WOMS 390: INTERNSHIP IN WOMEN’S STUIDES
Women’s Studies minors may take a one to three-credit internship course. The general requirements of the course are as follows:
NOTE: In addition to receiving credit for WOMS 390, students may register their internship with NIU's Career Services office and receive special notation on your official NIU transcript stating that you successfully completed a career-related work experience (or multiple experiences) documented by the Career Services office. For more information contact Career Services before beginning the internship/co-op work experience at 815-753-1641 or career firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grading is on S/U basis
For more information, please contact:
Women’s Studies Program
Northern Illinois University
Reavis Hall, Room 103
Safe Passage, DeKalb*
Safe Passage is a local drop-in shelter that offers sheltering, counseling, and support for abuse victims and their families. Interns' duties can include: maintaining the crisis line, helping with children's support groups, clerical responsibilities (e.g., the newsletter), working with donations and fundraising, working an overnight shift when a scheduled staff member is unavailable, and helping with daily household duties. Safe Passage conducts required training for those interested in serving the crisis line (*NOTE: 60 hours of training is required; offered typically in the winter, spring &/or fall).
Victim Witness Assistance Program, Chicago
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office's Victim-Witness Assistance Unit was established to enhance prosecution by providing assistance and technical support to victims and witnesses of crime. Services to victims and witnesses are provided in all felony and preliminary hearing courts in Chicago (including juvenile delinquency courts) and all felony trial courts throughout suburban Cook County. In addition, specialized services are provided to disabled victims; victims of domestic violence; gang crimes; gay/lesbian victims; family and friends to homicide victims; senior victims; and victims of sexual assault (misdemeanor and felony). Victims specialists also assist victims with post-conviction cases, such as appeals and parole hearings.
Some of the services provided to victims and witnesses include:
Presidential Commission on the Status of Women, NIU
The Northern Illinois University (NIU) Commission on the Status of Women is the primary channel by which advice is given to the university president on issues and concerns related to the status of women at NIU. The commission advises the president on research and actions needed to improve the situation for and status of women at NIU.
Activities sponsored by PCSW include:
Governor's Commission on the Status of Women, Chicago
The Commission was charged to work with both the private and public sectors to study the issues surrounding women’s equity in Illinois, to examine ways to raise awareness of these issues, to develop collaborative public and private solutions and make recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly. The Commission is currently working to implement recommendations by moving legislation forward and planning extensive outreach designed to "lift up the voices of women."
The Commission is organized into eight working groups. The working issue areas revolve around Balancing Work & Family, Education & Training, Employment & Pay Equity, Girls' Opportunities, Women's Health Issues, Violence Reduction, Welfare to Work and Women in Business & Entrepreneurship. The focus of the Working Groups is to develop strategies to facilitate the implementation of the established recommendations and to refine and identify issues for future recommendations.
Women's Cancer Awareness Group
The Women’s Cancer Awareness Group is a national non-profit organization working to increase awareness about cancers affecting primarily and specifically women. Interns help with the following:
Interns should possess the following qualifications:
The hours are very flexible and most of the work can be done on campus. You will be required to attend one meeting every two weeks. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in public relations, women’s health issues or research, and/or health care. Because the hours are flexible, it is also an excellent opportunity for students with a difficult schedule.