Rachel Ward

Major: Business Administration and Women’s Studies (double major)
Hometown: Red Bluff, CA
Class: Sophomore
Program Position: Internship Coordinator | Gender & Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC)

How did you first get connected with the GSEC?
I was first connected to the GSEC during summer orientation when someone gave an announcement about inclusive language. This was what opened my eyes to a kind of activism that forever changed how I view the world and society. I observed as my partner interned during the fall, and then I decided I was ready to intern last spring. I had always known I wanted more, so I applied to be staff the first moment I got.

How would you describe your role as the Internship Coordinator at the GSEC?
As Internship Coordinator, I am primarily responsible for intern recruitment as well as the promotion and marketing of all GSEC events and services. I organize various intern-focused events including the internship fair, activist training, weekly intern meetings, office developments, and intern appreciation dinners. I also work closely with the director on budget-related tasks and overall management of the interns.

What does working for the GSEC do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
Working at the GSEC has inspired me to pursue a degree in Women’s Studies as well as a degree in Small Business & Entrepreneurship. I am fortunate to take part in the active practice of applying what I learn in the classroom to my job at the GSEC. Additionally, the GSEC provides a safe space to engage in discussion I normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to in a classroom or social setting.

What do YOU bring to the table in your role as the Internship Coordinator?
As Internship Coordinator, I am responsible for the roles that would otherwise hinder the creativity that Program Coordinators need to put on such fabulous events. I do what I can to make the internship experience as enriching as possible, whether it be through something like activist training or the intern appreciation dinner. Furthermore, I use innovation and initiative to reach an ever-growing number of students to take part in our events and recruitment process.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
I plan on entering a field that is directly affiliated with the queer community, and eventually I would love to open up my own business in this field. In this job, since I have the privilege of managing others in a professional and activist environment, I feel much more confident in pursuing this goal.