Summer Enrichment Resources

2021 HONORS COLLEGE SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

The Honors College Summer Enrichment Program provides financial, developmental, and communal support for Honors students pursuing impactful opportunities and experiences over the summer months. The program provides honors students with…

            • Significant financial support
            • Supplemental workshops and activities
            • Peer-to-peer collaboration
How the Program Works
  • Students admitted to the program will receive substantive funding (up to $4000) to help finance their summer experiences.
  • Students in the program will join with a cohort of their peers to participate together in pre- and post-summer developmental workshops. Pre-summer workshops will take place May 10-14, 2021, and will be designed to enhance your forthcoming summer experience and help you maximize the impact it has on your future trajectory.
  • Students will check in virtually with their cohort throughout the summer to share updates on their experiences.
  • Students will bookend their summer with a series of collaborative, post-summer reflection activities in August.
  • Participation in pre- and post-summer activities is required for students to receive funding.
What Type of Experiences are Eligible?
  • The program is designed to support summer experiences that…
    • Align with your short- and/or long-term goals
    • Are critical to your intellectual growth and professional or personal development
    • Are challenging and intellectually stimulating
    • Will lay the foundation for post-graduate success
  • Examples include study abroad programs, research, internships, experiential learning, community impact projects, and leadership development programs.
  • Funding can be used to cover personal expenses related to your summer experience.
What’s Eligible: Housing, travel to study abroad or internship sites, food, and other living expenses
What’s Not Eligible: Tuition for course work, research materials, stipends for work performed
Who Can Apply?
  • All Honors students currently in good standing.
  • Priority will be given to those students pursuing their first substantive summer experience. We want to provide access to experiences that may not be paid (or paid well) so that you can develop the skills necessary to be more competitive for future opportunities.
  • Students must commit to participate in all cohort programming, including pre-summer workshops and post-summer reflection activities.
How Much Funding is Available?
  • The exact amount of funding will depend on how many qualified applicants are accepted into the program, but students can apply for up to $4000 in eligible costs.
  • Whenever possible, funding will be comprehensive, or will subsidize whatever balance remains after other funding sources have been utilized. The goal is to provide students with life-altering experiences they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford.
  • Students should still pursue other financial support through grants and awards.
How Do I Apply?
  • To be considered for the program, students will need to…
    1. Complete and submit this application form
    2. Upload an updated resume to your OAKS Resume folder
    3. Complete and upload this budget proposal to the OAKS Summer Enrichment Award Application folder
  • The deadline to apply is Friday, March 5.
Have additional questions?

Contact Nick Plasmati (plasmatinc@cofc.edu).

 

SUMMER ENRICHMENT RESOURCES

General Tips

Start looking early. The more time you allow yourself to plan, the more likely you are to find an opportunity that meets your goals and vision. Also remember that most applications are due in the middle of spring semester, and you’ll be balancing the application process with your regular work- and life-load.

You can never apply to too many opportunities. Try to apply for a diversity of opportunities that align with your anticipated career path. You might not find the perfect opportunity, but most experiences will be worthwhile. National opportunities can be pretty competitive, so make sure you apply to a handful.

Utilize your resources and connections. Don’t go it alone. Take advantage of all the resources and connections available to you through the CofC community. As with finding a full-time job, interpersonal networking remains the best route to landing a substantive summer opportunity.

Apply like it’s your job. Not only is summer a great opportunity to gain valuable career experience, it’s also an opportunity to practice applying for your future career. Regardless of your summer plans, focusing on your resume and practicing your interview skills will increase your chances of success, both now and in the future.

Get out of your comfort zone. Summer is a time for immersion and exploration. Sometimes that means seeking out an opportunity that may be in another state or another country. Take the opportunity to test some new waters and take a few risks.

Think outside the box. Summer experiences don’t have to be limited to study abroad, research, or conventional internships. Consider alternative means of gaining relevant experience like volunteering or community impact projects.

Where to find opportunities

College resources…
Student Opportunity Center
Handshake
Honors HUB
Career Center Experiential Learning Opportunities
Washington D.C. internships
Center for International Education: Study Abroad
Center for Civic Engagement Volunteer Opportunities
URCA research opportunities

Internet resources…
Campus Career Center
Indeed.com
The Internship Series Online (Log in with the College of Charleston’s Username (Charleston) and Password (GoCougars) for information on over 2,800 organizations offering internships and summer jobs for students)
Chegg.com
Americorps
Idealist
Work for Good
Trident United Way volunteer opportunities in Charleston

Your network…
Talk about potential opportunities with…
– Your Honors Advisor
– Your Honors Career Coach
– Your Peers (particularly upperclass students who already undertook a summer experience comparable to the one you’re envisioning)

How to Fund your Summer Plans

These campus funding opportunities will give you a sense of what’s available, but also be sure to expand your search beyond the options below.
Summer Undergraduate Research with Faculty (SURF) grant (Deadline has passed)

SSM Summer Research Awards (Deadline has passed)
LCWA Scholarships for Study Abroad (Deadline has passed)
LCWA Public Service Internship Award (Deadline has passed)
Honors College Summer Enrichment Program (Deadline has passed)
HSS Fisher Parker Travel Award (Deadline has passed)
HSS Internship Award (Deadline has passed)
HSS Study Abroad Award (Deadline has passed)
POLI John Creed Award (Deadline 5/1/21)
School of Business Student Success Center Summer Internship Award (Deadline 5/7/21)


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