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Chelsea van der Mije

"The gender and women's studies department at Hollins has allowed me to explore my interest in unconventional feminisms. There are a variety of classes offered, and professors have a genuine respect for student input. I've always felt very confident taking classes outside of the department because I had so much experience with theory and discussion within. My GWS major also made me feel comfortable in settings that were not necessarily academic, or when meeting new people. In the short time I have been at Hollins I have met feminists like Gloria Steinem, Amy Richards, Jennifer Baumgardner, Jessica Valenti, Kate Bornstein, T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, and Shelby Knox, but I have also met hip-hop artists, poets, and writers, and I never once felt unprepared or hesitant to ask questions. I think that has a lot to do with the simple fact that I am a GWS major."

Chelsea van der Mije '10


Internships and other experiential learning projects are an integral part of the women's studies program. As students become familiar with the field, they can apply the knowledge gained in the classroom to internships that will help them prepare for many different sorts of career opportunities. Students have focused on human rights, immigration, the arts, violence, poverty, peace, and justice. Some examples of student internships are listed below:

  • Awakening Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan
  • Battered Women's Shelter, Charlottesville, Va.
  • Center for Women and Politics, Washington, D.C.
  • First Lady's White House Staff, Washington, D.C.
  • Choice, U.S.A., Washington, D.C.
  • Guggenheim Productions, New York City
  • Institute for Women's Policy Research, Washington, D.C.
  • Human Rights Council, Washington, D.C.
  • Planned Parenthood, Roanoke
  • Legal Aid Society, Roanoke
  • Ministry of Human Development, Belize City, Belize
  • Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Ala.
  • Wildcat Garden for Peace and Education, Williamsburg, Mass.
  • Women Make Movies, New York City
  • In-Lighten, Roanoke, Va.
  • Women's Injury Law Center, Richmond, Va.
  • Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Washington, D.C.
  • Roanoke Community Garden Association, Roanoke, Va.
  • Rescue Mission, Roanoke, Va.
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Well Rounded Midwifery and Well Rounded Missions, Radford, Va.
  • Family Violence Prevention Services, San Antonion, Tx.
  • The Institute for Critical Animal Studies, Binghamton, New York
  • Newman Ferrara LLP, New York City
  • Cancer Care, New York City
  • Codepink, Washington, D.C.