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.

For Summer 2019, the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative will sponsor students in opportunities through on- and off-campus summer internships and research. Please see below for more details.

The Wendy Judge Paulson ‘69 Ecology of Place Initiative Internship Summer Program offers a select group of students of all majors the opportunity to work locally while gaining the skills, networks, and inspiration to affect change globally.

Application Deadline: Monday, March 11, 2019 at 11:59 pm Boston time

The Wendy Judge Paulson ‘69 Ecology of Place Initiative Internship Summer Program offers a select group of students of all majors the opportunity to work locally while gaining the skills, networks, and inspiration to affect change globally.

The Paulson Initiative On-Campus Internship program provides an opportunity for students to work across the Wellesley College campus on practical and meaningful projects and skills that have a direct impact on the Wellesley College landscape and connecting students to the landscape. Students develop an interdisciplinary community and environmental leadership skills through training, hands-on projects, reflections, event planning, field trips, and workshops with a broad range of academics, professionals, and practitioners. Interns will also have an opportunity to meet with an interdisciplinary group of students, staff, and faculty to cross-pollinate ideas and gain skills in public speaking, problem-solving, and collaboration. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. Students will be expected to complete a project as part of their internship. Possible projects we will be working on individually and in groups include

  • Archival portfolio on landscape and place at Wellesley
  • Ecosystem and biodiversity surveys and/or monitoring protocols
  • Habitat restoration and management methods for key ecosystems
  • Citizen science campaigns
  • Plant edible, medicinal, and/or artistic use on campus
  • Landscape data, image, information management, visualization, and communication
  • Physical and virtual student-alumnae networks

2019 On-Campus Internship Dates: June 3 to August 2 (9 weeks)

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.

Salary: $4000 taxable total at an hourly rate, this is a residential program, on-campus housing is provided.

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

Submission Materials: Please prepare the following materials in PDF format and upload via Handshake no later than Monday, March 11, 2019 at 11:59 pm Boston time.

  • Resume
  • Current transcript (unofficial from Banner)
  • Name of a Wellesley faculty or staff member who has agreed to serve as a reference
  • Whether or not you are receiving financial aid from Wellesley
  • Written essay addressing the following questions in 1000 words or less:
    • Why would you like to participate in the Paulson Initiative Summer Internship Program and what do you hope to learn?
    • What skills, interests, experiences, and perspectives would you bring to the Paulson Initiative Summer Internship Program?
    • Which project(s) would you be interested in pursuing, or propose another project related to connection to nature, sense of place, and/or landscape management and monitoring?
    • How do you see this internship shaping your Wellesley experience and your life after Wellesley?

Please contact Suzanne Langridge (slangrid@wellesley.edu) if you have any questions about this program.

The Paulson Initiative Off-Campus Internship program supports students who wish to pursue internships with agencies and organizations off campus focused on landscape, nature, or sense of place broadly.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm Boston time

The Paulson Initiative Off-Campus Internship program supports students who wish to pursue internships with agencies and organizations off campus focused on landscape, nature, or sense of place broadly. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. Students may elect to engage in research or hands-on work through positions with agencies or organization. Students are expected to devote full-time to the internship for a period of 8-10 weeks. Students are also expected to complete any mandatory events, deliverables, and paperwork as required by Wellesley Career Education. Students in off campus internships are strongly encouraged to present at the Tanner Conference.

Eligibility: Open to current Wellesley College first-years, sophomores, and juniors.

Stipend: $5,350 

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

Submission Materials: Please prepare the following materials in PDF format and upload via the Centralized Internship Application form no later than Friday, March 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm Boston time.

  • Resume
  • Current transcript (unofficial from Banner)
  • Name of a Wellesley faculty or staff member who has agreed to serve as a reference
  • Whether or not you are receiving financial aid from Wellesley
  • Written essay addressing the following questions in 1000 words or less:
    • Why would you like to participate in the Paulson Initiative Summer Internship Program and what do you hope to learn?
    • What skills, interests, experiences, and perspectives would you bring to the Paulson Initiative Summer Internship Program?
    • Which project(s) would you be interested in pursuing, or propose another project related to connection to nature, sense of place, and/or landscape management and monitoring?
    • How do you see this internship shaping your Wellesley experience and your life after Wellesley?

Please contact Suzanne Langridge (slangrid@wellesley.edu) if you have any questions about this program.