Originally Posted by Pragma
Yeah check your program manual about that. Most competitive practicums these days are going to be 12-month ones, so that does infringe on your time in the summer. If I recall correctly, our program didn't mind if people worked a summer job, but typically faculty tried to keep students around with some funding to work part time at least.
I made a little extra money in the summertime here or there, but I was lucky to have a mentor that was able to fund me through external grants the entire time I was in the program (summers included).
Also - summer is a great time to get ahead on your work. I remember having a thesis summer and one summer I cranked most of my dissertation proposal working from home half time and getting paid on campus half time (plus practicum).
The first bit is great advice, and advice most advisors will drum into your head (especially with the revised deadlines etc. for incoming students). Unfortunately, some students do not see much incentive toward working on their theses when they go home for the summers if they're not being paid...
Furthermore, most first years are extremely limited for funding opportunities. Paid practicum opportunities are not an option at this particular timeline in the program.
Originally Posted by AcronymAllergy
Like Pragma mentioned regarding his program, in general, it's my understanding that if the assistantship is for 9 months, then you're allowed to work during the summer since you aren't receiving funding. But like Pragma said, in general advisors/departments will try to pull something together for you for the summer if something isn't immediately available.
Not if there's no funding available.
Students are typically advised not to expect funding during summers. If available, advanced students are considered first. First years (and often second years) are typically screwed unless they manage to land in a lab with external grant funding (which happens on occasion).
Not to say it's unheard of because it does
happen but it's not too common.
Most students who traditionally receive "summer" funding are "advanced" students on practicum (or other assistantships) with positions that have extended into the summer.