Community Organizing Intern, Summer 2018
(Hampton Roads, Richmond, or Northern Virginia preferred)
Are you deeply worried, angry, or otherwise unhappy about the current state of our country and the Commonwealth? Do you keep score of progressive policy gains and setbacks? Are you concerned about the inequities in the accessibility of reproductive health and rights? Are you eager to jump into the debate to advance policies to support women and families across Virginia? So are we. You may be a perfect fit for our team of “repro warriors” if you get up every day – despite the Trump Administration’s latest anti-abortion, anti-birth control, anti-woman actions – ready to drive forward the change we seek in the world.
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia is seeking several part-time Grassroots Organizing Interns to assist our regional Community Organizers for 10-15 hours/week for a period of 10 weeks over the summer. These individuals will be responsible for assisting our organizers in preparing for several community-wide events over the coming months, including a number of tabling events. In addition, interns will assist in building a stronger corps of volunteers through targeted programming.
Who We Are
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia (NPCV) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and advancing reproductive rights and health care access at the state level through policy advocacy, grassroots activism, and political organizing. With the support of tens of thousands of member-activists, we build political power for pro-choice Virginians and work to ensure every woman can make the personal reproductive health care decisions that are best for herself and her family – including preventing unplanned pregnancy, having healthy pregnancies and births, and accessing abortion.
NPCV is an independent state affiliate of NARAL Pro-Choice America and is made up of three entities: our main 501(c)(4) policy and political arm; the 501(c)(3) NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation, which oversees our grassroots advocacy, training and education programming; and the NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Political Action Committee. Our staff of 10 is located across a central office in Old Town Alexandria, VA and satellite offices in Richmond and Hampton Roads.
What You’ll Do
- Lead tabling events in the community to raise the organization’s profile and recruit new volunteers
- Plan events for volunteers to increase group cohesion and expand the repro cadre;
- Research opportunities for grassroots engagement in Virginia;
- Various office and administrative activities as necessary.
Who You Are
To be successful in this internship, you:
- Support of the mission, vision, and work of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and knowledge of reproductive rights, health, and justice issues;
- Experience in volunteering and/or volunteer outreach;
- Well-organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated;
- Outgoing personality, and an ability to connect with people of varying backgrounds;
- Strong written and interpersonal, communication, and relationship-building skills;
- Must be able to work occasional evenings and most weekends during the morning;
- Ability to go with the flow, comfort with shifting priorities, and a strong sense of humor.
What Else You Should Know
We are a culture of progressive people deeply committed to reproductive rights and freedom and we are eager to defend and advance those rights. We work in a fast-paced, team-oriented culture, and are frequently multi-tasking and collaborating to meet deadlines.
We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment. We are an equal opportunity employer and people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply.
This is a part-time internship requiring 10-15 hours per week for 10 weeks between June and mid-August 2018. Most responsibilities will take place during the day on Saturdays and Sundays, with some weekday evenings hours required, at local events like Farmers’ Markets and festivals, therefore access to a car is preferred. Community organizers are based in Richmond, Hampton Roads, and Northern Virginia, so proximity to one of those areas is also preferred.
A semester stipend of $850 will be provided and we will work with students to receive academic credit, if applicable.
To apply, please send cover letter and résumé to apply[at]naralva.org with subject line “Community Organizing Intern – [Your Name].” Include your preferred location (Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads, or Richmond) in the body of your email, and make sure to address your qualifications and your commitment to reproductive rights, health, and justice in your cover letter. Attach your cover letter and resume as one document. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until positions are filled.