The Women’s and Gender Studies Program has an active internship program that integrates academics with activism. Declared WMST minors have the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom in a community setting. Internships provide students with the opportunity to give back to the community, gain first hand experience, and make connections that may help them find employment after they graduate. Internships are not paid, but interns receive three academic credits by registering for WMST 4401: Internship in Women’s Studies.
Only students who meet the following eligibility requirements will be allowed to enroll in WGST 4401. These requirements are not waived under any circumstance.
- A declared minor in WGST
- Completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours
- A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (or higher) and a WGST GPA of 3.0 (or higher)
- At least one recommendation from a WGST professor
- Interns are required to work 120 hours on-site during the course of the semester. This averages out to 8 hours per week during a 15 week semester. Schedules may be adjusted to fit the circumstances (e.g., 20 hr/week for 6 weeks).
- Interns are required to submit a weekly 2 page, double-spaced journal. This journal describes their internship activities for the week and reflects on how what they are doing/learning in the internship relates to what they have learned in Women’s and Gender Studies courses.
- Interns are required to complete a substantial final project. Usually this project is a 10 page double spaced paper on a topic related to their internship. Other final projects, however, are acceptable as long as they are approved by the intern's academic supervisor.
Interns can work in any organization, as long as the project work on focuses on women, sexuality, or feminism. It is the student's responsibility to contact the organization they wish to work with and to make arrangements about the internship.
If you are interested in an internship, please contact Dr. Katie Hogan at (704) 687-0388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.