Wellesley Signature Internships

Yangkyi Lhatso '17, EduCARE India, Microfinance Project Manager

Wellesley Signature Internships 

Explore funded opportunities, with guidance from Career Education throughout your internship.

Wellesley College Internships are funded internships with organizations who consistently offer opportunities to Wellesley students for intern placement. These internship hosts are leading cultural, educational, and scientific institutions; international agencies; advocacy and community organizations; and businesses both within the United States and in countries around the world.

Every internship is different. While some placements require a higher level of initiative, autonomy, or definitive project proposals at the beginning of the internship, others are structured to allow their interns the opportunity to explore a greater variety of ways to interact with the organization. Interns are placed with a vetted host and engage in personal and professional development over the summer through career education training (internship orientation and reflection assignments) and mentorship during their work experiences.

Eligibility: Signature Internship opportunities are available to sophomores and juniors only with the following exceptions:

  • First-years are eligible to apply for The Exploratory with STEMKIT in Ghana and Aga Khan Educational Services in Uganda (both are Global Citizenship internship sites)
  • Seniors are eligible to apply to EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (American Cities internship site)

Sophomores and juniors should read internship descriptions carefully as some opportunities may indicate a preference for class year. The Lumpkin Institute for Service Learning Program is exclusively open to sophomores. 

International students and students studying abroad (one semester or full-year) are welcome to apply. All Signature Internships participants must be enrolled at the College for Fall 2021 or participating in a study abroad program. Students who withdraw from the College at any point after receiving Signature Internships funding and before the start of fall semester will be charged the full amount of the stipend. 

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

Stipend Amount: $2,500 - $5,000, depending on whether internship is virtual or in-person. For most sites, we will not be able to confirm this information until Spring term. 

Important information about Summer 2021: Because of the ongoing global health crisis, we may not know whether internship opportunities will be in-person or virtual until Spring term. These decisions are determined by the host organization and the College. 

Summer Internship Credit Approval: Students participating in Signature Internships are pre-approved to receive non-academic credit for their experience; the credit request process is integrated in the application process.