At UW-Eau Claire, we place a high priority on what we call “high-impact practices” for our students — those experiences outside of the classroom that give Blugolds the hands-on opportunities to apply their knowledge in practical ways. These experiences have additional value in some of the harder-to-define fields like WGSS, in which a degree can be useful in such a wide variety of career fields. Internships give our students a glimpse into a few of the specific avenues of practical application of the degree.
All majors and minors participate in a final capstone experience, the “Social Justice Practicum” (Wmns496). As a culminating experience, students work collectively to understand and address community needs. The capstone students can experience by working with community non-profits, such as Planned Parenthood, the AIDS Resource of Wisconsin (ARCW), Family Support Center, Bolton Refuge House, and EX-incarcerated People Organizing (EXPO).
Other students can experience interning at the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center on campus.
My capstone internship at allowed me to take the social justice issues we learn in the classroom and share them with the student body. It also steered me toward my passion for student affairs, my intended job field after graduating.