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Career Development Center

Ele Martinez 818, winner of the 2017 Megan McAdams-Rolden '08 International Community Service award, was one of 50 Skidmore students in 2017 who received funding through the Career Development Center.  To view all CDC Summer Funded Experience awards, search for "Skidmore College Career Development Center" on Handshake.

CDC's Summer Experience Fund

The application process for CDC’s Summer Experience Fund begins on Monday, January 22, 2018. All students are eligible to apply (financial need may be taken into consideration for some awards). The deadline to apply for this year’s program is Friday, March 23 at noon.  NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS ON TIME. 


Prior to applying for any awards, students need to apply for internship(s) first but the internship does not have to be secured when applying for most awards. Internships do need to be secured when applying for opportunities in International Community Service, Film Studies and SGA. Skidmore alumni are not eligible for any Funded Internship Awards.

The CDC Summer Experience Fund was created to provide full-time Skidmore students an opportunity to participate in unpaid internships, volunteer, research, or community service projects over the course of the summer. Due to its popularity, the Summer Experience Fund (SEF) is very competitive; so it’s important for students to meet all requirements when completing their application documents since no incomplete or late applications will be accepted.

SEF is made possible by the generosity of various donors of the Skidmore Community (Skidmore's Parents Council, parents, alumni, employees, and friends of the College).


Application Deadlines for 2018

Deadline to Apply for all awards:

Friday, March 23, 2018, 12:00 Noon.

Purpose of the Awards

The awards are designed to offer full-time Skidmore students an opportunity to gain the relevant knowledge, skills, and experience employers require of entry-level candidates. Since previous work experience is often listed as a requirement for job applicants, this program was created to provide students with an opportunity to gain the relevant experience and skills needed to become a competitive candidate in today's job market.

Career Counseling & Resume Critiques

The Career Development Center (CDC) is available to work with students to help find internships relevant to college majors and / or career interests. Students can either schedule an appointment on Handshake or contact the Career Development Center by calling (518) 580-5790, to schedule an appointment to meet with a career counselor. For students seeking assistance with resumes, Career Coaches are available in The Career Development Center during drop-in hours between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm each day. For students studying abroad, please email the CDC at, and we would be happy to set up a Skype appointment.

If you're thinking you'd like to apply for internship funding for the summer, please take a look at where Skidmore students interned last year.

Application Process

Step-by-step instructions, required documents, essay requirements, application criteria, faculty recommendations, announcement of awards.

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Policies and Procedures

Basic policies, program requirements, eligibility, types of opportunities, tax implications, travel warnings, international students, and minimum hour requirements for awards. 

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Photo Contest!

Photos are a great way to highlight your summer experience. Join in the fun and help us share your experience with the Skidmore Community.

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CDC's Summer Experience Fund

The CDC Summer Experience Fund is made possible by the generous donations of various donors of the Skidmore community. 

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Additional Awards

Additional Skidmore awards are also available, students must contact the appropriate department in order to apply.

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Acceptance of Awards

Students must submit an Internship Confirmation Form, Proof of Acceptance, Supervisor Contact Information, and W-9 Form.

Upon Completion of Summer Internship

Students must submit a final reports, photos/videos, student presentations.

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Information on Funding

For 2017 The Career Development Center was able to provide funding for approximately 23% of all students that applied. We are continually looking for additional ways to increase funding to ensure that more students will be able gain the relevant experience that employers look for in today’s competitive job market. What better way to help a Skidmore student?        

Anyone interested in making a donation to CDC’s Summer Experience Fund, can contact Lori Eastman, Director of Development Programs and Advancement Operations,