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.  

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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.


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. Wintersession Mini Grants, stipends of up to $500, are also available.


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. 

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.

Calendar & Deadlines

Application Deadlines
All application deadlines are final and fall at 11:59 PM (EST/Boston time). Applications will typically open one month before the deadline.

Wintersession Mini Grants Application Opens 

 Signature Internship Programs Application Opens
    German Dept. Internships in Dresden Application Open
6: Wintersession Mini Grants Application Closes
9:  Notification of Wintersession Mini Grants Awards
14: Signature Programs Information Session
16: German Dept. Internships in Dresden Application Closes
26: Signature Internship Programs Application Closes

Student-Identified Grants Application Opens

1: Student-Identified Grants Application Closes

5: Summer Internship Credit Application Closes


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 2017-18 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 Credit for Internships

students received .5 non-academic credit for their summer internship experience
First Years

Paulson Ecology of Place Summer Internship Program

The Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative inspires and prepares Wellesley women across disciplines to value sense of place and connection to nature in order to enrich their academic experience, personal well-being, and community, so that they make a positive difference in their local and global communities. 


Wellesley-Sponsored Internships Statement of Intent Guidelines

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This resource provides considerations to keep in mind as you craft your one page statement of intent about your internship in a Wellesley-sponsored internship program.

How to Apply for Internship & Grants Programs

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

Wintersession Mini Grants

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Wintersession Mini Grants support students pursuing opportunities over Wintersession that enable them to explore an industry or career, expand their professional network, and/or gain career-related experience and knowledge. Such opportunities could include but are not limited to internships, volunteering, and job shadowing. Funding is available for both domestic and international opportunities. Experiences must meet Wellesley’s Internship Guidelines; however, there is no minimum time commitment to receive a Wintersession mini grant.

Jun 5, 2019

Summer Internship Credit

Current first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors graduating after summer 2019


Wellesley College offers co-curricular (non-academic) credit for internships and research opportunities that expand students’ learning beyond the classroom and contribute to students’ professional development. Initiated in 2016 as a joint effort between the Committee on Curriculum & Academic Policy (CCAP) and Wellesley Career Education, the Summer Internship Credit program was established to broaden our students’ eligibility for internships and other experiential learning. Knowing that many employers require academic credit for internships, we saw an opportunity to...