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Wake Forest Internship Programs

Entrepreneurship Internship Stipends
Are you interested in innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship?  These internship stipends will provide funding so that you can either to work on your own ventures or to work with an entrepreneur or organization (can be either for-profit or not-for-profit) in the start-up to early growth stage.

Internships can be in any field, including the sciences, business, the arts, or social entrepreneurship.  They can also be undertaken for credit, but in that instance, you must enroll in ESE350 for the summer session and meet with your advisor prior to leaving school at the end of the spring semester to discuss your course requirements.  Visit the Center for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (CICE) website to learn more about the stipends and the application process.

International Internships
The Center for Global Programs and Studies (GPS) partners with internship providers around the world to offer you internships in a variety of locations including London, Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Sydney, Shanghai, and many more. In most cases GPS can help you find a program that will meet your needs, regardless of your major or minor and there are programs available for both semester and summer terms. Interested? Search study abroad programs using the key word “internship” here or contact the GPS at 336-758-5938 to set up an appointment.

Kemper Scholars
A program for freshmen students, the Kemper Scholars Program offers you an opportunity to prepare for leadership and service in numerous professions, including nonprofits. The program includes a tuition scholarship for your sophomore, junior and senior years as well as 2 funded internships during the summers following your sophomore and junior years funded by the Kemper Foundation. Wake Forest is honored to be among a select group of less than twenty U.S. schools which offer this program. Interested? Check out this page for more information.

Nonprofit Immersion Program
The Institute for Public Engagement’s Summer Nonprofit Immersion Program gives you an opportunity to connect with the nonprofit sector while reflecting on the sector’s role in your professional development.  The program combines a high quality educational experience with a paid, structured internship placement and reflection – a unique personal and professional development opportunity.Visit the IPE page describing the experience to learn more about the program and get an application.

Pre-Ministerial Internship Program
If you are discerning a call to the ministry, this program is designed to give you an opportunity to practice ministry in one of the many ministerial settings in the Winston-Salem area. The program is open to WFU undergraduates who have not yet completed their degree requirements and want to explore a church/parish, retreat ministry, or faith-based nonprofit setting.  This paid internship requires an eight-week commitment. To learn more, contact the Chaplain’s Office.

Religion and Public Engagement
Are you interested in studying educational, economic, cultural and political development strategies and action?  If so, the Religion and Public Engagement (RPE) concentration may be right for you. The RPE internship supports communities through an exchange of knowledge and action consistent with internationally accepted standards of human rights and the highest standards of teaching, research, and collaboration. If this sounds interesting, contact Dr. Lucas Johnston ( to learn more.

Salamanca Program
The Department of Romance Languages offers a summer program of internships in Salamanca, Spain, the site of the semester/year-long Wake Forest study abroad program. If you are interested in applying your knowledge of Spanish to a variety of professional fields, such as medical and healthcare professions, teaching, and translation, this program could be right for you. Visit the Romance Languages department website for more information about the classes and opportunities available.

Business and Enterprise Management Internship Program
The BEM internship is designed to provide you with the opportunity for a meaningful career-related experience in a variety of organizational settings.  BEM majors will practice and expand on the knowledge and skills developed in the classroom, enhance their marketability for a permanent job, and deepen their understanding of a career or profession of interest. To learn more about the requirements and expectations, check out the BEM Internship Information page.

Are you interested in sustainability?  Consider an internship with the Office of Sustainability at WFU.  During this project-based internship, interns will be expected to attend weekly staff meetings and contribute to the overarching mission of the office.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the following internships are available: Communications and Outreach, Game Day Recycling and RecycleMania, Earth Day Planning, Student Programming, Energy and Carbon Action Planning, and Campus Garden.  Visit the Office of Sustainability or check out their website for details.

Wake Washington
The WAKE Washington program enables you to experience the intellectual, cultural, scientific, business, governmental, and nonprofit opportunities around the Nation’s Capital by living, studying, and working in the Washington, DC area. Each year, you can participate, for academic credit, in a full internship program with a business, government, NGO, or nonprofit organization that matches your interests. Each student also receives Wake Forest credit for one or two academic courses while in Washington, DC. To learn more about the program, visit the WakeWashington website.

Wake Forest Baptist Health Internships
The Wake Forest Baptist Health Internship program started as a collaboration between Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest University in the spring of 2011 with  the goal of increasing collaboration among faculty on the Reynolda and Wake Forest Baptist Health campuses by offering academic internships on the WFBH campus.  The project has resulted in a number of academically rigorous internships for the 2011-2012 school year. Interested in learning more?  Information about these internships is posted in DeaconSource when opportunities are available.

Are you interested in radio? The media?  Looking for experience in marketing or writing?  WFDD’s internship program provides practical experience in the radio broadcasting and nonprofit industry. The station can accommodate up to six interns per semester. The six current intern roles are Membership and Individual Giving, WFDD News, Operations and Production, Marketing and Community Events, Social Media, and Underwriting.  Check out the WFDD site for more information on the program and application process.

Women’s and Gender Studies
Women’s & Gender Studies offers an internship class (WGS 397A) to students who have foundation and interest in women’s and/or gender studies.  This course is designed to provide you with opportunities for learning and working with organizations in ways that connect your coursework in women’s and gender studies to issues in community settings.  You will be asked to think critically through blogs, readings, and assignments and will learn about a wide range community organizations working on issues related to gender, social change, social justice, and feminism.  The course and the internship will help you enhance skills that will transfer into the workplace.  You can expect to spend up to 7 hours per week at an agency in your internship, conducting programmatic research, and/or receiving training in program administration.

In recent years, internships have been offered at Family Services; the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem, The Children’s Home, WFU Medical School Women’s Health Center for Research, Leadership, and Education, Crisis Control Ministry, Community Care Center, Forsyth County Guardian ad Litem, Planned Parenthood, Safe on 7, City of Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission, and Alabaster Place. For more information contact Dr. Sheri Lawson Clark at x3556 or

Other Wake Forest Offices and Departments
Are you interested in interning with another office or organization on the Wake Forest campus? Consider approaching the office directly to communicate your interest and what you can do for them. In the past year, Reynolda House, the Wake Forest News Bureau, the Secrest Series, Campus Kitchen, and the Chief Investment Officer have hired interns. If you are interested in learning more, contact these organizations directly and express your interest in an internship, being sure to communicate what you can do for the office.