“Our library work allows us to interact with a multitude of subjects that we would otherwise not have been exposed to and has opened our eyes to a wide variety of topics that our majors may not cover.”

“Working on multiple ongoing projects has pushed us to become adaptive, composed professionals.”

How to Apply for Signature Internship Programs

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

We want all internship applicants to feel prepared and confident. Learn about application requirements and how to prepare your materials.

“From the beginning, I was open to learning about this simplistic Japanese way of life and the Japanese work ethic based on old customs of respect, politeness, and nature appreciation from my students, my friends, and my coworkers. I was able to see rural Japan and the rest of the world through their eyes. "

Elisabeth Luce Moore ’24 Internships in Asia

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

The Elisabeth Luce Moore ’24 Summer Internships in Asia aim to prepare students for lives and careers in a globalized world. Through internships in East Asian business, government, and nonprofit organizations, students gain a knowledge of local business and cultural norms that informs their liberal arts education and prepares them for professions in an interconnected world. The program, which has sponsored internships in China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, and South Korea, was established in 1999 with a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation and builds on ties between Wellesley College and Asia that date from the late nineteenth century.

Global Citizenship Internships

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

Regardless of country of origin, every Wellesley student should consider herself a citizen of the world. The world population is anticipated to rise to 8 billion people by 2025, with a majority of people living in emerging or developing countries on the Asian and African continent. With this demographic shift, the importance of developing culturally competent leadership will be critical to the overall success of organizations and communities around the world. Through full-time, immersive placements with international partners, students gain exposure to a variety cultures, languages, and organizational models, experience with different cross-cultural levels of interaction, recognition of their own ethical viewpoint and sensitivity as community members and emerging leaders in practical decision-making skills, and self-inquiry around cultural intelligence and dynamic competencies through both work and life experiences.

Biomedical Research and Health Internships

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

Developed to expose our pre-health students to professional research opportunities, the Biomedical Research Internships provide an opportunity for students to learn skills related to research in healthcare today. Interns work with a mentor to conduct basic research in a laboratory or to contribute to the development of a research effort. Interns are expected to become familiar with the research approaches used by their mentors. At the mentor’s discretion, students may: develop a specific project within the research team; have shadowing opportunities with a health professional; and interact with patients and their families through volunteer experiences.

Sama Mundlay ’20 American Cities Internships

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Sama Mundlay ’20

The Sama Mundlay ’20 American Cities Internships allow Wellesley students to experience the diversity of regions, communities, and cultures within the U.S. Through identified placements in major cities, students’ work experiences directly engage with the particular social, economic, and/or cultural realities of their urban environment. Internships at private, public, and nonprofit organizations give students the opportunity to gain professional experience, create networks for future employment, and cultivate relationships with diverse teams. Students are encouraged to identify alumnae mentors whenever possible.

Summer 2020 Sponsored Internship FAQs

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Lorraine Hanley ’98

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, the College will only be support virtual internships for summer 2020. Career Education remains committed to helping you gain meaningful, remote professional engagement opportunities in the months ahead. Learn more about Sponsored Internships, Grants, and other ways to gain experience this summer.

“We have authored research documents on a wide range of labor issues, from exploitative employment contracts in textile factories to sexual harassment on tea estates.”

“Spending two months in Delhi and directly seeing the impact of this NGO’s work has made us grow as students and as individuals.”

“I’ve learned that at its core, medicine is all about creating an environment where relationships can be fostered and grown.”

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

“A typical day at the office consists of research and report-writing on topics such as public access to information, governmental corruption and financial crimes, and Argentinian geopolitical relations.”

“As an intern with the ABC Beijing bureau, I find myself assigned to a variety of tasks, but much of it is helping to research stories, and I’ve even had chance to write a story of my own!”

“I’ve definitely created new roots beyond reconnecting to my Asian heritage, and I hope that I’m one step closer to being a true citizen of the world.”

“Right away, we met amazing, enthusiastic teachers who were ready to jump in to help us with our project.”

“Medicine is about studying how life works, but the practice of medicine is also learning about life through other people. I have appreciated the opportunity to experience both this summer.”

Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning

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Erin Konkle

Designed for students with a commitment to community engagement, the Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service-Learning challenges students to explore and participate in social change in the Greater Boston Area. During the 10-week program, students reside together in Boston while undertaking full-time internships with local nonprofit organizations. Led by Wellesley College faculty, staff, and nonprofit practitioners, a weekly seminar integrating experiential and traditional classroom learning benefits not only the Wellesley interns, but also the communities in which they serve.

“Our time abroad this summer has allowed us to explore the broad discipline of global public health while getting a glimpse of life in Hanoi.”