Internships

 

Women's and Gender Studies internships allow students the opportunity to test classroom concepts in a field setting within the University or with community agencies that provide services to women.  Students who are majoring in Women's and Gender Studies must participate in an internship; minors are encouraged to do so for elective credit.

The Women's and Gender Studies Program has information on internships including a list of agencies in which students can intern. This list is separated into: legal, political and social agencies and organizations. For example, students interested in social organizations can choose from counseling, women's shelters, local YWCA's or women's health organizations. In addition, there are many political and legal organizations from which to choose.

 

Click here to access the Women's and Gender Studies Internship List

 

Internships from 1 - 3 credit hours are available for Women's and Gender Studies Majors and Minors. The internship goal is to work with women in the student's chosen field or career. Internships can be arranged with the Women's and Gender Studies Coordinator, Laurie Fuller.
 

GUIDELINES

 

1. An internship in Women's and Gender Studies is a field experience at a community agency or program concerned with the needs of women. The point of the internship is to put the ideas and theories of Women's and Gender Studies into practice in an actual setting focused on women, to refine, challenge, and apply concepts in women's studies to the internship context. This course emphasizes the relationship between Women's and Gender Studies and work on women's concerns.

 

2. The student interested in an internship must be a Women's and Gender Studies Major or Minor (or have taken several Women's and Gender Studies classes) with the goal of working with women in her chosen field or career.

 

3. Before registering for an internship, the student must find an area agency willing to supervise an intern and discuss with the program director the goals of the program and the opportunities for interns.

 

4. An agreement must be worked out between student and agency, clearly delineating the intern's proposed project and responsibilities, the tasks to be accomplished, and the hours to be worked

 

5. The student is responsible for submitting in writing the resulting agreement to the Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies. The agreement should specify the following:

                a. The general goal of the internship

                b. Three learning objectives
                c. Methods of accomplishing the objectives
                d. The number of hours the student will work at the agency
                            3 - 4 hours worked per week = 1 credit hour
                            8 - 9 hours worked per week = 2 credit hours
                            10 + hours worked per week = 3 credit hours
                e. How the project and learning objectives are related to Women's and Gender Studies theories (feminisms) and practices

 

Numbers 1-5 above must be completed before the second week of classes for the fall and spring semesters and before the first week of classes for the summer semester. Failure to have steps 1-5 completed by that time will lower the student's grade one letter, (from an A to a B and so on).

 

6. The intern is required to send three narrative reports to the Women's and Gender Studies Coordinator during the semester (see grading guidelines below for report content requirements). The first two reports (to be sent at regular intervals) will document the progress the student is making in achieving the goals and objectives established. The third report (at the end of the semester) should be a summary paper (minimum of three pages) commenting on the completed project and the learning experience. This paper summarizing the project needs to comprehensively deal with the relationship between the project, learning objectives and Women's and Gender Studies theories (feminisms) and practices.

 

7. The last requirement is a brief letter from the intern's supervisor to the Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies indicating whether the student had completed the agreed project and tasks satisfactorily. This letter should be sent at the completion of the semester to be received by the first day of the exam period for the semester.

 

GRADING OF THE WOMEN'S and GENDER STUDIES INTERNSHIP


A = All your papers are turned in on time. (Agreement is due the second week of the semester. Fall semester papers are due: October 1, November 1, and the last Friday of classes. Spring semester papers are due: February 1, March 1, and the last Friday of classes.) Each paper you wrote was an excellent well-constructed essay, with no spelling mistakes or run-on sentences. Each paper had a clear thesis that thoughtfully described in-depth the current status of both your internship and your internship objectives, and how they relate to ideas you have learned in your Women's and Gender Studies courses. In your papers you clearly discussed your goals and objectives, reflecting on how your internship is going and how you are accomplishing, or not, those goals and objectives you set for yourself. What are you learning in your internship and how does it relate to what you have learned in Women's and Gender Studies courses? You explained in detail how what you learned in your internship related to what you have learned in Women's and Gender Studies, quote some readings or examples from classes and discuss how they relate. In addition, your summary paper demonstrated an in-depth understanding of the relationship between the project, learning objectives and Women's and Gender Studies theories (feminisms) and practices, including a thorough bibliography of the texts you quote and relate to your internship learning. Lastly, you received a superior report from your internship supervisor.

 

B = Two or more of your papers were turned in on time. Each paper you wrote was a well-constructed essay, with few spelling mistakes or run-on sentences. Each paper demonstrated a solid understanding of the current status of both your internship and your internship objectives, and how they relate to ideas you have learned in your Women's and Gender Studies courses. In your papers you discussed your goals and objectives, reflecting on how your internship is going and how you are accomplishing, or not, those goals and objectives you set for yourself. What are you learning in your internship and how does it relate to what you have learned in Women's and Gender Studies courses? You explained how what you learned in your internship related to what you have learned in Women's and Gender Studies, quote some readings or examples from classes and discuss how they relate. In addition, your summary paper demonstrated a solid understanding of the relationship between the project, learning objectives and Women's and Gender Studies theories (feminisms) and practices, including a bibliography of the texts you quote and relate to your internship learning. (Your papers were well written but had a few rough spots.) Lastly, you received a good report from your internship supervisor.

 

C = One or more of your papers was turned in on time. Each paper you wrote demonstrated an adequate understanding of the current status of both your internship and your internship objectives and how they relate to ideas you have learned in your Women's and Gender Studies courses. In your papers you discussed somewhat your goals and objectives, reflecting on how your internship is going and how you are accomplishing, or not, those goals and objectives you set for yourself. What are you learning in your internship and how does it relate to what you have learned in Women's and Gender Studies courses? You explained somewhat how what you learned in your internship related to what you have learned in Women's and Gender Studies, quote some readings or examples from classes and discuss how they relate. In addition, your summary paper demonstrated an adequate understanding of the relationship between the project, learning objectives and Women's and Gender Studies theories (feminisms) and practices, including somewhat of a bibliography of the texts you quote and relate to your internship learning. (Your papers demonstrated only superficial and cursory understanding of these relationships.) Lastly, you received a satisfactory report from your internship supervisor.

 

D = You have demonstrated an incomplete understanding of the current status of both your internship and your internship objectives, and how they relate to ideas you have learned in your Women's and Gender Studies courses. In addition, your summary paper demonstrated an incomplete understanding of the relationship between the project, learning objectives and Women's and Gender Studies theories (feminisms) and practices. (Your papers demonstrated an inadequate and vague understanding of these relationships.) Lastly, you received an unsatisfactory report from your internship supervisor.

 

F = You have demonstrated a poor understanding of the current status of both your internship and your internship objectives, and how they relate to ideas you have learned in your Women's and Gender Studies courses. In addition, your summary paper demonstrated a poor understanding of the relationship between the project, learning objectives and Women's and Gender Studies theories (feminisms) and practices. (Your papers demonstrated an insufficient understanding of these relationships.) Lastly, you received a poor report from your internship supervisor.

 

Fall semester papers are due: October 1, November 1, and the last Friday of classes. Spring semester papers are due: February 1, March 1, and the last Friday of classes. Summer due dates will be arranged with the Coordinator.