Summer Opportunities

Summer Opportunities At or Through Williams College


Please note: the information listed below is for reference only and may not be complete or current. For details of the opportunities listed, including application deadlines, please contact each department.


UPDATED: January 2017


Asian Studies


Linen Summer Grants for Study in Asia

  • Grants for thesis-related research, independent research, and intensive language training programs at intermediate or advanced levels in South, Southeast, and East Asia.
  • Open to all undergraduates who have taken (or currently be taking) at least one course related to Asia.
  • Interested students should self-enroll in the GLOW course “Asian Studies Funding Opportunities” at


Endowments & Grants


The Tompkins Award for Excellence in Japanese:

  • An award for attending a seminar or a conference, or for doing independent research in Japan.
  • Given to one third-year or above Japanese language student.
  • All advanced Japanese language students are automatically considered.

Endowments & Grants




Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium (KNAC): REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) summer research program

  • Research under a KNAC faculty for 10 weeks with a stipend of approximately $4,000
  • Students must work at another institution for this program, and are not allowed to stay at Williams.
  • Applications open in December, due early February
  • Contact Astronomy Department for more information


Working as a research assistant of a Williams faculty for up to 10 weeks

  • Open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Information on research opportunities available in January


Summer research at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA

  • Open to rising juniors
  • Applications due in February


Summer research positions at other institutions (MIT, NIH, Princeton, University of Washington, Harvard University, etc.)


For more information:


Career Center


Alumni Sponsored Internships

  • Funds internships with stipends of $3,800 for an eight to ten week internship.
  • Open to current Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors, deadlines in February and April.
  • Must attend a summer starter workshop at the Career Center



  • Lansing Fellowship Can support undergraduate study during the summer in the US or abroad. April 1st deadline. Contact the chair of the Classics Department.


CES (Center for Environmental Studies)

CES provides funding ($400/week) for up to 10 week internships or research endeavors or creative projects. Open to rising sophomores, juniors, seniors of all majors.


CFLLC (Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures)

  • Friedberg Memorial Travel Fellowship Open to all Williams students planning to study at least one semester in any European country during the academic year. The grant is designed for students who demonstrate a strong interest in French Culture and who plan to carry out a well-conceived project in France, either prior, during or after their semester/year abroad.


CLiA (Center for Learning in Action)

  • Sentinels Summer Research Fellowship This U.S. public policy research program supports student research projects focused on contemporary issues in U.S. economic or social policy. Sentinels Fellows are awarded research funding based primarily upon their written project proposal.
    • Open to rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.
    • Deadline in early April.
    • Contact Paula Consoli ([email protected]), or other committee members for more information.


Computer Science

  • Work as a research assistant to Williams faculty
  • Stipend provided
  • Students are encouraged to speak to faculty directly



Davis Center


Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Program

    • One or two nomination(s) for $10,000 grant(s) for summer projects “…promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.”
    • Any student or student group is eligible to submit a proposal for consideration. Proposals must be submitted to: [email protected] by 5 p.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017.
    • More information about the Davis Projects for Peace program:



  • Work as a student research assistant for a Williams faculty for approximately 10 weeks, with stipend of $3,800 provided. Information sent out in January or early February to all economics and political economy majors, and sophomores that have completed core economics courses.
  • Solow Research Fellowship. Funds research in economic or business history.       Application through the Economics Department, deadline is early April.


For more information, contact the Economics Department’s Research Director.


Fellowships Office


Summer Undergraduate Travel and Research Fellowships

  • The Bostert, Lawrence, Millard, Wilmers, International Public Service, Roche and and Class of 1945 Student World Fellowships for independent summer study, travel, and research.
  • Open to all Sophomores and Juniors.
  • Wilmers Language Study Grant, open to First-Years, Sophomores and Juniors
  • Deadline in February.
  • Application instructions can be found in the Fellowships GLOW2 page



Keck Geology Consortium (

  • Research opportunity, provided with $1500 fellowship and $500 travel expenses
  • Open to rising seniors
  • Applications due early February

Lauren Interess Fellowship

  • Fellowship of $2000 for a field or travel project related to earth sciences
  • Available for projects conducted in Winter Study, spring break, or summer
  • Applications accepted on rolling basis.


Humanities and Social Science Research

Class of 1957 Summer Research Program:

·      Work as summer research assistant for a faculty in Division I or II.

·      A stipend of $4400 provided for ten weeks of full-time work, plus free housing on campus.

·      Open to rising sophomores, juniors, seniors

·      Applications submitted by the faculty.


Jewish Studies

  • Bronfman Summer Fellowship in Jewish Studies
    Funds summer project in the field of Jewish Studies. First-years, sophomores and juniors are eligible. March 25 deadline.
  • Bronfman Hebrew/Yiddish Language Study Fellowship
    Funds summer language study up to $4000. First-years, sophomores and juniors are eligible. March 25 deadline


Leadership Studies

Summer Institute in American Foreign Policy –

  • Participate in a 4-week program to study American foreign policy and grand strategy.
  • Program covers expenses, including room, board, course materials, and special events.
  • Students receive a $1,000.00 stipend.
  • Rolling admissions begin in January; applications accepted through mid-March.
  • Program open to rising Sophomores and Juniors and runs mid-June to mid-July.


Mathematics and Statistics Department


SMALL Undergraduate Research Project

  • Conduct research in mathematics and statistics under a Williams faculty.
  • A nine-week program (with a tenth week at home) with a stipend of approximately $4000 provided.
  • Applications due February 8th for 2017. (Generally during early February)




Research Funding opportunities through the Science Center. See Biology and Psychology headings for more information.



Office of Information Technology (OIT)

Williams Instructional Technology Summer Internship – TBD

  • Summer Technology Intern program at OIT.
  • Application deadline early March.




  • Doing research with a professor here on campus or at a National Lab.  Descriptions of possible projects are circulated in January, contact department.  A stipend is paid and housing is provided at the same level as the other science departments at Williams.


  • The National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program provides funding for research opportunities at a wide range of research institutions in all fields of science, see




Summer Research Assistantships

·      Summer research assistant to a Williams faculty.

  • Contact professor(s) during Winter Study or early February


Science Departments


Research Opportunities in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Geosciences, Physics, Psychology.  Contact specific department.

  • Support includes a $3800 stipend for 10 weeks plus housing
  • Winter and spring deadlines

Clare Booth Luce Scholars

Supports women in two summers of paid research who will major in astrophysics, computer science, geosciences, mathematics, statistics and/or physics. Sophomores are eligible. February deadline

Clare Boothe Luce Scholars


Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA)

  • Paid summer internships; all current Williams undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Please email Rachel Heisler at [email protected] to apply.



Williams Conferences & Events

  • Several employment opportunities available for approximately ten weeks.
  • Applications available in January
  • Office of Student Life


Williams Investment Office


  • Paid summer internship.
  • Details available in the Route 2 system
  • Contact Office of Career Counseling (OCC) for more information



Zilkha Center:


  • The Zilkha Center hires student interns to work during the academic year and during the summer on campus-focused sustainability projects.
  • School year interns are typically chosen at the start of the school year. But occasionally positions open up during the school year.
  • Summer interns are typically chosen in mid to late spring semester.
  • Information about summer internships is typically posted around February 1st.
  • The application deadline is typically mid-February.

Zilkha School-Year Internships



Williams Summer Theatre Lab


Experiential Learning:

  • An seven-week program with opportunities to work with professional artists on a project or an original work/
  • Application through Department of Theatre, announced in January.