Sign up for WGST Internship course: WGST 487L (3 cr), with LBC credit. The WGST Internship course takes students out of the classroom to engage with the community; linking theory and practice. Students gain professional experience in a variety of possible organizational settings while meeting the organization's needs, and sharing a gendered lens on the issues. Requirements include: 150 hours onsite/semester; a detailed journal, a written critique that links your community work with scholarly literature; campus meetings once/month; on-site supervisor's evaluation. Some internships include:

  • American Association of University Women: (AAUW) Expand dropdown
    AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families. Our vision is simple - we bring people together for the common goal of breaking through educational and economic barriers for women and girls. Our mission is sound - advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival Expand dropdown
    The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, founded by George Manupelli in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences. The six-day festival presents 40 programs with more than 180 films from over 20 countries of all lengths and genres, including experimental, animation, documentary, fiction, and performance-based works.
  • Big Brother Big Sisters Expand dropdown
    The Mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County is to match children with positive role models who offer them guidance and support in growing socially, emotionally and academically. The Vision of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County is to match a Big Brother/Sister to every child in Washtenaw County that needs and wants one.
  • Bright Futures After School Program Expand dropdown
    Eastern Michigan University 21st Century Community Learning Centers BRIGHT FUTURES is a cohort of high quality after-school programs in twenty school sites across three school districts including Romulus, Wayne-Westland, and Ypsilanti Community Schools. The focus of Bright Futures is to improve academic achievement, develop self-efficacy, and prepare elementary, middle, and high school students to transition to the next level of schooling.
  • Mentoring Youth in Urban Spaces - Femtor Program (EMU) Expand dropdown
    This internship is part of a Women's and Gender Studies course, "Conversations with Girls" WGST 230L, that provides practice-based theory and methodology about educational mentoring. "Femtors" are interns who learn to mentor middle school girls located in a community with less access to resources.
  • Corner Health Center Expand dropdown
    The Corner Health Center's mission is to help young people, ages 12-21, make healthy choices now and in the future by providing high-quality primary health care, education and support for adolescents and their children without regard to income level.
  • Cross Connect Expand dropdown
    Cross Connect is a non-profit organization that invests in our community's future by offering free support for career path training programs that are innovative, collaborative and measurable in the areas of community development, human services, and education. Cross Connect offers community involvement with fundraising for charitable events throughout the year.
  • Girl Scouts of Michigan Expand dropdown
    Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. We strive to be the premier leadership organization for girls, and experts on their growth and development.
  • Haven Expand dropdown
    Haven is Oakland County's only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Haven provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 30,000 people each year.
  • Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit Expand dropdown
    The Humanity in Action Fellowship in Detroit will explore the biography of Detroit - a city deeply emblematic of the tensions of massive economic and cultural change in 20th and 21st century America.  The program will place special emphasis on democratic inclusion of marginalized groups, equitable development, social entrepreneurship and public health.  Fellow will gain access to Humanity in Action's international network and a range of professional opportunities with the U.S. Congress, the NAACP, the ACLU and others.
  • LACASA Center Expand dropdown
    LACASA offers comprehensive services for survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. This nonprofit agency provides support, shelter, counseling and ongoing support groups for vulnerable children and adults from Livingston County. Survivors receive various services at no charge including 24/7 Crisis Line, on-call response team, sexual assault response center, and legal advocacy programs. Off-site Assailant Intervention Programs (DAIP) also are provided.
  • Lamaze Family Center of Ann Arbor Expand dropdown
    The Lamaze Family Center Ann Arbor is a non-profit organization staffed by rigorously trained professionals who promote the well-being of the family and the concept of family-centered care from pregnancy to preschool.
  • Legislative Internship with State Representative Gretchen Driskell Expand dropdown
    This internship provides an opportunity to work with a politician from Saline, Mi, on women's issues such as pay equity and reproductive health.
  • LGBT Resource Center (EMU) Expand dropdown
    LGBTRC offers educational training and facilitated dialogues for the classroom, student organizations, staff meetings, special events, and more. Our social and educational events are intended for the entire EMU campus community which include: lectures, movies, performances, panels, discussions, conferences, and much more.
  • Meals on Wheels Expand dropdown
    Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels is a non-profit with the specific purpose of delivering prepared meals to the homebound elderly, disabled, and ill residents in Eastern Washtenaw County in the City and Township of Ypsilanti, Augusta Township, Superior Township, eastern Pittsfield Township and York Township. YMOW's purpose is to deliver meals to those needing this service without discrimination because of race, sex, color, religious orientation, national heritage or ability to pay. The organization also provides such other services for recipients, and others, as are approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Michigan Democratic Campaign Expand dropdown
    The Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign is currently looking for interns and fellows for our summer internship program. This will be a great opportunity for students to become civically engaged, learn how campaigns work, and participate in the most exciting campaign of the future.
  • National Organization for Women- Washtenaw Chapter Expand dropdown
    The Washtenaw N.O.W. chapter president is looking for a WGST student intern to help work on programming, update the facebook page, and work on public relations.
  • Ozone House Expand dropdown
    Since 1969, Ozone House has provided a safe place, shelter and continued support to thousands of runaway, homeless and high-risk youth in our community who don't have a safe place to call home. We offer a range of housing options - from emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing - in addition to essential comprehensive services including individual and family therapy, case management, and youth leadership opportunities. Ozone is the only agency in Washtenaw County that provides free, confidential, and voluntary shelter and support services to runaway, homeless and high-risk youth ages 10-20 and their families.
  • Planned Parenthood Expand dropdown
    We are a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women's health and well-being, based on respect for each individual's right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.
  • SafeHouse Center of Ann Arbor Expand dropdown
    SafeHouse Center provides support for those impacted by domestic violence or sexual assault. SafeHouse provides free and confidential services for any person victimized that lives or works in Washtenaw County. Our services include emergency shelter for those in danger of being hurt or killed, counseling, legal advocacy, support groups, and especially, hope.
  • Women's Resource Center (EMU) Expand dropdown
    The Women's Resource Center is committed to recognizing and celebrating the diverse representations of women on campus, encouraging and supporting their personal growth, academic enrichment and professional development, offering advocacy and referral services, and providing educational programming and resources to help women reach their full potential.
  • Ypsilanti Air Museum - Rosie the Riveter Project Expand dropdown
    The Women's and Gender Studies Department works in conjunction with the Yankee Air Museum to conduct oral histories of former "Rosies" from WWII.
  • Ypsilanti Historical Museum Expand dropdown
    The Ypsilanti Historical Museum is a museum of local history which is presented as an 1860 home. The Museum and Fletcher-White Archives are organized and operated by the Ypsilanti Historical Society. We are all volunteers and our membership is open to everyone, including non-city residents.


For more information please contact Dr. Elizabeth Currans at 734.487.1177 or [email protected].

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