Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the women, gender, and sexuality studies faculty consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. Students are required to do an internship before or during their senior year to graduate with a major in women's studies.
Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.
A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship should contact their individual academic advisers.
Public Leadership Institute for Women
Under a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Goucher established a Public Leadership Institute for Women to prepare students for leadership roles in the public arena. The institute provides an opportunity for students to work as interns with women leaders at all levels of government. Goucher students have served as interns in Washington, DC, with women lobbyists, members of regulatory commissions, and congresswomen, and in Annapolis with women members of the Maryland legislature and the women's caucus of the Maryland General Assembly. Placements have also included internships with women judges and members of city and county councils. Internships with women office holders are also available to students in their home communities during January and summer breaks.
The Public Leadership Institute for Women sponsors public leadership conferences that bring prominent women leaders to campus to meet and talk with students. Recent speakers have included judges, members of the Maryland state legislature, and a former member of the European Parliament.
Goucher offers a January seminar on gender and public policy in Washington, DC. The seminar provides students with a firsthand look at the policy-making process at the federal level through faculty lectures supplemented by guest presentations by women judges, lobbyists, regulatory board members, congressional leaders, and government agency representatives. Policy briefings and site visits are an integral part of the seminar. Not limited to Goucher students, this seminar attracts students from across the country.
Student Work Opportunities
To find on-campus employment especially suitable for women, gender, and sexuality studies students, please visit the Career Development Office.