Annual Report 2020–2021

Highlights

During the fifth year of the Wellesley Career Education model, students continued to engaged with our office at a high level, taking opportunity of the growing number of opportunities in Handshake, mentorship through The Wellesley Hive, and advising offerings.
Appointments

 in-person and virtual appointments

2019-2020
5,226
2020-2021
6,021
Jobs & Internships

Handshake postings

2019-2020
55,823
2020-2021
68,592
Digital Engagement
95
of students used Handshake, applied to opportunities, and/or had a virtual appointment
Alumnae Mentorship
5,464

Alumnae mentors in The Wellesley Hive

Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive excellence is a top priority at Wellesley College. The career education model takes into account the diversity in background, perspective, and career goals of all Wellesley students. We’ve been pleased to see engagement increase across class levels, disciplines, and distinct populations. The chart below demonstrates the appointments across disctinct populations of students in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

Overall 2.8 Out of 5
of all students had appointments with Career Education in 2020-2021
64%
Humanities
Humanities
53%
Science
Science
60%
Social Sciences
Social Sciences
52%
Fine & Performing Arts
Fine & Performing Arts

33%
Davis Scholars
Davis Scholars
45%
First Generation
First Generation
63%
International Students
International Students
56%
Asian/Asian-American
Asian/Asian-American
53%
Black/African-American
Black/African-American
47%
Latinx
Latinx
54%
Two or More Races
Two or More Races
55%
White/Caucasian
White/Caucasian
Nicole Ntim-Addae ʼ20
You will always have access to [Career Education]. Keep using them, keep checking in with them afterward, because the Wellesley community is always willing to help.
Nicole Ntim-Addae ʼ20
Venture for America Fellowship Recipient

Industry and Field Interests

Students and alumnae sign up for industry newsletters, and Career Education advisors stay in touch with them regularly to share jobs, internships, events, and deadlines connected to their fields of interest. These industry clusters connect students, alumnae, employers, and faculty who have the common goal of supporting Wellesley women in their pursuit of career success and satisfaction.

Total Number of Students & Alumnae in Each Career Grouping

Education, Nonprofit, Social Impact
1,435
Education, Nonprofit, & Social Impact
Technology, Engineering, Science, & Public Health
2,028
Technology, Engineering, Physical Science, & Public Health
Arts & Media
1,102
Arts & Media
Business, Consulting, Finance, & Marketing
1,101
Business, Consulting, Finance, Entrepreneurship
Government, Law, International Affairs
1,189
Government, Law, International Affairs, & Public Policy
Health Professions (Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Veterinary, etc)
842
Health Professions

A Pandemic-Influenced Year

Career Education continued to meet the challenges of the pandemic throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. We continued two popular support programs launched in Spring 2020 to generate opportunity and connection for students and alumnae: Hive Internship Projects & the Senior Support Network.
Senior Support Network
232

members of the class of 2021 were matched with alumnae and advisors in their industry of interest

Virtual Career Fairs & Law School Week in September 2020

In response to the changing recruiting landscape, Career Education launched virtual Recruiting Weeks for Fall 2020, with the first three focused on Consulting, Finance, and STEM. Each Recruiting Week consisted of 11–15 of employer information sessions, held over Zoom and recorded for asychronous viewing, along with small-group coffee chats with every employer for direct interaction. Also offered was a virtual Law School Week in October 2020, with over 10 top law schools joining Wellesley students for panels and information sessions.

Louisa Oppenheim
It’s okay if things don’t turn out exactly the way you expect.
Louisa Oppenheim ’20
2020 alum who pivoted with the support of Career Education Advisor, Marisa Crowley ’05

Hive Internship Projects

Hive Internship Projects were launched in May 2020 to support students without summer experiential learning opportunities as a result of the pandemic. These short-term, virtual experiences were designed by alumnae and parent mentors by unbundling long-term internships and separating out individual projects that could be completed remotely. Students benefited from working on a real-world project for an alumna or parent. Due to the program’s success, these projects were relaunched for Wintersession 2021 and Summer 2021.

294

students were hired for Hive Internship Projects during Wintersession 2021 & Summer 2021, combined

HIPs quote

Wellesley-Funded Internships

Internships help students connect theory to practice, confirm a professional interest, point them in a new direction, or open a surprising new door. Over 25% of all students participate in a Wellesley-funded internship through Career Education during their four years. Thank you to our generous donors who have made these experiences possible.
Total Applicants - people
Funded Opportunities
152

Students were awardeded internship stipends administered through Career Education (figure includes English Dept/Writing Program, German Dept, Italian Dept, Spanish Dept, Psychology Dept, and Davis Museum internships)

application
Total Applicants
460

Applicants for Wellesley-funded internships through Career Education (Signature Internships and Grants) 

Awarding Credit

274
students received .5 non-academic credit for their summer internship experience
99
Class of 2022
126
Class of 2023
49
Class of 2024

Fellowships

Fellowships and scholarships can fund graduate or professional study, purposeful travel, professional placements, self-designed projects, and so much more. They can help students and alumnae build experience and qualifications, explore a passion, and clarify a path forward.
salary
Funding
$605,700

Total awarded through Wellesley-funded & graduate fellowships in 2020-2021 Compared to $531,000 in 2019-2020.

Appointments
1,013

Total fellowships advising appointments, including pop-up advising

Harshini Raman ’22 (left), pictured with co-awardee Alex Martinez Lopez ’22.
I want to…give back what I received from my mentors, both at Wellesley and off-campus.
Harshini Raman ’22 (left), pictured with co-awardee Alex Martinez Lopez ’22.
2021 Goldwater Scholars
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