Careers and Internships for Gender Studies majors

Students and alumnae who studied this major or are working in the industry can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs, and graduate school. Use the MHC Intern Network to connect with MHC students and recent alumnae who have held internships. Search by major, location, position, or employer. 
  • Mount Holyoke's Lynk Universal Application Funding (UAF) initiative offers internship funding for one domestic or international internship to every student that has secured a qualified summer internship or research position.
  • The Weissman Center also coordinates Leadership and Public Service which coordinates workshops, lectures, networking opportunities and internships in Washington D.C.

Meet with advisors

  • Explore possibilities with your faculty advisor. Your professors can also help you with advice on career questions in their field of expertise.
  • Define your goals and develop search strategies. Career Advisors at the Career Development Center (CDC) are here to help you develop strategies to find jobs and internships, improve your resume and cover letters, and access resources.
  • Learn how to conduct informational interviews with people working in the field and find alumnae through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. They can provide valuable guidance when considering career options, including internships, jobs and graduate school.
Gender studies majors are also required to take GNDST 290 which includes an internship or field project, during the junior or senior year which can synthesize the classroom learning with work in the community or field.

Resources

  • IHS Public Policy Summer Internships
  • National Women’s Studies Association: Established in 1977, NWSA is a professional organization dedicated to leading the field of women’s studies and gender studies.
  • National Center for Women & Policing: promotes increasing the number of women at all ranks of law enforcement as a strategy to improve police response to violence against women. Career database for jobs for women in law enforcement.
  • National Organization for Women: A feminist advocacy group that proposes to take action to bring women into full participation in society.
  • Ms. Foundation for Women: Employment opportunities at Ms. Foundation for Women, a leading national philanthropic institution championing an equitable society for women and girls in the U.S.
  • GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network): Leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students.
  • Career Women: Career database with jobs openings looking for top women & diversity talent.
  • Buzzfile and Vault Career Insider are useful tools available through the CDC for in-depth career research into specific areas of interest.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: Maintained by the U.S. Department of Labor, this online database gives a detailed description of various fields/occupations including interpreters & translators, social scientists, teachers, and international business consultants.
  • GoinGlobal provides country-specific career information, expert advice, and insider tips for finding employment opportunities at home and abroad. Log in with your Handshake account.

Jobs and internships for gender studies majors

Examples

Students with this major have completed internships and/or jobs at:

  • Brookside Community Health Center
  • SCA Consulting
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Global Justice
  • Analysis Group
  • Various Universities/Colleges
  • Center for Sex & Culture
  • Puntos
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Hancock Shaker Village
  • New Beginnings
  • Straight Talk Foundation

Great positions for students with this major:

  • Teacher
  • Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Nurse/Midwife
  • Lawyer/Legal Assistant
  • Program Coordinator
  • Director of Development for a non-profit
  • Journalist/Writer
  • University/College Instructor/Professor
  • Librarian
  • Community Educator