Williams Summer Funding Opportunities

Williams College offers multiple summer funding opportunities for summer internships and academic research/thesis research projects.  The following offices/academic departments are accepting applications for summer funding.

Alumni Sponsored Internship Program (ASIP)

The ’68 Center for Career Exploration awards summer grants to currently enrolled first-years, sophomores, and juniors for unpaid or limited stipend full-time summer internships through our Alumni Sponsored Internship Program (ASIP) in the areas of arts/entertainment, education/teaching, non-profit/community service, social justice, federal/state/local government, international development, law, international affairs, public policy, environment, economic development, startups/entrepreneurship/ social entrepreneurship, technology, health/medicine and more!  For more information and application instructions, please go here


Application Deadline, Sunday, May 3rd, 2020, at 11:55 p.m. via Handshake.  If you have any questions, please  Dawn M. Dellea, Manager of Alumni & Parent Engagement Programs, ‘68 Center for Career Exploration at [email protected].

The Center for Environmental Studies Summer Grants Program awards funds on a competitive basis to students for environmental pursuits, including internships, faculty-sponsored research, thesis research, and creative projects. All students (all years and all majors) are eligible to apply.  More information, including application requirements, projects funded in past years, job and internship postings and application forms may be found on the CES website.


Application Deadline Date, Sunday, May 3rd, 2020.  Guidance is available: Sarah Gardner, CES Associate Director, is available to help you develop your summer position; contact Sarah for a conversation about summer opportunities.   [email protected].

CLiA Community Outreach Summer Fellowship Program

This summer program, open to rising Sophomores and rising Juniors, trains a small team of Williams students to help build better community service and experiential learning opportunities at Williams.  The selected students are initially oriented to the Berkshires and trained in key skill areas before spending the balance of their time immersed and leading others in community engagement work. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 program is being revised to function remotely. 


Application Deadline Date:  Sunday, May 3rd, 2020. For more information, go here or email CLiA Director Paula Consolini at [email protected].

Sentinels Public Policy Research Fellowship (CLiA)

This U.S. public policy research program supports student research projects focused on contemporary issues in U.S. economic, social, and/or environmental policy, including but not limited to community and regional development, regulation, inequality, and/or processes and powers of American Government at any level (federal, state, regional, and local (including school districts).  Sentinels Fellows are awarded research funding based primarily upon their written project proposal. A faculty advisor is required.  For more information and application instructions, go here.


Application Deadline, Sunday, May 3rd, 2020.  For more information, contact Paula Consolini, CLiA Director at [email protected] or visit CLiA’s Virtual Open Office Hours.

Office of Fellowships Summer Funding

The Office of Fellowships offers funding for independent projects, which may be academic, creative, or personal in nature. The majority of available funds is for scholarly research. For a full offering of funding opportunities, see our website. International travel is not sponsored this year, but interested students are encouraged to propose projects on international topics. Application instructions will be posted on the Office of Fellowships website by April 15. 


Application deadline, Sunday, May 3rd, 2020. Seniors are not eligible. For questions, please contact, Director of Fellowships, Katya King, at [email protected].

The Kershaw Summer Internships in Public Policy program provides funding for Williams College economics students to pursue unpaid summer internships related to public policy.  The fund was established in memory of Joe Kershaw, a prominent economist and much-loved professor at Williams, and David Kershaw, Williams ’64, his son, also a well-known economist.  The awards are competitive, and are based on the quality of the proposal, evidence of sustained interest in public policy and general academic performance. For more information, please go here.


Application Deadline: Friday, April 24, 2020, by 12:00 p.m. submit an application by email to Helen McShane at [email protected]  If you have questions concerning the mechanics of submitting an application, please contact Helen.  If you have questions about the program, please contact Lara Shore-Sheppard, Chair and Professor of Economics at [email protected].

The Barbara Solow Research Fellowship provides financial assistance to Williams College student(s) conducting research in Economic or Business History, or in other areas reflecting the diverse interests of the pioneering economic historian Barbara L. Solow, including Irish history, Caribbean slavery, and other historical topics in the social sciences. The funds of the Solow Fellowship may be used in two ways: 1) to support one or more summer research fellowships, undertaken either on or off-campus, and/or 2) to cover travel or research expenses during the academic year.  For more information, please go here.


Application Deadline:  Wednesday, April 22, 2020, by 12:00 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Steven Nafziger, Professor of Economics at [email protected]. 

Leslie Brown Internship in Public History

The Department of History is delighted to announce the Leslie Brown Internship in Public History, in memory of Professor Leslie Brown, who taught at Williams College from 2008-2016.  Public History is a field that connects historical knowledge and methods of understanding the past to the public at large. An internship in Public History could be situated in any organization with this mission, including museums, historical sites or societies, archives, media companies (film, television, radio, or digital media), educational organizations, preservation organizations, or government organizations.  For more information. Additional information can be found in this link.


Application Deadline:  Sunday, May 3rd, 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact Anne Reinhardt, Chair and Professor of History at [email protected]

The Michael Dively ’61 Summer Opportunity Grant finances projects which provide students with an opportunity to engage with a broad range of issues related to gender, sexuality, and its intersections. Opportunities may include internships, summer courses, art projects, community service endeavors, research, conference attendance, etc., which place a specific focus on LGBTQI+ experiences, issues, and expressions.

Application deadline: May 4, 2020.  For more information: Contact Carmen Whalen, [email protected] Apply here!