University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Internship information

***GSWS/WGST Internship for Academic Year 2013/2014
will only be offered Fall 2013 semester***

Women's and Gender Studies 191: Internship
4:05-7:05 T #93771
Vicki Torsch
Description: The Women’s and Gender Studies internship seminar is held in conjunction with a WGST internship. Students should begin researching and making arrangements for these internship placements before the semester begins. To do this, consult the WGST website or course brochure, or consult with Professor Torsch or other faculty members.
In this learning experience the interns participate in a reading, discussion, and skills-focused seminar with a WGST faculty member and other WGST interns.  The primary objective of the seminar is to support students in the work they do off-campus, and to give them opportunities to evaluate their internship experiences and relate them to what they have learned in the classroom. Assigned readings vary in content and include material pertaining to Women’s and Gender Studies in general and to topics of particular interest to the interns. Book discussion will focus on topics that reflect broad concerns (i.e., Joan Williams’, 2000, Unbending Gender: Why Work and Family Conflict and What To Do About It). Feminist pedagogical principles are embodied in this seminar; it is a setting in which understanding the political and social reality of people’s lives is emphasized. Interns are asked to reflect on and share their personal experiences, listen to others with an open mind, and integrate multiple sources of data using critical thinking skills. Interns are treated as peers in this context, and they have the opportunity to integrate a diversity of opinions. 
Seminar Objectives:

Share experiences gained during internship with other interns
Cooperative problem solving
Develop skill sets of benefit academically and professionally
Exercise critical thinking skills

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