Firsthand Opportunities

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

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.

Internship Opportunities

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: 


Friends of Refugees, Clarkston, Georgia
Friends of Refugees is a partnership among several organizations in the Atlanta area working together to serve the growing refugee community in Clarkston, GA. They offer several internships and the ability to tailor one for academic credit. Currently, there is a particular need for interns in their Summer Spectacular program. Interns would work in the community and at the camp working with children and supporting the needs of the program. Check out their flyer for more information on the Summer Spectacular Internship.

GEORGIA Equality: Advancing Fairness, Safety, and Opportunity for LGBT Georgians, Atlanta, Georgia
Students and recent graduates interested in working for social justice and receiving college credit should consider applying for an internship with Georgia Equality. Internships are available year round and are unpaid. Typically, interns work 15-20 hours per week, but can work up to 40 hours per week. The application can be found via their website.

Cool Girls: Dedicated to the Self-empowerment of Girls, Atlanta, Georgia
Cool Girls' community partners, mentors, and volunteer networks support girls in all aspects of their development - breaking the cycles of poverty, low self-esteem, and teen pregnancy. Their life skills programs develop girls into confident women through education and exposure to a broader world of opportunity. To intern or volunteer with Cool Girls, check out their website

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. 

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, Atlanta, Georgia:
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, Tucker, Georgia:
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.

The Southern 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. 

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."