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"As a Rapaporte Foundation Summer Internship Grant recipient, I worked at the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective in Atlanta, Georgia. The mission of the SisterSong is to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color to ensure reproductive justice through securing human rights. Among my many accomplishments, I was able the work closely with Loretta Ross, the founder and National coordinator of SisterSong. I was able to work with other local activists and the SisterSong staff to improve the health outcomes of women of color on a community scale. This internship gave me the opportunity to connect with other women of color as well as learn more about myself through their stories and experiences. Leaving this internship, I was able to put my professional goals into perspective and work harder to achieve these goals. I have come to realize the need for more women of reproductive health care providers for women of color. I want to be more than just a physician for my patients. I would like to be an advocate for the individuals I service and an activist for their rights and my rights included."
Christina Marcelus '14
A women's, gender, and sexuality 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, gender, and sexuality 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, gender, and sexuality 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, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program offers a seminar and internship course, WMGS 89a, When Violence Hits Home: Internship in Domestic Violence. Students who wish to pursue an internship in this area are encouraged to enroll.
- 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.