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All Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) intership opportunities allow students to apply the knowledge and skills they've acquired in their classes in a practical way. Most students volunteer with a variety of local or regional social justice and advocacy organizations. Students may identify their own opportunities or select existing opportunities. All interships, however, must be arranged in advance with the approval of the WGSS director and academic advisor.

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Internship Opportunities

  • Habitat for Humanity: Women Build

    Habitat is a nonprofit international ecumenical organization dedicated to the elimination of substandard housing around the world. Habitat homes are built by volunteers and by partner families who receive their new home at cost with a no-interest affordable loan. The Program sponsors teams of women on home building projects. They do not have a formal internship, but do have build opportunities with Women Build. Contact Lindsey Jarboe at

  • Stepping Stones: Sexual Assault Awareness Program

    The YWCA Stepping Stones Program is a free and confidential advocacy service for sexual assault survivors and their loved ones. Volunteer advocates are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The advocate's role is to assist survivors and their loved ones through the recovery process by connecting them with local resources and services. Stepping Stones works through PATH to provide counseling, medical and legal support services for sexual assault survivors. Students are required to attend 40 hours of training and carry a pager for the duration of their internship. For more information, please contact the YWCA directly at

  • Labyrinth Outreach: Services to Women

    The YWCA's Labyrinth Outreach Services to Women offers reintegration services to formerly incarcerated women residing in McLean County. Labyrinth addresses the needs of women released from the Illinois Department of Corrections and McLean County jail who are returning to the community. Their overall vision is to significantly reduce recidivism. They help rebuild each woman's dignity and nurture her growth as she develops the attitudes and skills required for productive and independent living. Opportunities reflect the current needs of the organization. For more information, please review the Labyrinth Internship Packet, or contact Kara Kirk at

  • Mission Impact at YWCA

    This internship opportunity will support the implementation of the YWCA McLean County's mission to 'eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all' by working closely with the Mission Impact Director to plan and execute activities that promote the mission. Opportunities reflect the current needs of the organization, but have included the conduct of research for Mission Impact department, development of anti-oppression and social justice trainings, facilitation of trainings and presentations, engagement in base-building and volunteer recruitment efforts in the community, management of public relations activities from Mission Impact initiatives, implementation of non-partisan voter registration and voter mobilization, co-op with YWCA McLean County partner organizations such as Not in Our Town and Not in Our Schools. For more information, please review the Mission Impact Internship Packet, or contact the YWCA directly at

  • McLean County Museum of History

    The award-winning McLean County Historical Society and Museum offers formal (for credit) and informal (no credit) internships to WGSS students interested in local history. The museum is involved in a series of ongoing projects involving research, exhibition production, working with artifacts, cataloging and writing. Internships must focus on a WGSS topic. For more information, please visit their internship website or contact the Director of Volunteers and Interns: Rachel Massa at

  • Neville House

    Neville House is a shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. The shelter staffs a domestic violence hotline and offers domestic violence education legal advocacy, outreach counseling victim support groups and children's support groups to women transitioning from violent relationships. Student internships are based on the current needs of the shelter. (e.g., fundraising, doing research for grants and public presentations, or helping to organize local events). For more information contact Midcentral Community Action, Neville House business number: (309) 828-8913.

  • Planned Parenthood of Illinois: Mclean County

    Planned Parenthood has strong ties to the Illinois State University community through Advocates for Choice. Interns must complete an eight-hour community volunteer training program in outreach education through the organization. Interns will be involved in fundraising, event planning, public awareness campaigns, and outreach education. Opportunities reflect the current needs of the organization. For more information, please visit their website.

  • Save the Children Action Network

    Save the Children Action Network seeks ISU interns to raise awareness about maternal, newborn and child survival, and to mobilize students on these issues. This is an excellent opportunity for students who want real-world experience in organizing, communications and public policy. Internships may be completed in partnership with another group on campus or through individual outreach. For more information, please contact Diana Onken at (240) 281-8360 or

  • WGS 398: Professional Practice Internship [Undergraduate]

    The WGS 398 Professional Practice Internship opportunity provides supervised work experience with agencies, institutions, or organizations focusing on social justice issues related to gender and it's intersections with race, ethnicity, sexuality, class/caste, age, dis/ability, and citizenship. May be repeated; maximum of 6 hours.

    To be eligible for this internship, students must:

    • Be a WGSS undergraduate minor
    • Have completed 75 hours of course work
    • Have completed at least 6 hours of WGSS coursework
    • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (3.0 in the WGSS minor)

    For more information, please review the WGS 398 Professional Practice Brochure.

  • WGS 498: Professional Practice Internship [Graduate]

    The WGS 498 Professional Practice Internship provides the opportunity for graduate students to gain supervised work experience in local, state, national, or international businesses, agencies, institutions, or organizations, including teaching internships, focusing on issues related to women's, gender, and sexuality studies. Maximum 3 credit hours.

    To be eligible for this graduate internship, students must:

    • Be a WGSS graduate certificate student
    • Have taken WGS 490 Feminist Theories and Methodological Issues
    • Have consent of the WGSS Director and Academic Advisor

In Their Own Words

"My internship made the issues we discussed in my WGSS classes come to life."

- Jessica Surd, WGS 120 student