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Careers in Nonprofits

Katy Ryan
Katy Ryan

While all nonprofits share a commitment to bettering society in some capacity, they are incredibly diverse in terms of size, focus, and type. In the United States alone there are millions of nonprofits ranging from small, community-based organizations, to cultural and educational institutions such as museums, universities and colleges (like Wellesley!) to large foundations supporting causes around the globe.

“Detroit has opened my eyes to the role of the built environment in creating a sense of place for its inhabitants.”

“Investors don’t have to choose between making money & making the world better... Today’s smart money is investing in people and the planet.”

“In a given week, I might be working with our program staff who are based around the US, Canada and the UK to design learning experiences for teachers; meeting with partner organizations to plan collaborative projects; consulting with filmmakers or scholars who want to reach students; or researching and writing about challenging issues for educators.... It’s probably unusual to stay at one place for so long, but I’ve always been able to answer ‘yes’ to a few key questions: Am I learning? Is my world getting bigger? Is my work making a difference?”

German Studies Department Internships in Dresden

Students with an effective command of German are encouraged to apply for one of three paid summer internships in Dresden. Students are required to work a minimum of 300 hours over 8-10 weeks.

    “From the beginning, my career mentor was there to brainstorm, encourage, and motivate me to pursue an internship that aligned with my interests.”

    On-Campus Recruiting Program Policies (Students)

    Sarah Isham
    Sarah Isham

    Career Education expects all students to abide by the following rules in order to maintain the success and integrity of Wellesley’s recruiting program.

    Italian Department Internships

    Students with an effective command of Italian are encouraged to apply for these paid summer internship programs. These are 10-week internships in Italy that come with a stipend of up to $4,000.

    • KitchenFilm, Rome, Italy
    • E!State Liberis (Libera), Rome, Italy
    • The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy

     

    Sonia Hupalo DS

    “My expectations of working at an environmental advocacy organization were quickly surpassed as I saw the importance of conservation from many different aspects of a nonprofit organization. With this, I discovered new interests, formed new friendships, and acquired a newfound confidence in my competencies to help the community.”

    Davis Projects for Peace (students)

    Kate Dailinger
    Kate Dailinger

    Created in 2007 by Kathryn Wasserman Davis (Wellesley College '28), the Projects for Peace program offers undergraduates and graduating seniors funding to design a grassroots project for the summer of 2022—anywhere in the world — that promotes peace and addresses the root causes of conflict among parties. Projects may employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers that cause conflict, and finding ways to resolve conflict and maintain peace. Any current Wellesley student is eligible to apply. Campus application deadline typically in January.

    Wellesley Career Education Summer Internship Grants (Stipends for Student-Identified Placements)

    Lorraine
    Lorraine Hanley ’98

    Through the ongoing and generous support of our donors, the College is able to offer funding to support unpaid internships which students identify on their own. Many award recipients pursue internships in nonprofit organizations focused on education and other community development areas, but funding is available for opportunities in other sectors both within the United States and internationally, as well. In addition to the stipends, Wellesley Career Education staff provide ongoing professional development and career education training throughout their summer experiences.