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Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center Internship Application 2021-2022


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Applications Due March 1, 2021 by 11:59 PM

Thank you for taking the time to apply to be an intern for the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center at
the University of Virginia for the 2021-2022 academic year. The internship is an engaged scholarship program that links the classroom with the community through hands-on experiential education. The academic component of our program includes two mandatory courses titled Front Lines of Social Change Part I & II. Part I is a 1-credit course offered in the fall semester and Part II is a 1-credit course offered in the spring semester.
The Women's Center offers ten (10) different internship programs. Below you will find a brief description of each of our programs. To learn more about our individual programs please access the following link: you are interested in applying to more than one of our internship programs, you must submit a separate application for each of the programs for which you would like to apply. Even though you are able to apply to more than one internship program, you will only be able to commit to one program.  

Important notes about application:

*Time Frame: Please set aside approximately 20-25 minutes to complete the application. You can apply to up to three (3) separate programs but each requires a separate application. You can only serve on one internship per year. If selected for more than one program, you will be contacted to identify your first choice. For ease of completion, the "save and continue later" feature is available at the top right corner of the application. You will be asked to provide an email address which will forward a link for you to access your application later.

*Resume Required
Please be prepared to upload your resume. Applications without resumes will be considered incomplete.
Body Positive - The Body Positive team seeks interns who are interested in issues related to diverse social identities, intersectionality, and inclusivity in connection to body image. Body Positive has historically been an all-female identifying intern team, but the program is looking to also recruit students of all genders. Interns complete extensive training and co-facilitate small group discussions with UVA women focused on appearance ideals and ways to promote body+ activism. This evidence-based intervention, called the Body Project, has been shown to reduce risk factors associated with eating disorders. Additionally, the Body Positive team partners with organizations across grounds to provide resources, create awareness, and offer support to students affected by these issues.

Director's Intern - This Intern will work with the Director of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center on developing event(s) for the Director’s Initiative, conducting research, and (if desired) creating special programming of her/his design. Preference will be given to a returning intern.

Engaged Scholarship Team
The Engaged Scholarship interns work under the guidance of the program director of Engaged Scholarship and support a variety of Engaged Scholarship Program activities. Interns selected for this team are interested in supporting key aspects of the Women’s Center mission including developing leadership and compassion through academic community engagement and building powerful partnerships for social change. Typical activities may include working with community partners, developing and implementing community service opportunities, programming events for the Women’s Center, contributing to a blog, and possibly supporting the research interests of the program director regarding social justice issues.

Gender Violence and Social Change (GVSC)- Works to build a university community free of violence and abuse. GVSC collaborates with students, faculty, administrators, staff, and organizations, as it believes that it will take an entire community to foster non-violent, healthy relationships across Grounds. Because gender-based violence disproportionately impacts people of color, immigrants and LGBTQII people, and compounding factors pressure survivors, particularly male survivors, to be silent about trauma, we strongly encourage students from these communities to apply to this program so that your vitally important and critically needed voices are amplified through your work at the Center.
Iris Magazine - Iris interns are responsible for writing an array of content for this online magazine and for working with a student assistant editor who is a member of the Women’s Center staff to plan content throughout the academic year. Iris has been bringing high-quality coverage to issues that are relevant to young women at UVA and beyond for over 35 years.
Legal Clinic - Offers professional, pro-bono legal advice to University staff, faculty and community members regarding such topics as landlord disputes and family law. Interns organize free semi-monthly clinics for the Charlottesville and UVA community. In addition to organizing regular semi-monthly clinics, interns will have the opportunity to organize special topic legal clinics during the course of the year.

Men's Leadership Project (MLP) - An innovative community-based leadership development and mentoring program designed to build and reinforce authentic and responsible leadership capacities of both undergraduate men and middle school boys. MLP accomplishes this mission by training and pairing a diverse group of undergraduate men with a select group of seventh-grade boys.  Interns help organize and execute the logistics of the program. *Note:  MLP interns are not direct mentors to middle school students.

Speaking in Hues Podcast is a podcast for women of color, produced by a diverse team that amplifies stories of women who are trying to survive and thrive within the University of Virginia, the city of Charlottesville, and beyond. Using an immersive narrative approach, podcast interns will devote approximately 6-10 hours a week (some weeks much less) in brainstorming and researching episode topics, conduction preliminary informational interviews, creating interview questions, contacting potential guests, editing audio, and collaborating with WTJU and other podcast team members. All members of this team will gain experience in hosting, editing and producing a podcast.

Social Media Marketing Team - Interns on this team maintain, grow and analyze the effectiveness of the Women’s Center’s social media presence. They curate relevant content from around Grounds, the Charlottesville area, and the Web, as well as implement social media campaigns for Women’s Center events and initiatives. Summer extensions of this academic year internship are possible. Interns who bring personal connections that can help the Women’s Center reach the full breadth of schools/groups at UVA are encouraged to apply.
Young Women Leaders Program (YWLP) -  An innovative mentoring program founded by the Women’s Center and the Virginia School of Education and Human Development in 1997. The YWLP program is designed to support and enhance the sense of competence, connection and autonomy of a diverse group of college women and middle school girls by promoting women’s and girls’ leadership abilities. A YWLP intern will work closely with the Mentoring Coordinator on tasks that include but are not limited to recruitment, curriculum preparation, and event planning. Applicants selected for the internship position will need to be highly organized and solution-oriented. Students who have previously served as Big Sisters in YWLP are given priority for internship spots. *Note: YWLP interns are not direct mentors to middle school girls. If you would like to apply to be a mentor, please fill out our Big Sister Application available at


Diversity Statement

A diverse University of Virginia community provides every member respect and a safe place for understanding our differences as well as our similarities. Fostering the safety, dignity, and respect of women and girls is central to the mission of the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center. We believe that an environment that welcomes and supports people of different backgrounds, beliefs, ages, identities, ethnicities, and worldviews best accomplishes these goals. At the Women’s Center, we actively engage in discussions about social change and bias, challenging our assumptions and exchanging ideas. We invite others to join us in these discussions at our events, in our classes, and by social media. We encourage students from a variety of backgrounds and identities to apply to the internship program.

Advocacy and Self-care
The work required in the Women's Center internship program can be demanding emotionally and sometimes triggering. Internship supervisors provide reminders about managing stress in a work environment, including discussion of beneficial self-care strategies and appropriate ways to integrate them with their work setting.
Interns are highly encouraged to, and supported in, developing proactive strategies for identifying, addressing, and managing such stress.