About Summer Internships at Bryn Mawr College

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 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 more than $600,000 in annual summer internship funding. Internships represent a wide variety of fields, including the nonprofit, NGO, 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 more than 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 hours per week. This year, more than 150 students received $4,000 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 recently include African-American Museum of Philadelphia, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Global Fund for Children, Fairmount Water Works, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, United States Department of State, Hongyuan Securities Company, and Cambridge University Press. Students are participating in internships around the world.

This year, 57 percent of the students awarded were juniors, 35 percent were sophomores, and 8 percent were first-year students.