The following opportunities are local agencies that the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program has partnered with to bring you the best local internship experiences. Students may also seek out their own opportunities. For more information, please contact the WGSS Academic Advisor at WGSAdvisor@IllinoisState.edu.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 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 contact Diana Onken at (240) 281-8360 or firstname.lastname@example.org.