Research Intern, Summer 2020
(Position will be remote due to COVID-19 pandemic)
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 a part-time Research Intern to assist our advocacy team and regional Community Organizers for 10-15 hours/week for a period of 10 weeks over the summer. This individual will be responsible for assisting with the publication of a research project and supporting volunteer programming as our team pivots to online organizing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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
- Conduct targeted opposition research as assigned and lead the compilation and evaluation of this research;
- Participate in online actions and organizing efforts related to advocacy campaigns and collaborate with Community Organizers as needed;
- Collaborate with NPCV leadership on campaign and research strategy and tactics;
- Various administrative activities as needed.
Who You Are
To be successful in this internship, you have/ are:
- Support of the mission, vision, and work of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and knowledge of reproductive rights, health, and justice issues;
- Strong written and communication skills;
- Basic research, online writing, and editing skills;
- Well-organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated;
- Experience in volunteering and/or volunteer outreach;
- 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 2020. Hours are flexible. This position is 100% remote. Applicant must have their own computer and a reliable internet connection.
A stipend of $1000 will be provided. We will also 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 “Research Intern – [Your Name],” addressed to Campaigns Director Ana Owens. 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 position is filled.