Volunteers are an essential part of the Women’s Resources Center. Volunteers regularly assist administratively within the office; host events, programs, and workshops; conduct outreach about our services and activities; and help assess and envision the evolution of our Center. Volunteers also have the opportunity to develop personal and professional skills; gain valuable experiences in women’s organizing; and strengthen our campus community’s dedication to gender equity.
We're looking for volunteers to help make the WRC a dynamic, exciting and safe place for students of all genders! Whether you only have a couple of hours to jump in when most needed (hey there, on call volunteer!), want to make WRC part of your general routine (welcome to our general office help team) or want to part of shaping the programs that we host (program committees), we've got an opportunity to fit your interest and schedule.
General Office Volunteers
General Office Volunteer applications for Spring 2023 have closed.
Check back in April for Fall 2023 applications.
Student Programming Committees
Program Committees work with Women’s Resources Center staff and interns to plan, promote, and evaluate gender equity and prevention programming at the WRC. Committee members meet weekly to set program objectives, develop workshop ideas, identify speakers, and publicize WRC programs.
Program committees are open to all students at any time. To join, stop by any of the committee meetings listed below or email Amie at email@example.com for more information.
Learn more about our programming committees.
Interns have a substantial relationship with the Women’s Resources Center. Those who intern at the WRC have the opportunity to be more heavily involved with project planning and execution, strengthen their leadership skills, and develop a body of work across the semester. Interns commit to ten hours (minimum) of work a week, to attend weekly intern meetings, and participate in professional development opportunities.
General questions about the WRC Internship program should be directed to Amie Baumeister at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Types of Internships
The Women's Resources Center offers two types of internships:
- Course credit internships - The WRC offers semester-long internships to students who must complete an internship as part of an academic course for credit. Only students in qualifying courses are eligible to apply for these internships. Examples of past internship courses include CHLH 485, IHLT 474, GWS 399, but other similar courses may be eligible.
- Paid positions - Beginning in Fall 2023, the Women's Resources Center will offer paid internship positions, called Program Assistants. These applications will be open to all students. Program Assistants must commit to the position for the full academic year (fall and spring semesters). Learn more.
Available Internship Descriptions
Gender Equity Internship
Gender Equity Program Interns, along with support from the Assistant Director, contribute to the coordination of WRC’s gender equity programs. This position will include but is not limited to creating agendas, leading meetings, and delegating tasks to volunteers on WRC (Women’s Resources Center) Program planning committees, recruiting and scheduling workshops and presenters; recruiting volunteers, performing program promotion and outreach; and assisting with program evaluation. The position involves a mix of administrative and coordination work which may include, but is not limited to:
- Chair program planning committees including member recruitment, creating agendas, ensuring program objectives are being met, and delegating tasks to volunteers
- Working with Women’s Resources Center staff, identify key learning outcomes for the WRC programs and develop assessment tools to measure success of the program (like Dish It Up, Women's History Month, Lactation Space Project, Etc.)
- Lead planning of WRC events including recruitment of presenters, speakers, and vendors, acquiring space, fundraising, and developing a marketing and outreach plan
Advocacy Interns contribute to the Women’s Resources Center’s goal of providing inclusive and comprehensive support to survivors of sexual misconduct on campus. The Advocacy and Support Division provides trauma-informed crisis intervention and survivor-centered advocacy for victims/survivors of sexual misconduct and coordinates campus outreach presentations and events. This internship focuses on exploring professional avenues of providing advocacy and assists in the creative expansion of advocacy services at the University of Illinois. Please note: this position does not provide direct advocacy services to victims/survivors of sexual violence but will center unique projects that support professional staff’s provision of advocacy services. Responsibilities may include:
- Increasing campus and community awareness of advocacy services by creating local resource referral database and handouts.
- Support survivor healing journeys through research and promotion of local and nationwide survivor support services (ex. Survivor funds, growing the survivor healing resources library, healing programs, informational packets, etc.).
- Expand communications skills through monthly contributions to the WRC Prevention and Advocacy Newsletter.
- Performing outreach for students groups to encourage engagement with the WRC's programs & resources.
- Assisting with program design and implementation for awareness months, including Stalking Awareness Month in January, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.
Prevention Outreach Internship
Prevention Outreach Interns contribute to the Women's Resources Center's goal of preventing sexual violence through increasing community awareness of warning signs of violence and promoting healthy social behaviors related to sexuality and relationships. This internship focuses on community outreach and provides students with the opportunity to engage in program design, implementation, coordination, and assessment. Responsibilities may include:
- Assisting with FYCARE program coordination, including tracking attendance records, managing official FYCARE inbox, preparing workshop materials
- Increasing community members’ knowledge of sexual health, healthy relationships, consent, bystander intervention, and resources through outreach initiatives, including educational social media campaigns, tabling, infographics, and workshops
- Performing outreach for students groups to encourage engagement with the WRC's programs & resources
- Assisting with program design and implementation for awareness months, including Stalking Awareness Month in January, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April
for course credit internships ONLY
Spring 2024 Internship Timeline
- October 22: Spring 2024 internship application deadline
- October 30 - November 10: Spring 2024 internship interviews
- November 17: Applicants notified of decisions
Summer/Fall 2024 Internship Timeline
- March 8: Summer 2024 or Fall 2024 internship application deadline
- March 18 - 29: Summer 2024 or Fall 2024 internship interviews
- April 5: Applicants notified of decisions
Applications for Summer/Fall 2024 internships will open on Wednesday, February 7, 2024.
Philip Monypenny Scholarship
Students involved in the WRC as consistent volunteers or interns, who are also enrolled in a degree program within the department of Political Science are eligible to apply for the annual Philip Monypenny scholarship. This $500 scholarship was established in the name of Philip Monypenny, who was head of the department of Political Science from 1967 to 1972. Learn more.