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  |  Step 2: Complete your Application
Step 3: Experience  |  Calendar & Deadlines

Step 1: Explore Opportunities

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Signature Internships

Through Career Education's signature internship opportunities, 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.

Application Opens: Monday, October 26, 2020 

Application Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020

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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.

Application Opens: Monday, February 15, 2021

Application Deadline: Monday, March 15, 2021


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.

Application Opens: Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Application Deadline: Friday, July 2, 2021

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.

Calendar & Deadlines

Fall 2020


  • 14: Application Pathway opens (all Signature Internships and Grants Programs applicants are required to complete this Pathway before completing their application)
  • 19-23: Tanner Summit. Volunteer to share your summer experience and learn about your classmates' experiences!
  • 26: Signature Internships application opens; Fall Term 2 classes start



  • 26-27: Thanksgiving Break 
  • 30: Signature Internships application closes



  • 17: Notification of Signature Internships application results 

Spring 2021


  • 15: Grants Program application opens
  • 12: Signature Internships nominees notified of intern selections 


  • 15: Grants Program application closes 


  • 9: Notification of Grants Program application results
  • 19: Summer Internship Credit application opens (for students not receiving stipends through Career Education)


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



  • 2: Summer Internship Credit application closes 


Jul 2, 2021

Summer Internship Credit

Current first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors graduating after summer 2021.


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...

Albright Institute Managed Internships

The Internships managed by the Albright Institute can all be found at this link.

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“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

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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

College Career Mentors

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