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What are the Internship (WGS 499/395) requirements and how do I register?


*Internship registration contracts are due by Thursday, 2nd week of classes*

Number of hours required to receive credit (CR/NC only)
WGS 395 (CIP units)
  • 30 hours per unit
WGS 499 (Internship Units)
  • 45 hours per unit
How do I find an internship/CIP and sign up for units?
  1. Find an internship/CIP site. A list of some possible internships is attached. Also see the listings in Stevenson Hall 3016 and in Career Services (Salazar 1070). It is also possible to arrange your own CIP/internship setting in consultation with any WGS faculty supervisor. Be sure to consider what new skills and abilities you would like to develop from the CIP/internship.
  2. Phone one or more potential internship settings. Discuss 1) the duties the internship might include and 2) the number of hours you are available (and need) to work during the semester in order to complete your CIP/internship.
  3. Meet with your on-site supervisor to complete official forms. Both forms are available from Stevenson Hall 3016 or online - Internship/CIP forms. Discuss how you will maintain an official log of your hours. Be sure to discuss any special requirements (expectations for individuals working in that setting, such as confidentiality or safety issues).
  4. Submit completed forms to Stevenson Hall 3016 (put in Lena McQuade’s box) by 3:00, THURSDAY OF 2ND WEEK OF SEMESTER. WGS will obtain signatures from the Dean, assign you a WGS instructor and file the internship agreement with Admissions and Records.
What is the difference between a CIP and an internship?
WGS 395: Community Involvement Program (CIP). The Community Involvement Program (CIP) allows students to earn units for their volunteer community service work. CIP is intended to assist students in clarifying career and/or academic interests in a variety of work settings. The CIP placement should involve direct contact with and meaningful service to people within the community, usually in an off-campus setting. The placement is strictly volunteer. Students may not receive monetary compensation for work that leads to CIP academic credit. Credit/No Credit basis only. Students may enroll in CIP for a maximum of four units in any one semester.
NOTE: A maximum of six units of CIP credit may be applied towards graduation.
WGS 499: Internship. An internship is a pre-professional experience designed in close consultation with a faculty advisor, which gives the student an opportunity to apply knowledge from the classroom in an employment setting consistent with the student’s chosen career field. Internships may pay a wage or stipend or may be unpaid. The internship program is designed for students as a means to incorporate qualified and supervised work into their educational program and gain academic credit while making valuable career connections. You may complete 1-4 units of internship during a semester.
Course requirements
  1. Find your Instructor. You will be assigned a WGS instructor for your internship. You can find your instructor by checking your schedule sometime in the middle of September or February (after the paperwork for your CIP or internship is processed and posted on-line). You should contact your WGS instructor if you have any problems at your internship site. Please turn you end-of-semester paperwork into your WGS instructor's box (not necessarily the same person as your WGS academic advisor).
  2. Log/Schedule. Maintain a log of hours spent working on the internship/CIP. Keep in mind the total number of hours necessary to earn your units.
  3. Progress Report. Each student must schedule a meeting with your assigned instructor to provide a progress report on the internship at least once during the semester. The meeting should occur BY MID-SEMESTER, WEEK 8. It is your responsibility to do this!
  4. Internship Supervisor Letter. You must provide your WGS instructor with a letter from your supervisor verifying that you have completed the necessary hours and duties to complete the units. This letter (typed or hand-written) should: 1) be on the organization's letterhead and 2) state the number of hours you completed during the internship. DUE by FRIDAY OF WEEK 16 ( 5:00) to your WGS instructor’s mailbox/via e-mail.
  5. Summary paper. (1 unit =3-5 pages, 2 units =4-6 pages, 3 units =5-7 pages, 4 units =6-8 pages). DUE BY FRIDAY WEEK 16 (5:00) to your WGS instructor's box. Assignment details are listed below.

If you do not submit the paperwork in a timely manner, you may not receive credit for the internship/CIP course.

Dr. Lena McQuade
Office: Stev 3016H
Dr. Don Romesburg
Office: Stev 3016G
Dr. Charlene Tung
Office: Stev 3016F

WGS 395/499 Summary Paper Instruction

*Summary Paper Due Friday of week 16*

This essay asks you to reflect on your internship experience. It also provides the WGS Department with information about the different ways students apply WGS concepts to “real world” settings.

The length of your paper corresponds with the number of units you will receive credit for:
  • 1 unit = 3-5 pages
  • 2 units = 4-6 pages
  • 3 units = 5-7 pages
  • 4 units = 6-8 pages
Your paper should be typed and double-spaced with normal size font and margins. On the top left-hand corner of your paper, please include the following information:
  • Your name
  • Date
  • Your placement, including specific units and location
  • Your on-site internship supervisor’s name
Please address each of the following questions in your paper:
  • Briefly describe your internship setting. What are the goals of the agency or organization in which participated?
  • Describe what you actually did in the internship. What worked well for you in the placement? What were some of the problems your encountered? How did you resolve problems?
  • How helpful was your on-site supervisor? Did you feel adequately trained for your internship?
  • In your opinion, is your internship agency or organization effective in meeting its organizational goals? Why or why not? Did you feel you were able to help the organization meet its goals?
  • Did you find yourself applying information from your WGS classes to the internship setting? Did your experience as a WGS major prepare you in any way for the internship? Did you find yourself bringing your internship experience(s) back to your classmates/classrooms in a meaningful way? Please explain with specific examples and details.
Dr. Lena McQuade
Office: Stev 3016H
Dr. Don Romesburg
Office: Stev 3016G
Dr. Charlene Tung
Office: Stev 3016F

What are some Internship/CIP possibilities?
Career Minor in Women’s Health Internship Possibilities



Below are a few of the opportunities available to WGS students. Note that all WGS majors are required to complete 4 units of Internship. See WGS 499/395 Syllabus for details and requirements.

If you would like to speak to current WGS students who have interned at these locations, ask WGS faculty. Speaking to students can also provide referrals. You are also welcome to look at the WGS Facebook page and/or past WGS Newsletters, which list previous internships and community involvement projects.


AmeriCorps/ CalSERVES
CalSERVES programs provide opportunities for participants to discover passions, realize potential, and express their power. This takes the form of several local and statewide AmeriCorps programs that engage the community in services to support children and families in need. CalSERVES provides programming and training in the areas of academically aligned after school tutoring programs and volunteer program development.
Contact: (707)586-9285 or

Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa
"Catholic Charities offers a variety of services to low income and homeless families and individuals. (Food, Shelters, Immigration Services, Transitional Housing, Job Counseling, Senior Services, Housing Counseling" Contact: Kim Young at (707) 528-8712 ext.160

Circle of Sisters is an after school program for girls in Sonoma County Schools (e.g Guerneville, Rohnert Park). Circle of Sisters serves girls ages 10-14. They strive to help girls sustain wholeness in body, mind and spirit throughout their lives. Service opportunities include assisting facilitators in planning and conducting workshops and/or developing curricular and promotional materials for the program.
Contact: JoAnn Sotres at 707-525-5311 or

Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County
This is a network of organizations who partner with low-income families and individuals to help them achieve economic and social stability, to build community, and to advocate for social and economic justice. Their programs and services include: Head Start & Early Head Start; Housing; Health; Youth, Family & Neighborhoods; Centro Laboral de Graton; Family Resource Center; and Fair Housing of Sonoma County.
Contact: Vince Harper, Assistant Director of Community Engagement at or (707) 544-6911

Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)
COTS provides programs and services that empower homeless families and single adults to break the cycle of homelessness, transform their live, and find housing for good. Annually COTS provides programing to 2,200 adults and children, served 124,000 hot meals, and 750,000 pounds of food to people in need throughout Sonoma County.
Contact: Indigo Perry, COTS Volunteer Coordinator at or (707) 765-6530 ext.11

Family Justice Center of Sonoma County
The Family Justice Center Sonoma County empowers family violence victims to live free from violence and abuse by providing comprehensive services, centered on and around the victim, through a single point of access. Services include victim and legal services for domestic violence, elder abuse, and sexual assault.
Contact: (707) 565-8255

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Historical Society (GLBTHS) in San Francisco is a community-based archives and museum dedicated to preserving the histories of GLBT communities in Northern California. This internship program provides students with the opportunity to work with a community based non-profit historical organization.
Contact: 415-777-5455

The Living Room is a drop-in center for homeless/at-risk women and children only, provides breakfast, lunch, toiletries, diapers, writing supplies, stamps, bus tickets, telephone, message service, post office box, peer support, and referrals for housing, jobs and social services. Interns are needed to work at the front desk and help coordinate other activities.
Contact: or (707) 579-0138 ext. 3,

The Sitting Room is a privately foundered community library. The library’s book selection consists of several thousand donated volumes, unusual magazines, and small press books. The library emphasizes women’s issues and achievements.
Contact: Karen Peterson at 707-364-2392 or, Ianthe Brautigan at

Sonoma County Family YMCA
The Sonoma County Family YMCA recognizes that communities are STRONGER TOGETHER!  When community members are engaged with local organizations like the Y, we are able to work together in support of our focus areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility! Over the past year, thousands of children have been served through the Y’s afterschool, childcare and youth sports programs and thousands more adults were given opportunities to lead healthier lives through the Y’s wide range of fitness programs. This is only possible because of the generous support of donors and volunteers who offer their time in order to uplift the community in which they live. We truly are STRONGER TOGETHER!
Contact: (707)579-0138 or

Verity Various internships available through Prevention Department including: Presenter for the Child Abuse or Teen Assault Prevention Projects (CAPP/TAPP); Present Self Defense workshops to female teens; Present same-sex sexual assault workshops to LGBT youth. You will receive 10- 20 hours of training on presenting prevention of sexual assault or self-defense or same-sex sexual assault.
Contact: Kristen Bricker, Prevention Education Manager at or (707) 545-7270 ext. 12. Crisis Intervention Manager at or (707) 545-7270

Women’s Health & Birth Center
At Santa Rosa Women’s Health and Birth Center, we strive to provide individualized, compassionate care to women throughout their lives from the onset of menstruation through menopause.  We believe that healthy individuals create healthy families.  Therefore, our focus is health promotion, disease prevention, and health education. We want to be your partner in providing this care through informed choice and shared decision-making. We view menstruation, pregnancy, birth, and menopause as normal life events; and in the absence of complications, we support care that does not interfere with or try to artificially change these processes. We emphasize evidence-based care and collaboration with other health providers. We also believe in the therapeutic value of human presence and strive to care for you always with an attitude of trust, respect, and support.
Contact: (707)539-1544

YWCA Focus of agency is on domestic violence. Operates only Safe House in Sonoma County, as well as a therapeutic preschool serving children who have witnessed violence. Various internship opportunities including gaining experience in case management, staffing 24-hour hotline (40-hour training required—applicable to internship hours), assisting with support groups, and collecting/analyzing data for the YWCA.
Contact: Lydia Edelheit or Jess Lambert at (707) 303-8401,


Women’s and Gender Studies Communications Intern As an Editorial Assistant, valuable experience to be gained in social media, desktop publishing, editing, writing, and layout design.
Contact: Prof. Charlene Tung,

Women’s and Gender Studies Development Intern Gain experience in basics of fundraising and alumni relations development. Valuable for those considering a career in the non-profit sector (or maybe even starting your own organization!).
Contact: Prof. Don Romesburg, romesbur@sonoma

The HUB: An Integral Center for Diversity, Vitality, and Creativity
Gain progam development, event planning, and student services experience.
Contact: Mark Fabionar at or (707) 664-2710


Sonoma County Volunteer Program There are a few paid internship positions with the County of Sonoma and many or more unpaid volunteer opportunities working in County agencies. Recent volunteer opps include working in a youth nutrition program and with pregnant teens (esp. appropriate for Women’s Health internships). See:
Contact: Sylvia Lemus at or 707-565-1702

Volunteer Center of Sonoma County This organization coordinates up to date information about internships for various orgs throughout Sonoma County. For example, Girl Scouts, Hospice of Petaluma, Council on Aging, and Sonoma County Legal Aid.


Dr. Lena McQuade
Office: Stev 3016H
Dr. Don Romesburg
Office: Stev 3016G
Dr. Charlene Tung
Office: Stev 3016F