Summer Internship Credit

Alexa Riobueno-Naylor

Summer Internship Credit

Wellesley College offers non-academic credit for summer experiential learning opportunities—internships, research, volunteer work—that expand students’ learning beyond the classroom and contribute to students’ professional development. This program was initiated in 2016 as a joint effort between the Committee on Curriculum & Academic Policy (CCAP) and Wellesley Career Education as a way to expand student opportunities to credit-worthy work experiences that complement their Wellesley liberal arts education. 

We encourage students to learn more about about the Summer Internship Credit program and how to apply:

Summer Internship Credit Eligibility

Details about Summer Internship Credit

How to Apply for Summer Internship Credit: Application Process




Chelsea Gell

Summer Internship Credit Eligibility

Who Is Eligible? Any Wellesley student—in any class year—who will graduate after Summer 2021 is eligible to apply for Summer Internship Credit for qualifying work experience, such as internships, research, and community service. (To see if your summer work experience qualifies, check out the What Experiences Are Eligible? section below.)

Students are eligible to receive credit for an internship regardless of whether they are being compensated through a salary or stipend.

Students participating in the following college-sponsored programs are already approved to receive summer internship credit and need not reapply for internship credit:

Wellesley Signature Internships

  • Sama Mundlay ’20 American Cities
  • Lumpkin Summer Institute for Service Learning
  • Biomedical Research and Health
  • Elisabeth Luce Moore ‘24
  • Global Citizenship

Other College-Sponsored Summer Internships 

  • English Department and Writing Program Internships
  • German Department Internships in Dresden
  • Italian Department Internships
  • Spanish Department Internships
  • Summer Internships in Psychology

Students participating in Wellesley-sponsored summer opportunities that are not on this list (e.g., Science Center Summer Research Program, Davis Museum internships, etc.) are required to apply for internship credit.

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 for the U.S.-based company or organization (either on-site or remotely), we highly recommended to speak to Slater about the CPT process. The international student advisors would like to have conversations now with students about CPT with changes in regulations and potential ones this summer.

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 ( 

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.  

For internship credit and USCIS work authorization to be approved, the internship period must begin on or after June 2, 2021 and must end before September 7, 2021.

What Experiences Are Eligible for Summer Internship Credit?

To receive non-academic credit from the College, a summer experiential learning experience must meet Wellesley’s minimum eligibility requirements as described below. 

Click here for a downloadable PDF checklist of this Internship Credit Eligibility. 

  • Run for at least 4 weeks (minimum of 40 hours total). Experiences must start after the last day of Spring Term finals (June 1, 2021) and end before the first day of Fall classes (September 7, 2021).
  • Align with a student’s career goals and prior academic experience so the student can develop skills transferable to future career opportunities. For international students seeking work authorization in the U.S., your internship must be directly related to your major.
  • Allow for direct contact with a qualified professional supervisor to answer questions and provide consistent and timely performance feedback.
  • Present a reasonable job description and expectations​​ that are substantive and meaningful to the student and company yet manageable in the duration of the experience.
  • Provide a professional environment along with the necessary resources to complete assigned duties (e.g., access to appropriate technology, equipment, licensed staff, training).
  • Allow open communication between organization supervisors, Wellesley College staff, and the student, especially in the event of problems or emergencies.
  • Comply with international, employment and government laws, including all applicable regulatory bodies, and have valid and up-to-date licensure, accreditation and any necessary certifications.


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Details about Summer Internship Credit

How Much Summer Internship Credit Is Awarded? Each summer, students can earn up to 0.5 credits for approved internships or experiential learning experiences. Things to note:

  • Any Summer Internship Credit earned does not count toward the academic credits needed for graduation. However, we still encourage you to participate as awarded credit signals to future employers that your internship met Wellesley College’s high standards for job training and overall experience. 
  • 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. 
  • Any student approved to receive Summer Internship Credit must complete the required Internship Portfolio and Career Education requirements by the established deadline (typically the first day of classes) otherwise they forfeit the credit. Students receive specific details for these requirements (as described in the next section) by the end of the spring term.


Getting approved for Summer Internship Credit before your summer opportunity starts is only the first part of the award process. Once approved, students must complete the required Internship Portfolio and Career Education requirements throughout their experience in order to be awarded credit.

These requirements generally include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Professional Development Strategy and Goal Setting Exercises
  • Mid- and End-of-Experience Reflection Essays
  • Program Evaluations (Intern and Supervisor)

Students will receive detailed information about these requirements along with deadlines by the end of Spring semester. Any students who do not submit these required materials in full as directed will forfeit receiving Summer Internship Credit for their summer experience, even if they received the initial approval from the Career Education department.

How Does the Internship Credit Appear on a Transcript?Students may elect to receive Internship 101 (INT 101) or Research 101 (RES 101) on their  transcript. If the internship is focused on developing professional skills, we recommend that the student choose INT 101; if it is research-oriented, we recommend RES 101.

After a student successfully completes their summer experience and internship requirements, the credit appears on their transcript in the following manner:


The student will see “0.00” in the CRED column as no academic credit was received. The “ELC” notation means in the GRD column means “experiential learning credit.” The .05 non-academic credit is noted in parentheses. 




How to Apply for Summer Internship Credit

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 will be contacted by a Wellesley Career Education staff member to let them know if additional information is necessary to process the request. If approved, the student will receive an automated message confirming the request along with a separate official confirmation letter via email.

Elissa Schmiel



Summer experiential learning experiences that qualify for Summer internship Credit must run at least 4 weeks (minimum of a total 40 hours) between June 2 and September 7, 2021 and meet the Wellesley Summer Internship eligibility requirements described above. Students are expected to work in a full-time capacity with a single organization during that time. 

Application Opens

  • The application opens on April 6, 2021 for all students, both international and domestic.

Application Deadline

  • The application closes on Friday, July 2, 2021

Please note that applications must be submitted prior to the start of your internship. Credit will not be granted retroactively for completed experiences. Also note that 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.