Taking Advantage of the Furman Advantage

Love it or hate it, we all have heard of the elusive “Furman Advantage.” Despite the memes and mockery, it’s actually a decent program geared towards providing every student with a personalized and dynamic education that extends beyond the four walls of a classroom. Succinctly, the Furman Advantage, “guarantees every student an unparalleled education that combines classroom learning with real-world experiences and self-discovery.” 

Now, this is where the ridicule comes in… how do we actually get to expand our education to include these “real-world experiences?” Well, if you keep reading, I’ll tell you how to score an internship with the help of the Internship Office and the Furman Advantage.

First, these are some of the Internship Office’s deadlines for internship applications. For any internships you’d like to do Spring 2020, you need to apply by October 31. And for Summer 2020, you need to apply by February 28. 

Now, there’s a difference between getting an internship through the office and earning financial aid through the office. By earning financial aid, you are considered a Summer Fellow, and this can only be applied for during summer internships. 

Basically, a Summer Intern Fellow is someone who is working full-time, 280-320 hours over a span of 10-12 weeks, with low pay or unpaid entirely. These fellows are researching or interning at places off-campus. Additionally, payments from the office are up to $3,500, depending on the level of pay your place of internship is offering you. 

For instance, I was planning on working 320 hours over a 10-week period for Autism Speaks in New York City this summer. So, I applied through the internship office, and because my stipend was only going to be $400 for the entire summer, I was awarded $3,500 to pay for a place to live in the city. If this is something you’re looking for, then applications are due by March 31, and are rather competitive. 

Definitely use the Internship Office to help you secure your piece of the Furman Advantage, as it is what you are entitled to as a student at Furman.