Women’s Studies students are encouraged to undertake internships for credit with local, national, or international organizations. Students can identify relevant internships through through the Women’s Studies 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.
WMST 494, the Women’s 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 WMST 494 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 Women’s Studies Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator.
For additional information on Women’s 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.
WMST 494 Eligibility Requirements
- Open to U-2 and U-3 Women’s Studies 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 Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator and the Chair of WSAC or representative.
Please note that WMST 494 will not fulfill program requirements for seminar or 400-level courses.
However, WMST 494 can be counted towards Complementary Course Group B as per approval of the Women’s Studies Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator.
WMST 494 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 WMST 494 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 WMST 494 term paper (70% of grade).
- Students must also satisfy requirements established by the Arts Internship Office, found here.
WMST 494 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 Women's Studies Student Affairs Coordinator or the Chair of WSAC
- 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.
- 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 Women’s Studies 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
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).
Current OpportunitiesClick to download the postings or follow the links for details and contact information.
Women of Diverse Origins - International Women's Alliance
Click here to access McGill's Internship Database. Please note that a valid McGill ID and Minerva Pin are required to access this resource.
Women's Studies Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator
For departmental contact information, please see: http://www.mcgill.ca/igsf/programs/wmst
Faculty of Arts, McGill University
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)