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SafeZones@SDSU offers 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 projects.


These may include:

  • tabling with other student groups to offer information to our campus community
  • representing SafeZones at campus and community-based events

  • researching films, literature, topic-specific information and historical events for the SafeZones web site

  • creating visual images for use in SafeZones events

  • attending film nights

  • organizing the Resource Fair and Lavender Graduation.