January Hive Internships Projects


January Hive Internship Projects

A Guide for Alums, Campus Partners, Employers, and Parents

Hive Internship Projects are short-term, virtual experiences that are designed by unbundling long-term internships and separating out individual projects that can be completed remotely. Students benefit from working on a real-world project for an alumna, employer, parent, or campus partner while organizations gain timely support from students.

The deadline to submit projects is Friday, November 12, 2021.

Students will apply to projects from November 15 to December 1, and hiring should occur prior to December 10. All approved projects will receive further instructions related to this hiring period.

Not a member of the Wellesley Hive yet? Click the Sign Up button below to create one in 10 seconds, and submit your project. For technical support, follow the directions here. 

Sample Hive Internship Projects

Supporting nonprofit development work for a youth advocacy foundation
Social Media
Social Media
Design social media posts and write copy for a community arts organization
Working on a communication and social media project for a public health company
Online Education
Supporting online curriculum development for a new virtual learning company
Completing an annotated bibliography for a book chapter being written by a professor
Public Health
Public Health
Supporting a public health community organization that primarily serves individuals dealing with substance abuse and homelessness

Participant Quotes

"The reflection I've undergone and the relationship I've built with my mentor have helped me become more confident in my own capabilities and more certain of my career goals. This experience was an opportunity to see how far I've come and to be excited for where I will go." 
— student participant

"I am proud of the connections I made during this internship. I really stepped out of my comfort zone to talk to other team members that weren't directly involved in my work to get their opinion. It made my writing and projects that much stronger." 
student participant

"I haven't really had the chance to be a mentor before, and I want to do more of it now! I loved working with the Wellesley student we selected, and she did such a fabulous job that we've engaged her to continue the project during the rest of this year."  
alum supervisor

Design a Project

You can design a Hive Internship Project by unbundling a long-term internship and separating out an individual project that can be completed remotely. Students benefit from working on a real-world project, while your company or organization will gain timely support from students. 

Project Content

Hive Internship Projects should be work that complements, rather than replaces, responsibilities typically completed by paid staff, while providing significant educational benefits to the student. Educational benefits might include building or refining skills, learning about the industry field or project focus, and practicing professional competencies such as teamwork and communication. 

Projects should have a concrete goal that can be completed in the set timeframe. Some examples of project goals are provided in the sample projects listed above (e.g., completing an annotated bibliography).

In addition to the completion of a professional task, Hive Internship Projects are learning opportunities for students, supported through your guided mentorship. Projects should be designed to ensure adequate time for that mentorship to take place. Career Education has written a resource to help you navigate how to both supervise and support the student’s professional development through your project.

Project Schedule

Hive Internship Project opportunities should last at least 40 hours, completed during a three week timeframe between January 3 – 21, 2022The specific schedule for the student’s work within that time period can be determined according to what works best for you, the student, and the nature of the project (e.g., 14 hours/week for 3 weeks, 20 hours/week for two weeks).

The total number of required hours should be fulfilled through a combination of different activities that will contribute to the student’s educational benefit. In addition to time spent working on the assigned project, some of the hours should be dedicated to activities like mentorship conversations, informational interviews with other members of staff, and shadowing colleagues in meetings or on projects. Hive Internship Projects are educational experiences for students, and these types of activities will help them to practice networking, learn about your industry, and develop general professional competencies.

Project Compensation

Career Education strongly encourages employers to compensate students for their Hive Internship Projects. Paid projects will often get more applications, so employers should include compensation details when listing their project. While compensation is not required for Hive Internship Projects, as currently enrolled students will receive internship credit for the learning experience, employers are encouraged to provide compensate to their interns based on internal policies, practices, and HR guidelines. Compensation offered by the project supervisor will be handled between the employer and the student following the hiring process within The Hive. The recommended rate is $15/hour or $600 total for a 40-hour project. Wellesley College Career Education is not able to provide funding for January HIPs.

Tips for Writing a Hive Internship Project Description

Hive Internship Project descriptions should be as detailed as possible so students fully understand the scope of work, outcomes expected upon completion, and how the project fits into the larger workflow of your organization. Project descriptions should include the following information:

  • A brief summary of your company or organization, including details about its mission and core values.
  • An overview of project responsibilities, tasks, and projected end goals.
  • Desired skills or knowledge students will need to complete the project. Be sure to highlight if you prefer applicants who have particular skills or knowledge.
  • The anticipated student learning outcomes upon completion of the project, articulating the skills and knowledge that a student can gain from the experience.

Below you will find two examples of effective Hive Internship Project descriptions as a guide:

Organization A, located in Peru, is an organization that designs low-cost air filtration units for schools. Air pollution is an increasingly pertinent issue around the globe and children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of air pollution as they breathe more rapidly than adults. 

Along with installing filtration units we will also be holding educational sessions at Peruvian secondary schools aided by self-constructible air-filtration tool kits to expose students to climate focused engineering solutions. Through building activities and discussions about sustainability and air pollution we will teach students the importance of sustainable practices, dangers of indoor air-pollution and inspire future innovation on these issues. 

As our Website Development/Graphic Design Intern you’ll be helping us develop a website for this project. We’d like you to populate the website with content regarding our work and create accompanying graphics such as a logo. This will involve communicating with different teams to keep track of progress and developments so you can present them well on the website. We’re open to anyone interested in learning how to develop a website even if you don’t have past website design experience. We’d also support you throughout the content writing process. 

This is an ongoing project so you would also be welcome to continue working with us beyond this summer.

About the Company
Company B is a cybersecurity and managed IT organization equipping financial services with cyber protection and technology support. Specifically, across the alternative investment space, Company B has extensive experience building, maintaining, optimizing and securing IT infrastructure for the world's most prestigious hedge fund, private equity, and asset management firms. With more than 250 employees, our culture prioritizes timely communication to provide unrivaled service across all of our solutions including managed detection and response, cybersecurity programs, virtual CISO (vCISO) support, monitoring, and disaster prevention and recovery. Company B is headquartered in Boston, MA, with additional offices in San Francisco, CA., Ann Arbor, MI., Mumbai, India, and London, England. 

Internship Project Overview
Develop a strategy and plan for an internship, apprenticeship, and college graduate program for Agio so they can build a sustainable pipeline of future talent and increase their efforts around diversity and inclusion. 

  • 4 week internship opportunity during the month of January (40 hours per week)
  • Report to the Chief People Officer (Wellesley College alum) and be a part of the HR team

Desired Outcomes

  • Increase diversity of the Company B talent pool
  • Improve quality of talent in a cost effective manner
  • Build a sustainable pipeline of future talent
  • Increase engagement, performance, and retention of the Company B team

Key Activities and Deliverables

  • Interview business leaders to create target candidate profiles for the program (akin to a “job description” / who we are looking for)
  • Develop employer branding strategy and materials in partnership with marketing
  • Conduct research to identify what our target population values in terms of benefits, opportunities, etc. (e.g., should we offer student loan contributions v. 401k?)
  • Estimate cost of rolling out the program
  • Research schools we should target to match our needs 
  • Identify training requirements and development / mentorship opportunities for the program
  • Build a project plan to implement the new program

Tips for Virtual Management

Watering Can

Providing Virtual Mentorship

Supervising a student remotely comes with some unique challenges, but Career Education has designed a resource to help you create a successful and impactful virtual experience.


Step-by Step Tips

Our technical support document walks you through how to log-in to The Wellesley Hive and post your Hive Internship Project, and provides answers to FAQs about the posting process.


For questions or support posting your Hive Internship Project, please contact Destiny Barletta, Associate Director for Alumnae Connections and Rebecca Miller, Program Manager for Internships at hips@wellesley.edu. For support with Hive login & technical questions, contact hive@wellesley.edu.