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Women's Studies Internship Field Experience (WMNST 598)

Internship Coordinator: Dr. Doreen Mattingly

  • 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 hours).

  • Open 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.

  • Please check out our complete list of current internships with contact information.

What is the Women's Studies Internship Program?

It 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 faculty supervision.

Setting Up The Internship

It 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 available in the link above. 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.

Once 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.

  • Bring 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 Their office is at SSE-1200 and their website is

  • Students 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.

Download the Internship Packet Here (.docx)

    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:

  • Internship Contract. This needs to be completed by the student and mentor/supervisor and returned to the internship coordinator.

  • Agency Guidelines

  • Internship Time Sheet to be turned in by the end of finals week.

  • Supervisor's Evaluation Form. 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 finals week.


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