High Impact Summer Internships

Corcoran summer interns take on projects that have real impact in our community.

Program Components


Students are assigned a 10 week placement at a high-impact government, nonprofit, or mission-driven organization in Boston.


Students attend high-impact professional skills workshops at Boston College throughout the summer. 


Students are assigned a mentor from their organization, and receive ongoing support and mentoring from the Corcoran Center as well.

Networking Reception

The summer concludes with a reception in downtown Boston where interns share their summer work with the community. 

Highlighted Interns


Current undergraduate first-years, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will demonstrate interest in social justice, community development, or neighborhood revitalization.

Application Process

The Cocoran Center summer internship is a highly completive program. Students should utilize the Career Center's resources for preparing a strong application, and should attend information sessions to learn more before applying. 

  • The Program accepts applications in two rounds, fall and spring.
  • Summer 2021 applications have closed.
  • Summer 2021 Internships will follow all/any relevant public health guidelines in effect at program runs. 
  • Whether internships are remote or in person will be determined based on public health guidelines during summer 2021.
  • The Summer 2020 program ran successfully with a full cohort of interns working and engaging in classroom content remotely. 
  • A resume and cover letter are required to apply. 
  • Applications are only accepted via Handshake, accessible through the BC Career Center page.
  • Selected applicants will be invited to interview.
  • The Program runs from June until August. 
  • Placement sites vary each summer, review previous interns experiences below to learn more about the types of organiztions we partner with. 

Previous Summer Interns

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