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Salve Regina students are eligible for a select number of research positions at the Pell Center each year, and all students are encouraged to participate in related lectures and other events.

Nuala Pell Leadership Program

The Nuala Pell Leadership Program provides opportunities to a select number of diverse, high-achieving juniors or seniors, exposing them to both the theory and practice of leadership in the public sector. Named in honor of the late Nuala Pell, wife of Sen. Claiborne Pell and an avid supporter of public service, the program aims to build leadership skills that can be used in the classroom and beyond.

Students in the program have the opportunity to learn from accomplished leaders from many industries. They also follow a public issue as it unfolds, and present an unbiased, thorough summary of the issue at SRYou Day.

Students are nominated by department faculty. Nominees  apply during the spring semester of their second or third years. To learn more about the program, email Martha McCann Rose.

Student Comments

"Having the opportunity to meet the incredibly successful and experienced individuals we did was just the inspiration I needed." Alessio Ayuninjam '18

"Every person we met was driven by a goal to make the world a better place, and they all carried that out in different ways. I think this is one of the hallmarks of Claiborne and Nuala Pell: They were leaders with a drive to do good." Evie O'Callaghan '19

"I learned that overall, leadership comes in so many different forms, shapes and sizes. No one person has the ultimate answer on how to be a leader, but there are a lot of techniques." Brian Schmidt '19

"The trip to Washington, D.C., was the opportunity of a lifetime. It was truly inspiring to hear leadership advice and success stories from such influential people. I have a much deeper understanding of what it takes to be an effective leader." Devin Smith '18

Internships and Student Employment

As interns or student employees at the Pell Center, students from a wide array of majors have the opportunity to engage with a broad spectrum of public issues while gaining professional experience in an office environment. Applicants should have a demonstrated writing aptitude and research skills in order to assist with research for studies and reports, write for the online blog, and assist with event planning and execution.

In addition, students with an interest in graphic design may assist in creating communications materials in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite. Student employees should be prepared to attend Pell Center events and to assist in keeping Pell Center constituents and community members engaged in the civic dialogue.

Visit Handshake @ Salve Regina to view student employment openings at the Pell Center, or email for more information.