Summer Internship Credit

Notice for Summer 2020: With the continued spread of Covid-19, we understand that internships this year are likely to look very different from past years. In order to support students who rely on this credit, Wellesley has decided to alter the requirements for the non-academic internship and research credit for the summer of 2020 only. The summer 2020 eligibility requirements for credit are as follows (with changes highlighted in bold):

  • You must be a currently matriculated student who has completed at least one semester of study (2 semesters for F-1 International students per federal regulations) at Wellesley College, but who has not yet graduated.
  • Your internship or research sponsor must be able to engage you in at least 80 hours of work during the internship or research period, which must be at least two weeks in length. The internship or research opportunity is not required to be full-time
  • You must demonstrate the relevance of your internship to your academic experience by articulating (a) how the internship informs your academic pursuits, (b) how your summer experience will allow you to test the concepts and theories examined in the classroom, and/or (c) how the internship will inform your future academic studies.
  • Your internship or research supervisor must be willing to agree to the College’s standards for a credit-worthy internship, evaluate your work, and verify completion of at least 80 hours of work by the conclusion of the internship. As long as these requirements are met, the internship may be either in-person or virtual.  
  • International students must secure a letter of employment from their internship host and comply with visa requirements for Curricular Practical Training (CPT), if participating in a U.S. internship. Further details available on the Slater International Center website.

The deadline to apply for credit for the summer of 2020 is July 24, 2020 and must be completed before the start of your internship. Credit will not be granted retroactively for completed experiences. The internship period cannot begin before May 15, 2020 (the last day of Spring semester finals) and cannot end after August 30 (the first day of Fall semester classes).

International students must apply for summer credit a minimum of 10 business days before their internship start date as it can take up to 10 business days to approve and process a CPT application

As always, in order to receive credit, students must complete Career Education requirements by specified deadlines. These requirements include:

  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Professional Development Strategy
  • Reflection Essay
  • Program Evaluations (Intern and Supervisor)

Students will receive detailed information about these requirements and deadlines by the end of Spring semester.  

Further information about the credit, including the application process, is listed below.

 

Wellesley College offers co-curricular (non-academic) credit for internships and research opportunities that expand students’ learning beyond the classroom and contribute to students’ professional development. Initiated in 2016 as a joint effort between the Committee on Curriculum & Academic Policy (CCAP) and Wellesley Career Education, the Summer Internship Credit program was established to broaden our students’ eligibility for internships and other experiential learning. Knowing that many employers require academic credit for internships, we saw an opportunity to align workplace learning with the academic experience.

Assuming an experience meets the standards outlined by Wellesley Career Education, Wellesley College awards transcript credit for summer internships (May to August). Serving as a critical extension of our students’ education, such credit-worthy experiences provide a learning foundation for professional development as it directly relates to a Wellesley liberal arts degree.

Application Deadline for Summer 2020*: July 24, 2020 at 11:30 pm (Boston time)

Eligible Class Years: Current first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors graduating after summer 2020

Notice to International Students: If you are a non-immigrant, international student in F-1 or J-1 status pursuing an internship in the United States, you may need to apply for employment authorization through the Slater International Center. Please go to Slater’s Curricular Practical Training resource for information on how to apply for off-campus employment authorization or contact Slater International Center at (slatercenter@wellesley.edu). Although the final deadline to apply for credit is July 24, international students who require employment authorization must submit their paperwork at least 10 days in advance of their anticipated start date, to provide sufficient time for Career Education to approve the credit and Slater International Center to process the work authorization. For USCIS work authorization to be approved, the internship period cannot begin before the last official day of the Spring semester (last day of finals) and cannot end after Fall semester classes begin.

 

Students should secure an internship or other experiential learning placement before requesting the summer internship credit. Review the full guidelines and requirements for placements here.

Successful applications for internship credit will include internships that demonstrate:

  • A connection between a student’s academic interests and experiences and the internship or research opportunity; and
  • Supervision of a full-time professional who will regularly offer support and feedback.

Moreover, a student must commit to:

  • Working full time over 8-10 weeks in a full-time capacity with a single organization (these requirements have been changed for the Summer 2020 only. Please see notice at the top of this page). 
  • Engaging in reflection under the guidance of Career Education staff during her internship.

Please note that the internship period cannot begin before May 15, 2020 (the last day of Spring semester finals) and cannot end after September 8 (the first day of Fall semester classes).

How to Apply

Please note the Application Deadline (July 24, 2020) has passed.

Before requesting the credit, students should carefully review the guidelines to help determine whether their experiences are eligible for the credit. We have created a Summer Internship Credit checklist to aid in this process, as well. The following materials are required to complete your request for summer internship credit:

Step 1: Gather Required Documents. Scan these documents to your computer and save as a PDF – you will need to upload them to the Summer Internship Credit Request Form.

Print and complete the Internship Agreement (a link to a Fillable PDF will be posted soon). 

Print and sign the Risk & Release Agreement.

Obtain an offer letter of employment from your prospective employer. You can download a sample that your employer can copy here. The letter must be written on official letterhead, signed, and include all of the following:

  • Company Name
  • Company Address (must be complete, including zip code)
  • Job Title
  • Brief description of the duties
  • Hours of Employment (Include number of hours per week or total hours for the course of the summer)
  • Salary Amount
  • Exact start and end dates of employment (your start day must be at least 10 business days in the future)
  • A signature from your employer

Step 2: Complete the online application

☐  Complete the Summer Internship Credit Request Form and upload all required documents. 

After you submit, a Wellesley Career Education staff member will let you know if additional information is necessary to process your request. If approved, you will receive an automated message confirming your request, and an official confirmation letter will be e-mailed separately.

While a student may be approved for credit, in order to receive credit, they must complete Career Education requirements by specified deadlines. These requirements include:

  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Professional Development Strategy
  • Reflection Essay
  • Program Evaluations (Intern and Supervisor)

Students will receive detailed information about these requirements and deadlines by the end of Spring semester.  

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Pre-Approved Credit

Students participating in the following programs are already approved to receive summer internship credit:

  • American Cities Program
  • Biomedical Research and Health Internships
  • Elisabeth Luce Moore ‘24 Internships in Asia
  • English/Writing Summer Internships
  • German Department Internships in Dresden
  • Global Citizenship Program
  • Italian Department Internships
  • Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning
  • Russian Department Internships in Moscow
  • Spanish Department Internships
  • Summer Internships in Psychology

The credit request process is integrated in the application process for these programs; if already approved for them, you will not need to re-apply for the credit.