The YWCA is looking for a cohort of 2019-2020 interns and mentors to participate in our annual Women in Leadership Program. The internship is great for students who are interested in nonprofit work or consulting. The cohort of 25 students is split into five groups of five and each group is paired with one mentor. Additionally, each group is paired with an organization in the community and spend the fall semester researching and volunteering with the goal of identifying that organization’s major challenges. During the spring semester, students propose and implement a sustainable action plan to address one of these challenges. Throughout the year, students participate in professional and creative development workshops and conferences.
Women in Leadership is an opportunity for students at the University of Illinois who identify as women to practice problem solving and sustained team work. Last year, 91 percent of students said they saw an increase in their capacity to work collaboratively with others and 75 percent said they felt more prepared in their career development. Students also get the chance to apply the skills they learn in the classroom to address organizational challenges and engage in the broader Champaign-Urbana community.
Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. The time commitment is 2-3 hours a week for interns and 1-2 hours a week for mentors. This internship is unpaid and not eligible for class credit. Priority Applications for the 2019-2020 School year are due June 1st, 2019, all other applications are due by August 31st, 2019. Students can find the requirements and apply here: http://www.ywcauofi.org/requirements.