding to process and be dispersed to the student. Arrival of funds is contingent upon processing at Financial Aid. The A&S Career Development office has no ability to expedite funding. We appreciate your patience in the processing of your check.

For more information about eligibility, the application process, timeline and to apply; go to