The GWS Internship Program, taught by Professor Karen Flynn, provides students with opportunities to apply what they learn in GWS classes as they explore various career paths. This past spring five GWS students participated in the program. Two of the students, Nair Banks and Rayven Morrow, worked with GWS Professor Ruth Nicole Brown and SOLHOT (Saving Our Lives, Hearing Our Truths), a creative, performative space to celebrate black girlhood and affirm black girl genius. (For more about SOLHOT, visit their website: http://solhot.weebly.com/)
Brooke Biehl interned with Michelle Lutz at the Champaign Church of Christ, where she participated in #sisterstrong, a women’s organization that meets weekly to discuss spiritual issues. Through the church she also worked with the “Feeding Our Kids” program.
Fifi Adekola interned with Women@NCSA, a professional development and networking opportunity for women in technology. Fifi worked with the members to organize talks around gender issues, create a mission statement, and revise job ads toward more inclusive language.
This is the second year GWS has partnered with the University of Illinois Press. GWS major and student representative Eleanor Hinton interned with the press this past spring; the experience was so successful she was hired to work during the summer.