Academics

Internships & Fieldwork

OUR STUDENTS GET INVOLVED
AWS encourages students to be engaged in the wider world through internship and/or fieldwork opportunities. To date, we have had AWS students interning at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee; social service agencies in New Orleans, Louisiana; at a Native American Reservation in South Dakota; and locally within AWS program. Whether paid on unpaid, we find that our students give much and gain even more when they have the opportunity to put what they have learned in the classroom into practice.

REQUIREMENTS
Each AWS major is required to complete 90 hours of a supervised on-site internship experience relevant to her specific career objectives. In addition, a library research paper (minimum 20 pages) that connects feminist theory to practice in the form of the internship experience must be submitted. Each student should be able to relate her internship and/or fieldwork experience to contemporary and future social issues. Students should also be able to contextualize women’s life experiences geographically (local, regional, national, and international) connecting their personal life experiences to the internship experience. Students should consider whether or not this experience makes a positive difference in the lives of others as well as self. An internship and/or fieldwork notebook documenting this experience is also required. Please note a release form is necessary for the use or likeness of any persons, community events/activities, or private places. Such forms may be secured from Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson at anytime prior to or during the internship/fieldwork placement.

INTERNSHIP CREDIT
Six (6) Credit Hours will be given upon completion and proof that all requirements have been met. Signatures from the site-manager and major advisor must accompany written documentation of internship placement and hours completed.

FIELDWORK CREDIT
Six (6) Credit Hours will be given upon completion and proof that all requirements have been met. Signatures from the site-manager and major advisor must accompany written documentation of fieldwork placement and hours completed. In some cases, with permission of the AWS director, students can have a shorter internship/fieldwork placement and earn three (3) credit hours.

CHECK OUT THESE INTERNSHIP/FIELDWORK SITES
Dogwood Alliance
Eva Hernandez
http://www.dogwoodalliance.org/content/view/215/135/

Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance
Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center
IWRW@charles-mix.com

Scarritt Bennett Center – Nashville, Tennessee
Kim Johnson, Director of Education
kjohnson@scarrittbennett.org

CONTACT US WITH YOUR INTERN NEEDS:
We invite businesses, non- profit organizations, academic institutions, religious organizations, etc., to partner with AWS in providing our students with internships. Please contact the Director of AWS at Bennett College for Women regarding opportunities for Bennett Belles to be placed with your organization as interns or to engage in fieldwork with your organization. We expect that any internship/fieldwork placement will be a meaningful opportunity for our students; and an opportunity that reinforces the nexus between scholarship and civic engagement.