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.

Any application received after 9 p.m. on March 5th will not be considered.


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

Criteria for Selection
Applications are evaluated on:

  • The ability of the internship to enhance the student’s Wesleyan educational experience, provide new skills and/or test or broaden the student’s areas of career interest.
  • Endorsement by a Wesleyan faculty member (written reference)
  • The feasibility of the outlined budget
  • Acknowledgment from a potential employer/sponsor of a defined experience/internship

Grants Award
$4,000 to cover expenses related to the opportunity  
Please note: Wesleyan University does not make any determination on the taxability of these awards.  Please consult your tax advisor to determine your tax status and liability. 

Application Process
Applicants must submit the following documents to the 2017 Wesleyan Grants posting on Handshake. 

  1. Resume (must be a resume approved by the Gordon Career Center on Handshake--note that resumes are reviewed, not necessarily, approved on Handshake with 48 hours or 2 business days, so please plan accordingly)
  2. Completed application uploaded to Handshake
  3. A detailed budget outlining the expected expenses for the duration of the internship. The submitted budget total should not exceed $4,000 (including Wesleyan’s Summer Earning Expectation -- see for more information on the Summer Earning Expectation). If your budget exceeds $4,000 please provide a detailed written explanation accounting for the additional expenses. There is no guarantee the portion of your budget above $4,000 will be funded.
  4. Unofficial Transcript 
  5. One to two page statement detailing your reasons for seeking the Miller internship and how the experience fits into your long-term goals.
  6. One faculty or advisor recommendation*

*Please have all letters emailed to Marcy Herlihy at
Please put "CONFIDENTIAL" in the subject line. 

Visit the 2017 Wesleyan Grants Application page for full application instructions. 
Apply for Wesleyan Grants online via the 2017 Wesleyan Grants posting on Handshake. 

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


Each year, there are a number of applications for the Miller Internship but only one person receives funding.  It is, then, very important to develop the best application you can. 

If you have previous experiences that relate to the type of work you would be doing, including coursework, be sure to include that information on your resume. 

Faculty Recommendation
Please begin the process of approaching a faculty member for a recommendation early.  When you are asking him or her for a reference, be sure to provide them with a brief statement describing the Miller and also explaining why you are applying for the internship.  Provide the faculty member with a resume and request a pick-up date for the reference – in a sealed envelope – preferably a few days before the application is due.  Send them a short e-mail a few days before the arranged pick-up date to remind them of the deadline. 

It is very important that the faculty recommendation be included with your application when you hand it in. If you are abroad and must e-mail the application, the recommendation must be delivered by the faculty member to Marcy Herlihy at