The Women's Center Internship Program is a student working group devoted to furthering the mission and goals of the XU Women's Center. The Xavier University Women’s Center provides advocacy and resources, advances learning and academic excellence, and promotes research focusing on women and gender in an effort to unite people in centering women. The Women's Center Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to work closely with the Women's Center staff to advance our objectives by directly participating in the development and implementation of our initiatives.
Each intern has the opportunity to explore the following areas simultaneously, as well as the option to focus on one area in depth.
Community Leadership and Administration
Student interns are offered the opportunity to learn the many facets of creating and maintaining a women centered organization within a University setting. Students will observe and assist in the day to day responsibilities of operating a multidisciplinary, multi-faceted organization. Students will learn about strategic planning, funding issues, relationship building and a broad array of responsibilities. Additionally, concepts of leadership will be explored through traditional and critical lenses.
A goal of the Women's Center is to advance research on women, girls, and gender in an effort to diminish gender inequities in society. Students participating in this working group will have the opportunity to explore the Center’s research agendas, other scholars’ research agendas, and participate actively as research assistants with the Women's Center and our partners.
The Women's Center achieves its threefold mission through the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs. To maximize attitude and behavior change, programs are often created as a series with a longitudinal component. Showcase programs include the Thinking Outside the (lunch)BOX Series, the Critical Centers Film Series, and ProWomen. Students will take active roles in developing the program themes, recruiting presenters, researching background information, and participating in the program.
Students will learn about the theories and methods of advocating for people seeking support, resources and referrals. Students will become familiar with the resources the Women's Center relies upon to provide the services and support to individuals in the Xavier University community. Furthermore, students will learn about the university, local, state, and federal laws and policies related to advocacy.
Students who complete an internship placement with the Xavier University Women's Center will gain valuable knowledge regarding gender and gender inequalities and gain hands-on experience in organizing for social change in the pursuit of social justice.