Internship courses are available as part of the class offerings at Women's and Gender Studies. These are individual instruction courses and do not meet in the classroom as lectures do.
Students are responsible for finding their own internships. Resources on campus such as Liberal Arts Career Services, LACS Internship Services, the Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling, and the WGS email list serves may help to find an internship.
- The CWGS Austin Activist Guide is also intended to be a resource for students seeking internships.
After finding a place to work as an intern, students must also obtain a faculty supervisor for their internship. CWGS can assist in matching a student with a faculty member based on research interests. This faculty supervisor will be responsible for submitting a grade for the student. According to the Provost’s office - TAs, RAs, and GRAs are ineligible to serve as faculty supervisors.
Once students have an internship and a faculty supervisor, they must fill out and turn in the Internship Proposal Form (PDF) (DOC) to the CWGS office in order to be cleared to register for the course.
- On the proposal form, the student and faculty member will explain how the student will be graded for the internship course. Some students keep a work journal that they submit for a grade, some turn in a large paper at the end of their internship. Other final grade assignments might include a presentation or a larger project that was done for the organization.
WGS 379L: Internship in Women's and Gender Studies. (Undergraduate)
Experience working in the community or for a nonprofit agency.
Six to nine hours of work a week for one semester.
Prerequisite: At least twelve semester hours of coursework in women's
and gender studies and written consent of the supervising faculty member; consent forms are available in the Center for Women's and Gender Studies.
WGS 384N: Internship in Women's and Gender Studies (Graduate)
Practical working involvement with participating nonprofit and research
agencies. The equivalent of ten class hours a week for one semester.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the graduate adviser.
In the past, students have interned at the Texas Advocacy Project, Intellectual Entrepreneurship, Lilith Fund, Janes Due Process, Casa Marianella, the Worker's Defense Project, SAHELI, Communicard, Southwestern University, Austin Children's Museum, the School of Human Ecology, Whole Woman's Health (various locations), GEN Austin, Feminist Action Project, NEW Leadership Texas, GALS, Girl Start, Latinitas, Zink, Brilliant Magazine, Alma de Mujer, the Students for a New American Politics Political Action Committee, Safe Place, AIDS Services of Austin, the Gender and Sexuality Center at UT, the Texas Center for Reproductive Acupuncture, Women and Their Work Art Gallery, various law offices, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Settlement Home, The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, The National Women's Political Caucus, Texas House of Representatives, Texas Civil Rights Project, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project in NYC, Texas After Violence Project, with the UT Human Development and Family Sciences Department (research on romantic relationships), UT Psychology Department in the Gender & Racial Attitudes Lab, the IE Pre-Graduate School Internship at the University of Texas at Austin (contact Dr. Richard Cherwitz for an application), the Hill Country Ride for Aids and Mamma Jamma Ride, and acupuncture fertility clinics.
Many of these internships were obtain through "cold calling." Most community organizations are usually happy to recieve help from college-educated volunteers.
Thanks to our faculty affiliates for their work with our students. These internship experiences were made possible with support from the: A. Naomi Paik, Alissa Sherry, Allucquere Rosanne Stone, Ana Ixchal Rosal, Ann Reynolds, Carol MacKay, Caroline O'Meara, Carolyn Eastman, Julia Ann Reed, Juliet Hooker, Kamran Asdar Ali, Kristen Hogan, Kristine Hopkins, Laura Sauceda, Maria Elena Martinez, Matt Richardson, Michelle Young, Patricia Somers, Philippa Levine, Richard Cherwitz, Rita Stephan, Sean Theriault, Shannon Cavanagh, Sharmila Rudrappa, Susan Heinzelman, and Yolanda Padilla.