The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies Undergraduate Internship Program offers WGS majors and minors a supervised learning experience in a community setting.
The internship counts as an elective for the WGS major or minor. WGS majors and minors may participate in the internship program through WST 4940 Internship in Women’s & Gender Studies twice OR for a maximum of six credit hours (whichever comes first).
How much time does the internship require during the semester?
The time requirement for the internship program varies based on the number of credit hours you select for WST 4940 Internship in Women’s & Gender Studies (1-3 credits) and the agreement among the Student Intern, the Community Partner, and Dr. Wendland. Some internships will have flexible scheduling and others may require schedules to be set more rigidly.
Generally, a 3-credit internship requires a total of about 135 hours of internship effort over the entire semester, including any required trainings and orientations, while a 2-credit internship requires about 90 hours.
Where can I intern?
Working closely with Dr. Wendland, you’ll be matched with a Community Partner Organization that is aligned with your particular interests, career goals, and skill sets and that fits any limitations you might face (e.g., transportation, family obligations, course schedule, etc). While some internship options are already in place, if you have a specific organization with which you’d like to intern, contact Dr. Wendland with information about your desired placement site – name, location, purpose and work of the agency, the agency website as well as the name and email/phone for a specific contact person. Although specific requests may not always fit the internship program guidelines, Dr. Wendland is happy to work with you to design an internship experience that fits your needs. (You may only intern with organizations and agencies that have completed the Community Partner Organization process and been approved by Dr. Wendland, so please being this process as early as possible before you’d like to begin your internship.)
What are the benefits of participating in the WGS Undergraduate Internship Program?
To great degree, your internship experience depends on… YOU! But previous WGS interns report that they have had the chance to do some or all of the following:
- Connect their coursework in gender and women's studies to specific issues in community settings.
- Engage deeply in feminist-based work and reflection
- Contribute to the community in meaningful ways
- Earn course credit for resume-building experience
- Learn valuable skills from specific computer programs to interpersonal relations to becoming certified in CPR or as a sexual assault counselor
- Encounter people from different backgrounds and points of view
- Not only learn but teach
- Clarify career goals
- Network, making not only valuable contacts but also new friends and colleagues
- Change the world
- 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
Do you have questions? Would you like to learn more? Email Dr. Milton Wendland at firstname.lastname@example.org.