GSWS majors are required to complete a semester-long, 3-credit internship (GSWS 3050). GSWS 3050 is required for all GSWS majors and is also open to GSWS/SGIS minors and other students interested in earning credit for GSWS-related internships. If you have already taken GSWS 3050 and would like to earn additional internship credits, contact the GSWS director or internship advisor. Internships entail supervised work relevant to your GSWS/SGIS studies and interests. You'll work with a faculty advisor to develop the connections between real-world experience and your theoretical study of SGIS/GSWS.

Students begin researching and making arrangements for internship placements before the semester begins. There are a number of organizations and sites on- and off-campus with whom you may be able to intern. Contact Mary Burke, the GSWS internship advisor, for more information. Classmates, GSWS faculty members, and the Career Center are also all great resources for helping you find an internship. The following are some useful UVM resources related to finding and applying for internships:

For more information, contact the Internship supervisor, Mary Burke (

Practicum Application Form (PDF)


Independent Study and Senior Thesis

Working with a GSWS affiliated faculty sponsor, you can choose topics of study that deepen your knowledge of your particular interests and career goals. You'll also have an opportunity to develop a senior honors thesis under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Recent examples of theses include:

  • Sarah E. Barrett, Seeking Asylum Across the International Boundary: Legal Terms and Geopolitical Conditions of Irregular Border Crossing and Asylum Seeking Between the United States and Canada, 2016-2018. Advisor: Pablo Bose.
  • Somer Marie Brown, "Iranian Literature and Its Impact on Western Feminist Perceptions." Advisor: Huck Gutman.
  • Elizabeth J. Chesley, "Female Auteurs and Their Perceptions of Gender, Sexuality, and National Identity." Advisor: Hilary Neroni.
  • Matthew J. Ganci, "Creating Community: The Cultural Experiences of Gay Men in Hartford, Connecticut and Burlington, Vermont from 1969-1981." Advisor: Paul Deslandes.
  • Erica Rose Gilgore, "Interstices of Power: Considerations of Women’s Health and Agency through Creative Nonfiction." Advisor: Pablo Bose.
  • Devin C. Kane, "De Jure School Segregation as the Result of Racist Housing Policies." Advisor: Jane Knodell.


Honors and Awards

Information about our annual honors, the Daniel-McCarter Award; the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Outstanding Senior Award; and the Ellen Hamilton Lida Mason Award, can be found here.