Summer Service FAQ

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Questions

1. Can a study abroad program count as my summer service?

2. May I serve somewhere that is not my primary residence after the spring of my first academic year?

3. Where have other Bonners served?

4. Where can I get more funding?

5. Do I have to get approval from OIE before I go serve outside of the U.S.?

6. Can I serve with another Bonner at the same site?

7. How many hours can I get in one day?

8. How much of my Bonner funding is available for me to go abroad?

9. Do I have to submit any paperwork for summer service?

10. Can I get an advance on my earnings stipend?

11. When will I get my living stipend?

12. Can I get my living stipend prior to May?

13. Can I serve at two partners?

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1. Can a study abroad program count as my summer service?

This is determined on a case by case basis. SIT (School for International Training) is one example of a study abroad program that could possibly count towards completing your summer service requirement.


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2. May I serve somewhere that is not my primary residence after the spring of my first academic year?

The Bonner Foundation strongly prefers first year students return home (i.e. their primary residence and/or a place where their family resides) to serve locally because your first internship is often an intense work experience. However, if you have compelling reasons to serve outside of your primary residence, please talk with the Bonner staff and we will help you draft an appeal to the foundation.


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3. Where have other Bonners served?

For a map of organizations outside of the U.S., see the service aboard map. (http://urichmond.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=3735c81444bd4234a212e2a8d88ae469 )


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4. Do I have to get approval from OIE before I go serve outside of the U.S.?

Yes. The Office of International Education must approve every use of university funds for travel abroad for security reasons. Please contact Chris Klein as soon as possible to have your plans reviewed. The last opportunity to reach out to OIE is at the end of Cycle 4 in the spring.


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5. Where can I get more funding?

The most common sources of funding utilized by student for summer service (in addition to BSP funds) are:

  • Weinstein grant
  • Civic Fellows
  • Spiderfunds
  • Jepson Funds
  • Paid nonprofit/NGO internships


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6. Can I serve with another Bonner at the same site?

Yes! It has been beneficial for students to serve with their peers while abroad or at home.


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7. How many hours can I get in one day?

You may log a maximum of twelve (12) hours per day. Examples of this include camps and/or working on a wildlife reserve.


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8. How much of my Bonner funding is available for me to go abroad?

For the answer to this question, please see the “funding” section under  the “about” tab on urbonner.wordpress.com.


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9. Do I have to submit any paperwork for summer service?

Yes, you need to submit your funding application before the end of cycle 4 during the spring semester, and submit a service agreement by the end of cycle 5. Links to both of these should be posted on the homepage of the UR Bonner website.


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10. Can I get an advance on my earnings stipend?

Yes. Students who demonstrate substantial need may submit a one page funding request to BSP staff. This one-page request should be sent via email. If approved, students can get up to $500.


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11. When will I get my living stipend?

Starting with the class of 2018, all students will receive a $1000 living stipend once they turn in their service agreement. These checks typically arrive in mid to late May if they are handed in on time.


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12. Can I get my living stipend prior to May?

No.


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13. Can I serve at two partners?

No. Serving with more than one partner is only permitted under extreme circumstances. Students should serve at one organization in order to gain the full breadth of an internship experience. You are not just logging hours, but immersing yourself in an organization. Students must submit a one page petition to BSP staff via email to serve at more than one organization.

 

 

 

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