Summer Experience Award (formerly the DSA)

The Summer Experiences Award (formerly the DSA) provides a stipend for a range of domestic and international opportunities to Yale College first-years, sophomores, and juniors on Yale financial aid. Student eligible for this award can use it for either:

  • A US-Based Experience: A stipend of $4,000 for a secured, approved unpaid or underfunded ($1500 or less) summer opportunity with one of the following: 501(c)(3) nonprofit including non-profit Universities; government entity including public Universities; non-governmental organization (NGO); Arts Apprenticeship; or Science, Laboratory, or Other Research Opportunity. Remote opportunities are eligible.

Or

  • An International Experience: A stipend of $6,000 for a secured, approved unpaid or underfunded ($1500 or less) summer opportunity with one of the following: nonprofit organization including non-profit Universities; for-profit company; government entity including public Universities; non-governmental organization (NGO); Arts Apprenticeship; or Science, Laboratory, or Other Research Opportunity. Remote opportunities are eligible (the award is reduced to $4,000 if the position is remote).

Yale College: Leverage SEA Funding to Land a Summer Opportunity

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Yale College students who receive any amount of financial aid from Yale are eligible to use their Summer Experience Award (SEA) to help with the expenses of an unpaid or underfunded summer experience (less than $1,500). The SEA can be …

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New Yale Arts Apprenticeships

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The Yale Arts Apprenticeship Program is an initiative that connects Yale undergraduates, particularly those on financial aid, with professional arts practitioners of any discipline. Check out the updated information website to explore more details, including model positions available for applications, …

By Derek I. Webster
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Organization Outreach with the Summer Experience Award (formerly the DSA)

Organization Outreach with the Summer Experience Award (formerly the DSA)

Reach out to eligible employers, letting them know that you have secured Yale funding. Use this sample correspondence to get started.

➡ If you are sending cold emails to businesses/organizations, here are some pointers:

Use ‘Dear’ or ‘Hello’ to address the …

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How to Make the Most of Your Internship Experience

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Before you Start: Set Goals

Take time to reflect on your upcoming experience: why did you choose it, what do you want to get from it? Think about the specific hard (e.g. coding, excel) and soft (e.g. communication, presenting) skills …

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FAQs: Summer Experience Award (formerly known as the DSA)

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General Eligibility
What if my SEA position is canceled after I received notice that I’ve been approved to use my SEA for that position?

Email sea@yale.edu immediately if your position has been canceled or modified. Use the subject line “Updating …

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Stephanie Glover Senior Administrative Assistant Stephanie Glover
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CONTACT & LOCATION

Phone
(203) 432-0800
Address

55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Fl.
New Haven, CT 06510

SERVICE HOURS

  Academic Year Summer Hours
M 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm
T 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm
W 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm
TH 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm
F 8:30am - 5pm 8:30am - 4:30pm

The office is closed weekends, holidays, and recess days.