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. This year the program will offer two scholarships for students' summer projects. The scholarships are the Emily Greene Balch Internship, and The Kathleen Dandy Gladstone Internship.  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 Class of 1950 Internship

The Peace and Justice Studies Program offers an annual summer internship with a $4000 stipend for students to carry out a project which analyzes the ways in which injustice is linked to conflict, or encourages the study of the relationship between peace, justice, and social change. The internship is sponsored by the Class of 1950 and is available for either U.S. or international work. Previous stipends have been awarded for internships at environmental injustice organizations, a nonprofit program addressing childhood food insecurity in public schools, and many others. Students are expected to devote full-time to the internship for a period of 10 weeks.

The Kathleen Dandy Gladstone Internship in Climate Crisis Solutions

The Peace and Justice Studies Program will offer a summer internship in 2022 with a $4000 stipend for a student project on the effects of climate change policy on historically under-served communities in the United States. The intern should work with a non-profit organization, governmental agency, or civil servant's office that promotes, advocates for, organizes around, or implements policies or technologies designed to reduce or draw down carbon emissions from the transportation, agriculture, industry, mining, energy, and forestry sectors of our economy.

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.


Students apply through Workday. Please click here for application instructions. The Workday application cannot be saved so must be completed in one sitting.


Please prepare the following materials and upload as PDF files via the centralized internship application. You will find a distinct application for each opportunity.


  • Resume
  • Proposal of the project (Statement of Intent)
  • Transcript (unofficial from Workday)


Questions? Contact, Catia Confortini ( ), Nadya Hajj ( ), or Wellesley Career Education ( )


Congratulations to our winner of Summer 2022!

The Emily Greene Balch Internship:

Samantha Beavers '23


Congratulations to our winners of Summer 2021!

The Emily Greene Balch Internship:

Olivia Feldman '21 and Sumaiyea Uddin '24

The Kathleen Dandy Gladstone Internship in Climate Crisis Solutions:

Sophia Pechaty '22