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Highly Aided Summer Funding
SRFS is making several adjustments to our approval process as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response. Most significantly, due to health and safety concerns around international travel, we will not be able to approve experience requiring international travel. Exceptions can be made for international students working internationally in their home countries. Students are also encouraged to carefully consider domestic travel risks when exploring opportunities for the summer.
Please indicate on your application if your internship is remote. If this changes between accepting your offer and starting work, please let us know so we can update your application. Our expectation is that remote work will have fewer living expenses associated with it, especially if you are working remotely from your family home. Please use the budget form to indicate anticipated expenses related to remote work.
Highly Aided sophomores and juniors (rising juniors and seniors) are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in funding for unpaid or underpaid internship or research opportunities. Funding is intended to help students cover living expenses throughout the course of their summer employment.
Eligible Highly Aided students will receive an email with a personal application link in early February. SRFS will continue to follow up with students throughout the spring semester to encourage applications. If you misplace your application link, please contact the Highly Aided team for a new one using the button below:
Note: If you are applying for an internship or research opportunity through a Penn department that places you in the role (i.e. Global Research & Internship Program, RealArts@Penn, etc.), please complete that program’s application process. If you are placed in a position, we will work with that department to provide you with funding.
To be eligible for summer funding, a student must be a Highly Aided sophomore or junior (rising juniors and seniors) participating in a 6-12 week summer research or internship opportunity. Students will be required to submit documentation that they have been offered the internship or research opportunity, including any salary, and complete a budget estimating their expenses and any expected earnings over the course of the summer. Finally, students will be asked to briefly describe why the internship or research opportunity is relevant to their academic or professional goals.
After you submit your funding application at the link above, please complete this budget template and submit any additional requested documentation via the SRFS Document Submission Portal. To expedite processing, please fill out all of the requested fields and type “Summer Funding Application” in the Message field.
Note that this program is not intended to fund fee-based, short-term summer experiences. This funding is also not intended for summer courses. Students planning to register for summer courses, at Penn or abroad, should complete the 2020 summer financial aid application.
Applications will be received and processed on a rolling deadline.
Please contact SFS.HA@pobox.upenn.edu with any questions.