Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning

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.

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Eligible class year: Sophomore 

Stipend Amount: $2,500 plus housing arranged at Northeastern University and paid by the Civic Engagement program. For students participating in Lumpkin for the summer of 2020 ONLY, we are able to offer additional funds up to $500 to help with transportation costs associated with traveling to/from home and Boston. If you anticipate needing these additional funds, please email Katy Ryan (kryan4@wellesley.edua brief budget and explanation of your travel costs by March 23.

Required Application Materials: Statement of Intent, Cover Letter(s), Resume

Good news-- Lumpkin is expanding! Up to 20 interns will be selected to participate in the program for Summer 2020. As a result we are expanding our partnerships with host organizations to include new placement sites. We will continue to confirm additional partners into early December. 

The deadline to apply for Lumpkin is December 2 at 11:30 pm EST. On the Lumpkin Application (accessible via the Internship Centralized Application) you can select up to two sites for which you would like to be considered. You can submit your application indicating your preferred sites or without making a selection. Shortly after the December 2 application deadline, we will contact all applicants to reconfirm their internship site selections. This will give students the opportunity to consider any new opportunities offered through the program and revise their placement preferences if they wish to do so.


Summer Internship Credit Approval: Students participating in this program are pre-approved to receive summer internship credit; the credit request process is integrated in the application process.


Learn more about the Lumpkin experience!

Why Lumpkin?
The Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service-Learning has many benefits, which include:

  • Gaining experience working for a nonprofit or governmental agency.
  • Learning with a group of Wellesley peers in Boston for the summer.
  • Building professional skills in an office setting.
  • Learning about the challenges facing urban environments marginalized populations and seeing how various individuals and organizations are working to address those challenges.
  • Building a professional network within the Boston community.

The Independent Project
As part of the Institute, students are required to complete an independent project that is meaningful for both the student and the organization and will have a long-term impact. Students work closely with the Civic Engagement Program Manager and their Internship Site Supervisor to identify and complete the project.

Each week Lumpkin student interns meet for a 2.5 hour seminar. Topics for the weekly seminars cover many aspects of the not for profit work environment, systems of oppression that influence the not for profit sector,  and provide students with an opportunity to learn about the intersection of social issues.

Program Requirements
In order to participate in the program, students must be rising juniors during the internship summer and are required to:

  • Work a total of 35 hours over 10 weeks (not including mandatory weekly seminar)  
  • Attend the weekly seminar coordinated by Wellesley Civic Engagement
  • Complete all required reports, projects, and readings for seminars;
  • Attend mandatory orientation meetings co-sponsored by the Civic Engagement Program;
  • Return all student contracts and paperwork as required by the Civic Engagement Program;
  • Participate in the Tanner Conference.



    • Amina Praileau '21, Irish International Immigrant Center
    • Megan D'Alessandro '21, St. Stephens
    • Phoebe Woodruff '21, EMPath
    • Sophie Dowdy '21, Boston Area Rape Crisis
    • Soren Kernan '21, The Dimock Center
    • Vanessa Delarca '21, YW Boston
    • Alexandra Gago '21, Renewal House
    • Caroline Witten '21, Blue Hub
    • Shreya Huilgol '21, Medical Legal Partnership


    • Camille Brunetti '20, Action for Boston Community Development, Boston, MA
    • Margarita Forbes '20, YMCA Boston, MA
    • Lyba Khan '20, Economic Mobility Pathways, Boston, MA
    • Rachel Korkodilos '20, The Dimock Center, Boston, MA
    • Claudia Lamprecht '20, Primary Care Progress, Boston, MA
    • Sharon Lu '20, St. Stephen's, Boston, MA
    • Maya Nuñez, '20, Irish International Immigration Center, Boston, MA
    • Sarah Nwafor '20, Renewal House, Boston, MA
    • Emmet Odegaard '20, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Boston, MA
    • Alexandra Stanford '20, Medical Legal Partnerships, Boston, MA
    • Christine Yi '20, Boston Community Capital, Boston, MA


    • Sianna D. Casey ‘19, Renewal House, Boston, MA
    • Catherine H. Gooding ‘19, Economic Mobility Pathways, Boston, MA
    • Hawah M. Kallon ‘19, Action for Boston Community Development, Boston, MA
    • Hayley A. Liebenow ‘19, The Dimock Center, Boston, MA
    • Rebecca T. Leu ‘19, Primary Care Progress, Cambridge, MA
    • Christina A. Okezie ‘19, St. Stephen's B-SAFE Program, Boston, MA
    • Julia P. Renfroe ‘19, Medical Legal Partnership, Boston, MA
    • Esa Tilija ‘19, Boston Community Capital, Boston, MA
    • Madeline R. Wood ‘19, Irish International Immigrant Center, Boston, MA
    • Michelle A. L. Yu ‘19, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Boston, MA
    • Sitara A. Zoberi ‘19, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Boston, MA


    • Mikayla E. Blinzler ’18, Renewal House, Roxbury, MA
    • Emily J. Boyk ’18, St. Stephen’s B-SAFE Summer Program, Boston, MA
    • Kelsey R. Campbell ’18, The Dimock Center, Roxbury, MA
    • Chetna Mahajan ’18, Economic Mobilities Pathway (EMPath, formerly Crittenton Women’s Union), Boston, MA
    • Leilani N. Stacy ’18, Boston Community Capital, Boston, MA
    • Sydney A. Stewart ’18, St. Francis House, Boston, MA
    • Zichun (Michelle) Wang ’18, Medical-Legal Partnership, Boston, MA
    • Katie J. Yan ’18, Action for Boston Community Development, Boston, MA

    Help train volunteers and improve the volunteer experience at an organization that provides essential life services to underserved populations around Boston. Or, gain experience in curriculum development and teaching, creating meaningful summer experiences for low income youth.

    Organization: Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) (Boston, MA)

    Available Placements: 1

    A nonprofit human services organization, ABCD’s mission is to empower low-income people by providing them with the tools to overcome poverty, live with dignity, and achieve their full potential. The organization provides services for families and individuals throughout their lifespan. Services include Head Start and childcare, elder services, tax preparation, fuel assistance and weatherization, health programs and family planning, housing and homeless prevention services, immigration services,  two alternative high schools, youth employment and career exploration, adult basic education and ESOL, vocational training and job placement, and food security.

    ABCD has a network of 14 neighborhood-based service centers, which offer a front door to the organization’s resources in every low- income Boston neighborhood. This scope allows ABCD to combine sensitivity to diverse neighborhood needs with the capacity to support major, citywide initiatives for over 100,000 low-income residents annually in the Greater Boston area.

    What you will learn: The Volunteer Services Intern will provide assistance in the day-to-day running of the Volunteer Office, engaging with departments throughout ABCD to understand and meet their needs as well as working with the Volunteer Coordinator to develop the Volunteer Office’s capacity. Skills you will learn and/or expand upon may include: 

    • Leadership & Organization: Assist in the review and continuous development of ABCD’s volunteer orientation. Engage with business leaders throughout Greater Boston as we develop ABCD’s Volunteer Advisory Council. Provide valuable assistance in the day-to-day management of ABCD’s Volunteer Office.
    • Communication & Interpersonal: Organize and conduct focus groups and interviews with current volunteer and interns to gather information for the creation of a volunteer exit survey and a volunteer feedback form. Organize and conduct focus groups and interviews with current volunteer supervisors to gather information for the creation of a supervisor survey. Draft written pieces for ABCD’s Volunteer Newsletter showcasing the contribution of ABCD’s volunteer community to the organization’s work.

    Who are you? Sophomores with interest in non-profit and community development work. The ideal candidate will have:

    • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
    • Strong interpersonal skills.
    • Strong organizational skills.
    • Ability to sensitively and effectively communicate with individuals of diverse economic and cultural backgrounds.
    • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, and Google Suite preferred.
    • Bilingual skills (Spanish, Mandarin, Haitian Creole) a plus.


    Organization: St. Stephen’s Youth Programs  (Boston, MA)

    Available Placements: 2 

    The B-SAFE Program (The Bishop’s Summer Academic & Fun Enrichment Program) is a full-day academic and enrichment program serving young people from first grade through high school. St. Stephen’s Youth Programs runs ten B-SAFE programs in six Boston area neighborhoods. The goal is to provide each young person with a comprehensive Circle of Care and build a community where all people feel safe, feel big, and feel connected. Each site includes academic programs in reading, writing and math; peace-building and conflict resolution; visual and performing art workshops; science activities; recreational activities; and many field trips. By contributing to their academic and interpersonal skills, B-SAFE helps young people advance learning in school and become leaders in their communities. 

    B-SAFE serves young people in neighborhoods that have limited summer academic programming and that have been identified as “hot spots” for violence. The program serves elementary and middle schoolers who qualify for some form of public assistance and who would not otherwise have access to high-quality, affordable summer programs. For high school students, B-SAFE offers counselor training, leadership opportunities, and employment. Last summer, B-SAFE served more than 660 youth across its locations 160 of these were teens with paid jobs and internships. 

    What you will learn:  Academic Interns serve as members of B-SAFE's academic team, with a special focus on adapting and implementing the summer curriculum. B-SAFE is a well-established program with experimental components. Interns will work in a creative and high energy to environment. Skills you will learn and/or expand upon may include:

    • Curriculum Design: Work with other members of the Academic Team to design and create Numbers (Math and STEM), Word (Humanities), Visual Art, Health and Wellness, and Social Emotional Learning lessons for grades 1 through 8
    • Teaching: Train and support the teaching specialists hired to teach these lessons for the summer on the content of the curriculum. Serve as a specialist at one site for the subject of the curriculum developed (Word, Numbers, Art, Health and Wellness). Teaching young people directly will add to the experience an Academic Intern can offer to specialist colleagues.
    • Teamwork/Collaboration: Support partner organizations who will run specialty days at all six site locations. Fun at Home Days are a 3-hour block of time once a week. The Academic Team works collaboratively with other youth-serving organizations and trainers who offer a fun and educationally enriching theme.

    Who are you? Sophomores with interest in non-profit and community development work. The ideal candidate will have:

    • Strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. 
    • A “can-do” attitude, flexibility, sense of humor, and grace under pressure are essential characteristics for doing this job well. 
    • A creative and entrepreneurial spirit to figure out the best way to help create systems in an effort to standardize the teaching and education happening in multiple sites.


    Organization: Irish International Immigrant Center (Boston, MA)

    Available Placements: 1-2

    The Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) empowers over 3,500 immigrants and refugees annually from more than 120 countries by providing the legal, wellness and educational support they need to build successful lives. Building on its Irish roots of welcoming others and social justice, IIIC helps newcomers find community and stands up for immigration policies that are humane and just. America is a nation of immigrants, and despite the current political climate, IIIC is proud to continue the tradition of welcoming immigrants to this country and working together to create a better future for all. IIIC’s vision is of a society where all people are welcomed and valued and enjoy equal opportunities and protections. Rooted in the Irish tradition of hospitality, the organization works to create a safe and welcoming place for people from around the world who come to the Center.

    IIIC’s Education Services offer courses that give immigrants the skills, education, and confidence they need to earn a sustainable living, to contribute to economic development, and to integrate into society. Courses offered include ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes, Basic Computer Literacy and Career Advancement, Individual Achievement Program (IAP) that provides students with one-to-one coaching that supports them in achieving short-term and long-term career and education goals, and Citizenship Engagement, which supports eligible immigrants who are working toward becoming productive and engaged US citizens through one on one mentoring sessions and tutoring.

    What you will learn: The Lumpkin Summer Intern will work with Education Services team. This fun-loving, hardworking, and vibrant team is dedicated to helping immigrants integrate smoothly into their new communities, and to making a positive difference in the lives of many immigrants, while learning new skills and gaining a deep appreciation for a diverse range of cultures. In addition to the responsibilities described below, the intern will attend monthly staff meetings and complete other tasks as assigned by her supervisor, the Director of Education Services. Skills you will learn and/or expand upon may include:

    • Teaching and Classroom Support: Work directly with immigrant and refugee students and teachers to assist with English classes on various topics.  Help with classroom set up, including necessary paperwork and physical space.
    • Administrative: Provide administrative support to the team, which involves tasks like scanning, filing, copying, maintaining records (both hard copy and virtual) and data entry. Assist with intake assessments.
    • Communication and Outreach: Call current and potential students; Perform outreach to promote courses and workshops, which will involve occasional visits to Boston area organizations to distribute outreach materials.

    Who are you? Sophomores with interest in non-profit work and educational services. Given the nature of the IIIC’s work, candidates with language abilities are strongly encouraged to apply, particularly those who are fluent in Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, and/or Portuguese. The ideal candidate will have:

    • Excellent verbal and written communication
    • Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel
    • Familiarity with Google Drive, Sheets, Docs, etc.
    • Data entry experience, preferred
    • Experience with immigrant/refugee population, preferred   
    • Bilingual, or multilingual, preferred


    Organization: CitySprouts (Cambridge and Boston, MA)

    Available Placements: 2

    CitySprouts is a non-profit school garden program that works with public schools to build capacity to integrate the school garden into teachers’ curriculum and the school culture. CitySprouts partners with 21 public schools in Cambridge and Boston, MA. Our Middle School Program consists of both afterschool and summer programming with a goal to make the experience of garden-based learning accessible to all young people.

    CitySprouts’ Summer Program is based in Cambridge and Boston and provides 90 youth (ages 11-14) with hands-on learning through growing, harvesting, preparing and eating healthy food in an urban garden. With an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the summer program fosters a strong connection to their natural urban environment through working and learning in the garden.

    CitySprouts is seeking, energetic, diverse, and outgoing interns to provide essential support to the Summer Program. CitySprouts Summer Interns can expect a significant learning opportunity as well as opportunities for career exploration. Summer Interns typically work in pairs, directly with a CitySprouts Garden Educator and will also:

    • Receive training in:
      • Urban agriculture
      • Teaching about food and the environment
      • Managing youth groups in an outdoor setting
      • Building relationships with and teaching middle school youth
    • Participate in weekly staff meetings
    • Collaborate with a garden maintenance team as stewards for multiple school gardens
    • Engage in daily lesson and activity planning in inquiry and project-based curriculum
    • Help build youth’s STEM, social-emotional, gardening, and cooking skills

    Expectations: The CitySprouts Summer Internship is an opportunity to gain first-hand experience working in the heart of a growing nonprofit organization. Interns will be given significant responsibility toward making the summer program a successful experience for all participants, as well as in representing CitySprouts to young people, families and the larger community. Interns report to the Program Manager. Work hours are 8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday – Friday (may be subject to change).

    All members of CitySprouts staff, including interns, are expected to uphold the following expectations:

    • Be curious, open and willing to try new things
    • Express enthusiasm for the CitySprouts program in the garden, in the neighborhood and on field trips
    • Approach the physical labor of garden maintenance with energy and a positive attitude
    • Stay mindful of the impact adults have on young people and foster a positive & respectful relationship between youth, other Interns and CitySprouts staff
    • We expect Interns and staff to be thoughtful and reflective about how their own identities affect interactions with youth and each other
    • Our office and summer sites are spread across Boston and Cambridge. Not all of our sites are directly accessible from Public Transportation or walkable. It is important that you have a plan for transportation across the city. We've found those who have access to bikes or cars are most successful when commuting to our summer sites. 

    Intern Responsibilities:

    • Youth Development and Education

      • Assist the Garden Educator in teaching a team of summer middle school interns about STEM topics, growing food, garden care, healthy cooking, science of the garden, food justice, community service, and the natural environment
      • Work with the Garden Educator to plan inquiry and project-based activities and lessons for interns related to the above topics 
      • Mentor middle school youth and encourage their leadership skills
      • Chaperone youth on field trips to local farms, food pantries and grocery stores
    • Urban Agricultural Skills

      • Work as part of an afternoon garden maintenance crew, perform routine tasks such as watering, weeding, harvesting and planting
      • Complete special garden maintenance and construction projects with garden crew
    • Cooking and Food 

      • Responsible for pantry inventory and cookbox organization at internship site
      • Responsible for guiding cooking and maintaining safety during youth meal preparation

    Who are you? Open to sophomores. The ideal candidate will have:

    • Fluency in a second language strongly preferred
    • Ability to do physical work outside
    • Experience with youth supervision and programing

    Work at a nonprofit financial institution that invests in the critical needs of low-income communities; get involved with programs that help families break the cycle of poverty; work with an organization dedicated to advancing equity; or support an historical and cultural institution that serves the Boston community. ​

    Organization: BlueHub Capital (formerly known as Boston Community Capital), Boston, MA

    Available Placements: 1

    BlueHub Capital (formerly known as Boston Community Capital) is a nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI). Since its founding in 1985, BlueHub Capital has invested $2 billion in projects and has leveraged over $9 billion in public and private investment in underserved communities nationwide. The organization reinvigorates communities by financing affordable housing, child and youth programs, schools and health care facilities; renovating commercial real estate in distressed neighborhoods; introducing solar power to help contain energy costs of low-income families; and lending to homeowners facing the threat of foreclosure.

    BlueHub Capital’s effectiveness relies on its network of strong relationships in the communities it serves as it brings national resources that support local projects. The organization raises and deploys capital from institutions, government and individuals to support projects that create opportunities in low-income communities. Through its three main affiliates, BlueHub Capital offers a broad range of innovative financial tools united by a common purpose: connecting low-income communities with the resources and capital they need to thrive:

    • BlueHub Loan Fund: Lending for community and economic development 
    • BlueHub SUN: Foreclosure prevention through mortgage lending
    • BlueHub Energy: Development of energy resiliency and renewable energy in low-income communities

    What you will learn: BlueHub Capital’s diverse stakeholders includes impact investors, financial institutions, foundations, community organizations, policymakers and public officials to fulfill its mission of building healthy communities where low-income people live and work. The organization develops and strengthens these relationships through a series of strategic outreach and communications efforts. The Lumpkin intern will work closely with the Development and Communications/Strategic Initiatives team on a range of strategic outreach efforts to support BlueHub Capital’s SUN and Loan Fund affiliates.   

    Who are you? Sophomores with interest in finance and community development work. The ideal candidate will have: 

    • Strong data analysis skills
    • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
    • Strong oral and written communication skills
    • Curiosity and questions about the challenges that low-income communities face
    • An interest in applying finance tools to create social change


    Organization: Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath) (Boston, MA)

    Available Placements: 1 

    EMPath’s legacy of empowering low-income people dates back to 1800s Boston. Staying true to the mission, EMPath has developed an approach that meets the challenges of poverty today. EMPath uses data to inform program design and publishes findings on poverty, direct services, and economic mobility. In the public policy arena, EMPath provides expertise to government at the local, state, and federal level. 

    EMPath transforms people’s lives by helping them move out of poverty and provides other institutions with the tools to systematically do the same – through EMPath’s Economic Mobility Exchange global learning network. EMPath’s metric-based, mentor-led, incentivized program model offers a viable roadmap that is recalibrating the way governments, nonprofit organizations, and policy makers approach their work with low-income families. For almost a decade, its Bridge to Self-Sufficiency® and the Mobility Mentoring® service platform have been guiding low-income families toward economic independence. EMPath’s services help people increase their incomes, secure permanent housing, attain education, and establish themselves in careers that help them break the cycle of poverty. 

    What you will learn: Working within the Economic Mobility Exchange global learning network, you will work on projects aimed at capturing knowledge and best practice and disseminating this learning across the network of providers. Projects are designed based on your interests and skills – they may include data analysis, creating an annual member report, designing and implementing a research project focused on practices that support economic mobility, testing and supporting the build out of content on a learning management system. Specific projects to be determined with supervisor.

    Who are you? Sophomores with interest in non-profit and community development work. The ideal candidate will have:

    • Strong organizational skills
    • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills
    • A genuine sense of curiosity in learning what strategies/approaches to supporting economic mobility work well and why, and uncovering the challenges people and organizations experience

    Organization: YW Boston (Boston, MA)
    Available Placements: 1

    As the first YWCA in the nation, we have been at the forefront of advancing equity for 150 years. We have remained a leader through generations by turning the support of those that envision a better Boston for all into creative, effective programs that make positive change. We have a deep understanding of the problems of racial and gender inequity, and we know what works – engaging people and organizations at all levels. Our programs that educate and empower reach middle school girls, police officers, corporate executives, high school youth leaders, policymakers, and Boston area residents of all walks of life. Everyone we connect with learns what they can do to promote equity in their personal life, social circle, workplace, school, or neighborhood.

    What you will learn: The Research and Evaluation intern will be actively involved in supporting the data collection, entry, and analysis related to YW’s Programs department. The intern is expected to be a thought partner with the Director of Research and Evaluation, as well as with program staff, to improve the processes and data collection approaches at YW. Skills you will learn and/or develop further may include:

    • Research and Analysis:
      • Survey relevant literatures to support the program efforts at YW, and identify innovative approaches to measuring progress of individuals and organizations in their efforts to create more inclusive, equitable, and diverse workspaces.
      • Support data entry and analysis for YW programs, including developing new ways of reporting to diverse audiences and stakeholder groups. This can include the opportunity to develop and modify data visualization dashboards.
    • Teamwork and Collaboration:
      • Participate in data evaluation meetings to support organization-wide data practices.
      • Work with program staff to improve their data collection and entry processes.

    Who are you? Sophomores with an interest in mission driven organizations, social justice issues (particularly at the intersection of race and gender), and interest in using data to tell stories and measure social change. The ideal candidate will have:

    • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and willingness to learn
    • Strong data analysis skills (e.g. proficiency with excel and comfort describing data trends)
    • Strong written and oral communication skills


    Organization: MassVOTE (Boston, MA)

    Available Placements: 1

    MassVOTE was founded in 1999 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working to advance voter participation and fair elections through its legislative advocacy and voter participation work. Today MassVOTE works on a nonpartisan basis to increase voter registration, education, and participation in historically underrepresented communities in Massachusetts to promote social, economic, environmental, and racial justice. MassVOTE trains nonprofit staff and volunteers - people with legitimacy, credibility, and relationships in the community- to tie voting people's everyday concerns. When people go to community nonprofits for healthcare, affordable housing, and childcare, MassVOTE helps them become engaged voters whose voices will be heard. Our work aims to promote a culture of active political participation by providing individuals, local community groups, and civic organizations with the tools they need to organize, register, and educate voters, with an emphasis on historically disenfranchised communities. MassVOTE also builds civic coalitions to advocate for democratic reforms that make the electoral process more accountable and accessible to all people.  

    What you will learn: The Lumpkin Fellow will work with MassVOTE staff on a variety of projects, including (but certainly not limited to!): 

    • the 2020 Census; 
    • the 2020 presidential election and preliminary election in Boston; 
    • MassVOTE's youth programming (Young Civic Leaders); 
    • development of our social media strategy and messaging of MassVOTE’s short-and long-term goals of voter engagement and voting rights issue-based advocacy;
    • research and writing projects regarding bills, white papers, or current legislation
    • meeting with our coalition partners 

    The Fellow will also be able to shadow meetings and events, as well as meet one-on-one often with Executive and Deputy directors; reap the benefits of working in a small, close-knit office at our exciting downtown Boston location; have many opportunities for network building with variety of affiliated organizations and coalition partners in Boston area, as well as opportunities to meet legislators, lawmakers, and community activists.

     The ideal candidate will have: 

    • A proven ability to work effectively in a team-oriented, multi-issue environment with overlapping short-term and long-term deadlines; 
    • Attention to detail; 
    • Strong writing, interpersonal and organizational skills
    • Interest in community advocacy and legislative affairs (necessary)
    • Experience working with diverse communities, youth, new citizens, nonprofits, and familiarity with voting and elections (preferred)
    • Strong skills in social media, Canva or graphic design; Google suite (preferred)


    Organization: Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, MA)

    Available Placements: 1

    Founded in 1791, the Massachusetts Historical Society is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. Its extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and irreplaceable national treasures. 

    As the nation’s first historical society, the MHS strives to enhance the understanding of our nation’s past and its connection to the present, demonstrating that history is not just a series of events that happened to individuals long ago but is integral to the fabric of our daily lives. Its collections are accessible to anyone with an interest in American history. Beyond research, the MHS offers many ways for the public to enjoy its collections including engaging programs, thought-provoking exhibitions, publications, seminars, and teacher workshops. 

    The MHS collections are particularly well-known for extensive holdings of personal papers from three presidents: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, and Thomas Jefferson. The collections contain many famous documents including Paul Revere's own account of his famous ride and Abigail Adams’s famous "Remember the Ladies” letter to John Adams, where she advocates for the rights of women to be included in the founding of the United States. In addition, the MHS holds several imprints of the Declaration of Independence, and Thomas Jefferson's architectural drawings, among many other treasures. 

    What you will learn: The Lumpkin Summer Intern will work in the Development Department. 

    • Information Management: Work with a Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) system like Raiser’s Edge and update collection acquisitions into a database. 
    • Communications: Develop web content and a social media campaign for development, including organizing photos for use in event follow-up and promotion, creating photo slideshows, and tagging donors for photo archiving. 
    • Administrative: Provide administrative support to the team, which involves tasks like scanning, filing, copying, maintaining records (both hard copy and virtual) and data entry. 
    • Non-profit Management: In addition to the responsibilities described above, the intern will attend occasional staff meetings and complete other tasks as assigned by her supervisor, the Vice President of Development under the direction of Development team members.  

    We will also provide the opportunity for the intern to have tours and conversations with other departments at the MHS in order to gain a window into the world of non-profit operations as well as the specialized industry of a historic research archive and library. Tours could include the special collections, preservation lab, art and artifacts, education, publications, Adams Family Papers and public programs departments. 

    Who are you? Students with interest in non-profit work and information systems or fundraising. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have: 

    • Excellent verbal and written communication 
    • Proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel 
    • Familiarity with Google Drive, Sheets, Docs, etc. 
    • Data entry experience in a database strongly preferred 
    • Good sense of humor


    COMING SOON! An internship opportunity with the Trustees of Reservations is available for Summer 2020. An internship description will be posted soon. 

    Organization: The Trustees of Reservations

    Available Placements: 1

    Founded in 1891 in Boston by landscape architect and open space visionary Charles Eliot, The Trustees is the nation’s first and Massachusetts’ largest preservation and conservation nonprofit. Our mission is to preserve and protect distinctive and dynamic places of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value for the benefit of the public. These special places include parks, gardens, farms, beaches, historic homesteads, campgrounds, inns, woodlands, and more. Together with our supporters and partners, we are working to engage a broader constituency of Massachusetts residents and visitors to lead healthy, active lifestyles and form a deeper connection to community, culture, and conservation.

    Trustees 2023 Strategic Plan – Our Goals by 2023

    • Protecting the places people love: Protect more special places; Help secure new iconic parks along the Boston Waterfront; Invest in care of our places and advance the profession. 
    • Responding to a changing coast: Protect and advocate for a healthy coast; Inspire an informed love of the coast; Focus on our most vulnerable coastal areas
    • Elevating our cultural and agricultural experience: Broaden the appeal and elevate the visitor experience; Invest in our community farms as vibrant learning platforms; Develop new and creative ways of storytelling
    • Inviting the next generation outside: Create a network of adventure interventions; Diversify and grow opportunities for families; Deepen our connections to schools and teachers
    • Building The Trustees of the future: Recruit more members and donors; Curate a sense of welcome; Connect to communities

    Internship details to be posted soon!

    Use marketing and communications skills to promote health-related initiatives and support events. Join an immigration legal services team or learn how legal problem-solving strategies are used to advance health equity in society.

    Organization: The Dimock Center (Boston, MA)

    Available Placements: 1

    Founded in 1862 as the New England Hospital for Women and Children, the Dimock Center heals and uplifts individuals, families, and its community. Recognized nationally as a model for the delivery of comprehensive health and human services in an urban community, The Dimock Center provides over 19,000 people annually with convenient access to high quality, low cost health care and human services that might not otherwise be available to the communities it serves. Operating on a nine-acre campus in Roxbury, The Dimock Center serves communities in Boston and across the state, providing comprehensive, culturally-competent Health and Community Care, Behavioral Health Services, and Child and Family Services. 

    What you will learn: The Marketing and Communications intern will be actively involved in supporting the operations of the Office of Development & External Affairs through various communication and marketing initiatives and projects. Managed by Director of Marketing and Communications, she will primarily be responsible for increasing community engagement for its Annual Road to Wellness 5K Walk/Run event in September through various marketing channels, including social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), event Website, community outreach and e-newsletters. Skills you will learn and/or expand upon may include:

    • Digital Marketing: Create, manage and implement comprehensive social media and editorial calendar for Sixth Annual Road to Wellness Walk/Run event. Generate social media and other engagement ideas/campaigns. Update event website (Word Press)
    • Communications and Outreach: Write and post weekly participant profiles for all media channels, including Web. Write short articles for the newsletter, Website. Write press releases, media advisories and make media calls when needed.
    • Project Management: Write, edit, proofread and manage Communications projects, including some light design work
    • Collaboration: Work with printing vendors to generate project bids and quotes

    Who are you? Sophomores with interest in non-profit and community development work. The ideal candidate will have:

    • Strong organizational skills
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills


    Organization: MLPB (formerly known as Medical Legal Partnership | Boston) (Boston, MA)

    Available Placements:

    MLPB believes in the power of justice to advance health.  We equip health and human services teams with problem-solving strategies that disrupt the evolution of a person's social, economic or environmental need into a legal — and health — crisis. Through robust training and technical assistance support, we help workforce partners understand their unique capacities to unlock access to a range of health-promoting benefits, services, and legal protections — for which many individuals, families, and populations are eligible.   

    A person’s social, economic and environmental context matters for health. Health-related social needs (HRSN) — like poor housing conditions, energy insecurity, food insecurity, and interpersonal violence — can derail their care plan or worsen their health status. HRSN drive avoidable care utilization and related system costs, and perpetuate harmful health disparities. Effective organizational responses to people’s HRSN are critical to furthering health equity. MLPB provides doctors, social workers, and other human services professionals with legal advice and services to help ensure patients’ social needs are met.

    What you will learn: The MLPB intern participates in all aspects of the organization’s work. She will be exposed to the real-time development of legal care as a component of healthcare quality improvement and the emerging implementation of the Accountable Care model. The intern is expected to pitch in on tasks related to running a non-profit office without administrative support staff. Skills you will learn and/or expand upon may include:

    • Research and analysis: Conduct legal research and writing, policy analysis
    • Teaching: Develop training for health & human services staff 
    • Data Management: Perform data entry and analysis support for medical research studies involving social determinants of health and health disparities
    • Teamwork and Collaboration: Participate in coalitions and public health Communities of Practice, and work on community lawyering projects to address health-harming inequities 
    • Administrative: Perform administrative tasks as needed. 

    Who are you? Sophomores with interest in non-profit and community development work. The ideal candidate will have:  

    • Strong organizational skills
    • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills
    • An interest in public health, equity, social justice, and/or legal services


    Organization: Primary Care Progress (Boston, MA)

    Available Placements: 1

    Founded in 2010, Primary Care Progress is a national 501(c)(3) organization committed to building a stronger primary care system. Working with current and future healthcare professionals from across disciplines and career stages – from students and faculty to providers and health systems leaders – we offer leadership and team development and support that emphasizes relational skills, individual resilience, and advocacy. By providing the resources and community necessary to excel, we’re strengthening the individuals and teams at the heart of primary care, ultimately leading to sustainable models of care and better health for all.

    Through leadership development and community building, Primary Care Progress is strengthening the community at the heart of care. At the core of this effort is Relational Leadership™ —  the art and exercise of cultivating relationships as the first step to creating meaningful, sustainable change. From our suite of workshops that equip clinicians and teams with the skills to thrive, to our student programs that empower the next generation to have community impact today, our focus is on helping individuals and care teams succeed in today’s challenging healthcare environment.

    What you will learn: The Lumpkin candidate will be working on tasks related to marketing and communications that support PCP’s Programs and initiatives. The Lumpkin Fellow will assist in the creation, editing, and updating of marketing materials; writing and editing for digital platforms; and gain an understanding of existing software and systems that support marketing and communications efforts.

    Who are you? Sophomores with an interest in non-profit and mission-driven work, and a passion for learning or expanding their marketing and communications skills. Students who are interested in careers in the health professions (pre-med, nursing, pharmacy, social work, public health, community health, etc.) and those who represent groups often underrepresented in the health professions (people of color, LGBTQ, etc.) are particularly encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have:

    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Background and/or interest in developing graphic design and creative writing skills
    • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills
    • Creative thinking skills
    • Desire and ability to work in an innovative and entrepreneurial work environment with a highly committed team
    • Ability to meet deadlines


    Organization: Boston Health Care for the Homeless

    Available Placements: 1

    Since 1985, the mission of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program has been to provide or assure access to the highest quality health care for all homeless individuals and families in the greater Boston area. This means:

    • Vulnerable patients are kept alive and get help managing chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
    • Dedicated clinical and non-clinical staff share their passion for a vibrant mission and support each other in bringing the mission alive.
    • Generous donors find a fulfilling way to respond to the feelings of helplessness that come with concern for those on the street.
    • Shelter partners benefit from BHCHP's medical expertise while focusing on their core mission, avoiding wasteful duplication of services.
    • Boston's many hospitals can depend on BHCHP as an alternative to the emergency room as well as a safe discharge location for medically vulnerable patients.

    We believe a targeted, compassionate management of limited resources yields everyday successes and contributes to the ideals of a just society.

    We seek a Summer Intern to work directly with our Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer and assist with development and delivery of social justice initiatives internal and external to BHCHP, such as our HEI Certification, Boston Pride, addressing biased based inequities in care, and much more. You will do so amongst supportive colleagues invested in your success; we believe the better you do, the better we’ll do, and we’ll all be better able to serve our patients.

    Hours are anticipated to be at least 30 per week, Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 5pm. Some nights and weekends may be required, but you’ll be able to flex those hours during the work week.

    Who are you? Sophomores only. Candidates should be able to demonstrate:

    • Strong interest in social justice
    • Excellent communication & “people” skills
    • Strong organizational abilities
    • Basic computer skills including Excel
    • Ability to be flexible in in a fast paced environment
    • Members of the LGBTQIA community are encouraged to apply
    • Persons with foreign language skills (particularly Spanish and/or Haitian Creole) are encouraged to apply


    Organization: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & the Jimmy Fund (Boston, MA)

    Available Placements: 1

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is one of the world’s leading centers of cancer research and treatment. It is the only center ranked in the top 5 of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals for both adult and pediatric cancer care. The Jimmy Fund, established in Boston in 1948, is comprised of community-based fundraising events and other programs that, solely and directly, benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s lifesaving mission to provide compassionate patient care and groundbreaking cancer research for children and adults. When you support the Jimmy Fund, you are directly supporting Dana-Farber.

    Through hard work and a dedicated staff, the Division of Philanthropy raised over $323 million in fiscal year 2019. Over 280 staff members work in the Division to raise funds and awareness for Dana-Farber’s mission to achieve a world without cancer.

    About the Division of Philanthropy’s Communications Team: The Philanthropy Communications team is a dynamic team of account manager/writers, graphic designers, and production professionals that handles all facets of marketing for an event or program, from research and conception through writing, design, photography & video, and production. They ensure that messaging is on target, and they protect the Dana-Farber and Jimmy Fund brands and trademarks. The team also manages the sourcing and procuring of premium logo items, maintains the division's mailings calendar, and interfaces with the Communications Department at Dana-Farber for public relations initiatives. Philanthropy Communications also produces all Division publications, including Honor Roll of Donors, Impact, and Milestones.

    The Design and Production team within the Philanthropy Communications team is a multidisciplinary team that supports the Division of Philanthropy’s marketing efforts and needs by creating multifaceted solutions for a variety of events, initiatives, and publications. Using, but not limited to, design, photography, and video, the team provides creative and user specific solutions.

    What You Will Learn: The student will receive a close up understanding of how the Design and Production team and the overall Philanthropy Communications team makes ideas tangible through digital asset management, design, photography, and video.

    Who Are You? We are looking for a student who is curious, a self-starter, passionate about using design and communications for social impact, and who has experience in working in Adobe Creative Cloud products.

    Provide communications, outreach, and operations support to organizations that help survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

    Organization: Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (Boston, MA)

    Available Placements: 1

    Founded in 1973, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) provides free, confidential support and services to survivors of sexual violence ages 12 and up and their families and friends. BARCC works with survivors regardless of when the violence was done to them, and its goal is to empower survivors to heal and seek justice in ways that are meaningful to them. BARCC also works with a wide range of organizations and communities, including schools, colleges, and police, to advocate for change. 

    Powered by roughly 50 staff and over 200 volunteers, BARCC assists thousands of sexual violence survivors and their families, friends and communities each year. The organization serves 29 cities and towns in the Greater Boston area—a population of approximately 4.6 million​ people. BARCC provides its volunteers training in how to respond to survivors and create cultures that prevent sexual violence in the first place.

    What you will learn: The Lumpkin Fellow will work with BARCC’s marketing and communications manager on projects to support increasing BARCC’s reach, engagement, and thought leadership. Skills you will learn and/or expand upon may include:

    • Communications and Marketing: Help develop social media strategy and analysis; maintain website
    • Research: Conduct research on current issues related to BARCC’s work
    • Administrative: Support internal communications and help answer main office phone line
    • Creative: Contribute to graphic design and video production projects

    Who are you? Sophomores with interest in nonprofit and community development work. The ideal candidate will have:

    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills
    • Strong skills in social media and Google suite (Google drive, docs, etc.)
    • Skills in graphic design and video production are a plus


    Organization: Renewal House (Boston, MA)

    Available Placements:

    Renewal House, a domestic violence shelter and program of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry of Roxbury, was founded in 1980 by a group of Unitarian Universalist ministers and lay members who saw the need for services for families experiencing violence in the home. Over the last 30 plus years, Renewal House has provided temporary emergency shelter and advocacy services to more than 1,000 individuals and families escaping domestic violence. It was one of the first domestic violence shelters in the state to provide shelter for male survivors as well as female, and is sought out by other agencies for its expertise in attending to the spiritual needs of survivors. Renewal House works closely with other programs that serve the LGBTQ communities, as well as those that serve elders and individuals with disabilities to provide the best support possible to these under-served populations. Services offered include a 24-hour confidential hotline, safety planning, in-house support groups, bilingual Spanish/English advocacy, English as a second language (ESL) classes, counseling, leadership training, referrals for job training/legal assistance/educational programs, and community outreach education.

    What you will learn: The Lumpkin Fellow will assist staff in providing human services. Skills you will learn and/or expand upon may include:

    • Survivor Support & Advocacy: Answer hotline calls; support full-time advocacy staff and participate in the community of the shelter
    • Intercultural Fluency & Outreach: Participate in special outreach project (TOD@S Collaborative) to LGBTQ survivors who are Black and Latinx
    • Curriculum Development & Training: Participate in recruitment, planning, and curriculum creation for a job readiness program for survivors

    Who are you? Sophomores with interest in nonprofit and community development work. The ideal candidate will have:

    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
    • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills
    • A background in domestic violence or sexual assault and anti-oppression theory
    • Ability to work comfortably with the LGBTQ community and people of color
    • Spanish fluency is a plus