Nexus: Curriculum to Career Fellowships

The Nexus program provides fellowships to support students who are pursuing unpaid or partially supported summer internship, research or professional opportunities.  Students will be eligible for Nexus fellowships if they have officially declared a Nexus Minor, or if they successfully completed the two credit course COLL210, “Ready for the World: Curriculum to Career”.  Students who are currently enrolled in COLL210 at the time of UAF award decisions must successfully complete the course in order to maintain their fellowship, otherwise the fellowship may be revoked.  For Nexus fellowship consideration, students must apply through the Universal Application Form (UAF).

To ensure maximum opportunities for support of Nexus and COLL210 students, their applications will be considered by additional UAF funding sources. Students taking COLL210 will also receive a “plus factor” in application fellowships issued by the Career Development Center in recognition of the student’s commitment, through COLL210, to maximize her preparation and success for her summer opportunity.  Refer to CDC Awards for complete information. 

Fellowships specifically related to the Nexus program include:

Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Nexus Internships

The Andrew W. Mellon Fund for Nexus Internships is designed to support summer internships as part of the Nexus Program

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a Centers of Excellence grant to Mount Holyoke College to support the creation of the Nexus program. Building upon the foundation of a liberal arts major, the Nexus program encourages students to connect the curricular and cocurricular, book learning, and experiential learning. Designed to draw students into the powerful nexus of learning and engagement that is at the heart of the College's mission, the new program is intended to prepare women for citizenship and leadership in the twenty-first century. Sixteen colleges were invited to submit proposals to the Mellon Foundation for Centers of Excellence grants; Mount Holyoke is one of seven colleges chosen to receive these awards.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of New York, was formed on June 30, 1969, through the consolidation of two existing foundations—Avalon Foundation and Old Dominion Foundation.

The Avalon Foundation had been established in 1940 by Ailsa Mellon Bruce, daughter of Andrew W. Mellon.  The Old Dominion Foundation had been established in 1941 by Paul Mellon, son of Andrew W. Mellon.  When the two foundations were consolidated, the Foundation was renamed The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to honor their father.

Barbara Moakler Byrne Internship Fund

The Barbara Moakler Byrne Internship Fund was created by Barbara Byrne to support summer internships as part of the Nexus Program

Ms. Byrne graduated from Mount Holyoke College magna cum laude in 1976 and serves on its board of trustees.   She is Vice Chairman in Investment Banking at Barclays Capital. Based in New York, she is responsible for leading the firm’s relationships with a diverse group of corporate clients, including GE, IBM, Altria, EMC, HP, US Steel, Microsoft, Cisco and Williams.

Ms. Byrne participates in industry conferences as a forum leader on strategic issues as well as trends. She is a frequent speaker on behalf of women in business, finance and leadership. In addition, she has provided commentary on strategic financial restructurings for news organizations such as Fortune, Forbes, Money Line and CNBC.