The following opportunities are local agencies that the Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) program has partnered with to bring you rewarding experiences. Additional opportunities are possible. For more information, please contact the WGS Academic Advisor at WGSAdvisor@IllinoisState.edu.
If you are interested in exploring even more opportunities beyond the Bloomington-Normal area please see our list of Possible Internship Sites
The Children's Foundation provides support and referral services to families in crisis. The foundation offers students internship opportunities related to the center and its activities. Some internships include work in the child care center, crisis nursery, early start program for at-risk parents, foster care, parenting education program, family visitation center, transitional living program for troubled teens and parenting support groups. Internship programs can be discussed with the director and are based on current needs of the foundation. For more information, please contact Aleisha Guerrettaz at 309-834-5294 or visit their website.
The YWCA's mentoring program inspires young women to explore their own uniqueness and positive qualities through an open and creative curriculum addressing health and wellness, relationships, finances and other topics. Interns will be involved in curriculum and event planning and mentoring activities. Please visit their website for more information.
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. For more information, please visit their website or contact Lindsey Probst at (309) 827-3931.
The YWCA's Labyrinth Outreach Services to Women offers reintegration services to formerly incarcerated women residing in McLean County. The overall vision is to significantly reduce recidivism. Labyrinth addresses the needs of women released from the Illinois Department of Corrections and McLean County jail who are returning to the community. We help rebuild each woman’s dignity and nurture her growth as she develops the attitudes and skills required for productive, independent living. Opportunities reflect the current needs of the organization. For more information, please review the Labyrinth Internship Packet, visit their website or contact Kristin Manzi at (309) 831-6491 or Kmanzi@ywcamclean.org.
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, visit their website, or contact Kamakshi Chakravadhanula, Director of Human Resources at (309) 662-0461, ext. 223 or email@example.com.
The award-winning McLean County Historical Society and Museum offers formal (for credit) and informal (no credit) internships to WGS 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. Focus must we on a WGS topic. For more information, please visit their website or contact Deb VanAntwerp at (309) 827-0438.
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., doing research for grants and public presentations, or helping to organize local events). For more information, please visit their website or contact Senna Adjabeng at (309) 828-8913.
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 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 visit their website or contact Diana Onken at (240) 281-8360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The YWCA program Stepping Stones: Sexual Assault Awareness 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 visit their website.