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.

 TORCH® is a nationally recognized program that combines peer sexual and reproductive health education and leadership training for Black and Brown New York City high school youth. TORCH Peer Leaders build their self-esteem, develop leadership skills, and learn to make responsible choices. Then they share their knowledge with other teens by facilitating workshops around New York City. We are currently seeking Summer Interns to help with our New Peer Leader Training Institute which will be held from July 2019- August, 2019 Monday-Friday 10am-3pm.

Upon completion of the training, Peer Leaders will have gained knowledge on a wide range of sexual and reproductive health and rights, including but not limited to the following:

  • Abortion
  • Contraception, including emergency contraception
  • Healthy Adolescent Relationships
  • Human Sexuality 101
  • Adolescent-Provider Communication
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Self-Esteem and Body Image
  • Exploring Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Public Speaking

Primary Responsibilities

Interns provide hands-on program assistance to TORCH® staff throughout the summer training program. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist TORCH staff in designing and planning New Peer Leader training curriculum including brainstorming topics and/or activities to include in daily agendas.
  • Assist with the facilitation of training workshops.
  • Perform administrative duties including but not limited to data entry as outlined in our contract.
  • Support TORCH Program staff with other tasks as necessary.


  • Experience working directly with Black and Brown, Trans/GNC, LGBQ+ young people.
  • Interest and/or experience in sexuality education.
  • Interest and/or experience in research methods and data analysis
  • Commitment to the Movement for Black lives, Reproductive Justice, Restorative/Transformative Justice practices, intersectional queer feminism, and the motivation to organize young people around these issues as well as others affecting them and their communities.
  • Willingness to engage in conversations and practices that center accountability, transparency and equity.
  • Compassionate, is self-motivated and detail oriented with a willingness to work as part of a team.
  • Be able to operate with autonomy

This is a great opportunity for aspiring sexuality educators, social workers, public health students and counselors.


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

To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to with subject line “TORCH Summer Program 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.