New Summer Options & Support for Pomona Students -- Coronavirus Crisis Response (4/22/20)

Dear Pomona College Community:

As we move forward in the ongoing response to the coronavirus crisis, we are writing to let you know about new fellowship and employment options available to our students for the summer months amid this global emergency.

To support our community and carry forward our academic mission in a time of physical distancing, we are launching a new program of paid, short-term fellowships for the summer to allow students to pursue intellectual and creative projects in a flexible way.

We also are providing key information about:

  • Remote student employment & internships for summer
  • New scholarship replacing standard student contributions for those on 2020-21 financial aid
  • Career support for seniors
  • CARES Act emergency assistance
  • Other planning items for the months ahead

Remote Alternative Independent Summer Experience Program -- RAISE

This new opportunity will provide multi-week paid fellowships for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to pursue independent projects or connect with faculty research programs, all through virtual means. The Remote Alternative Independent Summer Experience Program (RAISE) supports activities that spur students' thinking and growth this summer, including reading, writing, research and creative expression.

We encourage interested rising sophomore, juniors and seniors to identify a line of inquiry or a creative project that they are eager to pursue independently or under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Projects should be manageable in scope so that they can be completed within five weeks. (Students may plan for a longer project, but the RAISE awards are fixed at $2,500.)

Each student will design a final product that encapsulates what they learned, achieved or created this summer and that can be shared with the Pomona College community. RAISE Applications will be due by 11:59 p.m. (PST) April 29.

Additional details and application information can be found on the RAISE webpage.

Summer Student Employment

College departments and offices will be hiring rising sophomore, juniors and seniors for summer work that will be performed remotely (jobs will not be available on campus, in line with the governor’s stay-at-home order and public health requirements). Postings will be available in Handshake on Tuesday, April 28 and will continue to be added as campus departments settle on plans. Faculty also may hire students for remote work using external grants or start-up funds. Full details are available on our summer student employment FAQ.

Pomona College Internship Program - PCIP

The Career Development Office also will continue the Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP) supporting paid internship for up to 100 students, with the stipulation that the internships be conducted remotely. The CDO will accept PCIP applications on a rolling basis through May 15 for secured remote opportunities on a first come, first served basis depending on funding availability. Priority will be given to students who submitted by the original April 6 deadline. 

PCIP summer opportunities must still be within a 6- to 8-week period, but the hour requirement has now been adjusted to a minimum of 120 hours of work (~20 hours per week). The stipend is $2,500. Details on applying are on the PCIP webpage.

Students may apply to more than one of the summer opportunities mentioned in this message, but upon acceptance they will need to choose only one to help the College provide opportunities for as many students as possible.

Standard Student Contributions Waived for Students on Financial Aid 

With so many employers closed or facing economic hardship as the summer approaches, many students will not have typical summer employment opportunities available. Most domestic students who are receiving financial aid are expected to help pay for some of their college costs through a student contribution, and students often rely on summer work income to cover the expected student contribution.

To help, Pomona will replace the minimum student contribution ($1,900 to $2,200) with a scholarship. This policy is for the 2020-21 academic school year as an additional, temporary economic support during a time of crisis.

Continuing Career Support for New Graduates

With new graduates entering an uncertain economic landscape, each member of the Class of 2020 has been assigned a career adviser in the Career Development Office to support them with their post-graduate plans. This intensive advising program will ensure that each senior receives individualized career support and will augment their existing access to the full range of job search and career-launching services through the CDO, including interview practice, resume help as well as access to recruiting events and info sessions.

Sagehen Connect, a service of the alumni team, will also play a supporting role in preparing our graduates to enter the workforce. Sagehen Connect provides students with access to Pomona’s full alumni directory with multiple search options. It also offers the chance to connect directly with alumni who have volunteered to help students with career and graduate school advising, job and internship search, and more.

CARES Act Emergency Assistance

The College is determining how best to allocate funding that is being made available through the CARES Act for emergency assistance to current students. We expect to receive CARES Act funding in the next few weeks, and will keep the community updated as we finalize plans to distribute it to students by the end of May.

Additional Summer Information

As we have noted before, summer events and conferences are canceled due to physical distancing and other public health requirements. The Pomona Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) college preparation program for promising high-school scholars will continue in online form through the Draper Center for Community Partnerships.

Our next focus is on planning for fall. We are deeply grateful for your help and flexibility in this unusual time, and we will continue to engage the community and provide new information at each key point during this ongoing and unprecedented crisis.


G. Gabrielle Starr, president
Seth Allen, vice president for strategy & dean of admissions and financial aid
Christina Ciambriello, chief of staff and secretary to the Board of Trustees
Robert Gaines, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college
Robert Goldberg, vice president, COO and treasurer
Avis Hinkson, vice president for student affairs and dean of students
Mark Kendall, assistant vice president for communications & strategic content
William Morse, vice president and chief information officer
Maria Watson, vice president for advancement