Steps to Gain Academic Credit
There are two ways to pursue an academic internship:
1) The Women's and Gender Studies program offers a seminar and internship course, WMGS 89A: Prevention of Violence Against Women and Children. Students who wish to pursue an internship in this area are encouraged to enroll. See course description below.
2) For academic internships related to other topics, students identify an internship site of interest and a faculty mentor and enroll in WMGS 92b Independent Internship & Analysis.Internship selection and placement is the first and key assignment of the course. Students work directly with the instructor of the course to establish an internship site.
- Identify an Internship Site
Once you have found potential sites you are interested in, send them a copy of the Women's and Gender Studies Introduction Letter to explain the internship program.
- Find an Internship Faculty Advisor (Instructor)
Your Advisor will approve your internship site, sign the Internship Approval Form, and meet with you at least 4 times during the semester. If you enrolling in WMGS 89a, the seminar professor will be the Faculty Advisor.
- Enroll in WMGS 92b
Complete the Internship Approval Form and submit a copy to Katie Dalton in the Women's and Gender Studies Program (MS 082/Rabb 105).She will approve your internship site. Once approved by WGS, bring the form to the Registrar's Office (Kutz 124), and make copies for the instructor and your records.
Students participate in a weekly seminar and intern eight hours a week at a community setting. Seminar meetings, readings, presentations by people working in the field and student projects explore cultural and interpersonal facets of violence from a feminist perspective. Topics include theories, causes and prevention of rape, battering, child abuse and animal abuse. Internships provide practical experience in local organizations such as rape crisis centers, battered women's shelters, and violence intervention and prevention programs.
Women's and Gender Studies
A Women's and Gender Studies Internship is intended to provide you with hands-on experience in settings focused on the concerns of women or girls or on issues of gender or sexuality. Your internship responsibilities should help you to develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which gender and sexuality inform both institutional structures and individual experiences. The most useful internships are those in which students are given the opportunity to participate actively in the work of the organization by developing or contributing to a specific program or project.
Internship possibilities are as diverse as women's and gender studies itself. Options might include, but are not limited to, organizations addressing issues concerning health care, the law, education, religion, globalization, immigration, eating disorders, poverty, racism, violence against women, and sexuality.
Past Internship Sites:
- The Second Step
- Jewish Domestic Violence Coalition, housed at Jewish Family & Child Services
- The Family Center Inc. of Greater Boston
- Mass. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
- Planned Parenthoold League of Massachusetts
- Rosie's Place
- Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
- American Association of University Women
- CABG Genomics Study at Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Sanctuary for Families