Sama Mundlay ’20 American Cities Internships

The Sama Mundlay ’20 American Cities Internships allow 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.

Internship placement sites are listed below. For many sites, we will not be able to confirm whether internships will be in-person or virtual until Spring term. You may email any questions about placements or their requirements to

Eligible class years: Sophomores and Juniors, with the exception of EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop which will accept Seniors.


  • Ashley Bisram '22, YMCA of the East Bay, Berkeley, CA
  • Ashley Jang '22, Office of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Oakland, CA
  • Ava Yokanovich '22, The Field Museum, Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Caylee Pallatto '21, The Field Museum, Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Lizette Ortega '22, YMCA of the East Bay, Berkeley, CA


  • Adrienne Klusey '20, YMCA of the East Bay, Berkeley, CA
  • Amanda Wright '20, Unite Here: Local 11, Los Angeles, CA
  • Carolyn Lam '21, Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing, Los Angeles, CA
  • Emily Spaulding '21, Social Accountability International , New York, NY
  • J. Miranda Yang '21, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Lia James '21, YMCA of the East Bay, Berkeley, CA
  • Lizbeth Salinas-Reyes '21, MarVista Entertainment, Los Angeles, CA
  • Maggie Haley '20, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Rebecca Arango '21, The Field Museum, Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Renee Chen '21, The Field Museum, Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Rinako Sonobe '20, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio, New York, NY
  • Satvika Devrani '21, Office of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Oakland, CA
  • Zoe Jonick '21, Women's Foundation of California, Oakland, CA


  • Sara Cooper ’20, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Zubyn D’Costa ’20, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Cathy DiGennaro ’19, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Katie Dundes ’20, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Huzaifa Ejaz ’20, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Stephanie Hsu ’20, YMCA Central Bay Area, Berkeley, CA
  • Deyanira Ibarra ’20, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Hazel Leung ’20, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston, MA
  • Vanmey Ma ’20, Office of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan ’71, Oakland, CA
  • Lydia MacKay ’19, Cambridge Historical Society, Cambridge, MA
  • Sama Mundlay ’20, Women’s Foundation of California, Oakland, CA
  • Phung Ninh ’20, Women’s Foundation of California, Oakland, CA
  • Lianet Rosado ’19, International Justice Mission, Washington, DC
  • Madeline Sorenson ’19, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Kira Van Voorhees ’20, YMCA Central Bay Area, Berkeley, CA


  • Nicole E. Anderson ’18, Low Vision Center, Bethesda, MD
  • Daniela P. Aspiazu ’19, National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C.
  • Emily K. Bader ’18, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Subha Baniya ’19, YMCA Central Bay Area, Berkeley, CA
  • Zohal E. Barsi ’19, YMCA Central Bay Area, Berkeley, CA
  • Breslin S. Bell ’18, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio, New York, NY
  • Ariana Carter ’18, Coastal Conservation League, Charleston, SC
  • Madelena H. Collins ’18, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Elinor R. R. Higgins ’18, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Vipasana Karkee ’19, Women’s Foundation of California, Oakland, CA
  • Melise M. Knowles ’18, Women’s Foundation of California, Oakland, CA
  • Debra Rowcroft ’19, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Clare Salerno ’19, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Arielle C. Schoen ’19, Legal Momentum - National Judicial Education Program, New York, NY
  • Rachael S. Schwartz ’18, Observatorio Instituto Cervantes, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Gabrielle R. Taylor ’18, EMILY’s List, Washington D.C.
  • Anna M. Thompson ’18, Eastern Market Corporation, Detroit, MI
  • Yuhan (Abby) Wu ’19, Office of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Oakland, CA


  • Mira Bansal ’18, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Gina M. Ferolito ’18, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Siena H. Harlin ’18, The Field Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Grace C. Chow ’17, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Lamisa S. Hossain ’17, Social Accountability International, New York, NY
  • Virginia G. White ’17, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Studio, New York, NY
  • Cynthia Y. Chen ’18, The Women’s Foundation of California, San Francisco, CA
  • Marissa J. Caldwell ’18, The Office of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, Oakland, CA
  • Emerson S. Goldstein ’18, YMCA of the Central Bay Area, Berkeley, CA
  • Anjali T. Madhok ’18, YMCA of the Central Bay Area, Berkeley, CA
  • Bella L. Nikom ’17, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
  • Amy A. Isabelle ’17, Low Vision Center, Bethesda, MD
  • Leslie O. Smith ’17, Coastal Conservation League, Charleston, SC
  • Sarah A. Hucklebridge ’17, Conservation Voters of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Museum opportunities include working alongside exhibition developers to research content for a new exhibition, understanding and analyzing the visitor experience, and supporting development efforts. Visual artists have the opportunity to work in a printmaking studio participating in artistic creation and supporting studio operations.

Organization: The Field Museum (Chicago, Illinois).  Confirmed

Available placements: 1-2

The Field Museum is a world-class scientific and cultural institution, attracting up to 2 million visitors annually. Originally established to house collections assembled for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, the museum now has nearly 40 million objects in its collection. These include dinosaurs and other extinct creatures, mummies and other archeological artifacts, objects from cultures around the world, plant and animal specimens, as well as gems, minerals, and meteorites. The collections form the foundation of the Museum’s exhibition, research, and education programs. The Museum’s mission is to fuel “a journey of discovery across time to enable solutions for a brighter future rich in nature and culture.” 

The Field maintains a unique connection to Wellesley - its former Vice President, Museum Affairs is Wellesley’s own Laura Daignault Gates ‘72, current Chair of the Board of Trustees; Wellesley students have been interning with the Field for over a decade. Read about interns Rebecca Arango ’21 and Renee Chen ’21. Alumna Lauren Richmond ‘14 also has shared how this internship shaped her career after Wellesley.

What you will learn: As an Exhibition Development Intern, you will work alongside Exhibition Developers as they prepare for upcoming temporary and permanent exhibitions. Interns gain an inside view of the exhibition process. Tasks will vary depending on the nature of each exhibition. Skills that you will learn and/or expand upon include:

  • Research and Writing: Conduct background research, write summaries, fact-check with scientists, find references for replications or illustrations, researching and acquiring rights for video and images.
  • Information Management: Maintain database information for objects to be put on display
  • Creative: Help brainstorm interactives and test interactive prototypes. 

Interns attend relevant team and department-wide meetings. They also contribute time to the visitor research team as needed. This work may include interviewing visitors, observing visitors in exhibitions, analyzing data, and preparing reports. Please note that this is not a position that involves handling artifacts or artifact conservation, field work, or original research in a field of science.

Who are you? Ideal candidates will have:

  • Strong research experience
  • Strong writing and communications skills
  • Ability to work independently toward a goal or project completion
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Initiative to learn and solve problems
  • Ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds


Organization: EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (New York, New York). Confirmed. This internship is in-person only (cannot be offered remotely).

Available placements: 1

A significant workshop in the history of American printmaking, the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop was established in 1948 by Robert Blackburn, a legendary figure in the history of printmaking. It became a remarkable educational center, introducing printmaking to artists and supporting emerging talent in this medium. His workshop, open to artists of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels, was nationally and internationally known.

After Blackburn’s death in 2003, his workshop reopened as the EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. The workshop continues to serve as a co-operative printmaking workspace that provides professional quality printmaking facilities to artists and printmakers of every skill level. It fosters an artistic community dedicated to racial, ethnic, cultural, and artistic diversity while promoting technical and artistic exploration, innovation and collaboration. The workshop maintains Robert Blackburn’s creative ideals and egalitarian spirit in its low cost access to printers, equipment and education. It serves more than 8,000 people per year from the United States and countries all over the world. 

Learn about Sarah Burney ‘08 and how her experience with Blackburn helped shape her career, and check the portfolio of Breslin Bell ‘18 which includes some of her work with the studio.

What you will learn: The Design and Operations Intern will gain hands-on training in many aspects of a professional print studio. Skills that you will learn and/or expand upon include:

  • Technical Creative Skills: Platemaking, editioning. Perform various other print-related tasks depending upon experience.
  • Administrative: Assist the master printer and the artists-in-residence, assist with exhibition space, support educational programming.
  • Organization: Archival assistance, organize exhibition space for visitors and other community stakeholders, etc.

Who are you? Open to juniors and seniors. This internship position is available to an art major or a student with some experience and interest in printmaking. NOTE: This internship requires an on-campus interview and the presentation of a portfolio during the interview. The ideal candidate will demonstrate:

  • Motivation and attention to details
  • Natural inquisitiveness and creativity
  • Successful applicants will have a strong printmaking portfolio; an art background is helpful. 
  • Applications are encouraged from those who have taken ARTS 322 (Advanced Print Concepts), ARTS 219 (Lithography), ARTS 220 (Intro to Print), and/or ARTS 222 (Bookmaking and typography).


Organization: The Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco, California).  Confirmed

Available Placements: 1-2

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) makes the diversity of the Jewish experience relevant for a twenty-first century audience through innovative exhibitions and programs that educate, challenge, and inspire. The Museum’s 63,000 square-foot facility has provided a dynamic setting for a range of programs including exhibitions, live music and theater, literary events, film screenings, and dozens of educational and public programs. Approximately half of its 100,000+ annual visitors are Jewish and half are from the broader community.  In adapting to the current times and health mandates, since March 2020 The CJM has been able to continue offering dynamic programming and exhibition tours in a virtual setting. This has also allowed for the expansion of our audiences as visiting on-site is no longer the only way to participate and engage with The CJM. 

The CJM is unique among the 50-plus Jewish museums across America and Canada; they are neither a collecting institution, nor a specifically historical or memorial museum. Rather, The CJM continually seeks opportunities to provide quality programs and exhibitions to the general public that explore the richness of contemporary Jewish culture, present diverse perspectives, and offer bridges of understanding across cultures. In a unique position as an ethnic, identity-based cultural organization that embraces cultural diversity and multiple perspectives, The CJM has succeeded in building a broad and national audience. 

The CJM has been proudly hosting Wellesley students since 2011. Learn about recent intern Emily Bader '20 and what led her to intern with CJM.

What you will learn: 2020 has been an unprecedented year in terms of how The CJM operates. While The Museum opened its doors to returning visitors in October 2020, to view current and upcoming exhibitions, in 2021 The Museum plans to remain a remote workplace for those staff members whose positions do not require them to be on-site. This an opportunity for the Summer Intern to work directly (albeit remotely) with The CJM staff in a variety of areas, and to offer their skillset and ideas to how The CJM can further engage, internally and externally, in new ways. Wellesley interns work closely with staff members in the Development, Marketing and Communications, Education, Public Programs, Curatorial, and Operations departments.   

Skills that you may learn and/or expand upon include:

  • Writing and Reporting: Assist in the creation of grant proposals, reports, and other documents. This work involves collecting data from program staff, copy editing, and formatting.
  • Research: Research institutional and individual prospects; participate in research of public programs or curatorial ideas, data analysis of past programming and events. Assist with projects and research for human resources and finance departments, gaining knowledge and business acumen.
  • Administrative: Create electronic packets and mailing materials for external contacts. Attend meetings and support special projects and virtual events, as needed. Engage with The CJM’s ARIDEA (anti-racism, inclusion, diversity, equity, access) staff group on special projects and planning. 

 Who are you? The ideal candidates will have:

  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Strong organization skills
  • Strong computer skills, especially Microsoft Office Suite
  • Graphic design experience is helpful but not required
  • Enthusiastic, dependable, and flexible
  • Interest in and dedication to the mission and core values of The CJM, including its commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, access, and inclusion

Work with organizations to promote and advance corporate social responsibility worldwide and across industries. Or, immerse yourself local & regional politics to assist with political initiatives and work toward social change.

Organization: Social Accountability International & Social Accountability Accreditation Services (New York, New York).  Not available for Summer 2021

Available Placements: 2

Founded in 1997, Social Accountability International (SAI) is a global non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing human rights at workplaces. SAI’s vision is of decent work everywhere-- sustained by an understanding that socially responsible workplaces benefit business while securing fundamental human rights. SAI empowers workers and managers at all levels of businesses and supply chains using its multi-industry SA8000® Standard, as well as Social Fingerprint®, TenSquared, and other training and capacity building programs. SAI is a leader in policy and implementation, working together with a diverse group of stakeholders, including brands, suppliers, governments, trade unions, non-profits, and academia. SAI’s work is funded by US, Dutch, German and UK government agencies and by foundations and individuals. SAI Signatory Members include HP, The Walt Disney Company, Tata Steel, VF (Timberland, Wrangler, North Face & other brands), and Eileen Fisher. 

There may also be an internship opportunity with SAI’s sister organization Social Accountability Accreditation Services (SAAS). SAAS began as an accreditation department within SAI and was formally established as its own independent, not-for-profit organization in 2007. SAAS is the only global accreditation body whose mission is to support implementation of social and labor standards – this is accomplished through oversight and evaluation services designed to assess the competency of auditing systems and individual auditors. 

The Executive Director, Emerita of SAI is Eileen Kohl Kaufman ‘66, who created these internships for Wellesley students in the early 2000s. Learn about former interns Bridget Dunn ‘15, Sabrina Zurga ‘15, and Katherine Schwartz ‘18 and what brought them to SAI/SAAS in 2013.

What you will learn: There are two openings for Wellesley students at this site, either at SAI and/or at SAAS dependent on the needs of the organization(s) and projects available. Projects will be selected based on students’ interests, skills, and the changing needs of the organization(s). Skills that you will learn and/or expand upon include:

  • Research and Analysis: Research and analyze legislation relevant to international labor standards implementation. Perform case studies and cost/benefit analyses relating to implementation of SA8000, working hours, living wage, other aspects of humane business practices, and anti-bribery systems. Identify and research potential sources of grants for SAI and assist in fundraising opportunities.
  • Writing and Communications: Assist with the monthly newsletter, contribute to profiles of SA8000® certified facilities or other material.
  • Data Management: Collect and organize data for country diagnostics on labor issues and on country labor legislation. Manage incoming requests and database tracking system. 
  • Administrative: Maintain and organize office systems. Provide management support for programs.
  • Creative: Assist in the development of potential new programs

Who are you? The ideal candidate will have: 

  • Demonstrated interest in human rights, labor rights, and/or corporate social responsibility
  • Strong writing skills required; strong research skills are a plus
  • Statistics, data management, or experience with Excel is highly beneficial
  • Economics, international studies, and/or business coursework preferred
  • No language requirement, but fluency in another language (written and spoken) is a plus.


Organization: The Office of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan (Oakland, CA).  Confirmed

Available Placements: 1

Supervisor Wilma Chan ‘71 has been a strong advocate for children and families for over 40 years. She currently serves on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors as representative to the Third District, which includes the cities of Alameda, San Leandro, parts of Oakland and the unincorporated community of San Lorenzo. She is the first Asian American on the Board of Supervisors, an elected governing body that is responsible for providing healthcare, social services, and public protection to the cities and residents of Alameda county. She also served six years in the California State Legislature where she became the first woman and first Asian American to serve as Majority Leader.

Supervisor Chan is currently President of the Board of Supervisors, Chair of the Health Committee and ALL IN Alameda County, and is a member of the County’s Legislative Committee, Budget Committee, and Unincorporated Services Committee. She has led key policies and community-based initiatives to improve access to healthcare, alleviate poverty, and eliminate food insecurity. Read about Lamisa Hossain ‘17 and her experience with Supervisor Chan from 2015.

What you will learn: The Public Service Interns will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working on policy and/or field-related projects with ALL IN Alameda County, the anti-poverty initiative founded and chaired by Supervisor Chan. Skills that you will learn and/or expand upon may include: 

  • Research: Conduct research on public policy issues. Collect data from county staff, community-based organizations, and other relevant sources.
  • Communications: Write policy briefs, prepare community relations materials such as flyers, community maps, social media and other education outreach material, host town hall hearings.
  • Administrative: Provide administrative support including but not limited to filing, mailings, data entry, internet research, answering telephones, and recording messages.
  • Capacity Building: Develop relationships with local government and leaders/staff from other nonprofit organizations to promote advocacy and volunteer support around initiatives.

Who are you? Open to Sophomores only. The ideal candidate will display the following skills and qualities: 

  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Organizational and time-management skills
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Collaborative approach
  • Volunteerism or public service interest, leadership

Candidates who have an interest in health care, children and youth, government, and community or political organizing are encouraged to apply.

Engage in programs, development or policy work to address social and economic disparities affecting women, children, and low-income, diverse communities.

Organization: YMCA of the East Bay, Head Start (Berkeley, CA). Confirmed

Available Placements: 1-2

Founded in Berkeley in 1903, the YMCA is one of the most established human services organizations in the East Bay. As a non-profit deeply rooted in the communities it serves, the YMCA brings families, neighbors, and friends together in a motivated and fun environment to learn, play and grow. Its mission is to bring people together in pursuit of spiritual, mental and physical growth, to build community, and to serve. The YMCA works to ensure that people have what they need to get and stay healthy.

The YMCA of the East Bay is composed of health and wellness centers, 30+ child care sites (including Early Head Start and Head Start), and a free, non-membership teen center advancing academic achievement, career preparation, service learning and leadership development for youth in the community. Every year, they serve more than 50,000 people from a diverse range of ages, abilities and backgrounds. Check out this letter from recent HeadStart Program Intern Adrienne Klusey ‘20 to learn more about this enriching summer opportunity!

What you will learn: The Program Interns will gain insight into health education, nonprofit, and community work in an intimate and holistic way. Interns have the opportunity to complete their own “project” of choice that fits with the YMCA’s mission for serving low-income children and their families. A plan will be developed with the intern to determine the best match based on skills and interests. Skills that you will learn and/or expand upon may include:

  • Teaching skills: Work in classrooms (children ages 0-5 years) to provide support to health and nutritional programs, including developing curricula and oversight of classroom activities. Provide tutoring support within the adult apprenticeship program, which includes social and child care workers working toward their associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees.
  • Research and Writing Skills: Research program options for families and children, updating family handbook, assist with grant writing and policy development. Work with staff and external partners to develop health and wellness content and programming, participate in community panels for youth success. 
  • Global/Intercultural Fluency: Develop familiarity with the wide diversity of the East Bay community toward the creation of culturally-competent programs and services. Engage with people both internal and external to the organization representing several distinct cultures, races/ethnicities and religions.

Who are you? The ideal candidate will display the following skills and qualities: 

  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Willingness to participate in a collaborative environment with limited supervision at times
  • Strong communication skills (oral and written)
  • Organizational and time-management skills
  • Intellectual curiosity and creativity

Those with interests in public health, early childhood development, psychology, curriculum design, education, health and/or public policy are encouraged to apply.


Organization: Women’s Foundation of California (Oakland, CA). Confirmed

Available Placements: 2-3

The Women’s Foundation California (WFC) is a statewide, publicly supported community foundation dedicated to achieving gender, racial, and economic justice by centering the experience and expertise of communities most impacted by systemic injustice. The Foundation approaches its work through a critical and inclusive gender lens, focusing on experiences, concerns, and leadership of cisgender and transgender women, non-binary and genderqueer and transgender men. It gives grants and provides training to strengthen effective and innovative nonprofits and leaders. The majority of its grants and programs support work that is conducted by, with, and for low-income women and girls, particularly those from communities of color, immigrant communities, and the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Since its founding in 1979, the Foundation has awarded more than $40 million in grants and capacity building assistance to more than 1,300 nonprofit organizations. Its renowned Women’s Policy Institute has trained nearly 600 advocates and local leaders, and helped pass 40 new statewide laws impacting health, safety and economic prosperity. Read about recent interns Phung Ninh ‘20 and Sama Mundlay ‘20 (the namesake of this program!) and what brought them to the Women’s Foundation.

What you will learn: Programming, Communications, and Development Interns at the Women’s Foundation are given substantive opportunities to contribute to ongoing and emerging projects depending on their interest and experience levels. Interns will take part in team meetings and are responsible for completing their projects. Skills that you will learn and/or expand upon may include:  

  • Research: Learn about the work of a public foundation. Conduct media and prospective donor research, contribute content to grant proposals.
  • Communications: Collaborate with colleagues on digital media strategy, including social media and website. Create tangible deliverables for fundraising and outreach to donor constituents.
  • Women’s Policy Institute: Gain an understanding of how policy can impact historically marginalized communities, support current State and Local program fellows in policy advocacy efforts (reaching out to coalitions, policymakers, and organizational allies), and help build the network of fellows and alums.

Who are you? The ideal candidate will display the following skills and qualities: 

  • An interest in foundation and development work, nonprofit management, women's or LGBTQIA+ rights, public policy, and/or grassroots organizations
  • Strong writing and communication skills

Additional Requirements: This placement requires that candidates submit a writing sample, which should be uploaded to the online application. ​Candidates may use an excerpt from a class assignment or submit other written work that directly relates to the organization’s mission or work. Writing sample should be no more than 3 pages.