Internships in Women and Gender Studies encourage both scholarship and community involvement by working in local, national and international communities with a concurrent analysis of that experience. The internship affords students unique opportunities far beyond the walls of the classroom, giving them concrete work experience and a chance to "try out" different industries on a short-term basis. Previous WGST internships have included serving as a caucus director for a successful Congressional race, working as a court advocate for victims of domestic and sexual violence, and have included organizations such as Planned Parenthood, the SafeHouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN), the former CU Women's Resource Center, the Factory Farming Coalition of America, and the National Trans LifeLine.

Internship Profile

James BoydJames Boyd
Women & Gender Studies, Certificate in LGBTQ Studies
Class of 2020

James is currently interning with Out Boulder County, working as an executive assistant for this local organization which plays a crucial role in the LGBTQ community in our area by serving as an advocate in schools, local government, and other institutions.

Out Boulder County also facilitates social and support groups, and hosts events including Pride festivals in both Boulder and Longmont, and "The GAYLA", a formal black-tie benefit held at the St. Julien Hotel. Their longest-running program, "Speaking Out," is a volunteer speaker's bureau, allowing community members to share their stories with students in middle and high schools, offering them a safe place to ask questions and highlighting the diversity of LGBTQ individuals. "Boulder has an amazing LGBTQ history, but it needs more visibility," notes James.

In his time so far as an intern, James has already had the opportunity to meet several local leaders, including former county clerk Clela Rorex, Governor Jared Polis, and Congressman Joe Neguse. "I look forward to working on a new project to archive historical media coverage of Out Boulder County and the LGBTQ community in Boulder," shares James.