About Summer Internships

These internships are funded by Bryn Mawr’s Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC).

The mission of the Leadership, Innovation, and Liberal Arts Center (LILAC) is to prepare liberal arts students to be effective, self-aware leaders in their chosen life pursuits. Thanks to the generosity of Bryn Mawr College alumnae and other donors, the College is able to award over $450,000 in summer internship funding. Internships represent a wide variety of fields, including the nonprofit, NGOs, healthcare, government, sciences, arts and private sectors. These opportunities come from internships that students identify on their own, as well as through partnerships developed by faculty and staff. There are over 30 distinct awards that are made possible by our gracious donors. Awards support a summer internship of 8-10 weeks, at a minimum of 30 hrs/week. This year, 120 students received $4,000 of funding for unpaid internships through the LILAC Summer Internship Funding program.

These funded opportunities allow students to engage in work environments in different industries and explore how that work builds on what they are studying and learning in the classroom, which directly supports the mission of LILAC. A few examples of organizations where our students interned this year include Atlantic Public Media, Colorado Children’s Hospital, Global Fund for Children, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, United States Department of State, and Women’s Foreign Policy Group. Approximately 20% of students are doing internships abroad, 45% in and around the Philadelphia area, and 35% who are located in other areas across the U.S. This year, the 60% of the students awarded were juniors, 30% were sophomores, and 10% were freshman.