Internships in WGSS

The internship requirement for the WGSS major or minors is the highlight of four years of interdisciplinary study in gender issues and feminist theory. WGSS-125, Gender in Society, OR permission of the WGSS program director, is a prerequisite for registration for an internship.

WGSS majors and Women's and Gender Studies minors are required to complete 3 credits of WGSS internship. Sexuality and Queer Studies minors and WGSS Graduate Certificate students may choose to complete a WGSS internship to fulfill partial program requirements. All enrolled AU students who meet minimum requirements - not only WGSS majors, minors, or certificate students - are welcome to enroll in a WGSS internship for academic credit if they have completed the required prerequisite or receive permission of the program director.

The Office of the Registrar and the AU Career Center provide resources for students considering an internship, including information on credit requirements. You can find that information on the following webpages:

For more information on registering for a for-credit academic internship, please visit the following pages :

AU Career Center, Internship Basics

AU, Office of the Registrar, Internship Registration Information

FAQ

Can any student at AU register for a for-credit internship?

No, only the following students meet the minimum requirements to register for a for-credit internship:

  • Sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Transfer students who have studied at least one semester at AU (at least 12 credit hours) and have earned a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Graduate students for whom the internship is identified as a course on the Program of Study.

Are All WGSS students required to complete an internship?

All WGSS Majors and Women's and Gender Studies minors must complete 3 credits of internship. Sexuality and Queer Studies minors and WGSS Graduate Certificate students may choose to complete an internship to fulfill program requirements.

Can I get paid for my internship work while earning academic credit?

Yes! WGSS encourages students to seek out paid internships. You are permitted to earn academic credit while you are earning a stipend or wage.

Do I have to register for 3 credits of internship all at once to fulfill my internship requirement?

Most students fulfill the WGSS internship requirement by completing one (3) credit internship, but there is also the option to complete one (2) credit + one (1) credit internship, or three (1) credit internships.

How many hours a week do I have to work to earn internship credit?

Guidelines as of Fall 2018: 

Total (Minimum) Hours, typically worked over 14 weeks of the semester

 

70

 

 

140

 

 

210

 

 

280

 

 

350

 

 

420

                       

=Average Number of Hours Worked Weekly

5

 

10

 

15

 

20

 

25

 

30

                       

= Credit Hours You May Earn

1

 

 2

 

 3

 

 4

 

 5

 

 6

 

Am I limited to 3 hours of for-credit internship during my course of study at AU?

Undergraduate students may earn and count a maximum of 12 internship credit hours toward your 120 credit hour degree program. Graduate students may count no more than 6 credits of internship toward fulfilling their graduate program(s).

Could I count 12 hours of internship toward my WGSS major or minor?

A maximum of six internship credit hours may count toward your undergraduate major.

Can I intern anywhere? What sort of work are interns expected to do in order to receive academic credit?

WGSS internship placements should relate to our field of study, and for-credit internships must be 85% substantive (no more than 15% administrative or clerical). Making coffee, copies, or picking up the boss's dry cleaning do not count as substantive work experience, and no more than 15% of your time should be devoted to filing, copying, mailing, data entry, or receptionist duties . There is also a formal syllabus and internship course that students must complete.

Once I find an internship, what do I need to do in order to register?

Once you have secured a position, you'll need to complete an internship registration form, and an Internship Consent and Release form. Contact crgc@american.edu to request these. You can fill out the forms electronically if you have an electronic signature file that you can upload. If not, you'll need to print the form in order to sign it. The Registrar's Office will not process unsigned forms.

Undergraduate Students:

  • If you are registering for an off-campus internship enter the following course number: WGSS 491.001.
  • Graduate Students: Register for WGSS 691

The internship forms are confusing, what do I need to make sure is correct in order to register?

Please make sure you've signed both the internship registration form and consent form (you may print and sign a hard copy, or sign the pdf with an electronic signature file if you have one), and have completed all requested information. For internship dates, use the first and last day of classes for the semester. Please note: The average number of hours per week is calculated based on 14 weeks of work, so if you're working fewer than 14 weeks, you'll need to increase your total number of hours per week to reach the minimum required number of total hours for the semester.

What do I do with the forms once I fill them out?

Once you've completed the forms, pass them on to your faculty supervisor as listed in the schedule of classes.  

In addition, you'll need to secure the signature of your internship site supervisor and your academic advisor. For undergraduate students this is the academic advisor assigned by your school or college's academic advising office. For graduate students, this is your graduate program advisor in your primary program of study.

The Registrar's Office must receive your paperwork by the registration deadline (generally the last day of drop/add). You'll need to get your signed and completed forms CRGC in Battelle T-21 at least a day or two in advance of the registration deadline in order to ensure that your registration is processed in a timely manner. 

I've registered for a for-credit WGSS internship, what do I do now?

If you have any additional questions about internship registration please contact your Academic Advisor. Once your registration is processed you will be enrolled in the internship course and the course Blackboard site. Please check the Blackboard site for the course syllabus and requirements after the final internship registration deadline .