Government, International Affairs, Law

Government, International Affairs, Law

Green Hall 439A
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel 781-283-2881

Welcome to the Government, Law, and International Affairs Career Community! Wellesley's rigorous liberal arts curriculum prepares students and alumnae to make a difference in the world. This curriculum equips students and alumnae with a skill set that is especially relevant in the government, law, and international affairs industries. Careers in this community require that individuals understand historical context, exhibit critical thinking, and display passion for service — whether it be in an NGO, a think tank, government agency, or the private sector.  

This career community includes industries that are often intertwined. For example, a student exploring a career in law may contemplate a career in international development or the Foreign Service. Given the overlap, it is important to define your personal interests and explore how they align with careers in this space to identify what fulfills you most.

Students and alumnae are encouraged to get started by exploring the resources below and scheduling an appointment in Handshake to meet with Emma Cutrufello, the Career Community Advisor for Government, Law, and International Affairs.



International Affairs Resources

A career in international affairs can be fueled by a passion to travel and a desire to learn about our global environment, effectuate change, and make a difference in the world. Learn more about this field and applications through the resources below.

Government, International Affairs, Law

Green Hall 439A
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481
Tel 781-283-2881

Office hours 

Appointments can be scheduled in Handshake for Mon–Fri.


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Top Job Functions

Class of 2018 Top Job Functions in the Government, International Affairs, and Law Community
Political Organizing / Lobbying
Community & Social Services
Education / Teaching / Training
Information Technology

Law School Acceptance Rate

81% of Wellesley applicants were accepted to law school in 2017
What they studied Where they work What they do
Economics & Mathematics Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Research Associate
Computer Science & Russian City of Boston Neighborhood Liaison - City Councilor Josh Zakim
Biological Sciences Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site Education and Interpretation Intern
Geosciences National Park Service Volunteer
Economics Federal Reserve Board Research Assistant
International Relations — Economics US Federal Government Trade Policy Research Assistant
Political Science & Women's and Gender Studies Sally for Bend Campaign Manager
International Relations — History Joe Morelle for Congress Field Organizer
Political Science Karl Dean for Governor Field Organizer
History National Park Service, Northeast Region Archeology Junior Ranger
Political Science United States Senate Special Assistant to the Senator
Geosciences City of Ontario Recreation Leader
Psychology Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Membership Coordinator
Political Science & Psychology US House of Representatives Staff Assistant
Biological Sciences State of Michigan Department of Community Health Assistant
Political Sciences Delgado for Congress GOTV Director
Economics The Brookings Institution Research Assistant
American Studies Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox Intellectual Property Apprentice
Anthropology Cuti Hecker Wang LLP Paralegal
Philosophy Clark Lau LLC Immigration Paralegal
Economics Owens & Miller PLLC Assistant Case Manager
Cinema & Media Studies Goldberg Segalla Paralegal
Political Science Middlesex County District Attoney's office Legal Assistant
Peace & Justice Studies Antone, Casagrande, & Adwers, P.C. Legal Assistant
Computer Science United States Department of Justice IT Specialist — Data Analyst
Political Science Federal Defender Program, Inc. Assistant Paralegal
Peace & Justice Studies Ropes & Gray LLP Corporate Paralegal
Psychology Costa & Riccio LLP Paralegal
International Relations — Political Science Terris Pravlik & Millian, LLP Paralegal
Neuroscience Covington & Burling LLP Paralegal
Peace & Justice Studies Legal Services NYC Public Benefits and LGBTQ Advocacy Paralegal
* Highlighted outcomes from 2018 graduates

“Investors don’t have to choose between making money & making the world better... Today’s smart money is investing in people and the planet.”

“For students interested in advocacy or a cause, such as immigration or civil rights – roll up your sleeves and volunteer! Through volunteering, you will gain insight and professional contacts in your chosen field.”

“Studying abroad was really a catalyst for me… it really stretched my personal and academic abilities, and I learned a lot. It also gave me a lot of confidence—it showed me what I was capable of doing ”

Wellesley Career Education Signature Internship Programs

Lorraine Hanley ’98

Wellesley College Internships are funded internships with organizations who maintain ongoing partnerships with the College to offer intern placement with them every year. Our program partners are leading cultural, educational, and scientific institutions; international agencies; media outlets; advocacy and community organizations; and businesses both within the United States and in countries around the world.

“Spending two months in Delhi and directly seeing the impact of this NGO’s work has made us grow as students and as individuals.”

Wellesley Career Education Summer Internship Grants (Stipends for Student-Identified Placements)

Lorraine Hanley ’98

Through the ongoing and generous support of our donors, the College is able to offer funding to support unpaid internships which students identify on their own. Many award recipients pursue internships in nonprofit organizations focused on education and other community development areas, but funding is available for opportunities in other sectors both within the United States and internationally, as well. In addition to the stipends, Wellesley Career Education staff provide ongoing professional development and career education training throughout their summer experiences.