- We strongly recommend internships for all WGSS majors and minors. They can help you:
- Make a difference right now and right away!
- Explore career and work settings
- Provide practical work experience and develop important skills
- Build your resume, strengthen applications for graduate school, and develop contacts
- Develop one answer to the question: “What will you do with a WGSS major?”
Three Ways To Do It:
- WS 450: Internship (Fall or Spring, occasionally Summer, 1-6 credits). You can also arrange a more extensive internship. The expectation is 37 hours over the semester per credit hour.
- WS 499: Senior Seminar (Fall only, 3 credits). A 3-5 hour (over the semester) practicum is required as part of the capstone course in the minor.
- Noncredit internship. Even if you are not receiving academic credit, you may be able to use this experience to build your resume, skills, and contacts. Talk with the WGSS Internship Coordinator and Career Services staff for ideas.
Some WGS double-majors and minors do internships under their other department. Check with that department's website, chair, or advisor for more information. You would need to follow their departmental procedures and rules.
Getting Started: It’s never too early!
- Start dreaming and scheming early. Talk with your professors, faculty advisor, students, the Office of International Education, and visit websites that capture your attention. We are here to help! Oh, the Places You Will Go!
- Visit the Career Services website or office for important information on requirement, resources, contacts, and tips. www.uwlax.edu/careerservices/students/internships.
- Attend one of the fall or spring information sessions and talk with the Career Services staff person assigned to the College of Liberal Studies (Karolyn Bald).
- Make an appointment with Andrea Hansen, WGSS Internship Advisor early in the semester proceeding the semester of your planned internship. Good internships can take time to plan. Internships involving applications, relocation, or travel are worth the extra work, but may need more than a semester to plan.
Exploring Internships: Go local, global, and everything between!
You are welcome to develop your own internship site in any field you like. WGSS prepares you to engage and help transform relationships, organizations, communities, and the world in a diversity of settings. Community coalitions, elected officials, grassroots and activist organizations provide wonderful opportunities on important issues, as well as a more formalized work setting.
If you have an idea, interest, setting, or specific organization in mind, Andrea can help you identify potential sites and contact people to customize your experience as a WGSS intern.
Need ideas? Read on……
A great place to start:
The Eagle Opportunities at UW-L Career Services - a comprehensive listing of established and local internship sites. www.uwlax.edu/careerservices/students/eagle_opportunities
Note: Some sites may have inclusion and diversity related activities that are not explicitly identified. Andrea may be able to help you make the necessary connections.
Very close to home: UW-La Crosse and WGSS Internships (selected):
WGSS Department Internship: Interns do a variety of public relations tasks, from making brochures to advertising Women’s Studies events to arranging women’s studies programs to producing our calendar of events. Or you could be in charge of producing The Vagina Monologues during spring semester.
Self-Sufficiency Program: Interns define a project related to building and supporting higher education opportunities for low-income single parents and their children.
Violence Prevention Program: Interns assist with prevention education and awareness of sexual assault, domestic violence and other related violence on campus
A (small) sample of gender justice and WGSS specific internships:
- Feminist Majority: www.feminist.org/intern
- Planned Parenthood: www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/jobs-and-volunteer
- National Organization for Women: www.now.org/organization/intern
- Women’s Policy, Inc.: www.womenspolicy.org
Note: Some of these organizations may have related local, regional or state efforts. Andrea can help you explore local connections.
Past internships by UW-L WGSS students (this is just a sampling!):
- Community Liaison Program
- Options in Reproductive Care
- First Call For Help
- LGBT Resource Center of 7 Rivers
- GALAXY (Gay Alliance of La Crosse Area Youth)
- New Horizons Shelter and Women's Center
- Safepath at the Women’s Health Center at Mayo Health System
- Salvation Army
- La Crosse County Aging Unit