The Gender + Equality Center offers multiple student leadership opportunities through our intern program. Our interns are a highly collaborative team that supports the mission of the GEC through specific job duties as well as general GEC programming and education. Chosen applicants will receive a $1000 scholarship ($500 in the Fall, $500 in the Spring). GEC Interns work 10 hours per week in the GEC. Applicants must be able to commit one full academic year (August - May) as an intern.
The following position descriptions outline the responsibilities of each intern. If you have questions about a position, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programming Intern: Create and coordinate innovative and educational programs on the topics of intersectionality among marginalized populations, gender equity, women and women’s identities, and men and masculinities. Specific duties include: coordinating and collaborating with cultural groups across campus, planning and executing events, and managing the Pink and Black Ball Ambassadors. The Programming Intern is supervised by the Director of the Gender + Equality Center.
Gender-Based Violence Prevention Intern: Coordinate gender-based violence prevention awareness programs and mandated training to educate the campus community. Specific duties include: organize events for National Stalking Awareness Month, Red Flag Campaign, Safe Break, Sexual Assault Awareness Month and White Ribbon Campaign. Candidate should have interest in the issue of sexual and dating violence prevention, be highly organized, creative, and be self-directed. The Gender-Based Violence Prevention Intern is supervised by the Gender Based Violence Prevention Education Coordinator.
Graphic Design Intern: Design marketing materials to promote the programs of the Gender + Equality Center. Intern will create flyers, posters, advertising and publicity for events. Utilize creative abilities to communicate the messages of the center including LGBTQ programs, sexual assault prevention and social justice issues. Excellent opportunity for portfolio development. Candidate should have experience in the Adobe suite and a strong interest in women’s and LGBTQ issues and self-motivation. The Graphic Design Interns are supervised by the LGBTQ Programs Coordinator and the Gender Based Violence Prevention Education Coordinator. [Two positions available.]
Videography Intern: Film and edit videos of events, as well as, photograph events/programs from our department to be used for promotion and public relations. The Videographer is expected to attend GEC events as possible. Candidate should have experience filming and editing. Excellent opportunity for portfolio development. The Videographer is supervised by the GEC Office Manager.
Public Relations Intern: Communicate about the programs and issues affiliated with the Gender + Equality Center through social media platforms such as: YouTube, SnapChat, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Must have excellent judgment, an ability to communicate messages effectively, and an understanding of the issues facing women and LGBTQ students. The PR Intern is expected to attend GEC events as possible. The Public Relations Intern is supervised by the GEC Office Manager.
GEC Intern applications are due Monday, April 15 by noon.
Interviews will be scheduled for the week of April 22 with offers being made on April 26.
LGBTQ+ Program Advisory Board
The LGBTQ+ Program Advisory Board, serves as the programming arm of the Gender + Equality Center’s LGBTQ+ Programs. Any student (undergraduate or graduate) are welcome to apply!
The goal of the LGBTQ+ Program Advisory Board is that all students feel safe, included, and empowered to succeed at the University of Oklahoma. We will reach this goal by maintaining an intersectional lens as we foster LGBTQ+ leadership, provide opportunities for community, and build awareness of LGBTQ+ issues on campus.
The newly designed Programming Board will elect the following positions:
Chair: The Chair of the LGBTQ+ PAB works directly with the Coordinator for LGBTQ Programs and ensures that the Board operates effectively in pursuit of its mission. Specific duties of the Board chair include: schedules and runs all Board meetings; coordinates the budget of the Board; serve as external representation for the Board and larger GEC; serving 10 hours a week in the GEC; and other duties as assigned. The Chair must have served as a member of the LGBTQ+ Programming Board for at least one year prior to being elected to the Chair role.
Term Length: May 2019 to May 2020
Time Commitment: 10 hours per week in the GEC which can include Board meetings
and one on one meetings with the LGBTQ Program Coordinator
Vice-Chair: The Vice Chair of the LGBTQ+ PAB works with the Chair of the Board and specifically oversees the LGBTQ Volunteer program. Specific duties include: taking minutes during Board meetings; manage the LGBTQ+ Volunteer program by scheduling interest meetings, maintaining volunteer lists, and coordinating volunteer opportunities; and other duties as assigned.
Term Length: May 2019 to May 2020
Time Commitment: bi-weekly Board meetings, Board events, and LGBTQ+ Volunteer Program meetings
Event Chairs: Event Chairs are responsible for all aspects of their respective events. Specific duties include running meetings and liaising with the Vice Chair for volunteers; recruit and schedule guest speakers as needed; reserve all locations and catering needs; submit a budget plan to the Chair; complete a social media plan; and support other LGBTQ+ PAB events. For those applying for a Spring Event: additional duties include planning a social or community building event in the semester opposite their main event.
Term Length: dependent on specific event; typically, one year
Time commitment: bi-weekly Board meetings, event planning meetings, actual event time
Fall 2019 Events
LGBTQ Orientation: This event includes the Queer Tour and Meet and Greet events in the first two weeks of school. The goal of LGBTQ+ Orientation is to welcome new and returning Queer students to campus. The LGBTQ+ Orientation Chair must be available for planning purposes throughout Summer 2019. *The Fall 2019 LGBTQ Orientation Chair term will end in December 2019.*
Queer History Month: Queer History Month (October) is a month-long observance of Queer History and the history of LGBTQ+ civil rights movement. This event coordinates social media campaigns about Queer history and at least one educational and social event to celebrate Queer history. *The Fall 2019 Queer History Month Chair term will end in December 2019.*
National Coming Out Day: National Coming Out Day (Friday, October 11) is an
annual LGBTQ+ awareness day observed on October 11. Founded in the United States in 1988, the initial idea was grounded in the feminist and Queer liberation spirit of the personal being political, and the emphasis on the most basic form of activism being coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly Queer person. On campus this day celebrates and honors our Queer campus community. *The Fall 2019 National Coming Out Day Chair term will end in December 2019.*
Transgender Awareness Week and Day of Remembrance: Transgender Awareness Week (November 11-15) is a week-long celebration to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people and address the issues the community faces. The Week leads up to the Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. *The Transgender Awareness Week and Day of Remembrance Chair term will end in December 2019.*
Candlelight Vigil: The Candlelight Vigil (dates TBD) is an OU event that has honored community members in Norman who have been lost as a result of homonegativity and Queer community members worldwide lost to violence. *The Candlelight Vigil Chair term will end in December 2019.*
Spring 2020 Events:
International Trans Day of Visibility: March 31 is International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV), a holiday the trans community uses to celebrate being seen. The day is marked with events in places around the world as trans and gender non-conforming (GNC) people come together to celebrate being trans and what it means to be seen. *The International Trans Day of Visibility Chair term will end in May 2020.*
Crimson and Queens: Crimson and Queens (dates TBD) is OU’s annual drag show in the spring. This is a collaborative event with the Union Programming Board. This event features performances from student and professional performers. Headliners include Kennedy Davenport and Alyssa Edwards. *The Crimson and Queens Chair term will end in May 2020.*
LGBTQ+ Health Week: Week-long event centered around health and wellness in the LGBTQ+ community. In the past, this event has included yoga nights, lunch and learns, community building events, and more. *The LGBTQ+ Health Week term will end in May 2020.*
Progressive Dinner: This event is focused on bringing together members of the LGBTQ+ community eat and learn in a shared space. This position recruits and communicates with multiple content experts across campus. *The Progressive Dinner term will end May 2020.*
Pride: The week of Norman Pride includes a lot of opportunities for the LGBTQ+ PAB to engage with the larger Norman community as well as celebrating LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff. This event chair would be responsible for creating empowering content, coordinating allies and volunteers, and planning a Pride kick-off event. *The Progressive Dinner term will end May 2020.*
Create Your Own:
The LGBTQ+ PAB is always focused on growth and responding to community needs. If you have an idea for a large scale event in the spring or for an ongoing series that you would want to be in charge of, we invite you to share that with us on your application. *Term date dependent on event idea, but no later than May 2020.*
Applications are open now! The application has been extended to April 20th at 5pm! If you are interested, please follow the link below:
Gender-based Violence Prevention Peer Educators
Gender + Equality Center Peer Educators facilitate various gender-based violence prevention workshops, including: Step In, Speak Out, #RelationshipGoals, and Zoom In. Join our team and help educate other OU students about sexual misconduct, consent, healthy relationships, and active bystander intervention!
Applications for 2019-2020 Peer Educator positions have closed. Check back Spring 2020 to apply!