Wellesley in Washington Summer Internship Program

Capitol Building The Wellesley in Washington Internship Program traces its origins to the winter of 1943 during WWII when the college closed for a few months to save fuel. Prof. Julia Henderson of the Political Science department arranged for fifteen of her students to use that time to work as unpaid volunteers in various government agencies in the capital. The 1943 winter program was so successful that Prof. Henderson ran it again in the summer of 1944, and it has continued every summer since, making it is one of the oldest continuous Washington internship programs in the country.

The Program currently provides an opportunity for 20 funded summer internships in Washington DC. Students seek placements from a wide array of government offices, public-interest groups, media, cultural, scientific, and medical institutions, and research centers in Washington, DC. Interns - who must be in their junior year- are selected without regard to academic major.

Each intern receives a stipend to help defray living expenses. Housing is also provided for students at George Washington University; all participating interns must live in the housing arranged for them. Interns are required to participate in weekly seminars and other Program activities during the summer. Contacts with Wellesley alumnae are an important part of the Program and each intern will be assigned a mentor from the Washington Wellesley Club. Veteran interns participate in the orientation of new interns the following year.

washington monumentThe Wellesley in Washington Internship Program is funded by gifts from alumnae and friends of the College. We are particularly grateful for the generous support of Zoë Sarbanes Pappas '66; Louella Gross Goldberg ’58, Ellen Goldberg Luger ’83: and Martha Goldberg Aronson ’89:Isabelle Leeds '47; Sherley Koteen '40; the Bertha S. Adkins '28 Fund; the Anne Quackenbos Fund; the Laurence S. Rockefeller Fund;the Alona Evans Fund; the Marguerite Stitt Church '14 Memorial Stipend; the Ruth Gordon Schapiro Fund; the Jane Bishop '51 Bequest; and the many former interns who have donated to the Program.


2021 APPLICATION Deadline Extended: Sun, Nov 15, 2020 by Midnight EST 

Info Session: Wed, Sept 30, 2020 via Zoom 10:30-11:30 am EST 
lease RSVP or email ldavis@wellesley.edu for the Zoom recording.

Interview Dates: November TBA

Program Dates (if internships are in Wash, DC George Washington University):
Sunday, May 30, 2021 – Official Start Date & Move in Date to George Washington Univ. Housing
Monday, May 31, 2021 - Holiday
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - First Day of Internship
Friday, August 6, 2021 - Final Day of Work
Saturday, August 7, 2021 - Move Out of GWU Housing

Questions? Contact the Poli Sci Dept:
Program Administrator: Lynda Davis Jeha
Program Directors: Professors Stacie Goddard and Paul K. MacDonald
Chair, Wellesley in Washington Internship Program Committee: Prof. Tom Burke

Special note: Wellesley in Washington 2020 - Due to the Covid-19 pandemic all summer internship placements were remote.

List of Interns and Placements:
2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012| 2013|2014|2015|2016|2017|2018|2019|2020|