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Interns with Iris write an array of content for this (mostly) online magazine. Throughout the academic year, they work with their Editor and Student Editor to plan provocative, engaging content that illuminates issues that matter at UVA and beyond. Iris welcomes internship applications and freelance contributions from UVA students of all genders. 

Read Iris online any time and look for copies of Iris' semesterly print edition around Grounds.

Typical Activities for Interns on this Team

  • Writing opinion pieces, poetry, fiction, advice and more 
  • Attending & covering events 
  • Conducting interviews 

Browse the Related Events and From the Blog items linked on this page to see examples of who's involved with this team and what they do.

Iris History

Iris Magazine is the Center’s award-winning, nationally acclaimed magazine for thinking young women at UVA and beyond. After trying on several looks—from a photocopied newsletter for the UVA Women’s Studies Program to a national journal for women — In 2012, Iris re-debuted as a web magazine for and about thinking young women.

After 35 years of publication, Iris continues to celebrate and empower young women through provocative pieces. The mission of Iris is not only to showcase women’s achievements at the University, in support of the women’s community and in conjunction with the Center’s mission to create change, but to also underscore the relevance of women’s issues. Stop by the Women’s Center to read archival print copies and see how the issues covered by Iris have changed over the years - and how some of them keep coming back time and time again.

Freelance Opportunities

Iris Magazine considers freelance submissions from UVA students on a rolling basis. Occasionally, opportunities for writers not at UVA to submit to Iris are also announced. Please contact Iris Editor, Mary Esselman for more information.