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Financial Support

This page provides an overview of some popular financial support programs used to support students in their professional development.

For questions relating to any of these resources, please email ccfinancialsupport@vanderbilt.edu.

Financial Support Through the Vanderbilt Career Center

For a complete list of all financial support that is currently available through the Career Center, visit Handshake and use the Financial Support label under the “Jobs” tab.

The Levy Internship Fund provides eligible Opportunity Vanderbilt Students with $6000 for un(der) paid summer internships. Eligible applicants can apply for summer internship funds during either the fall or spring semesters. Funding can be used for housing costs, meals, transportation costs (to/from internship, commuter travel, etc.), and professional attire. 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Opportunity Vanderbilt Student
  • First-year students through juniors are eligible to apply.
  • Eligible internships include a minimum of 8-week unpaid and underpaid summer internship experiences.
    • The Levy Internship Fund requires that your summer experience must be classified as an internship opportunity by the issuing employer. If your research opportunity does not meet this classification, you won't be eligible for funding.
  • VU Undergraduates may only receive the Levy Internship Fund once.

Funds are disbursed in early June for summer internships. Please note the required date by which you need to supply your internship acceptance offer for the spring application cycle:  March 21st.

Students receiving a Levy Internship Fund award will be required to participate in a pre/post-workshop session to maximize their internship experience.

Resources:

Application link and full instructions (READ CAREFULLY)

Webinar 

Budget Template

Spring Cycle:

  • Application period: January 29, 2024 - March 10, 2024
  • Application review: March 11, 2024 – March 24, 2024
  • Internship Acceptance Letter Submission: March 20, 2024
    • If you did not have your offer letter by the application deadline, please send it to ccfinancialsupport@vanderbilt.edu - Subject line "Spring 2024 - Levy Offer Letter" by 3/20.
  • Award notification: Week of  March 25, 2024

Undergraduate students interested in media-related careers are encouraged to apply for a stipend through the Lovinger Family Internship Fund. Recipients will be awarded up to $5,000 to help offset the costs of low or no-pay internships or programs, regardless of location. Several factors determine award amounts, including financial need, location, weekly hours, and anticipated graduation date.

Applicants may apply before receiving an internship offer but must have secured a written request before processing the award. A complete application includes uploading a resume via Handshake, an internship description, a 200-300 word essay on what you hope to learn through this experience, and a proposed budget (transportation to the city, housing, daily transit). Applicants must be current Vanderbilt undergraduate students returning full-time for at least one undergraduate semester in the fall after their internship or program. Link to application.

Application period: September 22, 2023 - April 5, 2024
Application review: April 8 – 17, 2024
Award notification: By May 1, 2024

Undergraduate students who have been accepted into the Vandy-in-Hollywood Summer Internship Program are encouraged to apply for a stipend through the ViH Internship Fund. Recipients will be awarded an amount within the range of $1,500 – $3,000 to help offset the costs of low or no-pay internships. Award amounts are determined by several factors, including financial need, location, hours per week, and anticipated graduation date.

Applicants may apply prior to receiving an internship offer but must have secured an offer in writing by May 1 before awards will be processed. A complete application includes a resume via Handshake, an internship description (if accepted), a 100–200 word essay on what you hope to learn through this experience, and the proposed budget (transportation to the city, housing, daily transit). Please put all of your answers into a word document and upload it as an additional document.

Applicants must be current Vanderbilt undergraduate students returning full-time for at least one undergraduate semester in the fall after their internship.

Timeline and Application

Application period: January 12, 2024 - March 31, 2024

Application review: April 1, 2024 – April 5, 2024

Award notification: Week of April 8, 2024

*Application Link Coming Soon!

Are you in need of professional attire for an upcoming interview, Career Fair, or other professional development experience? Apply for the Commodore Closet Program!

 

Do I qualify for Commodore Closet?

Timeline and Application:

Take note:

  • Selected students will receive a $350 Macy’s Gift Card
  • Gift cards may only be used to purchase professional attire
  • Students will be required to submit all receipts to the Career Center
  • Students will be required to write a thank you note to the donor of Commodore Closet
  • Due to limited funding, not all applicants will receive funding

Financial Literacy Resources

The Career Center has collected several resources designed to help students manage their personal finances. Click here to view a list of resources.

Other Campus Resources

Grants and Scholarships can be awarded from a variety of sources including Vanderbilt, federal, state and private entities. These funds are considered “gift” assistance and do not have to be repaid. Learn more.

Each year Vanderbilt awards merit-based scholarships to applicants who demonstrate exceptional accomplishment and intellectual promise. Learn more.

 

 

 

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