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WGSS | Internship Experiences

Womens, Gender, & Sexuality Studies students are highly encouraged to have an internship during their college study. A list of internship organizations can be found on the internship Web page or the program office in MGC 327. Please feel free to stop by the office at any time to see our internship binder with flyers and pamphlets of information from previous WGSS internship sites, as well as potential internship sites, with descriptions and contact information.

Internship Experiences

Mariam Aziz

Working as a Research Intern at the Institute for Women's Policy Research, I have gained invaluable experience and mentoring in analyzing data pertaining to the status of women. As an intern for the Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa project (, I have explored cross-cultural issues and have had the opportunity to examine feminism as it pertains to women of different ethnicities, religions and classes; furthermore, having the chance to study women in different countries (Lebanon and Morocco) gave me a first hand experience with translation and the problematic issues that accompany it. I helped in the creation of three Topic Briefs, on women in Lebanon, as a follow-up analysis to the survey conducted in the country: "Economic and Educational Status," "Control of Financial Assets," and "Women's Freedom of Movement and Freedom from Harassment and Violence," as well as worked on creating a Tool Kit for Lebanese NGOs. (on right in photo above)

Mariel Kirschen

My internship at the Feminist Majority Foundation taught me valuable skills in the field of non-profit work, including research, networking, and writing. I assisted on a Violence Against Women project that brought to my attention the necessity of support for victims of violence and increased my ability to critically examine grant-funding programs. Through my work for the Campus Outreach project, I participated in the Choices Campus blog and gained experience in writing, activism, and general outreach.

Lauren Kokernak

I interned in the Marketing and Communications Department at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It is one of the only museums dedicated to women in the country and features works from over 800 women artists from the 16th century to the present day. I have been placed in a small, friendly working environment of 40 people who know each other well. For my internship duties, I have been working with the department to promote two exhibitions, Enterprising Women: 250 Years of American Business and Passionate Observer: Photographs by Eudora Welty. The work consists of media calls, pitch letters, audience research, and distributing promotional items like bookmarks and coupons. However, it was not all about sitting behind a desk all day, I was also able to attend a media preview of the major exhibition and was invited to the openings of the exhibitions. In addition, I have learned a lot of about women artists, whether they be painters, photographers, or in the applied arts.