Firsthand Opportunities


Study Abroad Opportunities

Programs indicated with an asterisk (*) are approved as Berry College program. Other programs listed can be completed as a transient student.

*Italy – Lorenzo de’ Medici
*India – University of Hyderabad
*Egypt – American University of Cairo
*Sweden – Orebro University
*Canada – Brock University

*Antioch Comparative Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe

Program Description

Since 1984, the Comparative Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe (WGSE) program has offered students a unique opportunity to explore feminist theory in practice across Europe. The program examines the trends and dynamics of European social, economic, and political systems as they influence contemporary gender theory, policy, and women’s identities. Following an orientation to the program, students participate in NOISE, a two-week summer school in WGS co-organized by Utrecht University and ATHENA, the European Network of Women’s Studies. 

Courses Offered

Situated Feminisms: Socio-Political Systems and Women's Lives AWS 240 (4 semester credits):
This course examines the historical emergence and contemporary conditions of feminist movements in the Europe. While women's movements have flourished all over the world, they have evolved through the particular conditions and contexts in which the various groups of women find themselves. We must be attentive to the situated nature of women's experiences, both in the nature of their aspirations and oppressions, but also through their experiences of race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender identity, age, etc.

Issues in Feminist Methodologies AWS 250 (4 semester credits):
This course is devoted to questions of theory and practice of feminist research in the social sciences and the humanities. We will consider the following: What is the relationship between methodology and knowledge claims in feminist research? How do language and narrative shape experience? How do the practices of interpretation intersect with questions of the authority of the researching subject and her respondents? How is the traditional social science relationship between the researcher and the examined object (e.g., the texts of oral histories, photographs, paintings, sincere data, etc.) redefined within frameworks of feminist research? How are feminist study methods impacting traditional constructions of arts and sciences? Through discussion workshops and individual research projects, students will evaluate research approaches that reflect the feminist goal of equalizing poser relations between researcher and respondent. Participants will also consider action-based research as a site for activist coalitions.

Comparative Feminist Theories AWS 350 (4 semester credits):
This course frames several of the central debates in continental feminist theory in the context of emerging local and global pressures on women's movements. Exploring subjectivity, interpersonal relations, and community as mobile sites of knowledge and power formations, students will become conversant with contemporary feminist theory as we consider affinities and divergences among different theory models. Students will evaluate frameworks for political intervention, questioning the ability to transfer feminist concepts across cultures and languages.

Independent Field Research AWS 396 (4 semester credits):
The program is structured to offer students the opportunity to conduct on-site academic research, generating a comparative analysis within the contemporary European social, political, and economic framework. Students will select a topic of interest that can be explored in the context of the program, develop and execute research method(s), and present their work in both written and oral forms.

Cost:
Tuition: $609/semester credit hour
Total Tuition: $9741 (16 credits)
Transportation in Europe: $2300
Room and Board: $5580

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Website: http://ciee.org

Africa - The University of Cape Town (CIEE): www.ciee.org/study/programOverview.aspx?pID=134 

This program is appropriate for students from all academic disciplines who have a strong interest in learning about contemporary South African life and society and the forces that have created that society. Established as the South African College in 1829, the University of Cape Town is internationally recognized as one of Africa’s leading research universities. The campus has sweeping lawns, pathways, trees, ponds, and waterfalls that combine with attractive physical structures and extensive playing fields to create a pleasant study environment. A range of commercial, medical, recreational, and sporting facilities is available on campus. These include a swimming pool, gymnasium, basketball, tennis, badminton and squash courts, and a weight room.

Eligibility Requirements:
Overall GPA 3.0
Junior standing and above
College-level coursework in African studies recommended

Cost:
Fall 2009 $12,900
Academic Year 2009-10 $23,200
Spring 2010 $12,900
Calendar Year 2010 $24,600

Africa - The University of Ghana: Legon, Ghana (CIEE):

Website: http://www.ciee.org/study/programOverview.aspx?pID=137#1rightForYou 

This program is designed for a wide variety of students, including those interested in studying the political and economic challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa and developing nations, and those interested in studying West African cultural practices in various musical and dance forms.

As the oldest and largest of the six public universities in Ghana, the University of Ghana has an enrollment of more than 28,000 students and a faculty of over 900. The University comprises faculties of agriculture and consumer sciences, arts, law, medicine, science, and social sciences; schools of business, nursing, and public health; and three agricultural research stations. The University also has institutes for African studies; international relations; journalism and communication; population studies; and statistical, social, and economic research, among others.

Eligibility Requirements:
Overall GPA 3.0
Junior standing and above
College-level coursework in African studies recommended

Cost:
Fall 2009 $11,500
Academic Year 2009-10 $20,700
Spring 2010 $11,500

Australia - The University of Wollangong (CIEE)

Website: http://www.ciee.org/study/programOverview.aspx?pID=60#1rightForYou 

This program is designed for humanities and/or science students with an academic interest in Australian culture and a desire to study and live in both an urban and coastal location.

The University of Wollongong is a progressive teaching and research-oriented university. It is at the leading edge of many fields, including environmental science, health services, telecommunications, and multicultural studies. It has a total student population of around 20,000, of which 5,000 students are from over 60 countries around the world. The University is situated at the base of Mt. Keira with breathtaking views of the ocean. A full range of sporting facilities is available on campus, including an Olympic-sized heated swimming pool, gymnasium, basketball, tennis, badminton and squash courts, and a weight room.

Eligibility Requirements:
Overall GPA 3.0
Students with lower GPAs may be accepted; contact CIEE for more information.

Cost:
Academic Year 2009-10 $26,800
Spring 2010 - $15,500
Calendar Year 2010 - $29,500  

Middle East - Amman, Jordan (CIEE)

Website: http://www.ciee.org/study/programOverview.aspx?pID=132#1rightForYou 

The program is designed for students who have an interest in Jordan and the Middle East. Courses are offered in the areas of Arabic language, anthropology, history, economics, literature, religion, archaeology, environment, political science, and the media. This program is very suitable for a student who would like to do volunteer work or an internship. 

University of Jordan Founded in 1962, the University of Jordan is the oldest public four-year institution of higher education in Jordan. The University has 13 academic faculties, 65 academic departments, and a diverse student body of nearly 35,000, including 1,800 international students. The CIEE Study Center is located opposite the main gate of the University and offers students a wide range of support, library, and advising services. CIEE has an additional office in the University of Jordan’s Language Center. CIEE students have access to all major campus facilities, including the library and campus computer labs. Classes are held throughout the University Campus.

Eligibility Requirements
Overall GPA 2.75

Cost:
Spring 2010 $ 13,700

Internship Opportunities

Here are some ideas for possible internships for Women's and Gender Studies minors. If you are interested in pursuing one of these internships we encourage you to find more information on how to apply from the link provided. 

Local:

The Sexual Assault Center of Northwest Georgia
The purpose of this organization is to facilitate healing for victims of sexual assault and their families through on-going crisis intervention services; to promote community awareness of the Center's services; to educate our students and community about the nature of sexual assault; and, to foster strong partnerships with all agencies involved in dealing with sexual assault.

Centers for Disease Control,  Atlanta, Georgia: 
Click here for more information about internships with the CDC.

Feminist Women's Health Center, Atlanta, Georgia:
The Feminist Women's Health Center of Atlanta, Georgia, offers a variety of internship options: for example, a Board of Directors Internship, Clinical Internship, Counseling Internship, Grassroots Organizing Internship, Lesbian Health Internship, Web Site Internship. Summer internships require 200 hours of time, typically 20 hours a week for 10 weeks. Other internships scheduled during the rest of the school year are designed individually, but are usually between 150 and 180 hours. There are no internship stipends, but travel stipends will be available to interns in financial need. For more information, please contact the internship coordinator at (404) 248-5445.

Georgia WAND, Atlanta, Georgia:
Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) is a grassroots, woman-led, community-based organization and the local chapter of a national women’s organization that seeks to direct women's voices into a powerful movement for change.

Raksha, Atlanta, Georgia:
Raksha, meaning "protection" in several South Asian languages, is a Georgia-based nonprofit organization for the South Asian Community. Raksha's mission is to promote a stronger and healthier South Asian community through confidential support services, education, and advocacy. Guided by values of consensus in decision-making, diversity in leadership, and the dignity and worth of every individual, Raksha strives to empower and serve the South Asian community.

DeKalb Rape Crisis Center, Decatur, Georgia:
DeKalb Rape Crisis Center (DRCC) exists to assist victims of sexual assault and the community in coping with these crimes; to help medical personnel in the delivery of health care needed as a result of these crimes; to provide counseling toward healing the emotional trauma experienced by a victim of sexual assault; to help victims through the investigation and court stages of the resolution of these crimes; and to educate the general public on sexual assault crimes and their prevention.

Refugee Women’s Network Inc. (RWN), Decatur, Georgia:
Refugee Women's Network, Inc. (RWN), is a national non- profit organization created by women, for women, that focuses on enhancing refugee and immigrant women's strength, skills, and courage, through leadership training, education and advocacy to promote independence, self-sufficiency, and networking among its participants. Refugee Women's Network is governed and staffed by refugee and immigrant women from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.

Men Stopping Violence, Decatur, Georgia:                                                                            
Men Stopping Violence is a social change organization dedicated to ending men's violence against women. Men Stopping Violence works locally, nationally, and internationally to dismantle belief systems, social structures, and institutional practices that oppress women and children and dehumanize men themselves.

Tapestri, Tucker, Georgia:
Tapestri Inc. is dedicated to ending violence and oppression in refugee and immigrant communities, using culturally competent and appropriate methods. As advocates for immigrant and refugee families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and exploitation, we are committed to using education, community organizing, direct services and advocacy to effect change in the lives of these families.

Refugee Family Services, Stone Mountain, Georgia:
We serve refugees in the metro Atlanta area, focusing on the women and children who are often left behind by other programs. We serve refugees in the metro Atlanta area, focusing on the women and children who are often left behind by other programs.

VOX Newspaper, Atlanta, Georgia:
VOX Teen Communications is a non-profit youth-development organization located in downtown Atlanta, GA, dedicated to giving teens the skills and resources to raise their voices about issues that matter the most. Through VOX, teens come from all around the Atlanta area to work together, share information, explore our talents and express ourselves by writing articles, creating art and designing layouts for the VOX newspaper and Web site.

The Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta, GA: Interns assist staff attorneys in all aspects of our work. Depending on what needs to be done in our cases at a given time, interns should expect to do several of the following tasks while they are at SCHR: conduct legal research and draft pleadings, motions, and briefs; locate and interview witnesses; visit and interview clients; monitor court proceedings for human rights violations; represent inmates before the Alabama parole board; participate in case strategy sessions; locate, obtain, and organize documents; gather statistical data; read and digest transcripts; assist in conducting inspections of jails and prisons; conduct social science and other research; assist in locating and preparing expert witnesses; research public policy issues and prepare policy reports; respond to requests for information from the public or people in prison; and attend depositions, press conferences, court hearings, and arguments.

Positive Impact, Atlanta, GA: Positive Impact provides HIV risk-reduction and prevention programs for men and women. These culturally competent programs are offered as mental health prevention, outreach prevention, and individual-level or group-level intervention. Positive Impact has served over 3700 clients with direct services and thousands of other clients and mental health professionals through training and education. Positive Impact produces several professional training workshops on HIV and mental health, manages a student internship program, assists agencies with organizing mental health-related trainings, provides outreach to homeless individuals living with HIV, group support for clients recovering from substance abuse, and a Hispanic program serving Spanish-speaking clients.

National:

Sewall-Belmont House & Museum, Washington, DC: Sewall-Belmont House and Museum internships will offer students the opportunity to grow professionally and personally through project-specific opportunities with staff in the areas of Museum administration, digital imaging, research and interpretation, collections management, visitor services and marketing, education, and public programs. Some projects are open to students only in specific disciplines.

National Organization for Women (NOW), Washington, DC: These are just a few of the exciting activities interns get to be a part of: Frequent opportunities to organize and attend Congressional and U.S. Supreme Court hearings, press conferences, demonstrations and rallies; Intern Lobby Day which includes a "how to lobby" workshop; time-honored grassroots organizational training, including workshops on campus organizing, coalition building and networking; and weekly intern discussion groups and field trips on a wide range of feminist issues that are led by National NOW staff and officers. Internships are offered for spring, fall or summer.

Feminist Majority Foundation Washington, DC and Los Angeles: The Feminist Majority Foundation seeks highly motivated undergraduate students with an interest in the public policy and political science, particularly in areas concerning gender, human rights and development. Interns must demonstrate a strong academic record and preferably have a background in the feminist movement and/or feminist issues. Internships are available in our Washington, DC and Los Angeles offices. The Feminist Majority Foundation offers internships throughout the year in our Washington, DC and Los Angeles offices. Interns work full or part-time during the spring and fall semesters, and full-time during the summer. Full-time interns work 35-40 hours a week, while part-time interns must commit at least 20 hours per week. Regular office hours are 9:30-6:00 but interns may tailor their hours to fit school and work schedules. All who are interested are encouraged to apply.