Women in Leadership Partner Organizations
"The outcome was excellent, but the process was really
rewarding as well. I absolutely loved getting to know my
team of interns, working with them, seeing their creativity
and positive energy being poured into something I think is valuable."
~ 2017-18 Partner Feedback
About the Program
Women in Leadership (WIL) is an intensive, two semester leadership and project management internship. Structured as a group consulting project, the internship allows interns to work directly with local organizations to learn about the nonprofit sector; identify organizational challenges; and research, propose, and implement solutions over the course of a school year.
The project lasts from September to April. In the fall, interns get to know you and the challenges you are facing, and propose solutions for you. The spring is spent implementing your chosen solution. YWCA mentors and staff work closely with the team to ensure that projects are feasible, sustainable, and of real use to you.
How much time do partners commit to the process?
The Women in Leadership team of interns will meet with a representative from your organization 3-5 times throughout the school year. Each meeting generally lasts 1-2 hours, bringing the total time commitment to around 5 in-person hours, plus time spent communicating with the team. Our previous partners have stated that the extra work needed to host WIL interns is worth the investment.
What solutions do teams provide?
Solutions are required to be sustainable, inexpensive, and meet your identified needs. You can find examples of our past projects here.
Do organizations utilize the solutions WIL interns provide?
Our partner agencies report that they use the solutions provided by WIL interns once they've completed their internship.
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