Paulson Ecology of Place Summer Internship Program

The Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative inspires and prepares Wellesley women across disciplines to value sense of place and connection to nature in order to enrich their academic experience, personal well-being, and community, so that they make a positive difference in their local and global communities.

The Initiative sponsors students in opportunities through summer internships and research. Please see below for more details and see our website for more information.

The Class of 1969 Global Sustainability Internship provides an exciting opportunity for Wellesley students to gain real-world experience in effectively addressing complex environmental issues with a non-profit, for-profit, or public service organization. 


Wendy Judge Paulson '69 Ecology of Place Initiative Summer Internship

The Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative Summer Internship provides an opportunity for Wellesley students to engage in practical and meaningful projects and skills and acquire knowledge that enhances their connection to nature and sense of place at Wellesley. Interns will build community with an interdisciplinary group of fellow interns and Paulson Initiative staff and engage in group and individual projects and activities on the campus landscape. Some possible summer projects include creating inclusive interpretive, visualization, and communication materials to connect people to the campus landscape, researching and designing habitat planting and restoration plans, developing community science and wildlife and landscape monitoring programs, and researching and integrating antiracism and decolonization into Paulson work and approaches. No previous experience is necessary, but applicants must be excited about engaging with the outdoor landscape (including working in hot, humid and buggy weather) and have an interest in exploring and sharing ideas around sense of place and connection to nature. All majors and years are invited to apply. These internships are in-person at Wellesley depending on the current public health recommendations.

Project Period: 8 weeks

Maximum number of students: 4

To participate in the on-campus program, students are required to:

  • Work 35 hours/week;
  • Live together at Wellesley College summer housing for the duration of their internship;
  • Attend weekly meetings and seminars;
  • Complete all required tasks, workshops, projects, field trips, activities, and readings;
  • Complete any mandatory events, deliverables, and paperwork as required by Wellesley Career Education.

Eligibility: Open to current Wellesley College first-years, sophomores, and juniors. Current first-years and sophomores strongly encouraged to apply.

Stipend: Students will receive a stipend through the Science Summer Research Program 

Credit option: This internship is eligible for transcript credit (optional) through the Career Education internship credit program, which includes additional requirements for reflection and documentation of the internship.

Apply: For Summer 2021, the program is accepting applications through the Science Summer Research Application. Students must be logged into their myWellesley to access this application portal. General information on applying to the SRP is available here.

Application deadline: March 24 at 11PM Eastern time. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. 

Please contact Suzanne Langridge ( if you have any questions about this program. 

This award provides Wellesley students an exciting opportunity to gain real-world experience in addressing complex environmental issues with a non-profit, for-profit, or public service organization. The Class of 1969 seeks students who want to advance their skills, knowledge, and experience in environmental sustainability, stewardship, and/or justice. This internship grant is available to all majors and years. We encourage students with demonstrated financial need to apply.

This internship funding is part of the Wellesley Grants for Student-Identified Internships Program and you may access the application through the Internship Centralized Application