Endow Student Internships and Research Fellowships

Providing internship and research opportunities for all of our students is a key priority for Wesleyan. Work and research in demanding real-world situations allow students to apply and expand the knowledge they’ve gained in the classroom—often opening the way for them to envision their path from college to career.

Wesleyan students undertake internships of all kinds in the business, government, and nonprofit sectors. Often these positions are non-paying or include only a nominal salary, making it impossible for many students to participate without University grants. Wesleyan’s average internship grant of $5,000 provides a stipend toward living and travel expenses, as well as covering the summer earnings requirement for students on financial aid. For international internships, travel costs and other expenses bring the average grant amount to $10,000.

Student demand for such grants regularly outpaces current funding capacity. More funding is needed now for:

  • Wesleyan Internships to support real-world work experiences in any field
  • Summer Experience Grants to fund unpaid internships at nonprofits
  • Summer Research Fellowships to fund student collaboration with faculty
  • Quantitative Analysis Center apprenticeships
  • Patricelli Center internships for student entrepreneurs
  • College of the Environment internships which are closely tied to the curriculum

An endowed internship or endowed research fellowship exists in perpetuity and can be established with a gift of $100,000 given over a period of up to five years. Recognizing such generosity, we would be pleased to name the internship or fellowship in your honor. Donors receive annual reports on the activities pursued by the beneficiary or beneficiaries of the internship or fellowship.

If you are interested in learning more about endowing a student work internship or academic research opportunity, please contact Robert Mosca, Director of Major Gifts, at (860) 685-3730 or rmosca@wesleyan.edu.