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Internship Course for BA and MA Students

Watch this video for information on WGS 379L, the Internship course!


Internship courses are available as part of the class offerings at Women's and Gender Studies.  Internships are individual instruction courses and do not meet in the classroom. 

The WGS 379L Internship is required course for the WGS major, or students may choose to take WGS 360 Research and Thesis instead.

  • Students are responsible for finding their own internships.  Resources on campus include: Liberal Arts Career Services, LACS Internship Services, the Center for Strategic Advising and Career Counseling.

  • The CWGS Austin Activist Guide is also a resource for students seeking internships.
  • After locating an internship and supervisor, students must  obtain a faculty advisor for their internship. CWGS can assist in matching a student with a faculty member based on research interests. This faculty advisor will be responsible for submitting a grade for the student. According to the Office of the Provost, TAs, RAs, and GRAs are ineligible to serve as faculty advisors.

  • Once students have an internship and a faculty advisor, they must submit the Internship Proposal Form (download form pdf) to the CWGS office in order to be cleared to register for WGS 379L (undergraduate) or WGS 384N (graduate).

  • On the Internship Proposal Form, the student and faculty member will explain how the (undergraduate) student will be graded for the internship course. Some students keep a work journal that they submit for a grade, some turn in a large paper at the end of their internship. Other final grade assignments might include a presentation or a larger project that was done for the organization.

WGS 379L: Internship in Women's and Gender Studies. (Undergraduate)

Experience working in the community or for a nonprofit agency.
10 to 15 hours of work a week for one semester, 120-160 hours total.
Prerequisite: At least 12 semester hours of coursework in Women's and Gender Studies and written consent of the supervising faculty member; Internship Proposal Form is available from the Center for Women's & Gender Studies

Internship Proposal Form (download form pdf)


WGS 384N: Internship in Women's and Gender Studies (Graduate)

Practical working involvement with participating nonprofit and research agencies. 
The equivalent of 10 class hours a week for one semester.
Offered on the credit/no credit basis only.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of the Women's & Gender Studies graduate advisor; Internship Proposal Form is available from the Center for Women's & Gender Studies
Internship Proposal Form (download form pdf)

Selected List of Internship Locations
WGS Students have held internships with the following: Noonday Collection, Monkeywrench Books, Mexic-Arte Museum, Equilibrio Norte, Grassroots Leadership, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Women's Community Center of Central Texas, Rocky River Ranch, Lakeway Resort and Spa, Intelligent Lighting Design, Annie's List, NEW Leadership Texas Program, Austin Voices for Education and Youth, Con Mi MADRE, Voices Against Violence at UT, The Amala Foundation, Allgo, The Middle Eastern Studies at UT, Cafe Dance, Ballet Austin, WeViva, The Office of Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini, Texas Advocacy Project, Intellectual EntrepreneurshipFund, Janes Due Process, Casa Marianella, the Worker's Defense Project, SAHELI, Communicard, Southwestern UniversityAustin Children's Museum, the School of Human Ecology, Whole Woman's Health (various locations), GEN Austin, Feminist Action Project, NEW Leadership Texas, GALS, Girl Start, Latinitas, Zink, Brilliant Magazine, Alma de Mujer, the Students for a New American Politics Political Action Committee, Safe Place, AIDS Services of Austin, the Gender and Sexuality Center at UT, the Texas Center for Reproductive Acupuncture, Women and Their Work Art Gallery, NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, Settlement Home, The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, The National Women's Political Caucus, Texas House of Representatives, Texas Civil Rights Project, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project in NYC, Texas After Violence Project, with the UT Human Development and Family Sciences Department (research on romantic relationships),  UT Psychology Department in the Gender & Racial Attitudes Lab, the IE Pre-Graduate School Internship at the University of Texas at Austin (contact Dr. Richard Cherwitz for an application), the Hill Country Ride for Aids and Mamma Jamma Ride, The Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, Jade Chang fellowship program, Fat: The Play, Austin Chamber Music Center, Boys & Girls Club of America, Shield the People, Interfaith Action of Central Texas, The Thinkery, Texas Monthly, Office for Inclusion and Equity at UT, Austin Public Libraries, Population Research Center at UT, Latinitas, Anthropologie, various law offices, political campaigns, and acupuncture fertility clinics. 

Thank you
Thanks to our faculty affiliates for their work with our students. These internship experiences were made possible with support from the following university faculty and staff: Kamran Ali, Julie Casey, Shannon Cavanagh, Ruramisai Charumbira, Richard Cherwitz, Jo Ann Hackett, Scott Hanna, Susan Heinzelman, Jacqueline Henkel, Kristen Hogan, Kristine Hopkins, Kareem Khubchandani, Philippa Levine, Xavier Livermon, Carol MacKay, Mollie Marchione, Jennifer Moon, Yolanda Padilla, Ann Reynolds, Diane Rhodes, Matt Richardson, Ana Ixchel Rosal, Sharmila Rudrappa, Megan Seaholm, Alissa Sherry, Patricia Somers,  Sonia Seeman, Sean Theriault, Shane Whalley, Kevin Robbins, Brenda Berkelaar, Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez, 

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