PCIP Summer: Domestic


  1. Enrolled full-time at Pomona College for Spring 2024 and returning in Fall 2024 (graduating seniors are not eligible to apply)
  2. Good academic standing (3.0 GPA or above and should not be on academic probation)*
  3. CPT eligible (applicable to F-1 International Students only); see International Student FAQs below for additional information
  4. Recipients may participate in an on-campus job (i.e. teaching assistants) OR a stipend-based program (i.e. PCIP, SURP, Humanities Studio) during Summer 2024.
  5. Secured a PCIP-eligible internship (PCIP-eligible means the internship must be unpaid or low paid and that you aren’t receiving credit for it via a major/program). Opportunities being considered for PCIP must be one of our “PCIP-eligible” internships on Handshake or an opportunity with an eligible organization.**
    • Industry Eligibility Clarification Companies or organizations with a focus on the following industries are NOT eligible for PCIP consideration: consulting, finance/accounting, engineering, tech (including bio-tech/fin-tech, etc.), pharmaceuticals, and retail.
    • Example:
      • Eligible – A finance intern role for a non-profit organization.
      • Not eligible – A finance intern role for a private, for-profit company in the finance industry.
  6. Minimum of 240 hours of supervised work, for a minimum of 6 weeks

*These items will be verified by the Registrar’s Office.

Undocumented & DACA-mented students are welcome to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • PCIP Summer: International is for opportunities that are outside of the United States, as well as your home country, if that is outside of the US.
  • PCIP Summer: Domestic is for opportunities that are within the United States, or within your home country, if that is outside of the US.

  • The application can be accessed via SurveyMonkey Apply and requires the following items:
    • Résumé (the one used to apply to your internship opportunity)
    • Cover Letter (the one used to apply to your internship opportunity)
    • Video Interview
    • Official Offer Letter from Employer (not negotiable; internships must be secured at time of application)
    • Students who are awarded PCIP will be required to submit the following funding documents to accept the award:
      • W9/W8-BEN form
      • Pomona College Direct Deposit Form
      • Bank Documentation for Direct Deposit
    • Please make note of the following:
      • All materials must be submitted through SurveyMonkey Apply
      • All applications & associated materials will be reviewed by CDO staff
      • No late applications or materials will be reviewed
      • Students will be notified of funding decisions within 1 week from the application deadline
      • Payments take approximately 10 business days to process
      • Payments tend to be delayed by mistakes in funding paperwork: incorrect SSN, no bank documentation, missing account/routing numbers. When submitting an application, please ensure all forms are correctly and completely filled out.

Summer Domestic 2024 Timeline

  • Application OPENS – Wednesday, February 28 
  • Application CLOSES – Sunday, April 14 @ 11:59 pm PT
  • Decision Notifications – Friday, May 3
  • Deadline to accept PCIP offer and submit funding documents – Friday, May 10 @ 5:00 pm PT

  • Students stipend awards will be determined by modality:
    • $4,000 for remote
    • $4,500 for hybrid
    • $5,000 for in-person
    • All PCIP funding is disbursed via direct deposit and contingent on students completing required internship hours & assignments. Please note that PCIP funding is not intended to replace wages. Instead, the funding is meant to help alleviate supplemental costs associated with pursuing an unpaid internship.
  • Important: Students must commit to working a minimum of 240 internship hours during the summer.
    • Please note: Recipients may not participate in both PCIP and any other Pomona College employment or stipend programs during the Summer.
  • Tax Implications: Based on the size of your stipend and the items you spend the money on, there may be tax implications. The IRS considers the award as income to the recipient. When filing tax returns, it may be required to report the amount of the award. Please consult a tax professional with any questions or assistance. Visit the Financial Aid website to learn more.

Students with a demonstrated financial need, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, may be eligible for additional funds.

Students receiving PCIP funding are expected to represent Pomona College with integrity in all off-campus conduct.  This includes abiding by the regulations and expectations (e.g. dress code, modes of communication, office conduct, etc.) set in place by your employer.

  • Funding decisions are at the discretion of the Assistant Director of Experiential Learning and the Career Development Office.
  • Internships must be unpaid or low paid ($1500 or less)
  • The CDO uses the definition of internships provided by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE):
    • An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting.
    • Internships should:
  • Provide “real-world” experience beyond the classroom.
  • Involve reciprocity, i.e., a mutually beneficial experience for both the student and the internship provider.
  • Include a high level of supervision, training, and mentoring.
  • Students must have secured a new internship experience each semester they apply for funding.
    • Students returning to the same employer, in the same position/role will not receive funding.
    • Students returning to the same employer, but in a new position/role or with increasing responsibility will be considered.
  • Students receiving PCIP funding are required to complete at least 240 hours at their internship over the course of the summer. Students & supervisors are encouraged to keep a log of hours completed. 
    • Students should also account for holidays and any other planned absences when creating their internship schedule with their supervisor(s).
    • Failure or refusal to complete the 240 hour minimum will result in termination of funding, loss of transcript notation, and will be considered in any future application for PCIP funding.
  • Students receiving PCIP funding must complete all required program assignments (available via Sakai).  Failure or refusal to submit timely, quality, PCIP assignments will result in the termination of funding, loss of transcript notation, and will be considered in any future application for PCIP funding.
  • The following opportunities are ineligible for PCIP Summer: Domestic funding:
    • Paid opportunities over $1500
    • Shadowing experiences
    • Opportunities that are a requirement of a major/program (i.e. mandatory PPA internships for seniors in the fall semester)
    • Opportunities where you’ll be receiving Pomona College course credit
    • Opportunities where you’ll be receiving additional funding support (i.e. CDO Pre-Health Transportation Subsidy)
    • Opportunities with any fee component (tuition, room/board, etc.)
    • Independent projects with no supervision, program, or structure in place
    • Non-credit courses or training programs
    • Pomona College or other 7C-based opportunities (opportunities must be external & organized/administered by the employer/company/organization)
    • Opportunities run by current undergraduate students
    • Opportunities being considered for PCIP must be one of our “PCIP-eligible” internships on Handshake or an opportunity with an organization that is not within the following industries: consulting, finance/accounting, engineering, tech (including bio-tech/fin-tech, etc), pharmaceuticals, and retail.

  • Students must first secure an opportunity in order to apply to PCIP, as an offer letter is a required part of the application. Your offer letter should:
    • Be on official letterhead
    • Be signed & dated by a company representative
    • Include your name
    • Include your start date
    • State the duration of the experience
    • State that your internship is unpaid
    • Clearly indicate whether your experience will be remote or in-person (For in-person internships, we ask that employers offer you the flexibility to work remotely, if needed. This option should be indicated in your offer letter.)
    • *If you do not have an official offer letter at this time, we will accept an email screenshot/PDF containing the same information above.