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Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center Internship Application 2018-2019


APPLICATION AND PROGRAM INFORMATION - Please read entire page carefully.
Due March 1, 2018 by 11:59 PM

Thank you for taking the time to apply to be an intern for the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at
the University of Virginia for the 2018-2019 academic year. The internship is an engaged scholarship program that links the classroom with the community through hands-on experiential education. The academic component of our program includes two mandatory courses titled Front Lines of Social Change Part I & II. Part I is a 4-credit course offered in the fall semester and Part II is a 2-credit course offered in the spring semester. The experiential component requires interns to commit to six hours of program related work per week with the Women’s Center under the supervision of their 
Program Director/Supervisor.
The Women's Center offers nine (9) different internship programs. Below you will find a brief description of each of our programs. To learn more about our individual programs please access the following link: you are interested in applying to more than one of our internship programs, you must submit a separate application for each of the programs for which you would like to apply. Even though you are able to apply to more than one internship program, you will only be able to commit to one program.  
*Special Notice: Legal Clinic
The legal clinic internship program will have two positions available for the summer of 2018 (May-August). One or both of those positions may continue on for the academic year. On the final pages of the application there will be a question for you to indicate if you would like to be contacted to learn more about the summer opportunity.
All applicants are eligible for this position.
Resume Required
Please be prepared to upload your resume. Applications without resumes will be considered incomplete.

Director's Intern
- This Intern will work with the Director of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center on developing event(s) for the Director’s Initiative, conducting research, and (if desired) creating special programming of her/his design. Preference will be given to a returning intern.
Body Positive - The Body Positive team envisions a body positive community at UVA where everyone enjoys a healthy relationship with food, exercise and body image. Through partnerships with organizations across grounds we work to provide resources and create awareness about these issues, as well as offer support to those affected.
Gender Violence and Social Change (GVSC)-  Works to build a university community free of violence and abuse. GVSC collaborates with students, faculty, administrators, staff and organizations, as it believes that it will take an entire community to foster non-violent, healthy relationships across Grounds. Because gender-based violence disproportionately impacts people of color, immigrants and LGBTQII people, and male survivors typically are silent about their trauma; we strongly encourage students from these communities to apply to this program so that your unrecognized voices are amplified through your work at the Center.
Iris Magazine - Iris interns are responsible for writing an array of content for this online magazine and for working with a student assistant editor who is a member of the Women’s Center staff to plan content throughout the academic year. Iris has been bringing high quality coverage to issues that are relevant to young women at UVA and beyond for over 35 years.
Legal Clinic - Offers professional, pro-bono legal advice to University staff, faculty and community members regarding such topics as landlord disputes and family law. Interns organize free bi-monthly clinics for the Charlottesville and UVA community. In addition to organizing regular bi-monthly clinics, interns will have the opportunity to organize special topic legal clinics during the course of the year.
Social Media Marketing Team - Interns on this team maintain, grow and analyze the effectiveness of the Women’s Center’s social media presence. They curate relevant content from around Grounds, the Charlottesville area, and the Web, as well as implement social media campaigns for Women’s Center events and initiatives. Summer extensions of this academic year internship are possible. Interns who bring personal connections that can help the Women’s Center reach the full breadth of schools/groups at UVA are encouraged to apply.
Men's Leadership Project (MLP) - An innovative community-based leadership development and mentoring program designed to build and reinforce authentic and responsible leadership capacities of both undergraduate men and middle school boys. MLP accomplishes this mission by training and pairing a diverse group of undergraduate men with a select group of seventh grade boys.  Interns help organize and execute the logistics of the program. *Note:  MLP interns are not direct mentors to middle school students.
Women, Girls and Global Justice (WGGJ) Aims to engage students committed to advancing gender justice locally and globally. Interns generally partner with various organizations from year-to-year, who contribute to meaningful gender justice work around the globe. This year, WGGJ interns will be assisting with strategic planning specifically for the community and global outreach of the program. This will include program evaluation, interviewing, community networking and brain storming creative ideas to enhance the program. Creative, organized, big thinkers are encouraged to apply. In addition, the WGGJ interns will assist with four events for the year to include programing during International Education Week, International Women's Month, Earth Day and the MLK Women's Hope Project.
Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) -  An innovative mentoring program founded by the Women’s Center and the Curry School of Education in 1997. The YWLP program is designed to support and enhance the sense of competence, connection and autonomy of a diverse group of college women and middle school girls by promoting women’s and girls’ leadership abilities. A YWLP intern will work closely with the Mentoring Coordinator on tasks that include but are not limited to recruitment, curriculum preparation, and the 20th Anniversary Celebration logistics. Applicants selected for the internship position will need to be highly organized and solution-oriented. *Note: YWLP interns are not direct mentors to middle school girls.

Diversity Statement

A diverse University of Virginia community provides every member respect and a safe place for understanding our differences as well as our likenesses. Fostering the safety, dignity, and respect of women and girls is central to the mission of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center. We believe that an environment that welcomes and supports people of different backgrounds, beliefs, ages, identities, ethnicities and worldviews best accomplishes these goals. At the Women’s Center, we actively engage in discussions about social change and bias, challenging our assumptions and exchanging ideas. We invite others to join us in these discussions at our events, in our classes, and by social media.

We encourage students from a variety of backgrounds and identities to apply to the internship program.