2022 Summer Funded Research & Other Opportunities for Yale College Students

!stGenYale Summer Bulldogs


Yale College Students: Come join us!

Now in our third year, 1stGenYale Summer Bulldogs alumni volunteers connect you directly to Yale faculty and non-profit sponsors who are looking for 2022 summer student interns just like you! Your internship, eligible for possible funding by Yale, can be virtual or in person, if permitted.

Summer projects from Yale Graduate & Professional Schools include biostatistics, communication, COVID-19, data analysis, economics, environmental policy, global health, epidemiology, grant writing, information systems, mental health, and social & behavioral science, based on last summer’s offerings. In addition, we are receiving summer internship proposals in strategic planning, web design, community development and more from non-profit organizations in the arts, education, government, and public service across the U.S.

This is a great opportunity for you this summer. You will get to know leaders in their professions, whether Yale faculty or organization presidents, and have a window into post-graduate academia or non-profit/government careers. Having this significant experience in research and other professional skills on your resume will help you be a more competitive candidate for post-graduate employment or education.

What You Need to Do

1) Apply for 1-2 positions

The 1stGenYale Candidate Hiring Portal has been live for students since December 30, 2021. Students, who are first-years, sophomores, and juniors on financial aid, select 1-2 of our internships and complete the application. They also are listed on Yale's Career Link site where you can search under keywords, "1stGenYale Summer Bulldogs." Check back frequently since additional projects may be added.

Applications for 1stGenYale Summer Bulldogs internships are due Sunday, January 23, 2022 at midnight. The funding step for the SEA application is due no later than May 1, 2022.

2) Apply for fellowship funding

Once you know which internship research project(s) you want to apply for, begin searching for eligible summer fellowship funding. Search first in the Student Grants Database.  If you have questions about fellowship applications, sign-up for a quick advising appointment in the Yale Fellowships and Fundning Office.

To apply for a fellowship, you will need to put together a proposal, budget, and provide a letter of recommendation. You do not need to know if you have been selected for the project to be able to apply for a fellowship. Most fellowship deadlines are in early February and continue through early March. If you are applying for a research internship, then you should submit an academic recommendation from a Yale faculty member. Fellowship funding, will vary by program and budget, is competitive and not guaranteed.

3) Attend an interview.

After you apply for an internship position, faculty or other sponsors may invite you for an interview beginning in mid-February and make offers by March 8, 2022.

4) Accept the offer

If you are given an offer, we ask you to reply by March 11, 2022. We hope that you will say, "YES!" Then you can apply to the Yale Office of Career Strategy Summer Experience Award (SEA) if you receive financial aid and have not used a SEA earlier. Since students receive merit fellowship award notifications in mid-April, you still have time to apply to the SEA if needed (keep in mind the SEA deadline is May 1st).

5) Apply for SEA funding

For the SEA, the internship is for 240 hours (30 hours per 8 weeks) for $4,000 in the U.S. or $6,000 abroad. The one-time SEA is guaranteed for eligible students on financial aid.

Not on Financial Aid?

Students who are not on financial aid are also eligible to apply, but need to be funded by a merit fellowship by the Yale Fellowship and Funding Office, the project sponsoring office, or self-funded.


In the last two years, we have placed 50 students and look forward to reading your application! Kindly share this opportunity with your Yale College friends. For any questions, please email 1stGenYaleSummerBulldogs@1stgenyale.org.


Lise Chapman '81 MBA
Barbara Protacio '81
Michael Watson '81
Co-Chairs, 1stGenYale Summer Bulldogs