Named Internships: Wesleyan Summer Experience Grants

As part of the Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant Program, each year select students are awarded internship grants. These grants are made possible through generosity of individuals and organizations. The WSEG Committee designates and informs recipients of these grant award, preference is given to students with demonstrated financial need. Each recipient of a WSE grant, with guidance from the Career Center, will provide a detailed update on their experience and prepare a thank you for their benefactor.

Dana Foundation Summer Grants

In the 1980s, the Dana Foundation established an endowed summer internship program, the Dana Foundation Summer Grants, designed to assist students on financial aid in career-related summer experiences. The aim of the Foundation is to encourage students to generate employment opportunities, relevant to their career interests, which will also ease the burden of summer earning expectations. At the time of its inception, Wesleyan asked alumni, parents, and friends to support the initiative with endowment gifts to help offset the costs of low or non-paying internships. Dana Summer Grants are made up to $4,000 per experience, a Dana recipient can only receive the award one time, and the internship should be full-time for a minimum of eight weeks.

EQV Internship Fund

The Wesleyan fraternity Esse Quam Videri (EQV) was formed in September 1959 and was an active group on campus until the spring of 1968. During their reunion in 2005, attending EQV members established this internship program to pass on their ethos of passionate commitment to political and social change. The EQV Internship is awarded to one or more sophomores and juniors for a summer internship at a non-government organization, pro bono organization, or educational institution. The goal of the internship is to allow talented undergraduates to participate in a transformative social, political, or educational experience that will inspire them to a life-time of involvement and volunteerism.

Hartford Steam Boiler Internship

Established through the Dana Foundation Challenge, the Hartford Steam Boiler Internship is awarded to a student working in a not-for-profit internship in the Hartford area or to a Hartford-area resident interning for a not-for-profit organization.

Jewett Foundation Endowed Summer Experience Fund

The Jewett Foundation Endowed Summer Experience Fund was established with a grant from the George Frederick Jewett Foundation and is designed to support research and work internships in demanding, real-world situations. The intent of the fund is to allow students to apply and expand the knowledge they gain in the classroom by providing a bridge from academic study to career direction. The fund supports two internships, one in the arts and a second focused on social services.

John Plukas Internship

The John Plukas Internship is awarded to a student pursuing a position in the corporate world. This internship is awarded with a preference to a student majoring in economics.

Kevin Sanborn ’87 Internship

Established in 2002 with gifts from family and friends in memory of Kevin Sanborn ’87, this internship is awarded to a Wesleyan student spending the summer working in social service, political activism, or community organizing.

Lynch Family Endowed Internship Grant Fund

Established by Daniel '80 and Elizabeth '80 Lynch P'11, '14. The Lynch Internship Grant provides grant support to Wesleyan students, with demonstrated financial need, pursuing summer internship opportunities.

Nazarian Dana Summer Fellowship

The Nazarian Dana Summer Fellowship Endowment was established by Seta Nazarian ’79, P’13 and is awarded to a student who wishes to intern in the arts.

Norman Ernst Priebatsch Fund for Entrepreneurship

A grant to fund an entrepreneurial summer internship or experience. Provided by the Norman Ernst Priebatsch Fund for Entrepreneurship established by Ilene Rosenthal '74 P'17 and Steven Rosenthal P'17 in memory of Norman Priebatsch, a serial entrepreneur and lifelong philanthropist.

Okrent Memorial Grant for Social Justice

Established in loving memory of Alex S. Okrent, a 2005 graduate of Wesleyan University. The OMG Fund will support a Wesleyan student to work, volunteer, or intern for an organization or on an independently designed project meant to further social justice. It will support at least one student’s activities or experiences over the summer per year, and will be awarded by a committee of professors, many of whom had the pleasure of teaching and working with Alex, and administrators.

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Internship Fund

Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship supports students and alumni interested in creating and sustaining programs, businesses, and organizations that advance the public good. PCSE Internship Grants are awarded to students who plan to do socially innovative or socially responsible work during summer break.

Rebecca Friendly ’11 Internship Endowment Fund

After participating in an internship during her undergraduate career, Rebecca Friendly ’11, with her family, established this endowment to allow other students to pursue similar opportunities. The Friendly Endowment provides a stipend to a student receiving need-based financial aid who is interested in pursuing an internship in environmental studies. Students who intend to major in government with an environmental studies-linked major or an environmental studies certificate program will be given special consideration.

Schorr Research Internship Grant

Established in 2011 by Brian ’79 and Amy ’81 Schorr, this internship is awarded to a scholar in the College of Social Studies who has a strong interest in social sciences and interdisciplinary programs.

Surdna Foundation Internship Program

Established by the Surdna Foundation in the 1980s to help meet the Dana Foundation Challenge, this grant is awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding service to the community.

Thomas M. Arndt Internship Program

Established in 1989 in honor of Thomas Arndt ’60, this internship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a serious commitment to pursuing a career in or related to developing countries and who has those personal characteristics of caring, empathy, resilience, and good humor that will enable him or her to successfully engage in a partnership with the people of developing countries.