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Women in Leadership Interns

Who can participate in the Women in Leadership program?​

Any current University of Illinois or Parkland, women and women-identifying students, from freshmen to graduate students, are welcome to participate. 

How long does the internship run?  

The program starts in September and continues into mid-April. You must commit to the full time. 

All participants are required to attend the opening conference on September 28th from 10am to 3pm. 

What is the time commitment?

You are required to meet with your team at least once a week, and your partner organization monthly. Research, reports and solution implementation outside of meetings will also take time. 

What is the application process? 

We ask that you fill out an online application and upload your resume. We hold interviews in August and September, and notify applicants of their approval by mid September. 

What organizations are working with the YW in 2019-2020. Do I get to choose which one I work with? 

Our partners vary each year, and we are in the process of finalizing them now. So far we have commitments from the City of Urbana's Public Arts Program, and the University of Illinois Police Department.  


Interns rank their interest in the participating agencies and we place them according to a combination of factors, including preference and availability. 

What kinds of assignments can I expect to complete?

Interns are required to commit to completing monthly written reports, peer reviews, outlines, research, project proposals, and other assignments focusing on communicating with a nonprofit and in a team. 

Successful completion of the internship requires you to attend the fall and spring conferences, consistently and actively participate in your team's work, attend a small number of professional development workshops, and complete a high-quality project.  

Please note

These requirements are subject to change as the program evolves to suit the unique needs of each incoming cohort and prepare interns for the contemporary challenges of professional work. 

Is this a paid internship?

The internship is unpaid. Unfortunately at this time, we do not offer class credit.

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will open in the spring of 2020. Want to be notified?