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Skidmore College
Career Development Center

Summer Experience Fund Policies and Procedures

  1. Students who receive any other type of funding from Skidmore College - stipend, scholarship, grant or any other award - are limited to receiving only one award per summer. Acceptance of another award on campus precludes students from accepting one of the Summer Experience Fund Awards.
  2. All internships, research, volunteer and community service projects must be completed on site and must be unpaid. No virtual internships will be approved for funding.
  3. Third party internships (paid internship programs) may be considered for awards if deemed relevant to academics and future goals and accepted by selection committee.
  4. No academic coursework will be considered for awards.
  5. Submitting an application for Summer Experience Fund Awards grants permission to The Career Development Center to review a student's record in regards to financial need, financial and academic status, good academic standing, to determine eligibility of an award.
  6. All students must complete a minimum of 250 hours in order to receive full funding.
  7. Projects undertaken in countries assigned a Travel Warning by the U.S. Department of State are not eligible for any Funded Internship Awards. The Career Development Center and Skidmore will not sponsor grants for travel to international destinations that are currently or at any point in the application or selection process that have heightened health and/or safety risks (international students please see below).
  8. Students returning to their home country are exempt from the above stipulation.

Important - Incomplete Internships

In the event that a student does not complete the full commitment of the internship, volunteer experience, or community service project, they may be required to reimburse the College for the number of weeks they did not work. Students must complete all requirements of the internship, volunteer experience, or community service project prior to receiving the last payment check.

Tax Implications

Domestic students will be considered independent contractors and will receive a 1099 form indicating the amount of the payment early next year. A copy of the IRS Form 1099 is sent to the IRS. Students will be responsible for paying income and social security taxes on the award amount when they file their tax returns.

International Students

Please be advised that all international students must receive SEVIS authorization (OPT or CPT) prior to participating in a summer experience irrespective of whether the position is paid or unpaid.  Please consult with the international student advisors in Student Academic Services (SAS) before submitting this application.  It is recommended that International Students meet with Student Academic Services to ensure compliance with all documentation required.

A 30% tax deduction will be made on all payments for international students unless the U.S. has a treaty agreement with the student’s home country. International students will receive a 1042 – S Form to complete at the end of the year.