The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) builds power at the state and local level to change public policy, galvanize public support, and normalize women’s decisions about abortion and contraception. Using a partnership model, we provide state and local advocates with strategic guidance, hands-on support, and funding to create national change from the ground up. We are a force multiplier – we form strategic partnerships with a wide range of organizations to directly impact the reproductive health and lives of women across the country. Since 2008, NIRH has provided direct grants and hands-on support to nearly 150 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in more than 39 states and 56 localities across the country. In 2018, NIRH’s partnerships and its work in New York State and City span 23 states, including 13 localities.

The National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, with associated PAC’s and IEC, conducts nonpartisan advocacy and electoral engagement to advance reproductive health, rights and justice in states and cities across the country.

This internship is 3-4 days per week, with flexible scheduling Monday-Thursday between 10:00am and 6:00pm, and is located in New York, NY. Occasional nights or weekend hours may be requested. The duration of this internship is the summer of 2019.

Summary

The Political and Organizing Intern is responsible for supporting the National Institute for Reproductive Health and NIRH Action Fund’s Political and Government Affairs Department, which works to advance reproductive rights in New York through legislative advocacy, electoral work, and community organizing. This internship is intended for undergraduate students looking to expand their political knowledge and skills.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Research state and local candidates running for office throughout New York State.
  • Research lawmakers and legislation. Advise political staff on findings.
  • Assist in the creation of educational materials for activists and lawmakers.
  • Utilize and maintain databases.
  • Work with political staff to engage our supporters in advocacy campaigns and events.
  • Help plan and attend public outreach activities including tabling, phone banking, and petition collection.

Qualifications

  • Passion for social justice and reproductive rights.
  • A strong interest in the legislative and political processes, as well as grassroots organizing and volunteer coordination.
  • Eagerness to learn.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Comfortable doing outreach over the phone.
  • Confidence in using Microsoft Office programs, particularly Excel.
  • Detail-oriented and organized.

Compensation

Transportation assistance and a stipend of $1500 will be provided.

To Apply

Please email your resume and a cover letter expressing why you are interested in joining NIRH this summer to internships@nirhealth.org with subject line “Political and Organizing Intern.”

The National Institute for Reproductive Health is an equal opportunity employer. NIRH strives to build and support an equitable work community that attracts, develops, and retains exceptional people. As a member of the reproductive freedom movement, NIRH aims to foster leadership and raise the voices of historically marginalized people, including but not limited to Black people and people of color, indigenous and native peoples, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming people, disabled people, immigrants, and low income people. We strongly encourage candidates of these and other diverse backgrounds to apply.