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OVERVIEW (please refer to additional details below)

  • The Domestic Summer Award (DSA) is expanded (for summer 2020 only) to assist students in achieving their academic and professional goals.
  • Current first-years, sophomores and juniors receiving financial aid are eligible to apply.
  • Students are eligible to receive one DSA during their time as an undergraduate student at Yale. 
  • To be eligible for the DSA in summer 2020, students must be enrolled or on LOA at the time of application, and must have at least one remaining term at Yale College.
  • All opportunities must receive approval through the relevant application processes set out below.
  • The DSA is not considered a travel fund. It is an award for an approved summer opportunity/experience.

TOC:

Quote: Yale College seeks to prepare students to make positive and lasting impacts in every community in which they will engage throughout their lives. By creating this award, Yale enables more students to gain direct experience with organizations and individuals whose work is focused on the common good.
– Marvin Chun, Dean of Yale College

Domestic Summer Award Expansion (Summer 2020 Only)

Importa​nt Notes:

  • The International Summer Award (ISA) is suspended for the summer 2020.
  • Each student receives only one DSA. If you use your DSA for any of the below three categories in Summer 2020, you will not be eligible for an additional DSA in subsequent summers.
  • Students will be allowed to use the DSA for a remote internship, as long as the internship meets all other requirements, AND the employer agrees. Both the intern and the supervisor will need to agree to the Remote Work Guidelines.

The DSA is expanded to cover any one of the following in Summer 2020:

  1. Traditional DSA: A stipend of $4,000 for a secured and approved unpaid or underfunded summer opportunity in the United States with a nonprofit, government entity, arts apprenticeship or a science, laboratory or other research opportunity. These positions can be in person or remote for Summer 2020. Note: Any work at Yale for summer 2020 must be remote. Students must secure a DSA eligible opportunity before applying. See below for more information and application details. Application deadline for the DSA is June 12, 2020.
  2. 2020 Expanded DSA for Remote International Internships: A stipend of $4,000 to Yale undergraduate students on financial aid who have secured an international remote internship that matches the Traditional DSA criteria above, an unpaid/underfunded position in research or with a nonprofit, government entity, or arts apprenticeship. If the internship is with an international office located outside the U.S., the work must be done remotely. Students can work remotely from the U.S. or their home country outside the U.S. Find more information for a remote internship with an international organization. Application deadline for the DSA is June 12, 2020.
  3. 2020 Expanded DSA for Full-time enrollment in Yale Summer Session: An award of $4,000 for Yale undergraduate students on financial aid who complete the equivalent of at least two 1-credit courses in Yale Summer Session. Students taking a 1.5-credit language course must also take a second 1-credit (or 1.5 credit) course to be eligible. Courses can either be taken simultaneously during a single session or may be taken consecutively, one course in Session A and one course in Session B. Students may enroll in the Flatiron program, which meets the DSA requirements because it carries 2 credits. Please note that courses may not be selected Credit/D/Fail unless a student is enrolled in 2 courses in one session, one credit of which is for a letter grade. See YSS Student Handbook for C/D/F regulations. Find more information on YSS and application process. To apply to use your DSA for YSS, you must first apply here for the Yale Summer Session courses and then apply to use your DSA for those YSS courses here. In addition to Yale Summer Online, Yale Summer Session will be converting many of the courses offered in New Haven and abroad to a remote online format.  Application deadlines: Summer Session A - May 15, 2020. Summer Session B - June 12, 2020.

DSA Student Eligibility

Note: Students must meet all of the below criteria to be eligible.

  • First-year student, sophomore, or junior currently enrolled in Yale College.
  • Recipient of financial aid from Yale that includes a Yale Scholarship for Spring 2020 (students on Leave of Absence may be eligible - contact OCS for more information). Yale ROTC students may also be eligible - email careerstrategy@yale.edu to inquire.
  • Has not received a previous DSA.
  • Has secured a summer experience that meets the DSA requirements.
  • To be eligible for the DSA in summer 2020, students must be enrolled or on LOA at the time of application, and must have at least one remaining term at Yale College.

2020 Expanded DSA for Remote International Internships

  • A stipend of $4,000 to Yale undergraduate students on financial aid who have secured an international remote internship that matches the Traditional DSA criteria, an unpaid/underfunded position in research or with a nonprofit, government entity, or arts apprenticeship.
  • If the internship is with an international office located outside the U.S., the work must be done remotely. Students can work remotely from the U.S. or their home country outside the U.S.
  • Find more information for a remote internship with an international organization.
  • Application deadline for the DSA is June 12, 2020.

2020 Expanded DSA for Full-time enrollment in Yale Summer Session

  • An award of $4,000 for Yale undergraduate students on financial aid who complete the equivalent of at least two 1-credit courses in Yale Summer Session. Students taking a 1.5-credit language course must also take a second 1-credit (or 1.5 credit) course to be eligible.
  • Courses can either be taken simultaneously during a single session or may be taken consecutively, one course in Session A and one course in Session B.
  • Students may enroll in the Flatiron program, which meets the DSA requirements because it carries 2 credits.
  • Please note that courses may not be selected Credit/D/Fail unless a student is enrolled in 2 courses in one session, one credit of which is for a letter grade. See YSS Student Handbook, p.10, for C/D/F regulations.
  • Find more information and the application for Yale Summer Session. To apply to use your DSA for YSS, you must first apply here for the Yale Summer Session courses and then apply to use your DSA for YSS here.
  • In addition to Yale Summer Online, Yale Summer Session will be converting many of the courses offered in New Haven and abroad to a remote online format.
  • Application deadlines: Summer Session A - May 15, 2020. Summer Session B - June 12, 2020.

Traditional DSA

The Traditional DSA provides a stipend of $4,000 to Yale undergraduate students on financial aid who have secured an approved unpaid or underfunded ($1500 or less) summer opportunity in one of the following: a 501(c)(3) nonprofit including non-profit Universities; a government entity including public Universities; a non-governmental organization (NGO); an Arts Apprenticeship; or a Science, Laboratory, or Other Research Opportunity. The opportunity must be located within the United States or U.S. Territories. Note: Any work at Yale for summer 2020 must be remote.

Traditional DSA: Eligibile Opportunities

  • Opportunity must be full time (at least 30 hours/week).
  • Opportunity must be for at least 8 weeks. If over 8 weeks, there is no additional funding through the DSA. The 8-weeks does not have to be continuous as long as the supervisor/mentor agrees, and the 8 weeks occur over the summer months.
  • The opportunity is unpaid. Underfunded opportunities ($1500 or less) will be considered by the Committee.
  • The opportunity is required to have a supervisor who will provide regular supervision and mentorship throughout the summer. The supervisor must have a permanent connection to the organization, such as a permanent employee of the organization or a board member. The supervisor cannot be another student. 
  • The opportunity is with one of the following types of entities:
    1. Certified 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization: Including a non-profit University or NGO. To confirm this status, visit Guidestar and enter the organization’s name in the Pro Search field. Because the mission of the DSA includes professional development, the Nonprofit organization must be established for at least one year and must be listed in Guidestar to be eligible. Note: 501(c)(4) organizations are not eligible. Note: Any work at Yale for summer 2020 must be remote.
    2. Local, state, federal or tribal government entity: Including a public University.
    3. Arts Apprenticeship: The establishment of a formal mentoring relationship with an artist/creator within an artistic field: visual arts, theater and performance arts, creative writing, architecture and design, music, filmmaking and media arts. The student must confirm that the artist/creator is willing to assume a formal and direct mentoring role in supervision of the student’s summer experience. 
    4. Science, Laboratory, or Other Research: The establishment of a formal mentoring relationship with a faculty member or research staff member at a public or non-profit University, including Yale University, or other non-profit or public entity, such as the National Institute of Health. An acceptable research opportunity requires the student to confirm that the faculty or research staff member is willing to take on a formal and direct mentoring role in supervision of the student’s summer experience. NOTE: In summer 2020, research with a Yale faculty member or research staff member must be remote work.

Traditional DSA: How to Apply

Point: Deadlines for the 2020 DSA:

Early Action Deadline: April 1, 2020

Final Deadline: June 12, 2020 (For Summer 2020 only, the final deadline has been extended) 

Point: 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 recipient
-Always introduce yourself with your name and that you are a student at Yale
-Explain some of your interests and make a connection to the work they do
-Attach a resume
-Thank them for their time

Tip: Before applying for the DSA, students should apply for other Yale Fellowships first. 

Log into your Yale Career Link (Symplicity) account. From your home page, select "Professional Experiences" (left-hand side in your Yale Career Link account).

Please note:

  • DSA Proposals take up to 20 business days to be reviewed and students will be contacted if additional time is needed. 
  • If approved, you will receive an email from OCS informing you of the approval.
  • If your DSA proposal is not approved, you will receive notice explaining the reason. You are welcome to submit an alternative DSA proposal before June 12 if your first proposal is not approved.

If you have any questions, please make a virtual appointment through Yale Career Link to talk with a career advisor.