Setting the Stage for Deeper Learning

Student researchers use major cultural events to better understand our history and our humanity.

Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience

Stonehill Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) is an opportunity for students who have completed their first year at Stonehill to perform full-time, high-quality research over the summer under the guidance of an expert faculty researcher. The experience includes weekly lunches, postgraduate career seminars, program-wide outings and a student poster session in the fall.

Internships & Directed Study

Directed Study

All Gender & Sexuality Studies majors are required to complete an internship or a directed study, which is under the guidance of and in collaboration with an experienced faculty researcher. 

Recent Directed Study Projects

  • Hannah Prasad ’21 worked with Tracy Thorpe,adjunct professor of sociology & criminology, on a project titled “Domestic Violence During the Covid-19 Pandemic.”
  • Molly McGuinness ’15 worked with Linzy Brekke-Aloise, associate professor of history, on a project titled "“Good Vibrations: The Development of Sex Boutiques in America."
  • Emma Craig ’15, under academic advisors Yvette Kopijn and Jens van Tricht, wrote on "Men and Feminism: the Art of Negotiation" through an SIT Study Abroad program in the Netherlands (International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender).
  • Sean Borger ’14 wrote on "College Masculinity and Stonehill Masculinity: Comparisons and Resolutions" under the direction of Rev. George Piggford, C.S.C., associate professor of English.

Every single staff member that I’ve met in the department has been so accepting and encouraging of ideas, and they want you succeed. In Gender & Sexuality Studies it’s like ‘what are your ideas and plans?' ... 'OK, let’s make them happen.'

Internship Opportunities 

Places where Stonehill students have interned include: 

  • American Cancer Association 
  • A New Day/Health Imperatives health services center 
  • Battered Women’s Resources Inc. 
  • Boston Herald 
  • Brockton Family & Community Resources 
  • Collegiate Entrepreneurs 
  • Gannett 
  • Green Education Foundation 
  • Human Rights Campaign 
  • Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women 
  • Massachusetts Department of Social Services 
  • MCI-Framingham, a medium security correctional facility for female offenders 
  • Multiservice Eating Disorders Assoc. 
  • New Hope Inc., working to end domestic and sexual violence 
  • Old Colony YMCA 
  • Patriot Ledger 
  • Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office 
  • Project Have Hope, a nonprofit to empower women in Uganda 
  • Silverberg Casting 
  • United Way 

Career Development Resources for Students 

The Stonehill Career Development Center offers extensive assistance to students seeking employment, pursuing advanced studies or participating in postgraduate service opportunities. By completing internships and utilizing mentors, students are empowered to build lifelong career management skills. 

Gender & Sexuality Studies-specific career resources:

  • Extensive on-campus recruiting program for internships and entry-level jobs. 
  • Annual career fairs and graduate school information sessions. 
  • Externships and internships in New York; Washington, D.C.; and Los Angeles (week-long and semester-long programs). 

Honors Society Affiliations

Lambda Epsilon Sigma 

Stonehill’s campus-wide honor society, Lambda Epsilon Sigma, recognizes students from all areas of study. Students who have demonstrated a well-rounded thirst for knowledge are invited to apply. 

Contact us with any questions.

Wendy C. Peek

Wendy C. Peek

Professor of English, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program Director
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