Students who wish to take either WGS 298 or WGS 320, please read this information carefully. For those students interested in doing an internship, there are two options the program offers:
In order to apply for an internship, you must have a resume and a cover letter ready. You must begin the process of applying for an internship well BEFORE the semester you are going to take the internship, so that by the time the semester starts you are interning at a place of your choice.
Prerequisites: WGS 100 and WGS 201 and at least one other WGS course at the 200 level or higher. If you don't have these prerequisites, please email the Program Director, Rupal Oza.
WGS 320 is the senior seminar option for students. All WGS majors must take one senior seminar: either the Internship Seminar (offered only in the fall semester) or the Research Seminar (offered only in the spring semester).
WGS 320 is only taught in the Fall Semester. Planning for the seminar begins in the summer. All students who wish to register for the seminar must attend a meeting with Stephanie St. Pierre in the summer. Please note: Failure to attend this meeting will prohibit you from registering for the class and will delay your graduation.
You may register for either:
- 3 credits, which includes 6 hours of internship and a 1 hour weekly seminar
- 4 credits, which includes 9 hours of internship and a 1 hour weekly seminar
The internship consists of two parts: either 6 or 9 hours per week with an organization and a 1 hour weekly seminar. You will be required to attend the weekly seminar to discuss the internship experience. Additionally, there will be weekly reading assignments on feminist organizations and activism. You will be required to submit a mid-term internship report and a 15-20 page paper at the end of the semester.
For permission to register for WGS 320, please email Stephanie St. Pierre.
WGS 298 is an ELECTIVE. This is NOT a substitute for the senior seminar requirement.
WGS 298 can be 1-6 credits. The student must get permission from a faculty sponsor prior to beginning the internship. Student must fill out the Independent Research and Internship Form and the form must be signed by the professor.
The student should have taken at least one course in the sub-field of the internship, preferably with the faculty sponsor, before receiving permission to start the internship. Our normal guideline of three hours' work per week for each academic credit ought to apply. This should include time spent in research and writing as well as time spent interning.
Students should be expected to write a substantial paper. The topic should be chosen in consultation with the faculty member and should in some fashion demonstrate that the student has applied the academic literature to the internship experience (and vice-versa.) The student should keep a diary of the internship experience and submit to the faculty sponsor.
The faculty sponsor should check in with the student's on-site supervisor to obtain reports and evaluations of the student's work. It is preferred that only full-time faculty should supervise internships because part-time faculty do not get paid to do so.
Please Note: You must be enrolled in an internship in the same semester that you register for it. Internship credits cannot be given for an internship done in the past. For example, you cannot register for an internship in the fall, for an internship done over the summer.
For permission to register for WGS 298, please email Rupal Oza.
Suggested Internship Organizations
The Barnard Center for Research on Women proudly announces the publication of the Guide to New York City Women's and Social Justice Organizations to help put you in touch with the artists, activists and organizations whose work is most crucial to you.
The following is a list of organizations where students have interned in the past as well as organizations who have contacted the Women and Gender Studies Program seeking interns. We also encourage students to seek internships in organizations not on this list.
The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, located at CUNY's Graduate Center, is currently looking for (unpaid) interns who would like to work for college credit for 10-15 hours per week.
If you're a senior (in your last two semesters of study) who considered taking the senior internship seminar but who did not yet arrange a place to work, this might be an opportunity for you.
If you're interested in a CLAGS internship, contact Jennifer Gaboury who will pass along interest to the appropriate staff person. Please include a copy of your resume/CV and reply to email@example.com rather than the WGS majors list.