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Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies (GSFS 499)

Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies (or GSFS) students are encouraged to undertake internships for credit with local, national, or international organizations. Students can identify relevant internships through through the GSFS page on the Arts-Internships websites, or find suitable placements on their own. All internship requests are subject to approval from IGSF and the Arts Internship Office. 

GSFS 499, the Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies Internship course (3 credits) involves a minimum 150 hour internship completed over the course of one or two terms, or the summer, followed by the completion of a 20 page academic paper based on the internship. Students complete the internship first, and register for GSFS 499 the following semester. Internships must be pre-approved for credit, and cannot be approved retroactively. Because of the heavy workload involved, students may wish to reduce their course load when completing an internship, or carry it out in the summer. Internships may be paid or unpaid at the organization's discretion. Students may seek out funding possibilities for internships at: http://www.mcgill.ca/internships/awards.

All necessary forms are available here, or from the IGSF Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator.

For additional information on Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies internships, please contact the Faculty of Arts Internship Office 514-398-3467 or aio [at] mcgill [dot] ca and the IGSF at 514-398-8911 or info [dot] igsf [at] mcgill [dot] ca.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to U2 and U3 Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies (GSFS), Women's Studies (WMST) and Sexual Diversity Studies (SDST) students (minor, major, honours/ joint honours) who have completed 30 credits of a 90-credit program or 45 credits of a 96-120-credit program.
  • Minimum CGPA 2.7
  • Permission of the IGSF Administrative and Student Affairs Coordiantor and the Chair of IGSF..

Please note that GSFS 499 will not fulfill program requirements for seminar or 400-level courses.
However, GSFS 499 can be counted towards Complementary Course requirements as per approval of the IGSF Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator.

Students must receive approval to participate in a PSC-approved internship program. For questions regarding specific student eligibility (including pay), email ion [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Laura Di Maio).


Post-Secondary Co-op/Internship Program

What is a Post-Secondary Co-op or Internship Program? The Co-operative Education and Internship Program (Co-op/Internship) is the primary vehicle through which federal organizations can recruit post-secondary students for a four-month work term. An internship is a supervised, on-the-job training assignment designed to give students the skills and knowledge required for entry into a trade or profession.

For more information regarding student eligibility, click here.


GSFS 499 Course Requirements

  • Appropriateness of internship for gender and/or sexuality and/or feminist-based analysis and research.
  • A description of the host organization, the name of the on-site internship supervisor to whom the student will be accountable, and a letter confirming the commitments of the host organization and on-site supervisor to the task of student internship supervision.
  • A minimum of 150 hours of work with the host organization.
  • Completion of all work as set out by the host organization.
  • Completed GSFS 499 Field Evaluation form (30% of grade) attesting to the student’s successful completion of tenure at the organization.
  • Written agreement from a professor at McGill University to discuss, conceptualize, oversee and evaluate the 20 page GSFS 499 term paper (70% of grade).
  • Students must also satisfy requirements established by the Arts Internship Office, found here.

GSFS 499 Approval Procedures

Once students have secured an internship, they must complete the Faculty of Arts Internship Course Credit Approval Form (available here), specifying the names of the host organization and on-site internship supervisor, the faculty academic supervisor, and detailing the duration, tasks, and research objectives of both the internship and academic work.

The Internship Approval Form must be signed by:

  • The IGSF Student Affairs Coordinator or the Chair of IGSF
  • The Faculty of Arts Internship Officer
  • The Academic Supervisor
  • The Student

Once the internship has been approved, the student is responsible for follow-up and completion of the project as agreed upon with their academic supervisor.


Evaluation Method

  • 70% academic essay evaluated by academic supervisor. Students must integrate and reflect upon relevant scholarly discourse in light of their internship experience. The professor must submit a numeric grade for the paper (out of 70) to the Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator.
  • 30% evaluation by host organization in accordance with written protocol, submitted to the Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator.

Student Roles and Responsibilities

Before the Internship

  • Seek out a suitable internship.
  • Secure a McGill faculty member to supervise & evaluate the academic work involved.
  • Complete the approval process in conjunction with the Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator.

During the Internship

  • Be punctual and professional.
  • Alert the IGSF Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator if problems or concerns arise.
  • Complete all work required by the host organization, which may include a report, a database, or an event.

After the Internship

  • Complete academic paper (70%).
  • Ensure that the host organization supervisor completes the evaluation form (30%).
  • Submit a copy of the academic work to the Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator.
  • Submit a copy of any work done for the host organization to the Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator.

For Help Finding Internships: http://www.mcgill.ca/arts-internships/credit/womens-studies

NOTE: All letters/emails, completed forms, evaluations, as well as final grades, must be submitted to the IGSF Student Affairs Coordinator, 3487 Peel Street, 2nd floor (IGSF).


Internship Opportunities

Click to download the postings or follow the links for details and contact information.
Women of Diverse Origins - International Women's Alliance

Internship Database

Click here to access McGill's Internship Database. Please note that a valid McGill ID and Minerva Pin are required to access this resource.


Contacts

IGSF Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator
For departmental contact information, please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/igsf/programs/gsfs

Anne Turner
Internship Officer
Faculty of Arts, McGill University
Leacock 307
855 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal QC H3A 2T7
Tel: (514) 398-2916
Fax: (514) 398-8049
Email: anne [dot] turner [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Anne Turner)