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Practical experiences

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 Women’s Studies, 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. The internships recently available through the Women’s Studies program are:

See the Women's Studies Blugold Insider site for details about the application process for these internships.


Capstone requirement

All majors and minors participate in a final capstone experiences, the “Social Justice Practicum” (Wmns496). As a culminating experience, students work collectively to understand and address community needs. Collaborating with a community organization and guided by feminist approaches to social justice, students strategize, implement and assess a plan of action.

2015 Capstone partnership locations

  • El Centro de Conexion de Chippewa Valley — an organization aimed at advocating for the local Latino community.
  • Eau Claire Safe Space Coalition — an organization aimed at addressing disparities in health and wellness outcomes of LGBTQ community.
  • Boys and Girls Club of Eau Claire — working to incorporate feminism into working with area youth. 
  • The Options Fund of Eau Claire — an organization dedicated to providing women's health care. 
  • Family Support Center — a non-profit seeking to empower individuals to live free from domestic violence through education, prevention and intervention. 
  • AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin — teams with non-profits and clinics to help overcome barriers posed to those living with HIV.


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.

2015 capstone student

encouraging conversation AND embracing new experiences

By encouraging conversation around difficult topics AND embracing new experiences, Kallie Friede is making change on campus and in the world … and that’s pretty powerful!

Capping off her Women's Studies
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