Department of Religion Summer Opportunities

The Religion Department offers both research and grant opportunities for students pursuing summer experiences.

Eligibility: These programs are open to current Wellesley College first-years, sophomores and juniors.

How to Apply: 

Please prepare the following materials and submit in PDF format via the Centralized Internships Application form:

  • Resume
  • Transcript (unofficial from Workday)
  • If applying for the Luce Moore faculty research opportunity, a cover letter describing research interests
  • If applying for the Severinghaus award, an essay describing proposed placement(s)

Application Deadline: Friday, March 26, 2021 at 11:30 pm (Boston time).

Update (posted April 12, 2021): The Religion Dept application has been re-opened to students interested in applying to the research assistantship with Professor Marini. Students interested in this opportunity must apply by April 26 at 11:30 pm (Boston time). At this time, the Department is only accepting applications for this position. 


Elisabeth Luce Moore Summer Research Internships in Religion

Established in 2016, the Department of Religion sponsors internships on campus during the summer for students to conduct research under the supervision of individual faculty members. For Summer 2021, the Department will offer up to two opportunities; each is funded at a maximum of $3,500, with an expected commitment of 35 hours/week for 10 weeks. Typical research projects include bibliographic research, online database investigations, archival work in campus and local libraries, special computer work such as mapping, and, occasionally, translation. Professors Steve Marini and Eric Jarrard are each offering a research opportunity this summer. Click on the button below to learn more about research projects available. 


Mapping Religious Change in Revolutionary America (research assistantship with Prof. Stephen Marini)

Prof Stephen Marini is searching for a student intern in Summer 2021 to assist in preparing a series of maps that will visualize the growth and development of religion in colonial and Revolutionary America, 1730-1795. The intern will transfer detailed data on each denomination into Excel files that in turn will generate maps of 13 major religious communities in each of about 325 counties, from Maine to Georgia, in 5-year intervals (1730, 1735, 1740, etc), using the Geographic Information System Mapping program (ARCGIS). The intern will also consult on and execute designs for the maps and related data display media (charts, graphs, etc). 

This Digital Humanities project will produce a set of research maps with unprecedented detail and range that will constitute a significant free-standing research tool to be published online with acknowledgement of student collaborators. Work has been under way on this project for several years, in collaboration with Dani Brown, GIS and Data Instructional Technologist in LTS, who will advise the intern over the summer. Proficiency in Excel and GIS is required, as well as an academic interest in early American history and religion. This work can be completed virtually and remotely.

Dr. Eric Jarrard is seeking a research intern for Summer 2021 to assist with the preparation of his book on ancient Mesopotamian monuments. The primary research task will be investigating online databases and digital archives of archaeological finds from Mesopotamian empires—primarily during the Neo-Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian periods (roughly 1000–300 BCE)— and collecting and cataloging relevant examples of monuments. The intern will be responsible for examining material artifacts, museum exhibits and holdings, and related print sources to collate relevant archaeological finds and primary texts from the ancient Near East. 

Other specific research tasks will vary based on the student’s skills and abilities but may include conducting library research including collecting, reading, and—depending on language proficiencies—translating secondary sources related to relevant artifacts; maintenance and reconciliation of bibliographic data; and working with libraries and curators to secure media and image rights. Reading proficiency in Biblical Hebrew, Italian, German, or French is helpful but not required. Graphic design and artistically inclined students capable of producing digital or hand-drawn archaeological illustrations and tracings are strongly encouraged to apply. All projects can be completed remotely. 

Severinghaus Summer Internship Program in Ministry/Human Services

Memory of Eamavail Luce Severinghaus ‘24

The Religion Department oversees the Severinghaus Summer Internship Program in Ministry/Human Services. The Program supports students who wish to pursue internships in ministry, human services and/or religion in society.

Students may elect to engage in research or hands-on work through positions with humanitarian or social action agencies, charitable or religious organizations or policy-based institutes.

Recently funded projects include the following:

  • Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS
  • Bread for the World
  • Camp Whatchamacallit
  • Come Let's Dance
  • Gawou Ginou King Foundation
  • Interfaith Hospital Network
  • Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
  • Rosemount Center
  • St. Stephen’s Youth Programs
  • The Street Child Project
  • Wheelchairs of Hope


  1. The program is open to current Wellesley College first-years, sophomores and juniors. The Religion Department will sponsor up to 3 students.
  2. The deadline to apply is March 26 at 11:30pm.
  3. For Summer 2021, internships must be remote. The maximum stipend award is $3,500.
  4. Students are expected to devote full-time to the internship for a period of 8–10 weeks.