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WInC's Internship Program

Are you a student with a strong interest in women’s issues, immigration, human rights, and social justice?  The Women’s Intercultural Center offers an unpaid internship program designed to give university students an opportunity to put your learning experiences into action.  Internship opportunities cover four (4) broad areas: ESL (English as a Second Language) Instruction, Consciousness Raising, Marketing & Resource Development, and Community Leadership Development.  Each area is geared towards certain majors and interests, though any potential intern who feels that their skills, talents, abilities, and interests support the mission of the Women’s Intercultural Center is encouraged to apply.  Interns can expect the opportunity to increase their understanding of the complex social issues on the U.S./Mexico border, improve their Spanish skills, and work directly with the community.


Who are we looking for?

The Center looks for interns who want to learn about the social issues affecting U.S./Mexico border communities from community members themselves.  We are especially interested in applicants who have basic Spanish speaking skills, past volunteer work, and experience in cross-cultural settings.  Successful interns are able to take initiative, complete projects within a short timeframe, and work with minimal supervision.  It is important that potential interns are personally comfortable with the Center participant population, primarily women who may be low-income, immigrant, Hispanic, and/or Spanish-speaking.


Potential interns should realize that Anthony is a small, somewhat isolated rural community.  There is no access to a public transportation system in the area, so you are encouraged to find local housing in Anthony (the Center can make some suggestions) or have regular access to a vehicle.  Anthony is a 25-minute drive from both Las Cruces, NM (home to New Mexico State University) and El Paso, TX (home to University of Texas at El Paso).  The Center is approximately 30 minutes away from the U.S.-Mexico border crossing in El Paso, TX.


All internship opportunities are unpaid, though you may be able to arrange course credit through your university if you so desire.  Interns are responsible for their own food, lodging, and transportation costs while they are here. However, we may be able to provide lodging within our facilities depending on our program schedules.


The Women’s Intercultural Center is a non-profit, non-denominational organization that does not discriminate on the on the basis of race, gender, religion, color, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, national origin, marital status, age or sexual orientation.


What are the internship opportunities?

ESL Instruction

 This internship is primarily for Education, Spanish, English, or Linguistics majors. Interns in the ESL Program get hands-on teaching experience by teaching basic English to small groups of adult students from the community.  Interns also work with the ESL Program Coordinator on other program aspects including enrollment, ESL assessment, and class placement for participants.  Summer interns may work on family literacy projects that integrate English learning for both parents and children.  Spanish proficiency is not required, though it is helpful.


Consciousness Raising

This internship is primarily for Sociology, Women’s Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, or Theater majors. Consciousness Raising interns work with the Border Awareness Experience Coordinator to promote and develop programs designed to increase awareness of human rights, immigration, and other border issues.  These programs may be designed for Center participants and/or for visitors from other parts of the United States and the world.  This internship is offered year-round, but the actual tasks assigned to the intern can vary greatly depending on which programs are scheduled during the intern’s time at the Center.  Spanish proficiency is required.


Marketing & Resource Development

This internship is primarily for Marketing, Business, and Public Administration majors, as well as students who have an interest in managing a non-profit organization.  Marketing & Resource Development interns work with the Executive Director and Board committees to assist with fundraising and marketing activities for the Center.


Community Leadership Development

This internship is primarily for Women’s Studies, Social Work or Anthropology majors. Community Leadership Development interns work with the Program Director to develop and implement a program that increases leadership skills and community engagement for Center participants.  Interns also work on building collaborations between the Center and other local organizations with common missions or interests.  Some experience working with marginalized communities, immigrants and/or the Mexican-American population is highly desirable for this internship.  Spanish proficiency is not required, though it is helpful.


Mental Health Counseling

This internship is only for Master’s or Doctoral level students in counseling-related fields. Mental Health Counseling interns provide individual/group mental health counseling services, referral/community resource information, and outreach services to participants of the Women’s Intercultural Center.  Interns are also responsible for managing referrals, maintaining the counseling binder, and meeting with their off-site counseling supervisor on a weekly basis.  Previous experience providing counseling services in a supervised setting is required.  Interns should also have some background knowledge of border issues and the desire to learn more.  Spanish fluency is required.


When are internships available?

Fall and spring internships (four months) are offered during the school year.  Summer internships (11 weeks) are also offered.  The application deadlines are July 1 (fall), Nov. 1 (spring), and April 1 (summer).  Fall internship dates are from Aug. 15 to Dec. 15, spring internship dates are from Jan. 8 to May 8, and summer internship dates are from May 20 to July 31.  Minor changes regarding start and end dates may be negotiated prior to the start of the internship in cases of special circumstances.  Otherwise, interns are expected to take their commitment seriously and work their scheduled hours.  Internships are generally 20-30 hours per week, unless a different schedule is individually arranged prior to the start of the internship.


Want to do a research project during the internship?

The internship is an excellent informal learning opportunity where you will have the chance to move from classroom theory to real practice.  But it is primarily a work experience where your primary assignment is to assist in the programs and operations of the Center.  If you wish to conduct a formal research project to complement your internship learning, please describe your project proposal in your internship application.  If you are offered an internship, you will be notified about whether or not your research project has been approved at the same time.  The Women’s Intercultural Center does not discourage serious, thoughtful research in our community.  However, consideration is given as to how a proposed research project will impact your internship time, what it asks of Center participants, staff, and/or other resources, and the potential benefits of the research to the community..  You may need to increase your hours in order to complete both your internship activities and your research project.


How do I apply for an internship?

Click here to download the Internship Application Form. Prospective interns will be interviewed by phone (or in person, if already in the local area) once your application has been received and reviewed.