two types of internships that participants find exciting and challenging, and that
link activism and academia.
120-hour internships for course credit
Students commit to working with SafeZones
for 8 hours a week over the 14-week semester. They register for LGBT598, a
CR/NC 3-unit course.
Duties are negotiated with the LGBT Internship
Coordinator, Dr. Susan Cayleff (cayleff
Interns’ duties include:
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- attending a 90-minute Cultural Competency
Training, the three-hour Ally Training
- working collaboratively with the SafeZones
Coordinating Committee and attending its bi-weekly meetings and conceptualizing
the semester’s programming
- organizing and implementing current
activities/events. These may include the SafeZones@SDSU LGBTQIA and Allies
Resource Fair (every other spring), Lavender Graduation (every spring),
National Coming Out Day (October 11 each fall) and a variety of other panels,
film nights, and so on.
- helping to mentor and direct the Community-Based
Service Learning interns drawn from Women’s Studies classes.
Writing requirements include a journal and an
end-of-semester reflection paper.
20-hour Community-Based Service Learning (CBSL) interns:
Students apply through their
enrollment in two sections of an American Institutions Women’s Studies course:
WMNST341A (fall) and WMNST341B (spring). They work in close harmony with the
120-hour SafeZones interns.
Each student is required to attend a 90-minute Cultural Competency Training,
the three-hour Ally Training, and work collaboratively with ongoing SafeZones
These may include:
with other student groups to offer information to our campus community
- representing SafeZones at campus and community-based
researching films, literature, topic-specific
information and historical events for the SafeZones web site
- creating visual images for use in SafeZones
- attending film nights
- organizing the Resource Fair and Lavender