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An internship is an opportunity to gain experience with a private, public or community organization. It is usually undertaken during a student's junior or senior year. An internship is required for a B.S. degree, but it is also an option for other students. An internship may provide means

  • To test an interest in a field of work
  • To gain work experience with a particular organization and to apply learned skills
  • To make appropriate contacts that would be helpful in establishing a future career

Internships may be a full-time or part-time experience for one or more semester. The number of earned credit hours will be by determined by the student and the Internship Coordinator. The internship program is coordinated and partially supervised through Gender & Women's Studies with cooperation from the agency supervisor. We highly encourage students to be active in choosing their own internship sites, and to allow at least six months for selection and application to an appropriate agency or organization.

Numerous kinds of internships are available. The Gender & Women's Studies Department maintains a list of community and state placement sites. The Memorial Library and the Career Development and Placement offices provide additional sources for internship possibilities. In addition, many women's support agencies are interested in working with Women's Studies majors and minors. Some of these agencies include victim assistance services, economic development, chemical dependency assistance, and career development programs.

Students will be expected to plan the goals and objectives of the internship with input from the agency supervisor and Internship Coordinator. During the course of the internship, students will keep a journal and evaluate the experience and the fulfillment of goals and objectives. Internship packets are available in Gender & Women's Studies Office, Morris Hall 109.

Students with specific skills such as business administration might, for example, be placed in a major corporation, or an art major might intern with a women's art registry. Depending on the needs and interests of the intern, she/he might choose a local, regional, national or international site for her/his internship.

The community and teaching internship handbooks can be found here:

Further information about Gender & Women's Studies degree programs is available from the Gender & Women's Studies office.

109 Morris Hall