Study Abroad Opportunities
Considering the interdisciplinary focus of the Women's and Gender Studies program, as well as the emphasis on cross-cultural and global gender issues, participating in an international study abroad program is an ideal way to receive the most all-encompassing education within the program. Berry College is an avid supporter of receiving firsthand experience in students' courses of study, and supports several programs that offer courses in gender studies.
The following programs are approved
as Berry College International Programs:
Italy – Lorenzo de’ Medici
India – University of Hyderabad
Egypt – American University of Cairo
Canada – University of Prince Edward Island
Antioch Education Abroad: Comparative Women's and Gender Studies in Europe
Other programs can also be completed as a transient student. To research opportunities for transient study abroad programs in Women's and Gender Studies, check out this search engine.
To learn more about study abroad procedures and registration, visit the Berry College International Programs study abroad page.
Another way to receive firsthand experience in Women's and Gender Studies is through a career-focused internship. Because Women's and Gender Studies as a discipline is so broad, a wide variety of internships are available to students with the skill sets developed through coursework in the program, though many are focused on political and social reform, women's health, and community activism. Many internships are available for participation during Summer months, but internships can also often be completed for course credit during Fall and Spring semesters.
Below is a compilation of local and national internship opportunities relevant to an interest in Women's and Gender Studies:
The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia
The purpose of this organization is to facilitate healing for
victims of sexual assault and their families through on-going crisis
intervention services; to promote community awareness of the Center's
services; to educate our students and community about the nature of
sexual assault; and, to foster strong partnerships with all agencies
involved in dealing with sexual assault.
Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia:
Click here for more information about internships with the CDC.
Feminist Women's Health Center, Atlanta, Georgia:
The Feminist Women's Health Center of Atlanta, Georgia, offers a
variety of internship options: for example, a Board of Directors
Internship, Clinical Internship, Counseling Internship, Grassroots
Organizing Internship, Lesbian Health Internship, Web Site Internship.
Summer internships require 200 hours of time, typically 20 hours a
week for 10 weeks. Other internships scheduled during the rest of the
school year are designed individually, but are usually between 150 and
180 hours. There are no internship stipends, but travel stipends will
be available to interns in financial need. For more information,
please contact the internship coordinator at (404) 248-5445.
Georgia WAND, Atlanta, Georgia:
Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) is a grassroots,
woman-led, community-based organization and the local chapter of a
national women’s organization that seeks to direct women's voices into a
powerful movement for change.
Raksha, meaning "protection" in several South Asian languages, is a
Georgia-based nonprofit organization for the South Asian Community.
Raksha's mission is to promote a stronger and healthier South Asian
community through confidential support services, education, and
advocacy. Guided by values of consensus in decision-making, diversity
in leadership, and the dignity and worth of every individual, Raksha
strives to empower and serve the South Asian community.
Men Stopping Violence, Decatur, Georgia:
Men Stopping Violence is a social change organization dedicated to
ending men's violence against women. Men Stopping Violence works
locally, nationally, and internationally to dismantle belief systems,
social structures, and institutional practices that oppress women and
children and dehumanize men themselves.
Tapestri Inc. is dedicated to ending violence and oppression in
refugee and immigrant communities, using culturally competent and
appropriate methods. As advocates for immigrant and refugee families
affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and exploitation, we are
committed to using education, community organizing, direct services and
advocacy to effect change in the lives of these families.
VOX Newspaper, Atlanta, Georgia:
VOX Teen Communications is a non-profit youth-development
organization located in downtown Atlanta, GA, dedicated to giving teens
the skills and resources to raise their voices about issues that
matter the most. Through VOX, teens come from all around the Atlanta
area to work together, share information, explore our talents and
express ourselves by writing articles, creating art and designing
layouts for the VOX newspaper and Web site.
Center for Human Rights, Atlanta, GA: Interns assist
staff attorneys in all aspects of our work. Depending on what needs to
be done in our cases at a given time, interns should expect to do
several of the following tasks while they are at SCHR: conduct legal
research and draft pleadings, motions, and briefs; locate and interview
witnesses; visit and interview clients; monitor court proceedings for
human rights violations; represent inmates before the Alabama parole
board; participate in case strategy sessions; locate, obtain, and
organize documents; gather statistical data; read and digest
transcripts; assist in conducting inspections of jails and prisons;
conduct social science and other research; assist in locating and
preparing expert witnesses; research public policy issues and prepare
policy reports; respond to requests for information from the public or
people in prison; and attend depositions, press conferences, court
hearings, and arguments.
Positive Impact, Atlanta, GA: Positive
Impact provides HIV risk-reduction and prevention programs for men and
women. These culturally competent programs are offered as mental health
prevention, outreach prevention, and individual-level or group-level
intervention. Positive Impact has served over 3700 clients with direct
services and thousands of other clients and mental health professionals
through training and education. Positive Impact produces several
professional training workshops on HIV and mental health, manages a
student internship program, assists agencies with organizing mental
health-related trainings, provides outreach to homeless individuals
living with HIV, group support for clients recovering from substance
abuse, and a Hispanic program serving Spanish-speaking clients.
Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, Washington, DC: Sewall-Belmont
House and Museum internships will offer students the opportunity to
grow professionally and personally through project-specific
opportunities with staff in the areas of Museum administration, digital
imaging, research and interpretation, collections management, visitor
services and marketing, education, and public programs. Some projects
are open to students only in specific disciplines.
National Organization for Women (NOW), Washington,
DC: These are just a few of the exciting activities interns get
to be a part of: Frequent opportunities to organize and attend
Congressional and U.S. Supreme Court hearings, press conferences,
demonstrations and rallies; Intern Lobby Day which includes a "how to
lobby" workshop; time-honored grassroots organizational training,
including workshops on campus organizing, coalition building and
networking; and weekly intern discussion groups and field trips on a
wide range of feminist issues that are led by National NOW staff and
officers. Internships are offered for spring, fall or summer.
Feminist Majority Foundation Washington, DC and Los Angeles: The Feminist Majority Foundation seeks highly
motivated undergraduate students with an interest in the public policy
and political science, particularly in areas concerning gender, human
rights and development. Interns must demonstrate a strong academic
record and preferably have a background in the feminist movement and/or
feminist issues. Internships are available in our Washington, DC and
Los Angeles offices. The Feminist Majority Foundation offers
internships throughout the year in our Washington, DC and Los Angeles
offices. Interns work full or part-time during the spring and fall
semesters, and full-time during the summer. Full-time interns work 35-40
hours a week, while part-time interns must commit at least 20 hours
per week. Regular office hours are 9:30-6:00 but interns may tailor
their hours to fit school and work schedules. All who are interested
are encouraged to apply.
There are also a variety of special programs that past Women's Studies alumni has participated in that can offer both Summer study and internship experience abroad. These programs are designed as organized volunteering programs, but some do have options for arranging internship credit.
Volunteer Tanzania: Training Center for Disadvantaged Girls - "We work with a local NGO who runs a school for young teenage girls. The girls are selected through a number of different networks and are either recovered from the forced labor- or sex- trade, abandoned by their families or have escaped abusive relationships. Many of the young girls already have children of their own.
The goal of the NGO is to provide the girls with a hope for a better future and teach them skills that allow them to become self-supporting and take care of their children. At the moment the NGO helps young and vulnerable women from the Arusha-, Moshi- and Kilimanjaro region."
World Endeavors: Women's Development in Guatemala - "Indigenous women in rural communities in Guatemala often lead tough, hardscrabble lives marked by poverty and hardship. Racial and gender discrimination, as well as a lack of education in many rural communities, have also negatively impacted women. Nonprofit and government organizations within Guatemala are working to provide basic economic, family, and health education to rural women in indigenous communities, and volunteers can make a difference by donating their time and knowledge to these ongoing social initiatives. World Endeavors Women’s Development volunteers partner with local government social workers in providing workshops for indigenous women. The workshops focus on a variety of subjects, including: human rights, women rights, reproductive health, cooking, handicrafts, and economic development. Volunteers with specialized skills are welcome to share their expertise."
Love Volunteers: Women's Empowerment Program - "The Women's Empowerment Program aims to assist deprived teens and young women to improve their self-confidence by helping them improve their literacy and computer skills. Living in a male-dominated society, some girls in India are illiterate and lack the opportunities to develop these (and other) fundamental skills."