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
ACCESS removes barriers and builds the power of Californians to achieve reproductive justice. They combine direct services, community education, and policy advocacy to promote real reproductive options and access to quality health care for people in California. No other organization in the state provides the same range of support for people considering or seeking an abortion. Potential interns must first complete the ACCESS training - join their email list to learn more.
Alliance Medical Center has a dedicated team of healthcare professionals who work with families to improve short- and long-term health care management by providing coordinated and comprehensive preventive, primary, and specialty services. Their two main clinics are in Healdsburg and Windsor, including a dental clinic in Windsor. In addition to primary care physicians, Alliance provides specialized care for patients suffering from diabetes, arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, gout, and lupus as well as issues related to menopause, PMS, and pituitary disorders.Other critical health support provided by Alliance for patients of all ages include prenatal care, behavioral health, dental health, chiropractic, podiatry, and diet and nutrition support along with specialized services for teens and seniors.
Contact: (707) 433-5494
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 email@example.com
Better Beginnings for Babies is a a non-profit in Santa Rosa dedicated to improving the care of mothers and babies. Since its inception in 2008, Better Beginnings for Babies has assisted many families by providing emergency doula services to laboring mothers, raising awareness of birth options, and engaging in numerous dialogs to reframe discourse about maternal and pediatric health. If you are interested in breast feeding, postpartum support, and/or doula services, this could be a great internship for you.
Contact: (707) 902-3031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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, formerly California Parenting Institute, is a parent education and children’s mental health agency, serving families throughout Sonoma County since 1978. Our continuum of care includes child therapy, family resource assistance, parent education, facilitated supervised visitation, therapeutic and recreational creative arts programming, and a non-public school (New Directions) providing adolescent special education/mental health services. We advocate for policies that support families and protect children.
Contact: (707) 585-6108 or email@example.com
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
The Community Action Partnership (CAP) Head Start program is funded to serve 453 children, ages ranging from 3 to 5 years old. CAP Head Start operates 13 centers throughout Sonoma County, 4 days per week, 10 months per year. They offer 25 part-day morning or afternoon center based classes. Their goal is to build a strong foundation for school readiness by recognizing each child’s individual strengths and needs as they provide opportunities for each child to grow physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually.
Contact: (707) 544-6911 or apply here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Empowerment Project seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one’s food choices. They encourage healthy food choices that reflect a more compassionate society by spotlighting the abuse of animals on farms, the depletion of natural resources, unfair working conditions for produce workers, and the unavailability of healthy foods in low-income areas. By making informed choices, we can prevent injustices against animals, people, and the environment. We also work to discourage negligent corporations from pushing unhealthy foods into low-income areas and empower people to make healthier choices by growing their own fruits and vegetables. In all of our work, Food Empowerment Project seeks specifically to empower those with the fewest resources.
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 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
The Immigration Institute of the Bay Area (IIBA) helps immigrants, refugees, and their families join and contribute to the community. IIBA provides high-quality immigration legal services, education, and civic engagement opportunities.
Contact: (707) 932-7000 or email@example.com
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
NAMI Sonoma County offers free education programs that provide current information, support and hope; support groups for families, friends and persons living with mental illness, and a Warmline information and referral service. We raise public awareness and understanding of mental illness and strive to dispel its stigma.
Contact: (707) 527-6655
The roots of NorthBay Healthcare run deep in Solano County. Civic leaders and local physicians teamed up and in 1959 opened a local choice for advanced medicine, close to home — a locally managed, nonprofit healthcare provider for compassionate care.From oncology to open heart surgery, and from birth through the end of life, NorthBay Healthcare has teams of medical experts ready to assist in your care. North Bay Healthcare Foundation offers many areas of opportunity for volunteers, including, working at their Adult Day Center, Alzheimer's Resource Center, in the emergency department, community benefit, floor host/hostees, fundraising, gift shop, information services and PAWS for healing.
Contact: Click here to fill out an application
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
/The Petaluma Health Center's mission is to ensure access, and to provide high quality prevention-focused health care for the communities we serve. The Petaluma Health Center offers the following services: family medicine, women's health, behavioral health, dental clinic, optometry, wellness groups, patience assistance, chiropractic care, triage/advice nurse and a wealth of resources.
Contact: Click here to apply
At Petaluma Post-Acute Rehab, caring is our main concern. We believe the most effective way to provide compassionate care is to maintain high medical integrity, build staff spirit, and provide beautiful surroundings for our patients and visitors. Although transitions can be challenging, we strive to facilitate that process smoothly in an environment where our patients and guests feel informed, cared for, and welcome. Our team of experienced professionals helps patients recover from surgery, injury or serious illness. They understand the importance of creating a calm and nurturing atmosphere, whether our patients are here for short-term treatment or long term care.
Contact: (707) 765-3030
https://powerfulvoicesproject.com/Through a short film series, the Powerful Voices Project illuminates the strength and resiliency of sexual assault survivors and empowers them to focus on their personal stories. The Powerful Voices Project mission is to educate, empower, and enhance the conversation around sexual assault and its survivors.
Contact: (707) 520-4086 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In an effort to effectively reach people struggling with food insecurity, the Redwood Food Bank operates 11 innovative programs under three strategic hunger relief initiatives - Every Child-Every Day, Senior Security, and the Neighborhood Hunger Network. Volunteers can sign up for 2-hour shifts working in their warehouse or cooking with their chef.
Contact: (707) 523-7900 or email@example.com
https://santarosabirthcenter.com/At Santa Rosa Birth Center, we strive to provide individualized, compassionate care to women throughout their lives from the onset of menstruation through menopause. We believe that healthy individuals create healthy families. Therefore, our focus is health promotion, disease prevention, and health education.
Contact: (707) 539-1544
Santa Rosa Community Health serves our diverse community by providing excellent, culturally responsive, comprehensive primary care that is accessible to all people. We care for the whole person with compassio and respect. We cultivate a safe, supportive learning environment where employees can do their best work in a way that embraces diversity. We advocate for health care as a human right because it is fundamental to social justice.
Memorial Hospital is run by St. Jospeh Health - Sonoma County. St. Joseph Health brings people together to provide compassionate care, promote health improvement, and create healthy communities. Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital is a state-of-the-art, 338 bed acute care hospital providing a range of specialty services. The hospital is home to the region's Level II Trauma Center serving the entire Coastal Valleys area, including Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties, as well as coastal Marin County. St. Joseph Health offers a broad range of volunteer opportunities at their hospitals and a wide range of community-based positions through their Hospice, Community Health and Community Benefit programs.
Contact: (707) 525-5300
The Sitting Room is a local library and archive with over 6,000 books by and about women - just 2 blocks from the SSU campus. This is a local feminist treasure and a great internship for anyone who loves books, wants archival experience for grad school, or would like to plan literary events or enjoys social media. Internship duties would include helping the library serve its readers and writers, support the writing workshops, salons, events and exhibits. Interns will also work with archival maintenance and help to impove the system, give tours to the general public and scholars, encourage research by example and direction and "market" the Sitting Room to the academic and larger community through expanding its social media presence.
Contact: JJ (she was one of the founders of WGS at SSU and would love to set up internships with current WGS students!) at (707) 795-9028
TLC Child & Family services is a non-profit organization that annually serves over 600 children, young adults and families in Northern California. TLC provides comprehensive quality foster care and adoption services, residentially-based services, special education services, transitional housing and counseling. Our main campus is located outside of Sebastopol, CA on seven acres of rural property complete with an apple orchard. On this site, we employ over 100 staff members who have an extensive background in social work, special education, counseling and child development. We provide comprehensive services to six Northern California counties including Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, marin, Solano and Lake.
Contact: (707) 823-7300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As a small middle school, located in the lively and culturally rich Fruitvale community, our mission is to interrupt inequities in our community by ensuring all students are academically and socially prepared for success in high school and beyond. In order to achieve our mission, we have partnered with the community to offer services to supplement our academic program and address the needs of the whole-child. We offer an extensive after-school program open to everyone, a health clinic onsite with dental services, a Univision media center, on site mental health providers, a community schools manager and an academic counselor, a robust elective program including art, computer science, music, intervention classes, drama and more, young affinity groups for our boys and girls to deepen their understanding about their own history and culture, a family center that is open daily, parent education classes, and much more.
Contact: (510) 535-3880 (ext. 5100)
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
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
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, email@example.com
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Resources to Assist in Finding a Site
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.
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 email@example.com