Summer Opportunities

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Department of Religion Summer Opportunities

The 2022 deadline for the Luce Moore Summer Research Internships and the Severinghaus Summer Internship Program has passed.

Check back in January 2023 for next year's opportunities.

The Religion Department offers both research and grant opportunities for students pursuing summer experiences.
  • Elisabeth Luce Moore Summer Research Internships in Religion
  • Severinghaus Summer Internship Program in Ministry/Human Services


Elisabeth Luce Moore '24 Summer Research Internships in Religion

The Department of Religion sponsors fellowships during the summer for students to conduct research on a project proposed by individual Religion Department faculty members. The research internships are funded at a maximum of $4000 with an expected commitment of 35 hours/week for 8-10 weeks. Typical research projects include bibliographic research, online database investigations, archival work in campus and local libraries, special computer work such as mapping, and, occasionally, translation. For Summer 2022, two internships will be offered. The expectation is that they will be carried out remotely. 

Luce Moore-funded Research Opportunities for 2022

Professors Jim Kodera and Steve Marini are each offering a remote research opportunity.

Professor Jim Kodera seeks a Wellesley student research assistant to help with editing his book manuscript on Watsuji Tetsuros work on Dogen (1200-1253), a Zen monk/priest who introduced the Soto (Chinese: Ts’ao-tung) School of Zen from China. Watsuji is a 20th-century Japanese philosopher, ethicist, and cultural historian who studied Continental philosophy, especially German Idealism, Nietzsche and Heidegger. He studied with Heidegger in Germany in his early scholarly career. After his study of Western traditions, he devoted himself to the study of Confucianism and Buddhism. His book, Shamon Dogen, which may be translated into English as "Zen Monk Dogen," was instrumental in introducing the 13th-century Zen master to the larger intellectual world in Japan. With Watsujis help, Dogen has come to be recognized as one of the leading thinkers in modern Japan. There are many Western, especially German and North American students and scholars of Buddhism and Japanese thought, who would benefit from the English translation of Watsujis key work. Professor Kodera has been working on revising the original manuscript since last summer.

The student best suited as a Research Assistant for this project would offer: 1. A good grasp of fundamental teachings of Buddhism, especially Zen Buddhism; 2. A good working knowledge of the Japanese language; some knowledge of Classical Chinese would also be helpful; 3. and perhaps most importantly, a demonstrated skill in expository writing in English, plus some editorial work. 

Professor Stephen Marini is searching for a research intern for summer 2022 to assist him in a multi-year Digital Humanities project to map religious change in colonial and Revolutionary America, 1725-1795. The goal of the project is to create detailed maps of all religious congregations in every American county over five-year periods (1725, 1730, 1735, and so on), using the ArcGIS mapping program. These maps will produce new knowledge about the geographical and chronological development of religious culture in early America, a topic that is hotly debated among scholars and the general public, but has no reliable empirical foundation.

The intern will build on work completed last summer, in which basic protocols for the map data and design were established, and trial runs executed. Specific tasks for 2022 include refining and transferring data on the congregations to Excel files prepared for ArcGIS use, further developing map designs, and producing new maps for the series. Accordingly, the successful candidate will have training and experience in Excel and ArcGIS, and, hopefully an intellectual interest in early American cultural history. 

This work can be completed remotely. Tech support will be available through the LTS staff.


Severinghaus Summer Internship Program in Ministry/Human Services

In Memory of Emmavail Luce Severinghaus '22

The Religion Department oversees the Severinghaus Summer Internship Program in Ministry/Human Services. This program supports students who engage in research or hands-on work through unpaid positions with humanitarian or social action agencies, charitable or religious organizations, or policy-based institutes. Projects may be domestic or international. For Summer 2022 the Department will sponsor up to three of these internships, funded at a maximum of $4000. Students identify and apply to their own internship opportunities; students are encouraged to meet with advisors in the Career Education office for support.

Please note that for Summer 2022, Severinghaus internships may be remote. Hybrid or in-person formats may be possible only for internships in the U.S. (as determined by the employer and the College and taking into account pandemic conditions).

Students do not need to have an internship confirmed before applying for a Severinghaus award, but they do need to have applied for a position(s) and have a clear vision of their proposed summer experience so they can describe, in a compelling manner, how this experience will benefit them professionally, personally, and academically. (Note: Awardees have until May 1, 2022 to secure an internship and confirm their opportunity.)

Recently funded projects include the following:

  • Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS
  • Bread for the World
  • Camp Whatchamacallit
  • Come Let's Dance
  • Gawou Ginou King Foundation
  • Interfaith Hospital Network
  • Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
  • Rosemount Center
  • St. Stephen’s Youth Programs
  • The Street Child Project
  • Wheelchairs of Hope
Am I eligible to apply?

These programs are open to current Wellesley College first-years, sophomores, and juniors.

What are the requirements?
  • For Summer 2022, Luce Moore Summer internships will be remote. Severinghaus internships may be remote. Hybrid or in-person formats may be possible only for internships in the U.S. (as determined by the employer and the College and taking into account pandemic conditions).
  • Full funding will be given for internships that require at least 300 hours of work over 8-10 weeks.
  • Students must also complete Career Education's online Summer Pathway and write a thank you letter describing their summer internship experience, which will then be sent to the donor who generously funds this opportunity.
  • For more information and link to the application, please go to the Career Education's Religion Department Research & Internships page.
How do I apply?

Note: As part of the application process for the Summer Research Internships, students should also anticipate interviewing with department faculty before a placement is confirmed.

When is the deadline?

The Spring 2022 deadline to apply for the Severinghaus Summer Internships has been extended to March 17 at 11:30 PM EST (Boston Time).


The deadline to apply for the Luce Moore Summer Research Internships has passed.

What is the value of the award?

The maximum stipend award is $4,000 for all locations.