Welcome to GWS 660

You are a part of the next great cohort of GWS interns! I look forward to working together next semester and facilitating our conversations on the topic of feminist professional development. A number of items need to be taken care of before we come together at the end of January. Information on internship requests, interviewing, and learning contracts are below. Please review the information below carefully, and let me know if you have questions.

Don’t forget to Register for the Class

Students will be authorized to enroll in GWS 660: Internship in Gender & Women’s Studies on or before January 18, 2020. Once you are authorized, you will need to actually enroll in the course.

Pro Tips

  1. Step outside of your comfort zone during this internship program. Our best learning – our deepest learning – happens when we are uncomfortable.
  2. You will get out of this experience what you put in. Start considering your goals for this work now.
  3. Trust the process. It will require patience, but it will be worth it.

Letters to Future Interns

Read the letters, words of wisdom, advice, and support that recent GWS 660 alums wrote for us to share with future internship cohorts. Hear how they were challenged and rewarded in the course, how they seized the opportunity, and what some of their key takeaways were from the program.

Letters to Future Interns_2017

Letters to Future Interns_2018

Letters to Future Interns_2019


Ideally, each intern will interview with more than one organization, but since we have a very small number of internship sites, only apply to internships that you are really excited to pursue in spring. You will contact organizations of interest for an interview via the Internship Request Forms listed below. Once you have an interview(s) scheduled, please let me know (in an email) where/when you have scheduled interviews and how things go.

Interviewing Tips


Research the organization before your interview. Prepare your responses to common interview questions, like:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What skills make you a good candidate for this position?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What drew you to apply to this position?

Confirm your interview logistics: when, what software platform, have a copy of your resume and cover letter available.


  • Follow up with a note or email thanking the supervisor and/or agency for an interview.
  • If you are offered an internship, accept or decline as soon as you are able via an email or a phone call.
  • Once you have accepted an internship, send a quick note withdrawing your application from the other internship positions you applied for next semester.

Internship Requests

Below you will find the Internship Requests for Spring 2021. Please review the requests that spark your interest and take note of their interviewing information and timeline.

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin/Legal, Policy, and Systems Change Team

GWS 660 Internship Request Form – End Domestic Abuse WI

Legal Action of Wisconsin

GWS 660 Internship Request Form 2021 – Legal Action of WI

Office of the Gender & Women’s Studies Librarian/Guerrilla Feminist

GWS 660 Internship Request Form – Office of the GWS Librarian

Office of Senator-Elect Melissa Sargent (Agard)

Legislative interns do policy research and analysis and engage directly with constituents. If you are interested, contact Megan Wittman (GWS certificate alum!) at megan.wittman@legis.wisconsin.gov and complete the application via this Google form. Please let Megan know that you are a 660 student.

GWS 660 Internship Request Form – Office of State Senator Agard

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

GWS 660 Internship Request Form – PPWI (due Friday, January 8)

Wisconsin Women’s Council (2 projects)

  1. Work with the Wisconsin Department of Justice’s new Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Task Force. The internship project likely involves building a data source for Task Force members.
  2. This project gathers data on women in leadership and the status of women generally (poverty, education, income, etc.) using online Census tools. The internship supervisor will provide mentorship around data analysis. This is a great opportunity to practice doing the work that supports policy-making.

To apply to either position, contact Christine Lidbury at christine.lidbury@wisconsin.gov with a cover letter and resume.

Next Steps


The goal is to have interviews completed by early to mid January with internships secured before the start of the semester. Then we can hit the ground running the week of January 25. Please be in touch if this goal feels out of reach for you.

Learning Contracts

Once students have been offered and accepted an internship position, they will work with their supervisor to complete a Learning Contract. Learning Contracts serve as the agreement between the student, the supervisor, and the course instructor throughout of the semester.

Learning Contracts must be completed, with signatures, by January 25, 2021.

Spring 2021 Learning Contract