Career Accelerator Fund

Career Accelerator Fund (program icon)

Providing financial support for College of Arts and Sciences students participating in unpaid or minimally paid internships, research roles or other career building experiences.*

*To be considered for a CAF award, you need to have obtained an unpaid or minimally paid internship, research role, or other career building experience.


ASC graduate students, please click the following link to learn more about the Graduate CAF, eligibility requirements, and application process: LEARN MORE 


Amount of award

Recipients, the number of recipients, and amount of support shall be determined in accordance with current guidelines and procedures. The award amounts will be in $250 increments but will not exceed $5,000 per recipient.

Undergraduate Submission Criteria:  Deadline Extended! 

Please Note:

  • There is one sub fund within the undergraduate CAF with additional eligibility criteria. Please read on to see if you qualify.
  • The award cannot be used to cover expenses from opportunities completed in previous terms.
  • Those who have obtained a STEP award or other funding to support experiential learning as well as those with a Morrill Scholarship or other “full ride” scholarship are not eligible to apply for a CAF.
  • Full-time Ohio State employees are not eligible for the award.
  • Students who received the award during a previous semester are not eligible to apply.
  • Federal law prohibits students from receiving aid that exceeds the estimated cost of attendance as established by Student Financial Aid. It is your responsibility to contact Student Financial Aid if you are unsure of how the fund would affect your financial aid award package.
  • Any award $2,500 and over will require receipts.
  • Students who have been placed on academic probation or special-action probation are not eligible for a CAF until removed from probation.

Impact of the Fund

Sarah Bach (head shot)

Sarah Bach
Major: English
Minor(s): Writing, Spanish
Internship: Professional Writing Capstone Experience

The CAF Award allowed me to make the most of my last summer in college; I would not have been able to accept an unpaid summer internship without its funding. In this difficult time, I’m fortunate to not worry about fundamental expenses like rent and utilities.

Victoria Piper (head shot)

Victoria Piper
Major: Psychology
Minor(s): Integrative Approaches to Health & Wellness, Studio Art
Internship: Social Neurochemistry Lab

Joining the Social Neurochemistry Lab was an outstanding opportunity for it offered me the chance to work on big questions in my top three desired fields: health psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, and social psychology... This fund... allowed me to shed my doubts about redistributing hours from work to spending time in the lab.

Emma Siefring (head shot)

Emma Siefring
Major: Psychology
Minor(s): South Asian Studies, Studio Art
Internship: Nationwide Children's Hospital

I am pursuing a career as a Clinical Health Psychologist, and knew that conducting research on the bio behavioral effects of cancer on children would be something that would have long term benefits to pediatric cancer patients... I have been an undergraduate research assistant in various capacities and had only received compensation for my work once, so I thought I would see if this would be an option for me.

More Student Stories from the Career Accelerator Fund


Career Accelerator Fund Types

Application deadline extended to March 31, 2023. 

To be eligible for the Career Accelerator Primary Fund, students must:

  • Enrolled as a student in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • GPA 3.00 or higher
  • Secured an unpaid or minimally paid internship/research opportunity for the Spring or Summer 2023 term.

Application deadline extended to March 31, 2023. 

To be eligible for Career Accelerator Browning Public Policy Fund, students must:

  • Enrolled as a student in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • GPA 3.00 or higher
  • Pell Grant Eligible
  • Secured an unpaid or minimally paid internship/research opportunity involving Public Policy for the Spring or Summer 2023 term.

Application Resources

To be considered for a CAF award you need to complete an appointment this semester with a Career Coach. Follow the steps below to obtain an appointment.

  1. Log into Handshake.
  2. IMPORTANT – These two steps are required to access appointment scheduling in Handshake:
    • Select and save your Academic Year (Freshman, Junior, etc.) next to your profile picture.
    • Select your college (Arts and Sciences) under the “Education” section.
  3. Click on the Career Center dropdown in the menu bar and select Appointments.
  4. To request a new appointment, click the Schedule a New Appointment button.
  5. Select the category and type of appointment you are interested in scheduling.
  6. Select a date and time that works for you.  You can also click on Staff Member at the top of your screen to see the availability of different staff members.
  7. Enter details about the appointment in the What can we help you with? section, then click Request at the bottom of your screen.
  8. You will be taken to the overview of the appointment where you can cancel the appointment or add comments before the appointment.
  9. Make sure that you check your notifications for updates on the status of your appointment.

To document your financial need, please use the Career Accelerator Fund Budget Worksheet (Microsoft Excel File).  You’ll need to attach the completed worksheet to your application.  For guidelines on what can and cannot be included as expenses, please refer to the Career Accelerator Fund - Budget Guidelines. Please know that if you receive a CAF award for $2,500 or more, you will be required to submit receipts for the various expenses you incur during the internship. That documentation will need to be submitted after your internship concludes. You’ll want to refer to these guidelines at the start of your internship so that you can plan ahead for organizing the receipts and other payment records to submit to Career Success.

Review our budget guidelines:


Download our budget worksheet:


Career Success will need to verify that you have obtained your internship/learning opportunity.  Please share the below letter template with your supervisor and have them send it back to you so you can upload it with your application that is due by November 30, 2022

If you are a STUDENT with questions about the CAF, please reach out to Barbara Harvey, Career Coach, at

If you are a NON-STUDENT (staff member, donor, faculty, etc.) with questions about the CAF, please reach out to Maggie Kruth, Internship Specialist, at


NEW!  Graduate Career Accelerator Fund

The Graduate Career Accelerator Fund is a brand new opportunity for ASC graduate students.  It provides financial support for skill-building, networking, and professional development that will support career exploration and education beyond the academy.  We are accepting applications for activities that would take place during Summer 2023.  The deadline to apply is March 24, 2023, 11:59pm.  


Questions?  Contact Addie Cheney for more information or join a Grad CAF office hour.  Use the link to join a live office hour and ask your Grad CAF-related questions.

Thurs, Feb 23 | 12-12:30pm |

Mon, Feb 27 | 5-5:30pm |

Tues, Mar 7 | 4:30-5pm |


GRADUATE CAF GUIDELINES  Review them carefully.

Apply for a Graduate CAF

Download the Graduate CAF Budget Worksheet

Review the Budget Guidelines