Interns

21 03, 2017

Student Spotlight: Carrie Bohmer

By |March 21st, 2017|Blog, Gender Violence and Social Change, Interns|0 Comments|

Get to know Gender Violence & Social Change intern, Carrie Bohmer!

Year: 4th
Major: Psychology and Women, Gender, and , Sexuality
Hometown: Richmond, VA

1. Why are you passionate about your program at the Women’s Center?
​​I think that gender based violence is 100% preventable and so it’s really important for me to try to end it. Too many people are hurt by it and I wanna be a part of fixing this. I want to be a sexual assault therapist after college and so I think also working in prevention and awareness will help me to have a well-rounded understanding of the field and topic of sexual assault.

2. What made you choose UVA over other schools you applied to?
​​I loved the traditions that it practices and the feel of sophistication that it expels. It epitomizes what a college should feel like to me and I absolutely love it, despite any flaws it may have.

3. What has surprised you about UVA?
​​The lack of diversity really surprised me when I first came here. My high school was very diverse and interesting and I definitely took that mixing of cultures and backgrounds for granted and UVA is definitely lacking in that department.

14 03, 2017

Student Spotlight: Meghan Grumbling-McKenna

By |March 14th, 2017|Blog, Gender Violence and Social Change, Interns|0 Comments|

Get to know Gender Violence & Social Change intern, Meghan Grumbling-McKenna!

Year: 3rd
Major: American Government and Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Hometown: Smithfield, Virginia

1. Why are you passionate about your program at the Women’s Center?
For years, I have been fighting against sexual and gender-based violence. Last year, I was an intern for the Women’s Center Legal Aic Clinic, and it was incredibly moving to see the impact these free clinics had within the Charlottesville community. However I wanted to engage more with the community and fight for an issue for which I care deeply. So I applied to the Gender Violence and Social Justice in hopes that I could work to eliminate, or at least decrease, sexual violence in the Charlottesville community. Sexual violence is such a pervasive issue, and has never been more relevant. I want to fight back against the notion that grabbing women by their genitals is harmless, or that it is simply locker room talk. Now, more than ever, the work of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center is imperative to ensuring the safety of marginalized people.

2. What made you choose UVA over other schools you applied to?
I chose UVA because of the rigorous academics, financial aid offered to me, and the opportunities attending UVA would afford me. However, I continue to attend UVA because of the level of activism I see on grounds, and the wonderful people I have met who are fighting for justice every day. I am proud to attend a university surrounded by people who are so passionate about social justice.

3. What has surprised you about UVA?
I have been pleasantly surprised to find so many people at UVA with whom I can relate, and who passionate about creating sustainable change. I have found so many organizations and groups that are constantly working to make the University and the world a better place, and that’s incredibly heartwarming to me.

30 01, 2017

Student Spotlight: Catherine Toro

By |January 30th, 2017|Blog, Interns, Young Women Leaders Program|0 Comments|

Get to know YWLP intern, Catherine Toro!

Year: 3rd
Major: Psychology and African American Studies, (AAS undeclared)
Hometown: Baltimore, MD

1. Why are you passionate about your program at the Women’s Center?
I didn’t really know what mentorship meant until I came to college. My first year here I went out of my way to become friends with people who inspired me, but also people I could relate to and go to for advice. In myself, I quickly saw how having role models so close to you, mentors that could relate to what I knew and where I came from, empowered me inside and outside the classroom. The Young Women Leadership Program (YWLP) does exactly that, matching young girls with UVA women so as to affirm their own ability and value, to empower.

2. What made you choose UVA over other schools you applied to?
Honestly, I chose UVa because I thought it was a great school academically and at the time I thought I wanted to be a doctor (lol). Although I am no longer pre-med, I have grown a lot at this university and have learned to appreciate the space that I occupy here.

3. What has surprised you about UVA?
When I first came here, part of me was afraid of the Southern culture, something I hadn’t really encountered before. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to speak Spanish or find people of color in my classes. I know that might seem extreme but I was coming from a very diverse area in Baltimore and I had no idea what to expect from Charlottesville. So, what surprised me is how quickly I was able to find a community that I identified with at UVA. As soon as I got here I was welcomed into the IRC and joined LSA and met such a diverse group of people that I had never anticipated would exist at UVA. And these communities made me feel like I could genuinely call this place home.

4. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I drink a lot of coffee, especially in the evenings. My parents are both from places where coffee is just a big part of the culture. My mom is from Ethiopia and when we went to visit family, I was part of a coffee ceremony for the first time. My aunt burned some incense and we watched as she carefully prepared the coffee and poured us some in these really small cups. Hands down, the best coffee I’ve ever had. And with my dad’s family in Puerto Rico, we drink coffee with every meal. Especially after dinner. I don’t really know why, but it just what we do. My friends think it’s weird that I drink coffee at night, even if I don’t have to stay up late. I just really like coffee and it reminds me of my family.

27 01, 2017

Apply for our internship program in 2017-18!

By |January 27th, 2017|Blog, Interns|0 Comments|

Apply NowWith 8 programs, there are lots of ways for you to get involved with the Women’s Center next year. Our internship program gives you the chance to combine classroom study with the practical experience of working with staff members on one of our many teams.

Former Iris intern, Carly Gorelick, gives you 5 reasons you should intern with the Women’s Center:

30 11, 2016

Student Spotlight: Courtney Morgan

By |November 30th, 2016|Blog, Interns|0 Comments|

Get to know Women, Girls, and Global Justice intern, Courtney Morgan!

Year: 4th
Major: Leadership & Public Policy
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

1. Why are you passionate about your program at the Women’s Center?
I love the Women, Girls, & Global Justice program because I get to work with people who are doing awesome things both right here in Charlottesville and in other countries! Though time differences make Skype meeting logistics interesting, I love the fact the world is connected enough for me to work on projects here at UVA that connect me to the incredible work that people are doing around the world to advance the rights and opportunities of women and girls.

2. What made you choose UVA over other schools you applied to?
I chose UVA because I felt such a sense of opportunity here. I was never someone who had my heart set on a specific school, but I’ve discovered that there is truly something special about this place.

3. What has surprised you about UVA?
The variety! I think I had a very one-dimensional image of UVA culture before I came to grounds, but over my three and a half years here I’ve consistently met incredible people who shatter my assumptions.

2 11, 2016

Student Spotlight: Taylor Lamb

By |November 2nd, 2016|Blog, Interns|0 Comments|

Get to know Iris Magazine intern, Taylor Lamb!

Year: Third
Major: English with a minor in Drama
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

1. Why are you passionate about your program at the Women’s Center?
I am passionate about Iris Magazine because I fully believe in the power of art to impact social change, and writing is most certainly an art. It’s so important for women to have a magazine that is just for them- both for reading and for expression. Iris has given me an amazing platform to express my ideas, even if at times they are controversial. I really appreciate that and I hope people enjoy getting to read a variety of opinions and articles in the magazine.

2. What made you choose UVA over other schools you applied to?
The University Achievement Award Scholarship. I can say with 100% honesty that if it was not for that scholarship, I would be at VCU Arts, which was my first choice. However, nearly two and a half years in, and I can say that I’m grateful I ended up here.

3. What has surprised you about UVA?
I was surprised by my ability to find a community in which I belonged. I think the stereotype is that the typical UVA student is Rich, White, and Preppy. And I won’t lie, there’s definitely some validity to that statement. That’s not really what people were like where I went to school back home, so coming in, I was a little scared. However, despite being smaller, I think there’s a lot of communities here that someone can find themselves in. I have found myself in the black community and the UVA Theatre community (and the intersection of the two that’s started to grow in the past few years!). I hope that most people feel like there’s somewhere they can find themselves, even if they aren’t the Typical UVA Student.

14 10, 2016

Student Spotlight: Madison Baril

By |October 14th, 2016|Blog, Interns|0 Comments|

Get to know Body Positive intern, Madison Baril!

Year: 3rd year
Major: Commerce
Hometown: Chesapeake, Va

1. Why are you passionate about your program at the Women’s Center?
I want to make people more aware of the media they consume and how it affects their perceptions of themselves and others– I think once people are aware of this they’ll be more empathetic and just better people.

2. What made you choose UVA?
I chose UVA honestly because of its undergrad business program. And I’m happy (?) to say I currently am enrolled in McIntire!

3. What has surprised you about UVA?
When I first came to UVA, I had a really hard time finding friends who had similar interests as me. But, once I started joining clubs, and became an intern at the Women’s Center, I realized that there are a lot of people here who care more about changing the world with their education than finding a prestigious career and making millions of dollars after college.

6 10, 2016

Student Spotlight: Joslyn Chesson

By |October 6th, 2016|Blog, Interns|0 Comments|

Get to know Social Media Marketing intern, Joslyn Chesson!

Year: 4th year
Major: Media Studies and Spanish
Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Why are you passionate about your program at the Women’s Center?
For me it’s about promoting all of the amazing resources and opportunities that the Women’s Center has to offer to students that may not have heard about it or are in need of a place to go to de-stress.

What made you choose UVA over other schools you applied to?
UVA was never high on my list of potential Universities (I thought I wanted to escape Virginia) until I visited Grounds. The lawn, the rotunda and the great balance between academics and rallying around sports teams grabbed my attention.

28 09, 2016

Student Spotlight: Pinky Hossain

By |September 28th, 2016|Blog, Interns, Iris|0 Comments|

Get to know Iris Magazine intern, Pinky Hossain!

Major: English with a concentration in fiction writing
Hometown: Arlington, Virginia

1. Why are you passionate about your program at the Women’s Center?
I intern for Iris, the magazine that runs out of the Women’s Center (here’s the link – there’s some good reads in there, folks). I’ve always loved writing and I’ve always been passionate about social justice issues and fun feminist topics, so I thought, hey, why not write about social justice/feminist topics? Iris gives me a great platform to do just that.

2. What made you choose UVA over other schools you applied to?
Honestly, I chose UVA more for practical reasons than anything else, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t appreciated what the university has to offer. UVA has a baller English department, for example. Seriously, take an English class. You’ll see.

3. What has surprised you about UVA?
Coming in I was wary of UVA’s white wealthy homogenous reputation, but I was surprised and delighted to meet an awesome variety of people.

21 09, 2016

Student Spotlight: Holly Miller

By |September 21st, 2016|Blog, Interns|0 Comments|

Get to know Social Media Marketing Team intern, Holly Miller!

Year: 2nd year
Major: Sociology and hopefully Global Public Health
Hometown: Harrisonburg, Virginia

1. Why are you passionate about your program at the Women’s Center?
I really enjoy my program a lot because I am very into social media. My friends know me as the girl that is always scrolling through a feed. The social media marketing team interested me because I could put my good skills to use in a way that helps the community around me. I get to broadcast events going on at the Women’s Center and around Grounds, and I get to share local and global news to our community. I’m excited for all of the upcoming events and getting to interact with new groups of people.

2. What made you choose UVA over other schools you applied to?
I have been coming to camps and events at UVA since I was ten years old. I participated in the Summer Enrichment Program for several years, as well as Leadership on the Lawn (2014) and UVA’s mini med school (2012). I have always felt at home at UVA, and it had everything I was looking for in a college: large student population, good athletics, wide variety of majors, and a credible prestige. I liked that while UVA had such great academics and rankings, it also had such a thriving social life. That balance is really what sold me.