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Internship Program

Internship Program

The Women’s Center’s internship program is a selective engaged scholarship opportunity in social justice advocacy. In this learning and leadership opportunity, classroom study is combined with working on one of several teams at the Women’s Center under the guidance of a member of our staff. The practical experience that our interns gain during the academic year provides a context in which they can better understand their coursework and a foundation upon which they can build careers in a variety of fields.

Women’s Center Internship Program Components

  • Service on a specific Women’s Center intern team for a full academic year (required) 
    • each team meets weekly for one hour, and
    • interns commit to spending, on average, another five hours per week engaged Women’s Center activities, including:
      • carrying out the work of their own team
      • attending events hosted by the Women’s Center
      • attending events hosted by the center’s other internship teams, or
      • supporting the work of the other Women’s Center intern teams
  • Enrollment in Front Lines of Social Change course (3 credit) in the fall semester (required)
  • Enrollment in Front Lines of Social Change II course (1 credit) in the spring semester (required)

 

Teams on which Women's Center interns work

Body Positive/Eating Disorders Education 

Gender Violence and Social Change

Iris Magazine

Legal Clinic

Social Media Marketing Team

Women, Girls and Global Justice

Young Women Leaders Program

Men’s Leadership Project

Our Internship Leads Students to Interesting Places

You can find alumni of our internship program working in a wide variety of fields and we update you on them through spotlights on our blog from time to time. Several are serving in high schools around that state with the Virginia College Advising Corps, some are in major metropolitan centers with youth development programs like Urban Initiatives, and others are logging a lot of miles on their frequent flier cards with national advocacy organizations or worldwide consulting firms. We also survey current Women’s Center interns in an ongoing effort to align our implementation of the internship program with our goals for this engaged scholarship experience and with students’ expectations. Interns say they gained skills that are valuable for their careers and their community service such as:

  • taking initiative
  • leadership skills
  • communicating effectively
  • compromising in ways that bring progress toward a team goal
  • working efficiently with others
  • writing
  • being organized
  • stepping outside of my comfort zone
  • collaborating to achieve a social good
  • understanding social justice issues well and being able to articulate them to people who are unfamiliar with them

Annual Application Process for the Women’s Center Internship Program

If you are interested in applying for the Women’s Center Internship Program, stay tuned in to our social channels and website for information on the application. Applications open in the spring semester of every academic year.