Sponsored Internships

Caption: Mehak Sarang ‘18, The Exploratory and STEMKit (formerly SeedKit), Nsawam, Ghana
Caption: Mehak Sarang ‘18, The Exploratory and STEMKit (formerly SeedKit), Nsawam, Ghana

Wellesley-Sponsored Internships

Internships can confirm a professional interest or lead to a surprising new path. They help translate theory into practice and get your foot in the door. While seeing your lecture come to life on the legislative floor is exciting, and securing a job as a result of a previous internship experience is fabulous, we know — and our students discover — that an internship provides so much more than that. Inevitably, internships help our students fully understand themselves and grow academically, professionally, and personally.

Step 1: Explore Opportunities

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Signature Internship Programs

Through Career Education's signature internship programs, students gain professional skills, networks, deep immersion in their communities, and an aligned, purposeful career mindset. We achieve this through close collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, including domestic and international organizations on nearly every continent that provide unparalleled access to a wide-range of industries and experiences.

Deadline: Monday, December 2, 2019.

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More College-Sponsored Opportunities

Several academic departments and other institutional offices also offer internships or grants for unpaid student-identified internships for students to receive stipends for unpaid, summer internships. Explore additional opportunities and funding through these programs.

Deadlines vary. 


Grants for Student-Identified Internships

Wellesley Career Education offers opportunities for students to receive stipends for unpaid, summer internships that they find outside of placement-driven programs. Depending on factors such as award type, cost of living, and demonstrated financial need, our award amounts vary; most students will receive about $4,000.

Deadline: Sunday, March 1, 2020.


Summer Internship Credit

Wellesley now makes it possible for you to obtain credit for many summer experiences, including internships, research, and volunteering. While the credit is neither required nor is it degree-bearing, Wellesley believes internships and other forms of experiential learning are an important complement to academics and should be acknowledged on official student records.

Deadline: Monday, June 15, 2020.

Step 2: Complete your Application

How to Apply

Learn about application requirements and how to prepare your materials. Find application instructions and a link to the internship centralized application here.



You've got questions, we've got answers. Take a look at the frequently asked questions for help with Signature Internships, Grants, and Internship Credit.

Step 3: Experience


Internship Resource Toolkit

This document provides valuable guidance and resources to help plan your summer and navigate your internship environment. Covering an array of important topics including budgeting, accommodations, travel, health, and safety, this guide is a central resource for all internship students.


Summer Syllabus & Learning Portfolio

Students receiving stipends and/or non-academic internship credit from Career Education should carefully review this document for information about program requirements and deadlines.


Our summer newsletters provide helpful information about program requirements as well as insights and resources relevant to the internship experience.

Newsletter 1: July 1, 2019
Newsletter 2: July 17, 2019
Newsletter 3: July 30, 2019
Newsletter 4: August 15, 2019

Calendar & Deadlines

Fall 2019




  • 1: Confirmation of summer internship credit (if successfully completed)
  • 2: Signature Program Application Opens
  • 23: Signature Programs Live Webinar Q & A. Register on Handshake.
  • 29: Tanner Conference. Learn about your classmates’ summer experiences!





  • 2: Signature Program Application Closes
  • 20: Notification of Signature Programs Application Results

Wintersession & Spring 2020


  • 7: Cover Letters due for Signature Programs Nominees
  • 27: Grants Program Application Opens





  • 1: Grants Program Application Closes 
  • 20: Notification of Grants Program Application Results



  • Career Education Pre-Departure Conference (date TBA)



  • 15: Deadline for Grants Program Awardees to confirm their internship opportunities with Career Education



  • 15: Internship Credit application closes for students not receiving stipends through Career Education.

Exploration Through Internships

89.7% of Class of 2018 graduates had at least one internship during their time at Wellesley College
Funding Opportunity

awarded in 2018-19 for Wellesley-Funded Internships

Internship Impact on Career Readiness
of Class of 2018 graduates stated that their internship contributed somewhat or quite a bit to their career readiness


2018–19 Credit for Internships

students received .5 non-academic credit for their summer internship experience
First Years
Maggie Haley ’20 and Emily Spaulding ’21

This story was originally published in Wellesley's Daily Shot on August 13, 2019.


“Our library work allows us to interact with a multitude of subjects that we would otherwise not have been exposed to and has opened our eyes to a wide variety of topics that our majors may not cover.”

Wellesley Career Education Signature Internship Programs

Rocío Garza Tisdell ’07

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.

Make the Most of Your Internship

Rocío Garza Tisdell ’07

Prepare to make the most of your experience using these tips for before, during, and after your internship.

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