Internships allow students the opportunity to engage in a project related to the causes and resolution of conflict and /or social justice. The Peace and Justice Studies Program encourages students to do internships in the summer and during the academic year in order to develop skills and knowledge of social activism. The program sponsors one internship, the Emily Greene Balch Internship, but there are also many other summer internships available through Wellesley Career Education. The Emily Greene Balch internship allows students to do social action research in a non-governmental organization in the U.S. or in an international setting. In the past, students have undertaken both domestic and international projects such as working for the Southern Poverty Law Center in the American South, working with child labor advocates in Ecuador and Colombia, working with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, and working with Somali immigrants in Boston. The internships offer students the opportunity to work with a non-governmental organization. These internships are extremely helpful in allowing students to conceptualize a career in this field.
The Emily Greene Balch Internship
The Peace and Justice Studies Program offers an internship every summer for one or more students to work in the field of peace and justice studies, sponsored by the Class of 1950. Students design and carry out a project which fosters their understanding of the relationships among peace, justice, and social change. Students typically work with a social change organization in which they can develop skills and knowledge as well as providing services. The internship is available for either U.S. or international work. The stipend is $4000 and students are expected to devote full-time to the internship for a period of 10 weeks. Applications must be submitted through the Wellesley Career Education website. Recipients of the internships are encouraged to share their experiences with the College community after their return either in lectures, writing, or through participation in the Ruhlman Conference. Consequently, underclass students are preferred, although seniors are also eligible.