In the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, we strongly encourage students to do an internship at some point during their academic career. Previous students have found them an excellent way to find out what kind of work they might want to do after graduation and make connections with people in the community.
To learn more about internships and the possibility of earning course credit, contact one of the Women’s and Gender Studies advisors: Rose Holz (WGS Associate Director) or Kathleen Lacey (WGS Academic Advisor). Below is a list of organizations that students have worked with in the past. You can also use Handshake to find more internship opportunities.
- The LGBTQA+ Center provides education, resources, outreach, and advocacy to help build and sustain a socially just campus community that is welcoming and inclusive of all people of all sexual orientations and gender identities and expressions.
- The LGBTQA+ Center internships allow students to design their own project based on the student’s areas of interest. Some past projects include the following: updating and creating presentations, compiling history, and developing and expanding projects through the center. The goal of the LGBTQA+ Center internship is to create a mutually beneficial, flexible relationship between the center and intern.
- The LGBTQA+ Center employs one paid intern per year through the Hall Internship. Other internships are available on a volunteer basis.
- Contact: JD McCown
The Women’s Center provides students with a large resource library and educational resources concerned with gender equity in today’s society. Ongoing discussions, programming, and resources are aimed at meeting the needs of diverse groups of students.
The Women’s Center internships allow students to work with the Assistant Director to design a project based on the student’s areas of interest and the center’s needs. In the past students have worked with the library and presentations, programming, and outreach. The Women’s Center is very flexible and open to a variety of options.
- Contact: Domonique Cudjo
- For over 50 years in Nebraska, the ACLU has worked in courts, legislatures, and communities to protect the constitutional and individual rights of all people. With a nationwide network of offices and millions of members and supporters, we take up the toughest civil liberties fights. Beyond one person, party, or side — we the people dare to create a more perfect union.
- Undergraduate students and law students, visit here for more information. Also, the ACLU encourages interested students to watch its website and social media channels for information on internships and clerkships.
- Contact: Maria Funk, 134 S. 13th St. #1010, Lincoln, NE 68508. (402)-476-8091.
- This organization supports and empowers all refugees and immigrants through programs and services and advances the sharing of Asian culture and the celebration of multicultural heritage with the community at large.
This organization supports neighborhood community conversations, leadership, and action opportunities to help create a more vibrant and inclusive place to live. Focused on a door-to-door listening project in neighborhoods including: Belmont, Clinton, Everett, Hartley, Near South and University Place.
- Community Action empowers people living in poverty to reach economic stability. Its programs and services address the causes and conditions of poverty in four impact areas: Early Childhood Education, Homelessness Prevention, Financial and Family Well-Being, and Hunger Relief and Healthy Food Access.
- To apply, fill out the volunteer/intern application and CAP will work to find you a placement if openings are available.
- Friendship Home’s mission exists to support, shelter and advocate for victims of domestic violence and their children. Services include emergency and long-term shelter, crisis counseling, support groups, child advocacy, short-term mental health and substance abuse counseling.
- Interns with Friendship Home are required to attend several training sessions (totaling approximately 25 hours) and are subject to interviews and record checks. Friendship Home prefers interns who can work at least six hours a week, can work without direct supervision and can prioritize duties. Interns work one on one with women as advocates, respond to crisis situations, facilitate conflict resolution, and take phone calls. They may help educate women about domestic violence, provide information and referral services. General training dates are January, May and September. Friendship Home seeks students with initiative, flexibility and investment in ending domestic violence.
- Contact Reiney Korte, (402) 437-9367.
- The League’s aim is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in their government. The League’s major project is registering voters, educating voters and policy advocacy/lobbying on public policy issues.
- Interns with the League may work on a variety of projects depending on the activities of the League. Students may assist with voter registration in the community, schools, and nursing homes and community events. Depending on their area of interest, interns may assist with voter education forums on policy or with candidate forums sponsored by the League. They may serve as speakers, moderators or technical assistance. They may also assist with updating educational materials such as the directory of Election Officials or organizational materials such as the members Yearbook/roster or the Lincoln League's program policy position publication, Impact on Issues.
- Contact: Mary Boschult, President for the Lincoln/Lancast League; Sharon Nemeth, Leage Office Administrator. 4600 Valley Road, Suite 306, Lincoln, NE 68510.
- Nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. We take a systemic approach to complex issues – such as child welfare, immigration policy, affordable healthcare and poverty – and we take our work wherever we believe we can do the most good, whether that's at the courthouse, in the statehouse or in the community.
- Nebraska Appleseed Internships Page
As part of their mission to develop the next generation of nonprofit leaders in Nebraska, The Nebraska Civic Engagement Table offers a paid internship program open to any person seeking experience in field organizing and/or communications work as it relates to civic engagement, advocacy, public policy. and nonprofit leadership.
- OutNebraska is a statewide education and advocacy organization working to celebrate and empower the LGBTQ+ community across the state. We have 3 main focus areas: advocate, educate and celebrate.
- Possible internship projects include providing educational sessions to nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies; tracking legislation and preparing policy summaries; learning about relational organizing and participating in phone and/or text banks; registering voters and engaging in Get Out the Vote activities. Administrative, communication and marketing opportunities also are possible.
- Contact: Abbi Swatsworth
- PFLAG has a threefold mission: support, education, and advocacy. Monthly meetings have support groups by interest (youth, parents, LGB) and a program, usually a speaker, panel or firm. Meetings are attended by lesbian and gay people as well as by parents, family members, friends, ministers, teachers, and others who want to be supportive. PFLAG has a series of pamphlets for anyone interested in increasing their understanding of lesbian, gay and trans people, including assistance for those coming out. PFLAG Lincoln maintains a lending library.
- PFLAG Lincoln volunteers would assist with monthly Tuesday night meetings, do minimal research, and initiate and participate in special projects including social media reach-out, and organizing food-centered gatherings (July and November). Students with social media experience are highly desired. It is important to realize that PFLAG meetings are confidential. People’s privacy must be respected.
- Planned Parenthood provides health care for women in the areas of gynecological exams, pap smears, STDs, birth control, and provides information and education programs for parents and teenagers about human sexuality, encouraging communication. It provides a valuable service for low-income women and others seeking diverse options as they look at their reproductive rights.
- Planned Parenthood can use interns in a variety of areas, including clinical work, community education, public affairs, preparation of education materials for families and children. Also, volunteers are needed for stuffing envelopes, advocacy work, telephone calling, etc. Planned Parenthood cannot offer payment for their interns; however, the environment is woman-centered and feminist.
SDCDO’s mission is to preserve the rich history and diversity of the Near South and Everett neighborhoods by creating opportunities for residents to improve their communities and promoting cross sector collaboration and resident engagement. It is the vision of SDCDO to build vibrant neighborhoods that provide equitable opportunities for people to thrive. SDCDO works with emerging resident leaders whether they are renters, landlords, or owner-occupants to help preserve and create safe and affordable housing options for a variety of income groups and support efforts to improve the quality of place. In addition, for those looking to make artistic contributions, SDCDO also engages in creative placemaking in their neighborhood and engagement work.
- St. Monica’s offers a supportive and therapeutic environment for women dealing with the issue of substance use and mental health. They have openings for interns, including for a new program called Women are Sacred that serves Native American women and their children and has a day care center. St. Monica’s also has additional opportunities for interns to work with children and mothers.
- Voices of Hope serves as an internship site for students enrolled at the undergraduate and graduate level. Interns provide a variety of direct services to victims/clients of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, harassment, and adult survivors of childhood abuses. These services include face-to-face crisis intervention through “in-house” shifts, individual brief short-term crisis counseling, crisis line, on-call advocacy, and group facilitation. Please note an additional application, interview, and training are required.
- Contact Kendra or Lindsey for more information and/or an application.
- The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA community contributes time, talent, tenacity and financial support for the betterment of women everywhere. The YWCA is a powerful voice for the rights of women and is a community united by a passion for positive social change, justice and economic empowerment.
The YWCA Lincoln continues to be a vital community agency that addresses crucial social problems. Our programs have an important impact on the development of disadvantaged children, leadership and empowerment for adolescent girls, and the self-reliance of women in economic crises.