Career Development Center


SSFIAP Application Process

It is recommended that students submit all application materials early so that you are able to contact The Career Development Center if you have any questions.  Due to the large number of application submissions, we encourage students to apply early. No late applications will be accepted. Questions may be answered by calling the office, (518) 580-5790, or by emailing

Application Materials

Students must submit the following materials to apply for Summer Funded Internship Awards.

  1. Application Form
  2. Resume
  3. One Essay (approximately 500 words) (Thoroughly describe each internship in oneessay as listed on application form) (Multiple opportunities may require going over the 500 word limit.)
  4. For those interested in the areas of Megan McAdams-Roldan '08 International Community Service and the Elizabeth Marie Glotzbach Film Studies Awards ONLY - one Faculty Recommendation Letter is required (please have faculty email to The subject line should be: FACULTY RECOMMENDATION LETTER – Student Name

No application materials, except for Faculty Recommendation Letters, will be accepted via email. 

Application Instructions

IMPORTANT: All documents must be in Word format and must be uploaded to the Documents tab at the top of the page on My CDC. Application and essay must be listed as "other" when uploading documents under Documents on My CDC.

When applying for Skidmore's Funded Internship Award Program, be sure to read this list thoroughly.

Applying for SSFIAP and all other specific awards:

There is one common application posted on My CDC which can be used when appying for all awards. Failure to upload all required documents will disqualify students on being considered for an award. Students are required to apply to all awards they are eligible for in order to be considered.

Special detailed application instructions:
1. Click on Jobs/Internships (top left panel)
2. Click on All Jobs & All Internships
3. Advanced Search (right of search bar)
4. Position Type: Internship Funding
5. Search - SSFIAP '17 or Specific Internship Funding source (JPL, Megan McAdams, The Gilbert Award, etc.). 

All documents must be saved under Documents (left panel)
6. Download, complete, and upload SSFIAP Application '17 to My Documents

7. Please save the application and essay under "other"

8. Hit Apply button (top right)

9. Submit required documents (application form, resume, and essay)

Application Submitted:

Once you have completed the process, please return to the Home page (top left) and see if all of your application materials have been submitted. Students will receive an email from Simplicity confirming that their application has gone through. 

For information on other internships not affiliated with The Career Development Center (FACT, SEE Beyond, Levine, Environmental Studies, SGA, etc.), please go to Additional Awards, and contact the appropriate department(s).

It is the students' responsibility that all documents are submitted on time for each award, late or incomplete documents will not be considered for an award.

Compressing Large Files

Student documents are limited to a maximum file size of 500 kb.  In regards to document size limits, it is recommended that when editing larger files to remove unneeded graphics and/or background images, rescanning in black and white, or perhaps compressing/zipping to reduce their size. Rescanning at a low resolution might also help. An Internet search on "reducing resume file size" will bring up additional suggestions. The FastSave option in Microsoft Word will often increase the size of documents, so that option should be avoided.

Faculty Recommendation Letters

Faculty recomendation letters are not required for all awards (those applying for the Megan McAdams-Roldan '08 International Community Service and the Elizabeth Marie Glotzbach Film Studiesdo require a faculty recommendation). It is highly recommended that students give faculty ample time to write and submit a recommendation letter and it’s important to check back with faculty to ensure that this recommendation letter has been submitted prior to the deadline. It is the student’s responsibility that faculty recommendation letters are submitted on time. All letters must be sent to, with a subject line of FACULTY RECOMMENDATION - Student Name. No late applications or letters will be accepted after the deadline.

Essay Requirements:

Please submit a 500 word essay that includes the following information:

  1. Please provide a brief description of the position, organization, and the organization’s mission statement.
  2. What you hope to learn from the summer experience.
  3. What unique talents, knowledge, skills, and previous experience you have that qualifies you for the internship, research, volunteer, or community service project.
  4. How the experience relates to your academics and career and personal goals and how you feel the experience will better prepare you for life after college.
  5. What attracts you as an applicant to the opportunity you have chosen?
  6. Any personal information you feel is relevant when being considered for an award, including financial need.

Applying to More Than One Internship

For students applying to more than one opportunity, please describe each internship in detail (so it may be necessary to go over the 500 word requirement). Students who have not yet secured their internship must provide a brief synopsis of each internship they have applied for in their essay to substantiate the value of each experience. It’s important to back up the importance of each experience to provide the Selection Committee with enough information when evaluating the value of all internships.


Selection committees comprised of faculty, staff, alumni, and internship donors will review and select the winners for all awards. The Selection Committee members will review all applications against a rubric (please see below). Each application will be reviewed by committee members and ranked accordingly.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Quality of Essay (both content and writing) (recommend you meet with counselor/career coach in CDC)
  2. Clarity of learning objectives as related to academics and future career goals
  3. Quality of Resume (recommend meeting with a Career Coach in CDC)
  4. Good Academic Standing (GPA above 2.0) (not on academic probation)/faculty recommendation for some awards
  5. Demonstrated Financial Need (for SSFIAP’s and some individual awards)
  6. Overall value of the internship experience will be considered when evaluating applicants

Application Deadline

Applicants who do not submit all of the required documents (application, resume, essay) via My CDC Account by the 12:00 Noon deadline on March 24, will be eliminated from the selection process.

Award Notification

Students will learn the status of their application no later than April 26 and must accept and have internship secured no later than May 5, at which time we will then proceed to offer the award to the next student on the list. It is advised that students contact the organization prior to this time to check on the status of their application (you may let them know that you’ve applied for funding through your college; and, if selected, you will need to accept the award no later than May 5). It is the student's responsibility to send an email to the Career Development Center at once an internship has been secured.