Learning Opportunities

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Wellesley believes that true education does not end in the classroom.

Wisdom comes when you are able to apply what you have learned in the search for real-world solutions. Because formal education isn’t enough, we urge our students out into the world in search of answers and experience—during summer break and over Wintersession, after class, and beyond graduation.

We value internships so highly we want every student to be able to participate.

  • Each summer, more than 300 students participate in Wellesley-sponsored summer internships and community service projects at over 50 institutions across four continents.
  • Many other students find their own placements, and if those programs are unpaid, Wellesley provides grants that help cover their expenses.

Experiential learning doesn’t end when the summer does. At the Tanner Conference in the fall, students share their extracurricular experiences with the community and reflect publicly on what they learned.

Generating questions in the classroom, taking those questions out into the world for answers, coming back to campus to analyze, synthesize, and share–this is the Wellesley experience. And Wellesley supports students’ global learning beyond graduation through more than 50 fellowships for post-graduate study.


Tanner Conference

“What does a Wellesley student do during the summer? She works, she thinks, she does research, she serves … And then she come back to share it with us via Tanner.”  –Winifred J. Wood, The Writing Program



Photos from Students' Work in the World



Sample Students Internships 2012

  • ABC News — China
  • Association for Support and Training of Women Candidates — Turkey
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative — Ethiopia
  • Institute for Cultural Diplomacy — Germany
  • Ministry of the Interior — Morocco
  • Office of the Solicitor General — India
  • Unicredit Bank — Austria
  • Unite for Sight — Ghana
  • United Nations Development Program — Costa Rica



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