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 - $3,500 (housing arranged at Northeastern University and paid by the Civic Engagement program)

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

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.



    • 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.

    Action for Boston Community Development 

    Where: Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) 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, child care services, youth employment and career exploration, two alternative high schools, health programs and family planning, fuel assistance and weatherization, adult basic education and ESOL, vocational training and job placement, financial literacy, and elder services. 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 all of Boston’s neighborhoods.

    What: The Volunteer Services Intern will provide assistance in the development of new features and evaluation tools for the volunteer program. The Intern will have an opportunity to learn about various Human Resources functions as they pertain to the volunteer program and interact with staff throughout the agency.                                       


    • Assist in the development and implementation of a volunteer orientation, including the compilation of pertinent information for a volunteer manual.  
    • 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.      
    • Other related duties as needed.                                                                                                   

    Who: Sophomores with interest in non-profit and community development work, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, strong communication skills

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


    St. Stephen’s Youth Programs

    Where: The B-SAFE Program (Bishop’s Summer Academic & Fun Enrichment Program) strives to build a loving environment and a circle of care around each young person; to broaden the horizons of our young people through academics, the arts, athletics, technology training and educational field trips; and to provide meaningful jobs and leadership opportunities for teens. The B-SAFE 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. Last summer, B-SAFE served more than 660 youth in six locations; 160 of these were teens with paid jobs and internships.

    What:  Academic Interns serve as members of B-SAFE's academic team, with a special focus on adapting and implementing our summer curriculum. B-SAFE serves young people in neighborhoods that have limited summer academic programming and that have been identified as “hot spots” for violence. By contributing to their literacy, math, and peace-building skills, B-SAFE helps young people become leaders in their communities. The academic skills gained will advance learning and future achievement in school. The peace-building and conflict-resolution skills gained will be practiced in the schools, homes, and neighborhoods of the young people involved in the program, thus reducing violence and increasing well-being in key communities of Boston.

    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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:  Sophomores with interest in non-profit and community development work, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, strong communication skills. A “can-do” attitude, flexibility, sense of humor, and grace under pressure are essential characteristics for doing this job well. B-SAFE is a well-established program with experimental components. An intern will need creativity and high energy to keep up with the incredibly fast pace of the summer. An entrepreneurial spirit will also be needed to figure out the best way to help create systems to continue our effort to standardize the kind of teaching and education happening in our multiple sites.

    Work at a nonprofit financial institution that invests in the critical needs of low-income communities or get involved with programs that help families break the cycle of poverty.

    Boston Community Capital

    Where: Boston Community Capital is a nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI). Since 1985, BCC has invested over $1 billion to build healthy communities where low-income people live and work, creating and enhancing access to affordable housing, community health resources, good jobs, and other opportunities.  Our investments have leveraged over $6 billion in public and private investment in underserved communities nationwide.  Boston Community Capital applies investor capital to issues of disinvestment in our communities; we operate at the intersection of “Wall Street” financial expertise and “Main Street” community values to address our neighborhoods’ toughest issues.

    Since 1985, BCC has financed:

    • Nearly 20,000 units of affordable housing
    • Health centers serving 130,000+ patients each year
    • New mortgages to prevent 750+ household evictions
    • Solar panels generating 24+ million kwh
    • Schools and child care centers serving 22,000 low-income students
    • 2.2+ million square feet of commercial real estate and community facilities in distressed communities

    What: Boston Community Capital partners with diverse stakeholders including impact investors, financial institutions, foundations, community organizations, policymakers and public officials to fulfill our mission of building healthy communities where low-income people live and work. We develop and strengthen 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 BCC’s SUN Initiative and Boston Community Loan Fund.  The work will include in-depth research, data analysis, and strategy development.

    Who: Sophomores with interest in finance and community development work, strong data analysis skills, strong organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. We are looking for a Lumpkin intern who brings curiosity and questions about the challenges that low-income communities face, and an interest in applying the tools of finance to create social change.  



    Where: 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, our Bridge to Self-Sufficiency® and the Mobility Mentoring® service platform, have been guiding low-income families toward economic independence. Our participants have used our tools to increase their incomes, secure permanent housing, attain education, and establish themselves in careers that help them break the cycle of poverty.

    What: Specific projects to be determined with supervisor.

    Who: Sophomores with interest in non-profit and community development work, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, strong communication skills.


    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.

    The Dimock Center

    Where: Founded in 1862 as the New England Hospital for Women and Children, the Dimock Center heals and uplifts individuals, families, and our community.  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. For more information, visit

    What:  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 the Marketing and Communications Manager and the VP of Institutional Advancement, he/she will primarily be responsible for increasing community engagement for our 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.

    • Create, manage and implement comprehensive social media and editorial calendar for Third Annual Road to Wellness Walk/Run event
    • Generate social media and other engagement ideas/campaigns
    • Update event website (Word Press)
    • Write and post weekly participant profiles for all media channels, including Web
    • Write short articles for the newsletter, Website
    • Write, edit, proofread and manage Communications projects, including some light design work
    • Work with printing vendors to generate project bids and quotes
    • Write press releases, media advisories and make media calls when needed
    • Other projects as assigned, may include supporting development associate or events Director

    Who: Sophomores with interest in non-profit and community development work, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, strong communication skills.


    Medical-Legal Partnership

    Where:  Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston equips the healthcare and human services workforce with legal problem-solving strategies that address health-related social needs. By doing so, we advance health equity for consumers and communities.

    What: MLPB interns participate in all aspects of our work, including legal research and writing, policy analysis, training development for health & human services staff, data entry and analysis support for medical research studies involving social determinants of health and health disparities, participation in coalitions and public health Communities of Practice, and work on community lawyering projects to address health-harming inequities. Interns 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.

    All interns are expected to pitch in on ministerial tasks related to running a non-profit office without administrative support staff. This runs the gamut from photocopying to filing to copious data entry essential for documenting our work, analyzing our impact, and improving our quality.

    Who:  Sophomores with interest in non-profit and community development work, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, strong communication skills. The ideal candidate will have an interest in public health, equity, social justice, and/or legal services.


    Primary Care Progress

    Where:  Founded in 2010, Primary Care Progress is a national nonprofit committed to building stronger primary care teams. 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 development and support that emphasizes relational skills, individual resiliency, and advocacy. By providing the resources and community necessary to excel, we’re strengthening the teams at the heart of primary care, ultimately leading to better health for all and sustainable models of care.

    What: The Lumpkin candidate will be working on tasks related to the logistics, communication and curriculum components of the 2018 Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit*.  The Lumpkin Fellow will support PCP’s Field, Administrative and Media/Communications staff as relates to this event. Creating the Summit Participant and Faculty Guides will be their culminating project.

    *The annual Gregg Stracks Leadership Summit brings together health professions students who serve as PCP chapter leaders and their faculty advisors from all over the country for a powerful and unique leadership development program, this event has regularly been described by past participants as the best leadership training they’ve experienced in health care. Participants will gain informal and formal networking opportunities with colleagues and peers, as well as direct coaching and training in cutting-edge, Relational Leadership practices from PCP’s award-winning, interprofessional training team.

    Who:  Sophomores with interest in non-profit and community development work, strong organizational and interpersonal skills and strong communication skills. The ideal candidate for this position will be creative and deadline/detail-oriented and have an interest in working in an innovative and entrepreneurial work environment with a highly committed team.  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.


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

    Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

    Where: 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. We work with survivors regardless of when the violence occurred, and our goal is to empower survivors to heal. We also work with a wide range of organizations and communities, including schools, colleges, and police, to advocate for change. We provide training in how to respond to survivors and create cultures that prevent sexual violence in the first place.

    What: Communications and Marketing

    The Lumpkin Fellow will work with BARCC’s marketing and communications manager on projects to support increasing BARCC’s reach, engagement, and thought leadership. Tasks may include the following:  

    • Social media planning and analysis
    • Website updates
    • Research on current issues related to BARCC’s work
    • Supporting internal communications
    • Graphic design and video production

    Who: Sophomores with interest in nonprofit and community development work, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, strong communication skills. The ideal candidate is detail-oriented and well versed in social media and Google suite (Google drive, docs, etc.). Skills in graphic design and video production a plus!


    Renewal House

    Where: 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 Universalists ministers and lay members who saw the need for services for families experiencing violence in the home. Over the last 30 plus years the shelter has housed over 1,000 families and provided advocacy for individuals in the community through community support groups, outreach events and our 24 hour hotline. We work with all people of all genders, sexual orientations, cultures and class backgrounds.

    At its core Renewal House is a community that believes in ending oppression in our homes, communities and world – so that individuals and families can live peaceful, healthy, full lives. We believe that all people are created good and that we all struggle to find ways to live fully in that goodness in and through the life path we walk along. As defined by our Unitarian Universalist principle of connectedness – we believe that the actions of one human being affects all others and that this web of connection is both delicate and powerful. We seek to connect with others committed to this journey who are looking for transformation not only of their lives – but in the lives of all people.

    What: Domestic violence services

    • 5 bedroom shelter – answer hotline calls, support full-time advocacy staff and participate in the community of the shelter
    • Community – participate in special outreach project (TOD@S Collaborative) to LGBTQ survivors who are Black and Latinx. Participate in recruitment, planning and curriculum creation for a  job readiness program for survivors.

    Who: Sophomores with interest in non-profit and community development work, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, strong communication skills. The ideal candidate will have 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!