Ongoing Center Projects

In addition to supporting the scholarship and projects of Research Associates and Five College community members, there are a number of ongoing research projects specific to the Center itself.

The Center is currently undertaking ongoing, interrelated projects aimed at revisiting Center archives and working through site-specificity following our move to Hampshire College: "Mapping Transnational Flows of Feminist Knowledge" and "Feminist Site-Specificity of the Five Colleges." Undergraduate students from across the Five Colleges have been central to the development of mini-projects, document processing, and collaborative imaginings that guide the evolution of these interconnected initiatives.

Current Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

2024 Summer Internship

Priority Application Deadline: March 31, 2024

The Five College Women's Studies Research Center is currently seeking 1 or 2 summer interns with an interest in and commitment to interdisciplinary and local, transregional and transnational feminist scholarship. Interns will work on two ongoing, interrelated projects at the FCWSRC for the duration of their internship: "Mapping Transnational Flows of Feminist Knowledge" and "Feminist Site-Specificity of the Five Colleges." Together these two projects are part of an endeavor to think through and elaborate the site-specificity of the Center within the dynamic spatial, temporal, and intellectual frameworks of feminist thinking, scholarship, and pedagogy over the past 30 years. Applicants must be interested in working both independently and collaboratively and have strong organizational and communication skills. They should have experience or a strong interest in feminist scholarship, women, gender, sexuality studies organizations, and community-based and/or collaborative feminist projects. A foundational understanding of archival research and/or qualitative research acquired through course work, internships, or work experience would be an asset, as would an interest in transnational feminisms, public feminisms and/or digital humanities.

Undergraduate students at any Five College institution are welcome to apply. This internship is unpaid and is expected to last approximately 220 hours—the majority of which should be in-person at Hampshire College—during the summer months, with flexibility regarding work days/hours and internship time-frame. Five College students may apply for summer internship funding or academic credit from their home institution to support participation in this internship, if available and approved by their home institution. 

To apply, please complete the application form, which asks for a one-page cover letter, resume, and references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled. For priority consideration, please submit application materials by March 31, 2024.

Research Collaboratory

Priority Application Deadline: March 31, 2024

The FCWSRC’s Research Collaboratory operates during the academic year as an opportunity for undergraduate students to embody a number of positions and gain experience in multiple areas of research and project development. Collaborator positions can be held for the fall semester, spring semester, or the full academic year. Those in the role will cycle between working on the ongoing Center project “Mapping Transnational Flows of Feminist Knowledge,” processing archival materials, and providing research assistance to FCWSRC Research Associates as needed. Collaborators may work on event promotion and organization projects. Applicants must have strong organizational and communication skills, be capable of working both independently and collaboratively, and have experience and/or demonstrated interest in feminist scholarship. Experience with archival research and familiarity with transnational feminisms would be assets.

Students across the Five Colleges are welcome to apply to participate in the Research Collaboratory. There is an expected commitment of 5 to 10 hours per week. While the position is unpaid, the Center is more than happy to work with Collaborators who may be eligible to earn academic credit for the work as an independent study, experiential learning placement or, for Hampshire College students, as CEL-2 credit.

Applications for Fall 2024 or the full 2024-2025 academic year are now open. To apply, please complete the application form, which asks for a one-page cover letter and resume. For priority consideration, please submit application materials by March 31, 2024.

Interns & Collaborators

2023-2024 Academic Year

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Maddy Broussard

Maddy Broussard is an English major at Mount Holyoke College with a minor in Gender Studies. She is from Southeast Texas, where she first developed an interest in feminist histories across region and difference. Because she is committed to accessibility and community care, Maddy plans to enter a career in public service. On campus, she is a writing tutor and works for Disability Services. In her free time, Maddy loves to ride her bike, eat her way around Western Massachusetts, and read horror novels.

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Sophia Hill

Sophia (she/her) is a junior transfer student at Hampshire College. Originally from Florida, she developed her interest in Anthropology and American Studies by reading hot new nonfiction books like Sapiens and literary classics like Their Eyes Were Watching God in high school. Nowadays, her work is focused on rural, low-income communities in central Appalachia, with an emphasis on social justice and environmentalism. By working with the FCWSRC she hopes to broaden her research capabilities and be able to approach her projects with a stronger feminist framework. In her free time she is an avid knitter and enjoys rewatching her favorite TV shows.

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Shivaangi Salhotra

Shivaangi Salhotra (they/them) is a Linguistics and Psychology undergraduate student at UMass Amherst with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They are interested in transnational, queer, and environmental feminisms, digital psychology, community archival work, and gender-neutral language histories and development, amongst many other things. They also work at UMass Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives and are a research assistant in the Cognition Across Development Lab. In their free time, they love to read and drink tea!

Summer 2023

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Em Kim

Em Kim (she/they) is a rising junior at Smith College and a Study of Women and Gender and Anthropology double major. They are originally from Los Angeles, which is where she developed an interest in learning how the intersections of identities shape personal experiences, more specifically forming theories of liberation for marginalized communities from this knowledge. Em plans to get a master’s in library science and become a public librarian, as she's passionate about accessibility, free resources, education, and community building. In their free time, Em loves to read anything from history books to YA novels and cook delicious Korean meals for her friends and family. Em is thrilled to be working at the Center this summer and expand her knowledge of feminist communities, activism, and scholarship.

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Shivaangi Salhotra

Shivaangi Salhotra (they/them) is a Linguistics and Psychology undergraduate student at UMass Amherst with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They are interested in transnational, queer, and environmental feminisms, digital psychology, community archival work, and gender-neutral language histories and development, amongst many other things. During the academic year, they also work at UMass Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives and are a research assistant in the Cognition Across Development Lab. In their free time, they love to read and drink tea!

Summer 2022

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Wenqi Zou

Wenqi Zou, also known as Wen-Chi Tsou (she/her), is a student in the class of 2025 at Mount Holyoke College. She is passionately pursuing a double major in Chemistry and Anthropology, along with a pre-med track. Wenqi's deep commitment to women's health and LGBTQ+ rights influences her advocacy work. Born and raised in the diverse cultures of Taipei, Hong Kong, and mainland China, Wenqi's worldview fuels her enthusiasm for LGBTQ+ rights, women’s reproductive justice, and the promotion of women in STEM fields. She channels her knowledge and passion into her role as a research assistant in the Chen Lab at Mount Holyoke College, contributing to research in polymer science. Beyond academia, she serves as a legislative ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, advocating for inclusive health policies. In her free time, Wenqi enjoys reading, watching movies, and playing the cello.