Women in Leadership Interns
Who can participate in the Women in Leadership program?
University of Illinois and/or Parkland College women and women-identifying students.
What is the time commitment?
The program starts in September and continues into mid-April. You are required to meet with your team at least once a week and complete team assignments in your free time. We estimate your time investment to be 2-3 hours per week.
What is the application process?
You will fill out a short application and submit it, and your resume, to our office. We hold interviews in August and September, and notify applicants about their approval by mid September.
What kinds of assignments can I expect to complete?
Teams of interns are required to complete monthly written reports, peer reviews, research, project proposals, presentations, and other assignments focusing on communicating with a nonprofit and in a team.
Successful completion of the internship requires you to: attend conferences late September and mid-January; 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.
What organizations are working with the YWCA? Do I get to choose which one I work with?
Our partner organizations vary each year. Some past partners are: The City of Urbana Arts & Culture Program, First Followers, Sistering CU, Moms Demand Action, and The Independent Media Center.
Interns rank their interest in the participating agencies and we place them according to a combination of factors, including preference and availability.
Does this internship offer pay or class credit?
Unfortunately, at this time we do not offer payment or class credit.
Applications for the 2020-2021 school year
will open in the spring of 2020.
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