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Visit the Hiatt Careeer Center Web site for more information about women's and gender studies internship opportunities.
"I furthered my experience in class by doing an internship with Sanctuary for Families, the largest non-profit in New York.
Working with young girls, women, and transgendered clients allowed for all of my coursework to come full circle."
-Ashley Sauerhof '09
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 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.
For a women's and gender studies internship to be approved, it must be demonstrated that the work you undertake will entail some specifically gender or sexuality related focus. You are encouraged to seek out an internship with an organization that you believe in and are committed to supporting with your energy and time.
There are several ways to pursue an academic internship.
- 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.
- Students interested in topics on women's health may pursue an internship through the Women & Health Initiative (WHI). These internships may count for academic credit.
- For academic internships related to other topics, students identify an internship site of interest and a faculty mentor and enroll in WMGS 92b.
- Students interested in pursuing an unpaid summer internship may be eligible to apply for the Rapaporte Summer Internship Grant. Grant recipients, however, may not also receive academic credit for their internship.
Student-Scholar Partnership (SSP) Internship
The Student-Scholar Partnership Program (SSP) is an On-Campus Internship opportunity which matches highly intelligent and talent-laden Brandeis undergraduates with Women's Studies Research Center (WSRC) Scholars to work collaboratively on projects in varying fields which all relate back to women’s issues. The strong emphasis on mentoring and learning is a hallmark of the experience, and Students and Scholars both are offered an amazing opportunity to learn and grow together. Each Fall and Spring semester, the SSP offers approximately twenty paid internships of fifty-hours each to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors. Recruiting starts the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters. Interested students should check the webpage which has open project descriptions and the application form. For more information, contact Kristen Mullin.