Women's Studies Internship Field
Experience (WMNST 598)
Internship Coordinator: Dr. Doreen Mattingly
What is the Women's Studies Internship Program?
is an opportunity offered to SDSU undergraduate and graduate Women's
Studies students. Students receive academic credit while learning and
working in off-campus placements. These apprentice-style placements
allow students to gain on-site experience in the field of Women's
Studies. Law offices, medical research labs, social service agencies,
legislative and other public offices, museums, magazines, and health
clinics are typical placements. Students also write a paper, under
- Students earn 3 units of credit.
- WMNST 598 is offered on a credit/no credit basis only.
- Students work 8 hours per week for 15 weeks (120
to any undergraduate student who has a 2.5 GPA and who has completed at
least one upper division Women's Studies course, and any graduate
student enrolled in the Women's Studies MA program.
- Most internships are unpaid.
Setting Up The Internship
is the responsibility of the student to identify an agency and set up
their internship. Most students select an internship from the many
possibilities available from the Internship Coordinator or from this list
(.pdf*). If they prefer, students, through their own contacts, may
develop placements. In some cases, the coordinator and student may be
able to develop a new placement specifically for that student's needs.
When you select the agency, keep in mind your learning and career goals.
the student has selected an agency (or several agencies) that interests
them, they should do the following:
Call the contact person and
arrange to discuss internship possibilities with them.
a resume that details skills, abilities, interests, and goals. If you
would like help with your resume, or career counseling in general, make
an appointment with SDSU's Career Services. They can be reached at
(619) 594- 6851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Their office is at SSE-1200 and their website is http://career.sdsu.edu/
are also encouraged to "do their homework" and find out more about the
agency before the meeting. This is a good practice for any job search.
It includes (all explained below):
- Agency Guidelines
- A Warning, Waiver and Release of Liability Form
- Internship Contract
- Journal Guidelines
- Supervisor's Evaluation Form
- Internship Time Sheet
When you meet with the contact
person, find out about the kind of work they are offering, what the
hours will be, and any special training they might offer. You need to
know who your on-site mentor/supervisor will be, and make arrangements
with her/him for regular meetings. You need to be sure that your
mentor/supervisor receives the following forms from the packet:
This needs to be completed by the student and mentor/supervisor and
returned to the internship coordinator.
Internship Time Sheet
to be turned in by the end of finals week.
Your supervisor must return this to the Internship Coordinator by the
end of finals week for you to receive a grade.
A Warning, Waiver
and Release of Liability form. You must
complete this form
Students are responsible
for the following
Return signed Contract
form by the end of the first week of classes.
Turn in journal as outlined in
the Journal Guidelines.
Complete the Internship
Evaluation form for Women's Studies files.
Turn in the completed and
signed Internship Time Sheet form by the end of
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