Richard A. Miller Summer Experience Grant

Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by 11:59 p.m.

Purpose

Established to honor Woodhouse/Sysco Professor of Economics Richard A. Miller, the Richard Miller Summer Experience Grant assists Wesleyan University students in financing a summer internship related to a potential business career.  The summer experience should be business-related and full-time for a minimum of 8 weeks. Examples of business-related experiences may include: financial/data analysis, investment management, market research, budget planning, business development, finance, sales, etc.

Eligibility

Students who have completed their sophomore year by the start date of the internship will be eligible.  Applicants receiving need-based financial aid at the time they apply may be given preference.

Application Process (students must submit applications via MyCC by the deadline)

Applicants must present the following:

  • a written 2-3 page proposal explaining how the internship will enhance the applicant’s Wesleyan education
  • resume
  • a detailed budget outlining the expected expenses for the duration of the internship
  • unofficial transcript
  • one letter of recommendation, preferably from a faculty member or faculty advisor.  This letter can be submitted by the applicant as a PDF along with the other application materials, or, emailed by the writer directly to Persephone Hall at phall@wesleyan.edu, ideally prior to the deadline of March 25th at 11:59pm.

Criteria for Selection

The Selection Committee, comprising faculty members and a staff member from the Career Center, will evaluate applications on the basis of:

  • the opportunity presented to enhance the Wesleyan educational experience, to gain new skills, to test or broaden areas of career interest
  • the feasibility of the outlined budget
  • acknowledgment from a potential employer/sponsor of a defined experience/internship

A student may hold the Richard A. Miller Internship only once.

Budget

The budget is an important component of the proposal.  The submitted budget total should not exceed $4000 (including Wesleyan’s Summer Earning Expectation -- see www.wesleyan.edu/finaid  for more information on the Summer Earning Expectation).  Preference will go to applicants whose employers contribute to expenses (For example: reimbursement for public transportation costs) or to applicants who find additional ways of supporting their experiences.  Please note:  The award may not match the requested amount and will depend on funds available that year.

Report

At the end of the summer internship, the holder will be expected to submit to the selection committee a brief report which summarizes the internship experience and links the internship with the holder’s educational and career goals.

Questions? Contact Persephone Hall, Career Center, at phall@wesleyan.edu