Internships

Women's and Gender Studies is proud to collaborate with many community agencies in order to provide purposeful internship experiences for students. Students who major in Women's and Gender Studies must complete 3 units of internship and 1 unit of WGS 498 "Careers in WGS" in order to graduate.

Below is a sample of the internship sites available to WGS students. Interested in learning more about each site? Click on the sites' heading for more information or ask a WGS faculty member to connect you with a student who has previously interned at these locations. Interested in interning at a site that is not on the list? Speak to your WGS advisor to explore the possibilities! 

Off-Campus Internship Opportunities

Alliance Medical Center

 

AmericaCorps/CalSERVES

CalSERVES programs provide opportunities for participants to discover passions, realize potential, and express their power. This takes the form of several local and statewide AmeriCorps programs that engage the community in services to support children and families in need. CalSERVES provides programming and training in the areas of academically aligned after school tutoring programs and volunteer program development.

Contact: (707) 586-9285 or americorps@calserves.org

Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County

The Boys & Girls Club seeks to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling in them a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Clubs are located all throughout Sonoma County, including a diversion program within Juvenile Hall and summer sports and athletic programs.

Contact: (707) 528-7977 or fill out their contact form

California Homemakers Association

Cap Head Start

Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa

Catholic Charities offers a variety of supportive and shelter services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Catholic Charities also offers a rural food program, immigration services, supportive living and senior services to people in need.

Contact: (707) 528-8712 or fill out their contact form

Child Parent Institute

Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County

Community Action Partnership is a network of organizations who partner with low-income families and individuals to help them achieve economic and social stability, to built community, and to advocate for social and economic justice. Their programs and services include: DIG Leadership Program, Southwest Family Resource Center, Padres Unidos, Give Kids a Smile, Early Head Start, Head Start, Via Esperanza Centro de Educacion, Disaster Relief Assistance Fund, H2O Water Program Assistance and more.

Contact: (707) 544-6911 or fill out their contact form

Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)

COTS provides programs and services that empower families and singles experiencing homelessness to break the cycle of homelessness, transform their lives and find housing for good. Annually COTS provies programming to 2,200 adults and children, served 124,000 hot meals and 750,000 pounds of food to people in need throughout Sonoma County.

Contact: (707) 765-6530 x136 or volunteers@cots.org

Family Justice Center of Sonoma County

The Family Justice Center of Sonoma County empowers family violence victims to life free from violence and abuse by providing comprehensive services, centered on and around the victim, through a single point of access. Services include victim and legal services for domestic violence, elder abuse, and sexual assault.

Contact: (707) 565-8255

Food is Power

Freedom Archives

The Freedom Archives is a non-profit educational archive located in San Francisco dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of historical audio, video, and print materials documeting progressive movements and culture from the 1960s to the 1990s. The Freedom Archives internship program offers opportunities to work hands-on with historical documents and media and improve your writing and critical thinking skills. The internship program is specifically designed for students in high school or college and community youth interested in working with historical materials that document peoples' struggle for freedom.

Contact: (415) 863-9977 or fill out their contact form

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Historical Society (GLBTHS)

The GLBTHS in San Francisco is a community-based archives and museum dedicated to preserving the histories of GLBT communities in Northern California. This internship program provides students with the opportunity to work with a community based non-profit historical organization.

Contact: (415) 777-5455 or fill out their contact form

International Institute of the Bay Area

The Living Room

The Living Room is a drop-in center for at-risk or homeless women and children. The program provides breakfast, lunch, toiletries, diapers, writing supplies, stamps, bus tickets, telephone, messag service, post office box, peer support, and referrals for housing, jobs and social services. Interns are needed to work at the front desk and to help coordinate other activities.

Contact: (707) 579-0138 ext 3 or fill out their contact form

National Alliance on Mental Health

North Bay Healthcare Foundation

North Bay Organizing Project

The North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP) is a grassroots, multi-racial, and multi-issue organization comprised of over twenty-two faith, environmental, labor, student and community-based organizations in Sonoma County. NBOP seeks to build a regional power organization rooted in working class and minority communities in the North Bay: uniting people ot build leadership and grassroots power for social, economic, racial and environmental justice.

Contact: (707) 481-2970 or fill out their contact form

North Bay Vet Center

Petaluma Health Center

Petaluma Post Acute Rehab

Powerful Voices Project

Santa Rosa Birth Center

Santa Rosa Community Health Center

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital

Santa Rosa Middle School

Sonoma County Family YMCA

The Sonoma County Family YMCA recognizes that commities are STRONGER TOGETHER! When community members are engaged with local organizations like the Y, we are able to work together in support of our focus areas: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility! Over the past year, thousands of children have been servied through the Y's afterschool, childcare and youth sports programs and thousands more adults were given opportunities to lead healthier lives through the Y's wide rang of fitness programs. This is only possible because of the generous support of donors and volunteers who offer their time in order to uplift the community in which they live.

Contact: (707) 579-0138 or fill out their contact form

TLC Family Services

United for Success

Vargas Group Inc.

Verity

Working in cooperation with the community, Verity strives to eliminate all forms of violence, with a special focus on sexual assault and abuse. Verity facilitates healing and promotes the prevention of violence by providing counseling, advocacy, intervention and education in our community. Verity currently offers two distinct volunteer/intern opportunities: Crisis Line Counselor / Victim Advocate and Sexual Assault Prevention Educator. Both require a minimum six-month commitment along with the completion of a 48 or 30 hour training course, respectively. 

Contact: (707) 545-7270 ext 12 or fill out their contact form

Veterans Upward Bound Program

Women Empower Each Other

YMCA Sonoma County

 YWCA

The YWCA Sonoma County has been a leader in Domestic Violence services since 1975. Their goal is to eliminate domestic violence. Services include a Safe House Shelter, A Special Place Preschool (a therapeutic preschool serving children who have witness violence), Encore Program, Community Advocacy, Therapy Services and Support Groups. Various internship opportunities including gaining experience in case management, staffing 24-hour hotline (40-hour training required - applicable to internship hours), assisting with support groups, and collecting/analyzing data for the YWCA.

Contact: (707) 303-8401 or fill out their contact form

On-Campus Internship Opportunities

Women's and Gender Studies Communications Intern

As an Editorial Assistant, valuable experience to be gained in social media, desktop publishing, editing, writing, and layout design.

Contact: Professor Charlene Tung, tung@sonoma.edu

Women's and Gender Studies Development Intern

Gain experience in basics of fundraising and alumni relations development. Valuable for those considering a career in the non-profit sector (or maybe even starting your own organization!).

Contact: Professor Don Romesburg, romesbur@sonoma

The HUB: An Integral Center for Diversity, Vitality, and Creativity

The HUB stands for Honoring the past, Uniting the Present, and Building the future. The HUB works to transofrm the dynamics that alienate, disempower, degrade, and destroy. The HUB fosters connection and meaningful conversation to build commuinity within and between cultures, and across different worldviews. By interning at the HUB, you will gain program development, event planning and student services experience.

Contact: (707) 664-2710 or email Mark Fabionar at mark.fabionar@sonoma.edu

Online Resources to Assist in Finding a Site

Sonoma County Volunteer Program

The Sonoma County Volunteer program helps connect members of the public who are interested in volunteering to aid County departments in providing services to the community.

View the current volunteer opportunities

Volunteer Center of Sonoma County

The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County connects volunteers with nonprofit organizations in Sonoma County. In addition to coordinating a county-wide volunteer program and supporting local non-profits with busines support, the Volunteer Center also runs the following programs: 2-1-1 telephone referral service, Volunteer Wheels, Greener Earth Together Program, Secret Santa holiday gift drive, the Human Race and other fundraising events.

Contact: (707) 573-3399 or email info@volunteernow.org

Fill out their online volunteer interest form