Special notice regarding Fall 2013 Internships: Only a few new applications are being accepted for WGS Internships for Fall 2013. Email Elizabeth Bell at ebell at usf.edu for more information about new placements in Fall 2013.
Fall 2013 Internship Information
Spring 2013 and Summer 2013 interns, with excellent progress reports from their first semesters, may continue for a second semester at the same organization during the fall semester of 2013. If you have already applied (utilizing the web-based forms found here ) for your second semester, just wait for an email from Elizabeth Bell about a permit for enrolling in the Internship.
The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) offers an internship for Tampa-based, degree-seeking students declared as WGS majors and who have earned at least 12 credit hours of WGS approved courses prior to starting the internship. This internship consists of supervised work-and-learning experience in women’s and gender issues under the direction of a University faculty member/administrator and an employee of a participating sponsor organization. The internship counts as a major elective.
Students participating in the internship must enroll in the WST 4940 Internship in Women’s & Gender Studies class (or, the appropriate WST 4930). This class earns up to 3 semester hours of academic credit and may be repeated one time with the same or with a different sponsor. Students report to the WGS Internship Coordinator weekly through formal status reports. A final professional portfolio and final reflection paper are significant parts of this experience.
Local Tampa Bay businesses and organizations sponsoring students direct and council the intern in an on-the-job context for 10-12 hours each week for each 15-week semester (135 total work hours for 3 credits). Sponsors are encouraged to treat the intern as a regular employee during the entire work-learning experience. The student's direct supervisor will evaluate the intern at mid-semester and at the end of the term. These evaluations are a significant factor in the student's internship class final grade assignment.
In addition to acquiring internship work experience, students receive three semester credit hours of coursework credit by participating WST 4940 Internship in Women’s & Gender Studies class. The internship experience also allows students to
- Develop job search and interview skills
- Explore diverse career options and interests
- Develop or enhance professional skills and knowledge of workplace procedures
- Develop networking contacts with professionals in a relevant field
- Enhance professional résumés through on-the-job experience
- Develop teamwork and leadership skills
- Apply classroom learning to authentic work experience
Companies and organizations hosting interns benefit by having active and enthusiastic members of the workforce who are acquainted with the most recent practical tools and theory related to professional and technical communication. Interns also allow host enterprises to
- Develop new solutions for common business practices
- Integrate the latest tools and techniques into the daily workflow
- Refine management skills by scheduling and supervising interns
- Develop potential new employees or volunteers
- Influence WGS curriculum development at USF to better meet business and industry standards
- Contribute to the Tampa Bay professional community by enhancing and expanding available local talent