Advice on Applying for Summer Funding
Via Haverford College or Other Sources
- Review the application process and determine whether this is a self-designed or partner sponsored internship (does the grant provide funding for any internship within it’s parameters or is affiliated with a specific position). This will help you figure out the type of research and preparation you need to do.
- Have a conversation with the appropriate people about the internship grant (faculty, staff, sponsors, contacts, previous recipients, etc.). If you are unsure about a component- ask! This demonstrates interest and will allow you to write a stronger application.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the grant program and areas of interest clearly in your essays. Show that you’ve done your research.
- Use essays as a way to connect your relevant experiences to the goals of the program. Consider including work related, academic or personal experiences that have provided skills that can be transferred to your proposed project/grant request. Experiences do not need to be in the same field to be relevant, nor do you need to have been paid for your experience to count. Be creative.
- Demonstrate a clear connection between your proposed grant and what this program will enable you to do in the future.
- Have other people read your essay. Whether it's a faculty member, the Writing Center, an alum from Haverford Connect, a mentor, or a friend, it’s always beneficial to have a second set of eyes.
- Make sure you include all the required pieces of the grant application before the deadline (i.e. resume, essay, references, writing samples, application form, transcript). These will vary for different grants; pay attention to details.