Funded by a generous donation from William & Mary alum Carol Woody '71, Carol Woody Internship Awards are available for academically distinguished students participating in GSWS, with a preference for women students. The award is intended to offer a "real world" experience as preparation for professional career and/or post-graduate opportunities. The awards are available for students interested in doing an internship during the summer.
Eva Zelson, 2014 winner, will be intering with Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. She will be working with the Employment unit, representing low-income clients in employment discrimination cases, among others. Ms. Zelson is particularly concerned with the devaluation of traditionally "women's work" in the marketplace and hopes to assist low-income women workers in the pursuit of equity.
Amanda Whitehurst, 2014 winner, will be interning with Rafiki Africa in Kenya on a project designed to improve educational access for girls and young women of the Lou tribe. School attendance among girls in this community is lower than boys because the girls traditionally stay home during their menses, falling behind and reducing the odd of graduating. Rafiki Africa has developed a feminine hygiene product to address this urgent need, and Ms. Whitehurst will be gathering community input on how the product can be improved as well as educating girls and young women on the use of the product.
Charlotte Mabon, 2014 winner, will be interning in Washington, D.C. with Generation Hope, which supports teen mothers in their pursuit of higher education.
Applicants are asked to submit to the Director of GSWS a one page description of where they will spend their internship, why they chose this particular internship, and what they hope to gain from the experience. Please include an estimate of expenses. Awards usually range from $200-$400 depending on available funds. The deadline for applications is usually in March.
Past winners include Shan Davis, Pamela Palmer (Law School), Katherine Aument, Sewon Chung, and Amanda Potter. Their activities included working with non-profits on the U.S./Mexico border and in Nicaragua, and summer internships in Washington DC.