WRC-WGS Internship

WRC-WGS Internships

Interns with the WRC gives Women’s & Gender Studies students the opportunity to apply the concepts and theories learned in prior coursework to an actual work setting. Through the internship experience, students are able to earn academic credit while working for a local organization that combats social inequality and lifts up marginalized individuals and populations.The WRC does not currently offer paid internship positions

Requirements

To enroll in WGS 489: Internship in Women & Gender Studies, students must have the following: 

  1. junior standing;  
  1. a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; 
  1. completed WGS 200, 201, 500, or 501 

In addition to working as interns during the semester, students taking WGS 489 must do outside reading and complete a substantial research paper under the supervision of their WGS internship coordinator, who will help the student develop a reading list.  

Students are expected to work at their internship placement for 14 weeks, with the 15th week of the semester reserved for completing the final paper. Students may choose the number of credits they want to earn based on the number of hours they are able to commit to their internship placement. Students working 40 hours per semester (about 3 hours per week) will earn one academic credit.  Students who are able to commit 80 hours per semester to their internship (about 6 hours per week) will earn two academic credits. With a commitment of 120 hours per semester to their internship (about 9 hours per week), students will earn three academic credits. 

How to Apply: Please contact Melinda Brennan in the WGS Department at qbrennan@uwm.edu 

 

WRC-WGS Spring 2021 Program Intern: Cecelia Murphy

“My name is Cecelia and I had the pleasure of being the 2021 Spring program intern at the Women’s Resource Center. I never expected my journey with the WRC would be nearly as rewarding and enlightening as it ended up being. After my first program–an International Women’s Day discussion, I knew I was in for a fulfilling and enriching internship experience. The level of excitement and involvement shown by participants of the events I held at the WRC inspired me and filled my heart. Everyone who joined a program of mine brought supportive, reassuring, and unifying energy to the events. Not only did I gain professional development from my internship with the WRC, but I also gained a sense of community at a time when I have never felt so disconnected from communities I used to feel aligned with before the pandemic. As I’m now graduated and moving into my professional career, I intend on spreading this energy brought to my events and attempt to  create a sense of community into all my future professional enviornements. My internship expereience reminded me of the importance of support and advocacy and how much inclusive, encouraging enviorments can positively impact an evniornment. Now that my time with the Women’s Resource Center has concluded, I plan on using my Women’s and Gender Studies and Communication degrees to persue a career in advocacy, gender equity, and inclusivity work. I will use the professional development, experience, and knowledge about inclusivity and equity that I learned from the WRC every day in my professional caereer.” 

WRC-WGS Spring 2021 Educational Intern: Johanna Nevin

“My time as the Educational Intern at the Women’s Resource Center has been lifechanging. This position helped me develop the exact skills I want to implement in my future career; educating any age group, facilitating a safe and inclusive work environment, and doing archival research. Working here has given me the confidence to continue bringing my values into every single space that I am in and to challenge myself or others to always learn and do better.”