Course Catalog

01:988:426 Internship for IWL Scholars

WOMEN AND WORK: Leadership Scholars Internship Seminar, 6 credits

This seminar seeks to explore the connections between theory and practice by bringing together academic readings with a work experience in an internship site. The readings focus on issues women face in the professions and workplace, both domestically and globally, the structural changes in work and the American family. The internship sites may include women’s and advocacy organizations, research and policy centers, nongovernmental organizations, media outlets, legal firms or organizations, and science related sites. Your internship sites will serve as experiential settings for deepening your understanding in your policy areas of interest, and should serve as springboards for your social action projects.

Course Learning Goals

This seminar builds on the Women and Leadership seminar, and aims to (1) deepen your understanding of women’s leadership and gendered dynamics of the workplace, as well as (2) structural changes in political, social, and cultural institutions as they relate to women and work. The seminar has practical goals to (3) learn about tools for social change, including proposal writing, strategic planning, and the ways that non-profits and other organizations operate.  In addition, the course seeks to (4) advance your public speaking, mentoring, and networking skills through your internship, class work, and presentations. Finally, the course aims to (5) increase critical reading and writing skills through assigned readings and discussion, including a 12-15 page proposal for your social action project (which you will implement in the fall of 2015, during the social action project seminar 988:430).  Various IWL staff and Scholars will visit the class to assist you in the development of your social action projects.

Departmental Learning Goals

Students will be able to identify, analyze, and critique the formation and reproduction of social, economic, and political hierarchies grounded in race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and sexuality.

Through their study of works by women and men committed to the eradication of racial and gender subordination, students will develop the capacity to assess the comparative merits of alternative accounts of race, gender, and sexuality; interrogate cultural stereotypes and naturalizations of hierarchies of difference; recognize the complexity and variety of women's and men's lives and livelihoods around the globe; analyze power dynamics from the microlevel to the macrolevel; identify the politics of issue framing and knowledge production; undertake innovative research; devise creative strategies to promote social change; and collaborate across differences with others in coursework, co-curricular activities, and in life.