This page provides an overview of some popular financial support programs used to support students in their professional development.
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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 Career Center is excited to announce that Opportunity Vanderbilt Students can apply for a summer internship funding award of $6000 for un(der) paid internships. Eligible applicants can apply for summer internship funds for either the fall or spring semesters. First-year students through juniors are eligible to apply. Eligible internships include a minimum of 8-week unpaid and underpaid summer internship experiences. Funding can be used for housing costs, meals, transportation costs (to/from internship, commuter travel, etc.), and professional attire.
There will be two application cycles: one in the fall semester and one in the spring. Funds are disbursed in early June for summer internships. If your desired industry typically recruits in the fall semester and you anticipate receiving an internship offer at that time, we recommend applying in the fall. Conversely, if your industry's recruitment is in the spring semester, we suggest applying in the spring. While having a secured internship will be considered during the review process, it is not required at the time of application.
Applications open on Handshake on October 9th. You can also watch this presentation by Alayna Hayes, Assistant Provost and Senior Director of the Career Center.
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.
Applications will open at the start of the 2024 Spring Semester!
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?
- Am I a current undergraduate or graduate student in good academic standing?
- Do I qualify for Financial Aid through the Office of Student Financial Services?
- 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
The application timeline will be updated soon!
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.