Summer 2020 Sponsored Internship FAQs

This summer, the College can only support internships that take place in a virtual format. We know that this summer, like this semester, will likely not be what you had hoped for. However, we in Career Education remain committed to helping you gain meaningful professional engagement opportunities in the months ahead, even if those opportunities won’t be in person.

We’re sure that you have many questions and are here to help. 


I was awarded a position in one of Career Education’s Signature Internship Programs (Luce, American Cities, Global Citizenship or Biomedical). Is my opportunity secure?

We have already reached out to our internship site partners to ask whether they are able to proceed with virtual internships. Some have said yes, some are considering and others have declined. We will reach out to you individually to let you know where your opportunity stands.

  • If your site CAN be virtual this summer, your opportunity remains secure. If you are ready to proceed with this internship, you can log into the centralized internship application portal and complete your Internship Agreement and Risk and Release Form. Your $3,000 stipend will be issued closer to the end of the semester.

  • If your site MIGHT be virtual this summer, we have asked your site to make their decision no later than April 30. If they confirm your placement, you can proceed as described above. If they decline, and you are able to find an alternative unfunded internship at least six weeks in duration, that meets our internship requirements and whose focus is aligned with the goals of your Signature Internship Program by May 15, we will support that opportunity with a $3,000 stipend. 

  • If your site CANNOT be virtual this summer, and is thus canceled, we can offer your $3,000 stipend for an alternative internship experience if it is at least six weeks in duration, unfunded, meets our internship requirements, whose focus is aligned with the goals of your Signature Internship Program  and confirmed by May 15. Please schedule an appointment with your College Career Mentor or a Career Community Advisor for support in finding another opportunity.


I applied for a Career Education grant to support my unfunded summer internship, and have not heard back yet. Are those grants still available?

Yes! Decisions about summer grants will be announced this week. If you receive a grant and are able to secure a virtual summer internship that is at least six weeks in duration, is unfunded, meets our internship requirements and is confirmed by May 15, we will still issue you a $3,000 stipend. Please schedule an appointment with your College Career Mentor or a Career Community Advisor for support if you are struggling to find a virtual opportunity.


I was offered or applied for an internship sponsored by another department. Is my opportunity secure?

Students anticipating internships sponsored outside of Career Education should consult directly with that department. While all college-sponsored internships must be virtual and all stipends for those internships have been set at $3,000, each department will approach next steps differently.


Is the non-academic credit for my summer internship and research still available this summer?

Yes! Given the disruption to internships worldwide this summer, the Committee on Curriculum and Academic Planning has elected to make the non-academic credit available for virtual opportunities and for opportunities of a shorter duration (a minimum of two weeks and 80 hours). For more information on the non-academic credit, including requirements and the application process, please visit this site. The deadline to apply for credit is July 24, 2020.


What opportunities are available for students who don’t have an internship or research opportunity supported by the college this summer?

We’re glad you asked! Internship opportunities continue to be posted in Handshake and The Wellesley Hive every day and we encourage you to continue monitoring and applying for those positions. When searching Handshake for opportunities, use the keyword “remote” to find the largest number of results. 

For students who do not have an opportunity otherwise supported by the College this summer, including graduating seniors, Career Education is developing a new initiative in The Hive where alumnae can post short-term summer opportunities for students. Students selected for those roles will receive support from Career Education through their experience, and, most of all, receive valuable experience and mentorship from a Wellesley College alumna, parent, or friend of the institution. Details to follow!


Will my responsibilities be the same in a virtual internship? What will my daily schedule be like? How will I interact with my employer? With others in the office?

Great question. Every employer will handle virtual internships differently and so it’s important to enter these experiences with an open mind and establish clear expectations, goals, and communication plans with your supervisor. Career Education is currently creating guides for both employers and students on how to make the most of a virtual summer internship. More to come!


I’m not sure that I want to do a virtual internship. What should I do?

We understand! While virtual internships can still be outstanding professional development opportunities, they are very different from the in-person opportunities that you were imagining. Feel free to connect with your College College Career Mentor or a Career Community Advisor if you’d like to talk through your decision.


If I’ve been offered funding by Career Education, but don’t want to pursue a virtual internship, can I defer my funds until a later date?

No. Career Education funds allocated for internships this summer may only be used during June-August 2020.


Is it possible that I can start my in-person internship later this summer with college support if the situation improves by then?

No. All college sponsored internships that take place during June-August 2020 must be virtual.


Who should I contact if my question was not answered above?

Please email with general questions, or schedule an appointment with your College Career Mentor or Career Community Advisor if you need support identifying an eligible summer internship.