“My internship was truly one of the best experiences I have had at UNH.”
What is the Women’s Studies Internship Program?
Engage in service learning on campus, the seacoast, or throughout the state.
Explore areas of potential career interest!!
Earn four credits toward your WS major or minor.
What are some typical WS Internship placement sites and projects?
New Hampshire Women’s Lobby (Concord, NH): Educate state legislators about issues that affect women and their families in NH.
The Joan G. Lovering Health Center (Greenland, NH): Develop knowledge and skills in reproductive health, counseling & assessment; participate in in-service training with staff.
Women’s Studies Program (UNH): Research and assist with events.
Office of Health Education and Promotion (UNH): Help with events like the Wellness Fair, the TREE conference, and educate fellow students about sexuality, birth control, AIDS, etc.
Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) (UNH) [Intern must be a SHARPP advocate.]: Design and implement in-service trainings for volunteers. Assist with Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities: Take Back the Night, etc.
President’s Commissions (UNH): Help edit Connections, newsletter of the Women’s Commission, help organize Women’s History Month and other programs.
NARAL-NH (Concord, NH): Learn grassroots organizing, educate public about organization’s issues, plan and organize fund raisers.
And many, many more. Contact the Women's Studies Internship Coordinator, Dr. Joelle Ryan at the WS Office – (603) 862-2194 – or at her direct line (603) 862-0272 to check them out!
What have past interns students said about their experiences?
“Being the editor of the Women’s Studies program newsletter a very empowering experience for me, and it also gave me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women in the community through information on women’s issues and events....”
“I have a great sense of pride because of the work I accomplished and the experience I gained from this internship [with NARAL Pro-Choice New Hampshire]. I was able to recognize my strengths and identify my weaknesses in regards to working within a non-profit organization.”
“For my internship I created a training program for SHARPP (Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program) advocates on working with clients from the GLBTQ (Gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and questioning) community. I also had the opportunity to become a liaison between SHARPP and OMSA (Office of Multicultural Affairs). I met many wonderful and kind people and really got a lot out of my experience.”
“Interning at the Feminist Health Center– Portsmouth was an awakening experience.... For the first time I saw how ... laws can affect people on an individual basis.... If you are looking for a taste of the ‘real world’ I would strongly recommend that you consider the FHC-P for your internship site. I have really grown from my experiences there.”
“This internship [working with NH TREE through Office of Health Education and Promotion] allowed me to gain a better understanding of not only the Transgender people but also sexuality as a whole. I plan to work in the field of sex and sexuality after I graduate.... I see myself working as an activist, and it is because of my interning and being a Women’s Studies major that I feel this will be possible.”
“My experience as an intern with the YWCA Crisis Service changed my life. It was the greatest ‘job’ I have ever had. The training I received, the amazing colleagues I worked with, and the powerful stories I was honored to hear have helped me decide which direction I will take in my career in the years to come.”
“As a NH resident this internship [at the NH Women’s Lobby] has taught me things about my state’s politics that I had never realized before. Most importantly though it has taught me that getting involved and voting for competent candidates to represent me in government is vital to the success of women’s rights in NH.
“The Women’s Studies internship has allotted me the time and space to devote to something I love. I would highly recommend WS 797 to anyone because it allows you to get credit for something [I] ... feel passionate about. I know the impact that working on “The Vagina Monologues” has already had on me. I just hope that the impact I have made on others during this process is half as great.
“Interning at the NH Commission on the Status of Women exposed me to many professional experiences. ... This internship is a dynamic way to learn about NH government while advocating for women and families.”
How do I sign up for the internship?
Meet with WS Internship Coordinator, Dr. Joelle Ryan, to discuss possible placements prior to registering.
Other Opportunities on campus
The University Advising and Career Center maintains a master list of internship opportunities, which can be accessed online through Wildcat Careers.