Signature Internships, Grants, and Credit FAQs

Signature Internships, Grants, and Credit FAQs

Emily Chun ’17, Art History Community Space Litmus, Korea (2016)

Frequently Asked Questions

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Signature Internship FAQs

Please see information on our How to Apply page

 

These opportunities are open to current Sophomores and Juniors only, with the exception of the following placements: EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York City (Seniors eligible) and Aga Khan Educational Services in Uganda (First-Years eligible).

We are committed to attracting students with diverse interests and backgrounds. International students are encouraged to apply. International students with summer internships in the US will need to obtain Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization, and Career Education and Slater International Center will provide guidance through this process.

Students studying abroad for one or both semesters are eligible to apply. Students on leave for one semester (either fall or spring) may apply, but students on leave the entire academic year are ineligible. All applicants must intend to be enrolled at Wellesley College for Fall 2021. 

Students enrolled at Wellesley College as exchange program participants from other institutions are not eligible to apply.  

There is no GPA minimum to apply to the programs. However, all applicants must be in good academic and social standing. We will review all applicants for past or pending honor code violations.

For American Cities, the Elisabeth Luce Moore ‘24 Internships in Asia, and Global Citizenship programs, placement preference will be given to students applying outside of their place of residency, i.e. United States citizens apply to sites outside of their home metropolitan areas, and international students applying outside of their home country.

Maybe. If you are not obligated to participate in a concurrent program as part of that other funding, you would still be eligible to participate in Signature Internships. This is true whether you have funding from another Wellesley College department or an external source.

If you already have internship funding, however, you may not be eligible for the stipend attached to a placement. If your funding exceeds the maximum that we would give for an equivalent award for Signature Internships, then you would not be eligible for additional funds. Honor Code applies across all aspects of the application process; you must disclose the other source(s) of funding and total amount awarded.

For example, if a Freedom Project fellow received $1,000 and was selected for placement at Operation ASHA in Delhi in the Global Citizenship Program, we would offer her no more than $4,000 toward her participation (since the total eligible amount is $5,000, depending on need).

We have put this policy in place to ensure that these awards and opportunities are available to as many students as possible; any unspent funds for a placement will be used to fund other students. Regardless of whether or not you have another source of internship funding, you would still have access to the unique placements and resources offered through Signature Internships.

Signature Internship opportunities offer numerous, unparalleled benefits. Most significantly, participants receive generous funding to intern with a trusted organization. Host organizations have established relationships with Career Education staff and/or faculty, and have a demonstrated track record of offering meaningful experiences to their Wellesley student interns.

Internships are typically 8-10 weeks in length and students work up to 30 hours per week.

For Summer 2021, stipends will be $4,000 for virtual or in-person internships. For most sites, we will not be able to confirm this information until Spring term. Stipends are intended to cover living expenses associated with your summer experience; they are not intended to replace wages.

The stipend is considered non-taxable income for U.S. citizens (including permanent residents), but how it is treated on your tax form varies depending on your total income received for the year. These students will not receive a tax form. If you have questions about your taxes, please consult a tax professional. 

Non-U.S. citizens may be subject to a 14% tax on their stipend if interning in the United States. International students with internships in the U.S. will receive a 1042-S form for tax purposes. Career Education cannot increase student stipends to offset taxes paid. If interning outside of the U.S., international students so not get a form and their stipends will not be taxed.

If internships are able to resume in-person, please note that most placements do not include housing; students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. Internship placements that include housing paid for by Career Education are Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust (Puerto Rico, US), Center for Cross-Cultural Education (Rabat, Morocco), Aga Khan Education Services (Kampala, Uganda), Observer Research Foundation (Mumbai, India) and Operation ASHA (New Delhi, India). The Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning typically includes housing as this program has a vibrant residency component. Stipends will be lower for placements that include housing. 

Yes! If participating in one of these opportunities, you will be eligible to receive the 0.5 nonacademic Summer Internship Credit and will not need to apply separately. To receive this credit, you must submit all required deliverables by the Career Education deadlines. 

Students may only participate in each Signature Internships area once. However, you may participate in different areas in different years. For example, if you are a Lumpkin intern this summer, you can apply to Global Citizenship Internships the following year. However, please note that Wellesley Career Education tries to ensure that all students are able to experience a funded internship opportunity and our selection process prioritizes applicants who have not received funding previously. 


Grants Program FAQs

 

Eligibility

Yes! International students are eligible for all grant awards except the Susan Todd Horton 1910 Internship Fund, which requires U.S. Citizenship. If awarded a grant for a summer opportunity in the United States, all students—including international students—will automatically be approved for credit; international students are required to earn credit in order to receive Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization through the Slater International Center.

The Grants Program provides students $4,000 for virtual or in-person internships. Students will need to disclose if they are receiving compensation or grant funding from an employer or department. If a student's application warrants an award, Wellesley Career Education will cover the difference between the student's available funding and our award amount. We will not award funds if the additional source of funding is higher than our award level.

The Career Education office offers credit for summer internships only; it does not offer credit for internships worked during the academic year. The only credit option available to students for these internships is academic credit, which requires you to register for an independent study with a faculty member. For further information, please consult the Registrar’s Office.

Funding

Stipends are $4,000 for virtual and in-person internships. Please note that payments made to international students and nonresident aliens interning in the U.S. are subject to a 14% federal tax withholding.

Yes! You do not need to have an internship confirmed in order to apply for funding. In your Statement of Intent, we ask you to propose the internship or experience you will be applying for this summer.

That depends. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) enables students to join the research efforts of MIT faculty. Students may enroll in a UROP in one of three forms: for credit, paid, or volunteer. If the student enrolls in a UROP for credit, the student will be charged tuition for one course credit, making the student INELIGIBLE for grant funding.

However, if you would like to participate in a volunteer UROP, the opportunity would be eligible for grant funding, assuming that the research meets our summer internship eligibility requirements

Once you are selected for a grant award AND have secured an internship placement, you will need to submit the online Internship Agreement, online Risk & Release form, and your employer offer letter through the internship centralized application. Career Education will only process your stipend award after your documents have been received. We anticipate processing stipends in May. 

Stipends will be paid via direct deposit only; payment by check has been discontinued. For direct deposit, students must have a US bank account. Please open an account if you do not currently have one. 

Career Education will verify whether you are set up for direct deposit in Workday. If you have banking information entered in your Workday job profile, we will pay your stipend to the account on file. If you do not have banking information entered in Workday, we will have the system email you a link to a banking app. The bank account information you enter in the app will transfer into Workday.  

You may view the bank account information in your Workday profile by clicking on the “Pay” icon and viewing your payment elections. If you need to change the bank account listed in Workday, please contact Dotti Koulalis in Accounts Payable (dkoulali@wellesley.edu). Students who submit bank information through the banking app will not have any information under pay elections.

Program Requirements

If you are receiving internship funding through Career Education and/or internship credit you are required to complete a summer internship portfolio, which consists of various goal-setting and reflection assignments that students must complete throughout the summer. Also called the “Summer Internship Pathway”, students complete these assignments through the Wellesley Hive (students will be given access to the Pathway prior to their internship start date). Assignments are spaced out through the summer and each takes 30 min - 1 hour to complete. Assignments generally include, but are not limited to, goal-setting exercises, mid- and end-of-experience reflections, and conversations with Career Education staff.

The Internship Portfolio is due the first day of Fall classes. Credit-only students who do not complete their portfolio in full by the deadline forfeit the credit; students funded by Career Education are still required to complete and submit it, as it is a condition of their funding. Funded students who do not complete this requirement may be reported to the Honor Code Committee and may be required to return all or part of their stipend.

Internship Credit

Wellesley College Career Education offers non-academic credit for summer internship and research opportunities. The 0.5 non-academic credit appears on a student’s transcript to indicate that she completed a Wellesley-approved internship experience; however, the credit does not count towards degree requirements.You must work a minimum of 40 hours to be eligible for internship credit. Additional eligibility requirements are outlined in the Summer Internship Credit page

Students who are funded through the Career Education office (Signature Internships, Grants Program and select Department internships) are automatically approved to receive 0.5 non-academic internship credit (a separate internship credit application is not required). Students funded through other summer programs on campus (e.g. Science Center Summer Research Program) and students who are seeking internship credit only, are required to apply for credit approval. You must apply for credit prior to their internship start date; applications submitted after the internship start date will not be approved. 

You must be approved for credit before your internship begins. To earn the credit, you must complete the required Internship Portfolio by the first day of Fall classes (see the information provided in the question about program requirements). Students who do not complete their portfolio in full by the deadline forfeit the credit.

You may elect to receive Internship 101 (INT 101) or Research 101 (RES 101) appear on your transcript. If your internship is focused on developing professional skills, we recommend that you choose INT 101; if it is research-oriented, we recommend RES 101. 

Internship credit appears on transcripts in the following manner:

You will see 0.00 in the CRED column as no academic credit was received. The .05 non-academic credit is noted in parentheses.

Application Process

Students only need to submit one application to be considered for our Wellesley Grants Program. Based on your application responses and essay content, we will assign the award that fits you best.

While you can apply to internships in more than one distinct type of field (e.g., Chemistry and Art History), you will need to take extra care to concisely craft an argument for each opportunity in your one-page Statement of Intent. Avoid the temptation to overgeneralize or focus on too many opportunities as this might negatively impact the quality of your application materials. If you do choose to apply to internships in more than one distinct field, be sure you adequately include specific details about your motivation, career goals, and academic preparation related to EACH opportunity.

Yes! Your College Career Mentor or Career Community Advisor can answer your questions or provide 1-1 support as needed--just schedule an appointment! You can also come to Career Education’s virtual Drop-In Hours (beginning Feb 15: Tuesday - 9am-10:30am; Wednesday - 2:30pm-4pm; Thursday - 12:30pm-2pm).

We also strongly suggest you complete our Application Pathway and consult our Grants Program Application Guide for steps and resources to help you put together a strong application. 

The Career Education office can also support you with your internship search! Attend one of our How to Find An Internship” Workshops (visit Handshake for dates and times). Your College Career Mentor or Career Community Advisor can also provide guidance and answer any questions you may have. 

Yes. You are NOT obligated to apply to or intern at any of the organizations you list in your application. We simply ask you to list up to 5 organizations where you have applied (or plan to!) so we can better understand your interests and determine which fund(s) we might use to sponsor you. 

Any student who proposes a college-supported internship abroad (this includes any internship that receives funding and/or credit from Career Education) must be in compliance with the College’s International Travel Policy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all travel is being approved on a case-by-case basis. 

Wellesley’s International Safety Committee relies on guidance and ratings provided by the U.S. State Department and International SOS to determine whether travel to a country or region should be entirely prohibited or—if considered "restricted"—warrants further consideration. Please note this guidance is subject to change at any time following various geopolitical events, natural disasters, or other unanticipated emergency situations.

Students cannot be approved to travel to a country or region categorized as “prohibited," nor can they petition to be approved. Prohibited countries or regions include those categorized as a level 4 by the State Department or comparable rating by International SOS.

If you wish to travel to a country that fits the category of “restricted”, you can petition the International Safety Committee for approval using the International Travel Petition.  Restricted countries or regions include those categorized as a level 3 by the State Department or comparable rating by International SOS.

The deadline to submit a petition is April 15. The committee typically needs 1-2 weeks to finalize their decisions so please plan accordingly in order to meet all program deadlines. 

If you successfully petition to travel to a “restricted” country, the International Safety Committee will ask you to complete a waiver, which will be provided at the time of approval. If your petition is unsuccessful, you may not travel to the country in question using any college support or resources.

For more detailed information, please read the College’s International Travel Policy and general requirements for all student travel. If you have any questions, you may reach out to the Internships Team at internships@wellesley.edu

Other

The College has made a decision regarding college-sponsored internships for the summer of 2021. On Monday, March 15, Wellesley Career Education sent the information below to the student community:

Students are strongly encouraged to pursue virtual — not in-person — internships. While there are signs of improvement and hope, the pandemic is far from over. The safest way for students to proceed with their professional development this summer is to participate in a virtual internship. Many employers are offering remote internships this summer globally and across industries. 

Students who wish to use Wellesley College funding — from any department — to support a partially or fully in-person internship must petition to do so no later than April 12. A campus committee will consider each student’s proposal for an in-person internship, including the Covid-19 mitigation measures that will be in place in their workplace and residence, their transportation plans and Covid-19 prevalence rates in their internship location. This applies for internships both in the U.S. and abroad. Not all petitions will be successful and students should plan accordingly. Students who are approved should anticipate that they may be asked to transition their internship to a virtual format at any time before or during their internship, should circumstances warrant it.

To submit a petition to use college funding for an in-person internship:

  • Students must complete and submit this form no later than April 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
  • A representative of the student’s internship site must complete and submit this form no later than April 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
  • If you have any questions about this process, please email Elizabeth Mandeville at emandevi@wellesley.edu

Selection for the Grants Program is competitive—less than 25% of applicants are typically awarded grants. Awards are granted based on the quality of a student’s application materials and the availability of funding to support the proposed experience. These are not need-based grants. 

To put together the strongest application possible, please consult our Grants Program Application Guide which details application steps and Career Education resources that will support you. We’ve also found that students who complete our Application Pathway submit stronger applications. You may also schedule an appointment with staff for 1-1 support or come to our virtual Drop-In Hours (beginning Feb 15: Tuesday - 9am-10:30am; Wednesday - 2:30pm-4pm; Thursday - 12:30pm-2pm).

Sometimes students awarded a grant will end up declining it. We see this happen primarily because students end up securing a paid internship and no longer need funding. A student may also decline because they were unable to secure an internship opportunity by Career Education’s May deadline. 

Whenever a student declines, we try to reassign the grant money to another student who had a strong application. It is difficult for us to have a formal wait list since grant reassignments take a variety of factors into consideration. If a grant is declined, it doesn't necessarily go to the student whose application is the next highest ranked because the parameters and/or restrictions of the declined grant may not be able to be used for another student’s summer experience. In order to properly manage student expectations, we do not inform them that there is a wait list of any kind, but we do contact students if funding becomes available.


 

Summer Internship Credit FAQs

Wellesley College offers non-academic credit for internships and research opportunities that expand students’ learning beyond the classroom and contribute to students’ professional development. Wellesley Career Education adheres to a definition of “internship” set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE):

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

Summer 2019 Deadline: Friday, July 2, 2021 at 11:59 pm (Boston time)

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 speak to Slater to Slater about the CPT process before you apply for credit or CPT. The international student advisors We would like to have conversations now with students about CPT with changes in regulations and potential ones this summer.

This year, international students are who need U.S. work authorization are advised to apply for internship credit as early as possible as credit approval is needed to apply for work authorization. Once students receive their work authorization, they may apply for a Social Security number. 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).

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 at least 4 weeks (minimum of 40 hours total) with a single organization; and
  • Engaging in reflection under the guidance of Career Education staff during her internship.

Experiences must start after the last day of Spring Term finals (June 1, 2021) and end before the first day of Fall classes (September 8, 2021).

Yes. As long as your research experience meets the conditions listed above, it is eligible to receive this credit.

That depends. The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) enables students to join the research efforts of MIT faculty. You may receive the Summer Internship Credit for a UROP if you meet both of the following guidelines:

  • The research meets our summer internship eligibility requirements described above, and;
  • You are NOT also receiving academic credit for the UROP using the cross-registration system which requires students to pay tuition for a one-unit course.

No. For now, credit is only available for summer opportunities to actively-enrolled students.

No. The internship credit replaces the independent study to earn credit for summer experiences.  Students whose summer experiences meet the standards required for transcript notation may not opt to do an independent study related to that experience. Only students whose internships are during the academic year, or too short to meet the transcript notation requirements, should consider the independent study option. Please note that summer internship credit is non-academic credit, meaning that this credit is not degree-bearing and cannot count towards graduation. Credit earned for independent studies completed during the academic year is academic credit and do count toward graduation. 

​While students and faculty members can certainly use a summer internship as inspiration for an academic independent study in the fall semester, these independent studies should not be used primarily as a way to provide credit for the internship experience.  They must reflect academic work beyond the content of the summer work experience.

Each eligible and approved internship or summer research experience can receive 0.5 credit. Students can only earn internship credit for one experience each summer. 

No. Though you will receive credit for this experience, internship and summer research credits are not degree-bearing and do not count toward the academic credits needed for graduation.

When you apply for credit approval, you choose whether to receive Internship 101 (INT 101) or Research 101 (RES 101) on your transcript. If your internship is focused on developing professional skills, we recommend that you choose INT 101; if it is research-oriented, we recommend RES 101. 

Internship credit appears on transcripts in the following manner:

You will see 0.00 in the CRED column as no academic credit was received. The .05 non-academic credit is noted in parentheses.

Summer Internship Credit will not be approved or awarded retroactively, which means you cannot apply for credit after your summer experience starts or after it has been completed. 

Application Process
Students should request Summer Internship Credit after they have secured their internship placements but before they begin working. Students need to complete the following steps to apply for Summer Internship Credit. This is also outlined in our Guide to Request Summer Internship Credit

1. REVIEW the Summer Experience Eligibility Requirements above or the Internship Credit Eligibility checklist to make sure the secured summer opportunity aligns with our Wellesley requirements.

2. GATHER REQUIRED MATERIALS needed to submit in the application. Use the information below or the Guide to Request Summer Internship Credit.

3. COMPLETE the Summer Internship Credit Application and upload all required documents. 

Once an application has been submitted, students receive an automated message confirming application submission. Students may be contacted by a Wellesley Career Education staff member if additional information is needed. If approved, the student will receive confirmation via email. 

Please remember that in order to EARN the internship credit, students must complete their internship experience and all Career Education requirements (Internship Portfolio) by the established deadline (typically the first day of classes).

Non-immigrant, international students in F-1 or J-1 status who are pursuing an internship in the United States need to apply for employment authorization through the Slater International Center. If you are an international student who plans to work remotely (outside the U.S.) for the U.S.-based company or organization, please consult with Slater about whether you need CPT.

This year, international students are advised to apply for internship credit and work authorization as early as possible as they need to receive their work authorization in order to apply for a Social Security number.  

Slater’s Curricular Practical Training resource page provides comprehensive information on how to apply for off-campus employment authorization. If you have any questions, please contact Slater International Center at (slatercenter@wellesley.edu). 

For internship credit and USCIS work authorization to be approved, the internship period cannot begin before the last official day of the Spring semester (June 1, 2021) and must end before Fall semester classes begin (September 8, 2021).

Any student who proposes a college-supported internship abroad (this includes any internship that receives funding and/or credit from Career Education) must be in compliance with the College’s International Travel PolicyDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, all travel is being approved on a case-by-case basis. 

Wellesley’s International Safety Committee relies on guidance and ratings provided by the U.S. State Department and International SOS to determine whether travel to a country or region should be entirely prohibited or—if considered "restricted"—warrants further consideration. Please note this guidance is subject to change at any time following various geopolitical events, natural disasters, or other unanticipated emergency situations.

Students cannot be approved to travel to a country or region categorized as “prohibited," nor can they petition to be approved. Prohibited countries or regions include those categorized as a level 4 by the State Department or comparable rating by International SOS.

If you wish to travel to a country that fits the category of “restricted”, you can petition the International Safety Committee for approval using the International Travel Petition.  Restricted countries or regions include those categorized as a level 3 by the State Department or comparable rating by International SOS.

The deadline to submit a petition is April 15. The committee typically needs 1-2 weeks to finalize their decisions so please plan accordingly in order to meet all program deadlines. 

If you successfully petition to travel to a “restricted” country, the International Safety Committee will ask you to complete a waiver, which will be provided at the time of approval. If your petition is unsuccessful, you may not travel to the country in question using any college support or resources.

For more detailed information, please read the College’s International Travel Policy and general requirements for all student travel. If you have any questions, you may reach out to the Internships Team at internships@wellesley.edu

Students must apply for internship credit before their internship starts. The internship credit application opens on April 6, 2021 and closes on July 2, 2021. 

International students who need CPT should apply for internship credit as early as possible. After they are approved for internship credit, they may apply for CPT through Slater International Center.

With an increasing number of employers offering (or even requiring) credit for internships, credit for summer internships has been established at Wellesley College to broaden our students’ eligibility to access internship opportunities across a variety of fields and industries. Moreover, the awarded credit signals to future employers and institutions that your internship meets distinct standards as outlined by Wellesley College, including time commitment, supervision, assessment, and on-the-job learning.  

You will receive an email from Career Education if your credit request has been approved. If it is not approved, you will receive an email from us asking for more information or stating the reason why it wasn't approved.