Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Internship Program Requirements
Internships must be planned and established prior to the beginning of the semester during which you will earn WGST 484 credit(s). You should start planning at least two months before you hope to begin your internship. Your application must be approved at least two weeks before the first day of classes in the semester in which the internship will take place.
The actual internship experience takes place during the semester when you are registered for the course. Internships must be clearly differentiated from Independent Study projects. That is, internships are not usually research-based, although an agency may ask you to do research for them during your work there as part of your learning experience. Internships must be new, agency-based, participatory learning experiences. That is, an existing job cannot be used as an internship although you may be paid as an intern. Women’s and Gender Studies Internships may not be concurrently used for additional credit under a different course number in a different department.
Objectives for the Women’s and Gender Studies Internship
Upon completion of their internship, students should be able to:
- Explain how feminist theory informs practice, and vice versa;
- Analyze work places and policies as they relate to issues of gender, race, class, and sexuality;
- Communicate effectively with supervisors and colleagues;
- Reflect upon and articulate individual responsibilities and ethics in a workplace situation;
- Draw from work experience to make future career and/or educational choices.
To be eligible for the WGST Internship, students must be a major or minor with a GPR of 3.25. In addition, students must have completed 9 WGST credit hours
Determining Course Credits
Students will earn credits based on the number of hours they work:
- 4 hours of work per week = one credit hour
- 7 hours of work per week = two credit hours
- 10 hours of work per week = three credit hours
- 13 hours of work per week = four credit hours
Course Grade Information
Students are responsible for completing academic assignments in addition to their internship responsibilities within the agency. Such assignments will be negotiated with the faculty sponsor in advance of the internship’s start and detailed in the Internship Application form. Assignments may include but are not limited to, a journal of the intern experience, a descriptive paper detailing internship activities and experience, an analysis of the influence or manifestation of theory, policy, or practice at the agency, or other assignments as deemed appropriate. A student’s course grade is typically based 50% on performance at the site and 50% on academic work. This balance is subject to the faculty adviser’s discretion.
Procedure for Attaining an Internship:
- Determine your eligibility. You must:
- Be a WGST Major or Minor
- Have a GPR of 3.25
- Have completed 9 number of WGST credit hours
- If you are eligible, then:
- Find a Faculty Sponsor. Faculty sponsors must be Core, Associated, or Affiliated faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.
- Find and coordinate an internship.
- Fill out the Internship Application form. The form must be completed and signed by the student, the Internship Supervisor, the Faculty Sponsor, and the WGST Program Director two weeks before the first day of classes in the semester in which the internship will take place.