Internships Ideas (GEND 300)
The choice of the internship site is made by the student in consultation with an adviser. Here are a few options to consider.
Day One, the Sexual Assault and Trauma Resource Center of Rhode Island, deals with issues of sexual assault as a community concern. Its mission is to address the issues of sexual assault and trauma through a comprehensive range of services, including intervention, treatment, education and prevention. Helpline Advocates are volunteers that provide support, information, referrals and safety planning to victims at hospitals and police departments throughout Rhode Island. Helpline Advocates receive over 30 hours of training that provides skills, knowledge, and confidence to enable them to work with victims of all ages. There is particular need for volunteers who are bilingual and able to work with diverse populations. http://www.dayoneri.org
The mission of Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI) is to empower individuals and families, especially the underserved, immigrants, and refugees, to become self-sufficient and fully participating members of the diverse community through innovative programs and advocacy that promote education, training, and cultural understanding. Interns play a critical role providing the individual attention the program participants require to succeed. They work as tutors, class room aides, immigration and citizenship interns, and refugee mentors. http://www.diiri.org
Elizabeth Buffum Chace House provides services for individuals and families affected by domestic abuse, through safe shelter, individual and group counseling, 24 hour crisis hotline, court advocacy, in-school programming and professional training and education. Interns may work as an advocate on the hotline, in the courts, with seniors, or on special events. http://www.ebccenter.org/
Learning for Life (L4L) Navigators are a team of peer mentors and advocates who join with the students served through L4L, called L4L Scholars, to assist them to successful college completion. The Navigator position at L4L is a great junior or senior year internship placement for students across many majors. Students studying Social Work, Education, Youth Development, Gender and Women’s Studies, or other human service related fields might benefit from serving as an L4L Navigator. Navigators will have a week-long orientation to the position, giving them all the necessary information and skills on how to be successful in this role. Navigators will learn how to help other students “navigate” campus, link to needed resources, and overcome obstacles to their success at RIC. This internship will teach students many different skills that can be transferrable to many careers and future endeavors, such as professional ethics, confidentiality and informed consent, interpersonal communication, record-keeping, team-building, and meeting planning and facilitation.
Navigators are given a tuition stipend for working 10 hours a week each semester. Additionally, Navigators have weekly supervision with an L4L staff member, bi-weekly group support, and monthly staff meetings.
Elements of the L4L model, including the Navigators, are supported by the work of Mechur Karp (2011). She conducted a meta-analysis of 128 sources to develop practical ways by which to employ prevailing models, including Tinto’s. She found the essential elements of non-academic support to ally with academic bolsters: (1) improving college know-how; (2) making attending college feasible; (3) connecting students to campus and social networks; and (4) clarifying future goals. O’Keefe (2013) found that “access points on campus…where the student is able to seek help” are critical for first generation students. Similarly, Brittenham, et al. (2003) documented the value of peer mentors in developmental education. https://www.ric.edu/learningforlife/
Literacy Volunteers of East Bay provides free, individualized student-centered instruction in basic literacy and English language skills here in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts. LVEB has many opportunities for people to become tutors and volunteers. LVEB provides professional training for tutors on techniques for both spoken English and assists tutors with materials and ongoing support to help students succeed. http://www.lveastbay.org/index.html
The Office of Women's Health (OWH) in the Rhode Island Department of Health works to eliminate health status disparities for Rhode Island women. This is achieved by promoting a gender-informed, coordinated, comprehensive, prevention focused approach to women's health across the lifespan. The OWH helps to coordinate internal and external efforts to use policy change to improve the health of women, increase public awareness of issues impacting the health of women, and to promote healthy behaviors and environments in partnership with other programs and organizations. http://www.health.ri.gov/programs/womenshealth/
Planned Parenthood of Rhode Island affords high quality and confidential family planning services, as well as reproductive health care and counseling and education to women and men of all ages. Planned Parenthood of Southern New England is looking for college students with an interest and passion to advocate for reproductive justice and access to reproductive health care through its Campus Action Internship program. Campus Action is the college internship program of Planned Parenthood of Southern New England that trains students from colleges across Rhode Island and Connecticut how to be effective advocates for reproductive justice on their campuses. Interns attend monthly trainings or activities at PPSNE where they will learn about reproductive justice and other social justice issues and how to advocate and organize around those issues. Interns are then responsible for planning and organizing events or activities to advocate for and educate students about reproductive justice. A Community Organizer who both supervises and supports their advocacy and organizing efforts. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppsne/internships-20102.htm
Rhode Island Coalition against Domestic Violence (RICADV) is dedicated to ending domestic violence. It supports and enhances the work of its six member agencies, and provides leadership on the issue of domestic violence. RICADV also strives to create justice for victims, and create awareness on the issue of domestic violence in RI. Internships are in communications and policy or alongside staff on initiatives and programs designed to raise awareness on the issue of domestic violence. http://www.ricadv.org
The mission of the Rhode Island Commission on Women is to advance women toward full equity. A non-partisan state agency, it works to promote rights and opportunities for all women across all arenas, including - but not limited to - education, health, economic development, employment, legal rights, political participation and the quality of individual and family life. Interns work on research and development of reports and working papers, provide support for the work of committees, and help to coordinate and implement many projects. http://www.ricw.ri.gov/about/index.php
Rhode Island Regional Adult Learning (RIRAL) Our mission is to assist adults in the process of reaching their academic, occupational, or personal goals through education, counseling, and training. RIRAL is always looking for interns interested in assisting students who are working hard to improve their circumstances with reading, writing, speaking, computer, and math skills. http://www.riral.org/about.asp
RI Jobs with Justice is a coalition of labor, community, faith-based, and student groups taking concrete action to build power for poor and working class people. The organization works to re-establish justice in the workplace, while promoting social, racial, and economic justice. Jobs with Justice caters internships to the interests of students and works to identify skills that students want to develop like public speaking, grassroots communication and social media, meeting facilitation, fundraising, cyber activism, community service and more. www.rijwj.net
RI NOW seeks interns to assist us in work throughout the year. From January to May/June, interns focus on researching policy issues, tracking legislation, drafting testimony, and assisting RI NOW in engaging citizens in the legislative process. During the summer and fall, interns assist the organization with its education and outreach efforts. And, in election years, interns have the opportunity to support the electoral work of the RI NOW PAC.
Ideal candidates have an interest in women’s and civil rights issues (though prior experience is not necessary), and a willingness to learn about how they can make a difference through education, outreach and policy. They must be well-organized, detail-oriented, a quick study, and able to work independently as well as collaboratively. Excellent writing and editing skills desired, and access to a personal computer is essential. http://www.rinow.org/get-involved/intern-with-ri-now
Sojourner House is an advocacy and resource center for victims of domestic violence in Rhode Island. It recognizes that a “vision of one day living in a world with the fear and threat of domestic/intimate partner violence cannot exist without the support and dedication of a strong volunteer base.” Internship opportunities include direct support to clients, organization development projects, and assisting staff in the many agency programs. http://www.sojourner-house.org
Women’s Fund of Rhode Island invests in women and girls through research, advocacy and strategic partnerships designed to eliminate gender inequity in our state. The organization envisions a community, nation and world that is free of gender bias and where social justice exists for all. Through internships and volunteer opportunities available year-round, we place students based on the skills they would like to develop, such as policy advocacy, research, communications, and fund development. http://www.wfri.org/
The Women's Center of Rhode Island is dedicated to ending interpersonal violence. It seeks to empower thorough culturally competent programs that provide safety, shelter and court advocacy to victims of domestic violence. It works collaboratively to prevent the occurrence of violence and to educate the community about the dynamics of violence. The Center provides a comprehensive range of services that include residential, transitional and community based programs that provide opportunities for personal transformation. Internship activities include work on the hotline, with children’s enrichment programs, community education, men’s initiative and outreach. http://www.womenscenterri.org/index.htm
WE LEARN promotes women's literacy as a tool for personal growth and social change through networking, education, action, and resource development. The organization understands, defines, and takes action to create meaningful responses and proactive programming to address access and equity for women’s literacy and basic education. It addresses the learning differences and needs important to women’s success in literacy services and understands how the gender-specific stresses on women’s lives affect their success and ability to progress socially, economically, and politically. http://welearnwomen.org/
The mission of Youth Pride (YPI) is to meet the social, emotional and educational needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQQ) youth and their allies through empowering programs of support, education, organizing and advocacy, while working to change the homophobic, biphobic and transphobic environments in which they live. Internships at Youth Pride vary greatly depending on each student's interests/field of study and the needs of the organization. Interns have been engaged in planning and presenting workshops on a variety of topics (healthy relationships, yoga, LGBT history and gender stereotypes), greeting and socializing with youth in our drop-in center, administrative support, and planning and implementing special events. http://www.youthpride-ri.org/