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Internship Opportunity: National Institute for Reproductive Health Political and Organizing Intern

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PLEASE NOTE: This opportunity is listed for reference only. The deadline to apply has passed.

This is an unpaid internship opportunity from outside the Rockefeller Center.

Position Type: Internship - unpaid

Location: New York, NY

Sector: Nonprofit, Advocacy

Start Date: Summer 2019

Wage or benefits: Unpaid

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

Time Commitment: 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.

Desired Class Year: Open to undergraduate students

Desired Major or Interest: Open to all majors

Application Deadline: Rolling basis

Organization website:

Brief Description of the organization:

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 more than 170 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations in 43 states and 64 localities across the country.

At the national level, we go where others don’t, engaging in groundbreaking public opinion research, proactive policy initiatives, and innovative advocacy campaigns to shape a new national conversation about reproductive freedom.

Our political arm, the NIRH Action Fund, works in parallel to change state and local electoral and policy landscapes. We don’t just push back against restrictions on abortion and contraception; we fight for a society in which everyone has the freedom and ability to control their reproductive and sexual lives.

Brief Description of the Intern’s role or key qualifications:

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.


  • 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.

How to apply:

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

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This is an unpaid internship from outside the Rockefeller Center. Such opportunities are posted in an effort to help students find a leave-term internship experience in public policy or a social sciences related area. Such postings do not constitute an endorsement by the Center of the political objectives of any one person or organization.

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