Over the past 3 years we have embedded pre-professional learning in the form of internships into the core of the program. Support for experiential learning and co-curricular programs are also foundational for us. Women’s Studies training prepares students to be skilled, passionate leaders in a global community, fulfilling another key element of Wheaton’s mission.
The strongest evidence to support this claim is in the work of our students. We encourage Women’s Studies students to become involved with campus, local, national, and international organizations. On campus, our majors have founded or held leadership roles in a number of organizations, including Wheaton’s Organization for Women, SHARC, Distinguished Women of Color, Latino Studies Club, Sister Circle, the Gender Studies Club, the Renaissance House, and the Emerson Feminist Perspectives House. Beyond campus, our majors have worked on a post-conflict masculinities project at the Boston Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights; taught sexual health classes at Esperanza Peru; conducted archival research on feminist Latina artists at Fundacion Cisneros (New York); researched the economic status of older women at the Women’s Fund for Rhode Island; worked as a sexual-health advocate in rural Peru; held internships at Women for Women International, the ACLU, the National Organization for Women, the New York Civil Court, Ophelia’s Place, Concern Worldwide (Dublin), Gallery Momo (Johannesburg), among many other positions, while still enrolled at Wheaton. Indeed, our Women’s Studies majors get good practice being active, engaged world citizens long before they graduate, and this is well-known amongst students on campus. Students from other departments frequently seek out Women’s Studies faculty for help and advice on finding internships.