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internships

We offer internship options in LGBT Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The internship option gives students the opportunity to acquire firsthand experience under the supervision of professional personnel. Also, it provides the opportunity to combine feminist theory and analysis with practice in a concrete institutional setting. Agency supervisors have general responsibility for the intern but no specific job training is expected. We hope the student has an opportunity to observe many different aspects of work and to assume responsibility insofar as this is feasible in each agency setting. This experience is usually the student’s first exposure to a professional work setting and we encourage students and agency supervisors to discuss work-related problems during the course of the internship.

A. Internship Proposal:  Complete the internship proposal form.  Complete proposals must be approved by the program director a minimum of two weeks before classes begin. (See downloadable forms to the right.)

B. Placement in an agency: Students may seek experience in a variety of sponsoring agencies. The agency and the student’s project must focus on a significant aspect of women’s lives or women’s status in society. Students should be given opportunities to plan, organize, and lead program activities as well as to participate and observe work in the agency. The student’s supervisor at the agency will be asked to evaluate the student’s performance. (The Agency Evaluation of Internship Student form must be completed and submitted to the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality at the end of your internship.)

C. Classroom work: The student intern meets with a faculty supervisor in Women’s and Gender Studies to discuss any required readings, written assignments, problems of field work, as well as other issues pertinent to activities. Meetings will also offer opportunities for analysis of work experiences and the institutional internship setting. This classroom work is part of internship training.

D. Written requirements:  The agency placement is only one aspect of this course.  Students negotiate written requirements with their agency sponsor and faculty advisor, depending on the nature of the internship. However, at a minimum, all interns are expected to maintain a weekly journal recording and analyzing their experiences in the context of feminist theory and to complete a final evaluation report, which imust be submitted to the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality no later than the Monday of Finals Week during the semester of your internship.

Prerequisites (undergraduates):

  • Junior or senior standing
  • Consent of program director.

Prerequisites (Graduates):

  • Graduate standing;
  • Consent of program director.

We encourage you to register your internship with NIU's Career Services in order to receive an additional internship notation on your official transcript.

LGBT Studies Internships

LGBT 390 3 credit hours (may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours)

LGBT 602 3 credit hours (may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours)

A student will receive an S or U grade (satisfactory/unsatisfactory), based upon the student's required end-of-semester internship report.

Women's and Gender Studies Internships

WGST 390 1-3 credit hours (may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours)

WGST 602 3-6 credit hours (may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credit hours)

A student will receive an S or U grade (satisfactory/unsatisfactory), based upon the student's required end-of-semester internship report.

Contact Us

Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
Reavis Hall, Room 103
DeKalb, IL 60115
wgs@niu.edu
815-753-1038

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National Women's Studies Association