Professional Development Reimbursement for Yale Juniors & Seniors

In an effort to support students pursuing careers in the nonprofit, government and the arts sectors or those who plan to attend graduate or professional school, OCS offers a reimbursement program for Yale College Class of 2023 and Class of 2024 graduates to help offset costs associated with career related engagements and travel for interviews/auditions. See section below on What can I get reimbursed for? Each junior/senior can submit reimbursement requests for a total maximum reimbursement of $400 and a minimum of $25. Please refer to the instructions below. Funds are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. This program can also be used to reimburse travel to an OCS coordinated Consortium Career Fair when other transportation is not provided. This program is open until the student graduates from Yale.  

How do I get reimbursed?

Send an email to

Subject Line: OCS Professional Development Reimbursement – Last Name, First Name

In your message, include the following:

  1. Amount Requested & Description of Reimbursement:
  2. Proof of Interview or Other Career Related Engagement  (i.e. itinerary, confirmation email of interview or subscription or registration)
  3. All Receipts associated with the expense
  4. Provide a screenshot or copy of the bank/credit card statement for the card used to make this purchase. It must contain the name of the financial institution, your name, and at least the last four digits of the card used. We do not need any details on this screenshot of your purchases, just documentation that the bank and number are yours.

What can you get reimbursed for?

  • Air travel and ground transportation (i.e. subway, bus, shuttle, taxi fares).
  • If a car is rented: rental paid receipt, gas receipt, parking fees and tolls.
  • If using personal vehicle: mileage, parking fees and tolls.
  • Other incidental travel expenses
  • Other Career Related Engagements

**Food purchases are not eligible for reimbursement

Other Career Related Engagements

Costs related to qualifying ‘career-related engagements’ that support students pursuing careers in the nonprofit, government and arts sectors or graduate and professional school (see examples below). Please note these are examples and not an exhaustive list.

Registration fee for professional conferences. Examples:

Registration fees for exam preparation exams for graduate and professional schools. Examples:

Membership fee for professional associations, alliances, and affiliations. Examples:

Subscription fee for industry jobs boards or services. Examples:

What constitutes an acceptable receipt?

  • Air and Ground Transportation: the receipt must show traveler’s name, complete dates of travel, ticket number, transportation provider and total cost. The receipt must indicate that payment was made in full or $0 balance. Passenger/boarding passes usually have this information printed on them.
  • Car Rental: an itemized rental receipt provided by the rental company.
  • Parking, Toll and Gas: the receipt must show name of establishment, date and time, city, state and cost.
  • Confirmation of Registration, Membership, or Subscription: a receipt that shows your full name, the full name of the organization or conference or subscription service, and confirmation of payment.

When should I expect my reimbursement?

  • All reimbursement requests will be processed at the end of each month. You will be contacted when the reimbursement check is available.
  • For questions or further assistance, email Stephanie Glover with “Professional Development  Reimbursement” in the subject line.

This program has been supported by a number of generous donors, including Spark Investment Management, Marmol Radziner, Flow Traders, and The Yale Club of New York City.

By Robyn Acampora
Robyn Acampora Director of Strategic Initiatives and Public Service Careers