Getting Started

To be considered for an APEX Fellowship you will propose an internship or vocational exploration program. You might begin this process with very clear ideas about what you’d like to do, where you’d like to be, and with whom you’d like to work. Most students do not.

To help determine what you would like to do:

  • Ask yourself a series of questions (.pdf) about your interest, goals, skills, and availability over the summer.
  • Talk to students who’ve done a funded summer experience. Hearing how they found their internship or program will give you ideas where to look, what worked for them, and what some of the pitfalls are.
  • Use personal contacts.Your professors, professional staff, people you have worked for, family, family friends, etc.- ALL can be good sources of information about topics and host organizations more specific to your interests. Career Planning offers a wealth of information regarding internships and volunteer opportunities.
  • Speak with Experiential Learning Staff in APEX. The Experiential Learning staff is here to be a sounding board and to provide guidance as you start formulating your ideas. We strongly encourage all fellowship applicants to attend our events and to speak with a staff member one-on-one. Please email us to schedule a meeting.
  • Do some internet research. Websites such as www.idealist.org, ask for key words, what issues you’re interested in, what locations you’d like to consider, when and how long you can do your project, etc., and will generate lists of potential opportunities and organizations. Career Planning has links to many internship sites.