Dear Students,
 
We are writing to provide an update on plans for summer programs at the College in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing social distancing guidelines.
 
As President Bergeron mentioned in her letter to the campus community on Wednesday, the Academic Continuity Working Group has been evaluating options for summer 2020 programs in consultation with academic center directors and staff and faculty from the Hale Center for Career Development and the Summer Science Research Institute. After careful consideration and attention to the health and safety of our community, we have concluded that all College-sponsored, in-person internships, research activities, fellowships and language study programs will be suspended for summer 2020. Where possible, we will offer remote alternatives, and you will be eligible for funding to support those opportunities.
 
We know this news is disappointing and we are saddened that we will not be able to offer the in-person experiences that are so meaningful. To make this transition as smooth as possible, we have created a new set of guidelines that will allow for funded remote internships, research, language study or career skill building opportunities with awards ranging from $500 to $2,500. Proposals will be evaluated using existing criteria that have been adapted for a remote environment. Students who require support to ensure adequate connectivity (WiFi) for remote summer experiences may apply for additional funding through the Student Emergency Fund.
 
More information about programs, procedures and funding for a remote experience is available on the Dean of the College‚Äôs website. You can also reach out to class deans Emily Morash, Carmela Patton or Marina Melendez with any questions or concerns you may have or contact us directly.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jeff Cole
Dean of the Faculty
 
Jefferson Singer
Dean of the College