Internships & Grants

Academic Department Internships & Grants

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

Wellesley Career Education collaborates with various academic departments to offer other internship placements and programs. While Wellesley Career Education co-sponsors stipends to support these opportunities, the programs and placements themselves are arranged and structured by the academic department. 

Biomedical Research and Health Internships

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

Developed to expose our pre-health students to professional research opportunities, the Biomedical Research Internships Program provides an opportunity for students to learn skills related to research in healthcare today. Interns work with a mentor to conduct basic research in a laboratory or to contribute to the development of a research effort. Interns are expected to become familiar with the research approaches used by their mentors. At the mentor’s discretion, students may: develop a specific project within the research team; have shadowing opportunities with a health professional; and interact with patients and their families through volunteer experiences.

Create Your Own Internship

Sarah Isham
Sarah Isham

Students that think in terms of impact rather than internship postings open up a world of possibilities where they can gain meaningful and challenging experience.

Department of Religion Summer Opportunities

The Religion Department offers both research and grant opportunities for students pursuing summer experiences:

  • Elisabeth Luce Moore Summer Research Internships in Religion
  • Summer Internship Program in Ministry/Human Services 

Elisabeth Luce Moore ’24 Internships in Asia

Lorraine
Lorraine Hanley ’98

The Elisabeth Luce Moore ’24 Summer Internships in Asia program aims to prepare students for lives and careers in a globalized world. Through internships in East Asian business, government, and nonprofit organizations, students gain a knowledge of local business and cultural norms that informs their liberal arts education and prepares them for professions in an interconnected world. The program, which has sponsored internships in China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, and South Korea, was established in 1999 with a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation and builds on ties between Wellesley College and Asia that date from the late nineteenth century.

English Department and Writing Program Internships

The English Department and the Writing Program are happy to announce six sponsored internships for the summer of 2019. Each 10-week, full-time internship carries a stipend of up to $5,000.  Students may apply for more than one internship, but should indicate their first choice and notice the locations and difference of emphasis between them.

Finding an Internship

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

While the College supports hundreds of students through our funded internship programs, the opportunities to intern around the world are endless. We understand it can be overwhelming to get started, so here are a few ideas to jumpstart your search.

Global Citizenship Program

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

Regardless of country of origin, every Wellesley student should consider herself a citizen of the world. The world population is anticipated to rise to 8 billion people by 2025, with a majority of people living in emerging or developing countries on the Asian and African continent. With this demographic shift, the importance of developing culturally competent leadership will be critical to the overall success of organizations and communities around the world. Through full-time, immersive placements with international partners, students gain exposure to a variety cultures, languages, and organizational models, experience with different cross-cultural levels of interaction, recognition of their own ethical viewpoint and sensitivity as community members and emerging leaders in practical decision-making skills, and self-inquiry around cultural intelligence and dynamic competencies through both work and life experiences.

Internship Guidelines, Best Practices, and Eligibility

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

Learn about Wellesley Career Education's criteria for an experience to be defined as an internship.

Internship Resource Toolkit

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

Whether you are considering a summer internship and want to get a better sense of what it will involve, about to embark on an internship and need a bit of help before you leave, or in the thick of your summer experience, the Internship Resource Toolkit offers information, tips, and tools to help you.Whether you are considering a summer internship and want to get a better sense of what it will involve, about to embark on an internship and need a bit of help before you leave, or in the thick of your summer experience, the Internship Resource Toolkit offers information, tips, and tools to help you.

Italian Department Internships

Students with an effective command of Italian are encouraged to apply for these paid summer internship programs. These are 10-week internships in Italy that come with a stipend of up to $5,000.

  • Cassero LGBT Center, Bologna
  • KitchenFilm, Rome, Italy
  • E!State Liberis (Libera), Rome, Italy
  • The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

 

Jewish Studies Research and Grant Opportunities

The Jewish Studies program offers both research and grant opportunities for students pursuing work related to the interdisciplinary study of Jewish culture and civilization. 

  • Diarna Geo-Museum Internship
  • Shirley Heidenberg Koteen ’40 Endowed Internship Fund for Jewish Studies (Grant)

Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning

Erin Konkle
Erin Konkle

Designed for students with a commitment to community engagement, the Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service-Learning challenges students to explore and participate in social change in the Greater Boston Area. During the 10-week program, students reside together in Boston while undertaking full-time internships with local nonprofit organizations. Led by Wellesley College faculty, staff, and nonprofit practitioners, a weekly seminar integrating experiential and traditional classroom learning benefits not only the Wellesley interns, but also the communities in which they serve.

Make the Most of Your Internship

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College Career Mentors

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

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. 

 

Peace & Justice Studies Internship Program

Internships allow students the opportunity to engage in a project related to the causes and resolution of conflict and /or social justice. The Peace and Justice Studies Program encourages students to do internships in the summer and during the academic year in order to develop skills and knowledge of social activism.

Russian Department Internships in Moscow

The Russian Department, in close collaboration with Wellesley Career Education, offers 8-10-week internships in Moscow that come with a stipend of up to $5,000. Students may apply for more than one placement, if interested. For Summer 2018, the program is able to offer up to 2 sponsored placements at the Carnegie Center, the Donors' Forum, and the Andrei Bely Memorial Apartment Museum.

Sama Mundlay ’20 American Cities Program

Sama Mundlay ’20
Sama Mundlay ’20

The Sama Mundlay ’20 American Cities Program allows Wellesley students to experience the diversity of regions, communities, and cultures within the U.S. Through identified placements in major cities, students’ work experiences directly engage with the particular social, economic, and/or cultural realities of their urban environment. Internships at private, public, and nonprofit organizations give students the opportunity to gain professional experience, create networks for future employment, and cultivate relationships with diverse teams. Students are encouraged to identify alumnae mentors whenever possible.

Signature Internship Programs: Policies & FAQs

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

Review these FAQs to learn about Wellesley's Signature Internship Programs: how to apply, funding, housing, professionalism requirements, and more.

Spanish Department Internships

The Spanish Department is pleased to offer several internship opportunities to practice and continue exploring the Spanish and Hispanic languages and culture. For Summer 2019, the Spanish Department may offer placements among the following organizations:

  • Asociación de parálisis cerebral y otras afecciones similares, (ACPACYS) (Córdoba, España)
  • Museo de Arte de Ponce (Ponce, Puerto Rico)
  • Observatorio Instituto Cervantes at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • Universidad Internacional Menéndez y Pelayo (UIMP) (Santander, España)

Summer Internship Credit

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

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 align workplace learning with the academic experience.

Summer Internship Credit: FAQs

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

Review this resource to learn about timelines, eligibility, and more FAQs.

Summer Internships in Psychology

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

The Summer Internship in Psychology Program was developed to give students the opportunity to gain valuable summer clinical experience to help them make informed career choices.

Working at Riverside Community Care (in Needham, Newton, and Norwood, MA) and The Walker School (Needham, MA), students increase their understanding of the bio-psycho-social model of mental disorders. Interns develop a deeper appreciation of the complex interface between genetic make-up, psychological coping strategies, and the larger socio-cultural forces determining how individuals negotiate the vicissitudes of life.

The Freedom Project Internships

The Freedom Project is dedicated to the actualization of freedom in the U.S. and abroad. As such, we partner with various foundations, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations to provide students with real world experience putting their knowledge into practice.  Following are the organizations the Freedom Project collaborates with for the internship program.

Wellesley Career Education Signature Internship Programs

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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.

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

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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.

Wellesley Grants Program: FAQs

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

This resource will help you to answer frequently asked questions about the grants program, including how to apply, funding determinations, timelines, and more.

Wellesley-Sponsored Internships Statement of Intent Guidelines

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

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.

Wintersession Mini Grants: Short-Term Internships & Job Shadowing

Jennifer Pollard
Jennifer Pollard

Wintersession Mini Grants support students pursuing short-term, unpaid, and supervised internships and job shadowing opportunities over Wintersession that enable them to explore an industry or career, expand their professional network, and/or gain career-related experience and knowledge. Funding is available for both domestic and international opportunities.