“I would just like to sincerely thank [the donors] for the opportunity they’ve afforded me to grow as a person, an academic, and a professional. The experience has been amazing so far, and I would not have been able to do it without the kindness of donors.” - Serena B. ‘18
“Living alone, in a big city, out of the country, traveling on my own, and working from 9-5 are all new experiences for me. I have grown in so many subtle ways that I never would have considered had I not been pushed to challenge myself. I look forward to returning to Rice with an invigorated sense of self-sufficiency and perspective.” - Katie L. ‘19
“Oftentimes, students have to make the tough decision between pursuing their interests or earning money. Because of donor contributions, I have been fortunate enough to pursue a fascinating research project for the summer.” - Michael F. ‘18
Are you searching for an unpaid or underpaid summer experience? Thanks to generous donations from alumni, parents and friends, the Owl Edge Summer Experience Fund may allow you to pursue your ideal summer opportunity!
Application deadline for 2020 will be announced soon.
1. Students who have an internship or research experience secured or a proposal accepted that meet the requirements stated below. Students must have an offer in hand OR be in the interview stage of a hiring process.
2. Students receiving less than $5,000 in compensation during their summer experience.
3. Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors who are enrolled in both the 2018 spring and fall semesters.
4. Duration of summer experience must equate to 240 hours minimum.
5. Prior recipients, who have received less than $5,000. Total awards, per recipient, will not exceed $5,000 (cumulative).
6. Programs that require students to pay to participate are not eligible.
Students pursuing internships that require a program (or placement) deposit and/or are part of school tuition, are not eligible to apply for this fund.
2. If available, include an offer letter or letter of interest from the hosting organization that includes information about your compensation.
3. Budget Worksheet (If you have extenuating circumstances not included in your proposed budget, add a note in the essay): Link will be provided in Handshake
4. Reflective essay (one page): Explain why you want to participate in this internship. Describe how the experience could help shape your career exploration and job search process. Include if you can pursue this opportunity during the academic year.
5. Attach the internship description to the reflective essay.
Sample list of funded opportunities:
Baylor College of Medicine
Center on Budget & Policy Priorities
Commercial Spaceflight Federation
Institute of Spirituality & Health
Public Defender Services
Save the Children
Texas State Legislature
Texas Wildlife Rehabilition Center
U.S. Airforce Academy
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Patent Office
UT Health Center
World Affairs Council Education
Per eligibility above, prior recipients, who have received less than $5,000. Total awards, per recipient, will not exceed $5,000 (cumulative). For example, if a student receives $2,000 from this fund Sophomore year, they could receive $3,000 Junior year (if selected).
Students can receive up to $5,000 if selected. If a student receives $2500 from another department at Rice, the student can receive up to $2,500 from this fund (if selected).
This isn’t a comprehensive list, but one to help students get started. Schedule an appointment with a CCD team member to you determine whether an unpaid internship is the best option for you.
When students receive funding, they commit to attending a mandatory orientation, evaluation by supervisor and stewardship post summer experience. A signed letter of agreement, managed by the CCD, is required. Students must also be in good judicial standing.
Yes. Students will complete a W-9 form. If selected to receive funding, students should save some in anticipation of taxes.
This is a competitive process, to be clear. We do, however, want students to have access to experiential opportunities during their time at Rice. If students meet the eligibility criteria, we encourage them to apply and continue talking to us and mentors about how to pursue alternative funding resources and/or other paid opportunities.