GUIDELINES FOR INTERNSHIPS IN WOMEN’S, GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES (WGS 380, 381)
Internships taken through the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program provide students with opportunities, of a kind not usually available in conventional courses, to learn with and from those outside the academic community and to apply to real-life situations the knowledge about gender and social justice that they’ve gained in WGSS courses. The course also can give students the chance to test the depth of their interest and the extent of their abilities in occupational fields they are considering. WGSS internships can take place in a wide variety of settings and can focus on many different kinds of issues. Previous students have done for-credit internships at organizations such as the following: Planned Parenthood, Northampton Community College’s New Options/New Choices program for older returning students, The Express-Times, Third Street Alliance, Easton Area Neighborhood Center, March Elementary School, Northampton County Prison, Weed and Seed, Warren County Hospital Midwifery program, ProJeCt of Easton, Teens in the Community, and Turning Point. Students have tutored children, worked on domestic violence hotlines, done research and collected data for non-profit agencies, designed and given presentations on health or educational issues—to cite just a few examples.
Students may take two internships for graduation credit, normally in the junior and senior years. However, only one internship can be counted towards a minor or major in WGSS. To qualify to take a second internship, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above and must petition to get credit for the second internship. In order to take a summer internship, the student must have the internship supervisor sign a petition and must pay the Registrar’s Office a $250 fee before the beginning of the second summer session.
WGS 380/381 Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of WGS 380/381, student s should be able to:
Before beginning the internship, the student must formally pre-register for the course by getting the signature and approval of the Chair of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program. No credit will be granted for internships undertaken without pre-approval and registration.
Course Requirements and Expectations:
Responsibilities of the Student:
This course is graded either “credit” or “no credit.” The grade will be determined by the supervising faculty member on the basis of the student’s paper and journal and a letter of evaluation by the direct supervisor of the student’s work.