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There’s a spirit of creativity that runs through everything you’ll do at Lesley. And you’ll do big things here. Things that get you out into the world to put theory into action.

Internships and field placements are the hallmark of a Lesley University education. These hands-on experiences begin as early as your first year, and vary by major and program. But no matter what you study or where you intern, you’ll graduate with real-world training, a knockout résumé, and a network of envy-inducing professional contacts.

Undergraduate Internships

Internships are about more than fetching coffee and making copies. It’s the only way to get the experience that’s so important when it comes to getting your dream job after graduation.

But more than that, internships are a way to find out what it is you want to do—or not do. You can try on occupations and see how they feel. Find out what works while you hone your skills, build your résumé, and make connections that lead to career success. Not convinced yet?

Three More Reasons to Intern:

  1. Real-world experiences will help you hit the ground running in your new career.
  2. With a foundation of critical skills, you’ll be able to adapt and thrive in any professional environment.
  3. Gaining new perspectives will empower you to connect your skills and experience to solutions the world needs now more than ever.

Where to Intern

Internships are available in every academic department. All you need to do to get started is schedule a meeting with the internship offices at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the College of Art and Design.

Or, if you’re an education major, you’ll coordinate your classroom teaching experiences with the education field placement office.

Here are some examples of where Lesley students have interned:

  • Art & Design Sites
    • Boston Magazine
    • Harvard Ceramics

    • Hasbro

    • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Art Therapy Sites
    • The Childrens Room
    • Perkins School for the Blind
    • Community Arts Center
    • Our Space
    • Gateway Arts


  • Biology Sites
    • Museum of Science
    • Earthwise Aware
    • Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center
    • Mount Auburn Cemetery
    • Emerson Practice Associates
  • Business Management Sites
    • Side Kick Sports Academy
    • Harvard Athletics
    • Longy School of Music
    • Resilient Local Economies
    • Umbrella Arts
    • WGBH
  • Children, Youth, and Family Studies Sites
    • Horizons for Homeless Children
    • Cambridge Center for Families
    • Home for Little Wanderers
    • Thom Early Intervention
    • ABCD Head Start
  • Counseling Sites
    • Doc Wayne
    • Cambridge Women Center
    • Boston Municipal Court
    • Bournewood Hospital
    • Hildebrand Self Help
  • English/Creative Writing Sites
    • Artscope Magazine
    • Divertir Publishing
    • WGBH
    • Hanging Loose Press
    • Cervena Barva Press
  • Expressive Arts Therapy Sites
    • The Childrens Room
    • Girls LEAP
    • Boston Youth Sanctuary
    • Outside The Lines Studio
    • Perkins School for the Blind
  • Health Sciences Sites
    • Emerson Practice Associates
    • Premier Performance PT
    • Museum of Science
    • Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center
    • Climate Mental Health Network
  • History Sites
    • Longfellow House
    • Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation
    • Cambridge Historical Society
    • Fredrick Law Olmstead Historic Site
    • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Holistic Psychology Sites
    • Beth Israel Hospital Reiki Program
    • Boston Youth Sanctuary
    • Shambala
    • Boston Ayurveda School
    • Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Mindfulness & Compassion
    • Majestic Yoga Studio
    • St. Stephen’s Youth Programs
  • Political Science Sites
    • MA Attorney General office
    • MA State House
    • Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Office
    • Edward Kennedy Institute
    • Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma
  • Psychology Sites
    • Home for Little Wanderers
    • Cambridge Women’s Center
    • Horizons for Homeless Children
    • Bournewood Hospital
    • Center for Families
    • Hildebrand Self-Help Center
  • Sociology & Social Change Sites
    • Black Lives Matter
    • Transgender Emergency Fund
    • Rian Immigration Center
    • Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma
    • Enroot (Tufts University)
“Having the opportunity to intern for Cultural Survival was the best experience I had while at Lesley. I enjoyed it so much I never left. Now I have the most important, exciting, and meaningful job I have ever had in my life.”
Jason Moore, Global Studies

Graduate Field Training

Pursue internships, apprenticeships, and meaningful field experiences in a wide range of settings through Lesley’s extensive network. Work alongside educators and activists who are revolutionizing the way students learn. Be mentored by artists and writers who can help you realize what you’re capable of creating. Gain the practical skills to guide people toward personal growth and transformation. Your graduate program will not only be grounded in the theory and research, but also the hands-on experiences you need to advance in your field.

Opportunities & Support

At Lesley, we support you in every step of the field training process. Our field training offices maintain a large database of approved internship sites in the Greater Boston area, around Massachusetts, and across the U.S.

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Community Arts

Sarah Besegai ’10

Sarah pursued an internship at the Griffin Museum of Photography. There, she wrote a grant application that spurred collaboration between the museum, a local high school, and the Boston Arts Academy.

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Dance/Movement Therapy

Neusa Araujo-Furtado ’17

For Neusa, traditional batuque dance is more than a means of staying in touch with her Cape Verdean roots. It’s a tool for educating and empowering others. In her field training with urban youth, she uses dance and movement techniques to facilitate healing, positive body image, and social skills.

Career Resources

You have big goals. And at Lesley, you'll receive the support and guidance to make them a reality.

Career coaches at the Career Resource Center will support you during and after your degree program as you explore and pursue your career goals. They’ll guide and advise you through the career exploration process, support you during your job search, help you develop an effective strategy to market your skills, and enable you to find your way in the work world.

Alumni Network

Our alumni career network is here for you. Lesley graduates are working and thriving all over the country and all across the world in a variety of career fields. And when you graduate, you’ll join a network of over 86,000 Lesley alumni. These are the people you’ll contact for career advice, job opportunities, and inspiration.