NARAL Pro-Choice America (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute)

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored with HGHI, and therefore you must apply through the HGHI-IOP funding source in CARAT. The IOP has a strict two-application limit for the Director's Internship program, which includes internships that are co-sponsored with HGHI.

As the nation’s leading pro-choice advocacy group, NARAL Pro-Choice America is dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all Americans, including abortion access.

Along with 2 million member activists from all 50 states and network of state affiliates, NARAL works to guarantee that each woman has access to the full range of reproductive freedoms. This means we’re on the front lines in the fight to expand access to abortion, make contraception more affordable, prohibit discrimination against pregnant woman, and ensure all parents have access to paid leave. In recognition of our work defending the constitutional right to abortion, Fortune Magazine rated NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

At NARAL, we don’t operate or litigate; we organize and mobilize. Working together, we push our friends to be bolder, lift up the champions fighting with us on the front line for true reproductive freedom, and we shine a spotlight of accountability on bad actors that works to impose their ideological agenda on others.

NARAL Pro-Choice America is hiring for our Summer 2019 Internship program.  An internship at NARAL Pro-Choice America will give you real world, practical job skills that you can take with you as you enter the workforce.  As one of leading advocacy organizations in the country, your time at NARAL will help you gain skills that can take your career nearly anywhere.  At NARAL we believe that you are not just an intern but you are vital part of the team to help us do the important work we do.  We are looking for fiercely pro-choice candidates with a strong commitment to reproductive health and freedom.   Those interested in political processes, non-profit work, & or reproductive health should apply.  Applications will be accepted beginning February 4th, 2019 and will close March 22nd 2019.

Location:  Washington, DC, 1725 Eye St Nw Suite 900

Internship Date: May 28th- mid August 2019. All interns will be required to attend an orientation the May 28th from 10:30AM to 3PM.

The Director’s Intern will most likely be in the Executive Office/Campaigns at NARAL, to get a big picture view of the organization and advocacy based politics; however, a position within another department is possible. Departments include:

  • Government Relations
  • Opposition Research
  • Field
  • Communications
  • Development/fundraising
  • Digital Design
  • Political Affairs
  • Executive Office of the President
  • Campaigns & Strategy


  • Course of study to achieve Bachelor’s degree in related/appropriate field of study;
  • Strong commitment to advancing reproductive freedom;
  • Commitment to NARAL Pro-Choice America’s goal of building a political constituency to protect and promote the right of all women to exercise the full range of their reproductive choices, including abortion;
  • A commitment to contributing to a workplace environment in which diversity is valued and supported.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy;
  • Strong working knowledge of google suite and microsoft office applications

NARAL Pro-Choice America does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or political affiliation.  Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

2018 Intern Reflection:

Working at NARAL Pro-Choice America has been an amazing experience. While I already knew that NARAL was one of the leaders in pro-choice advocacy, it was only after starting the internship program that I learned the true extent of NARAL's work. I would highly recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in reproductive justice. As a member of the Executive team, I've been able to help out on a variety of projects that have ranged from organizing events for NARAL's 50th Anniversary next year to participating in meetings to craft the organization's plan following Justice Kennedy's retirement. I have been given a variety of projects so far that have allowed me to better understand NARAL's work, learn more about the state of reproductive rights in America, and advance my own research skills. The work is different each day and always has a sense of vitality that I haven't felt in another internship.

Furthermore, I have been able to attend a variety of additional events outside of the office. My supervisors have encouraged me to attend many intern series and workshops to learn more about political advocacy, campaigning, and issues. I have been lucky enough to attend a variety of rallies and speaking events where I have heard from Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and so many more. Seeing so many powerful politicians speak and get actively involved in politics beyond simply voting in Congress has been inspiring and instrumental to my own passion for these issues. These events have not been limited to the work NARAL does but have also expanded into other issues such as the policy regarding separating families at the border. NARAL truly embraces the idea that learning and working in DC politics involves intense office work, but also mobilizing and attending external events as well.

Additionally, the culture of the entire office is fantastic. My supervisor at NARAL has encouraged the intern group to create a community, and this has made my internship experience immensely enjoyable. The other interns here are all passionate, eager people who have taught me so much about the different perspectives and backgrounds that go into American politics. Everyone in the office is always kind and welcoming. They truly value the interns and make a conscious effort to ensure that interns feel as though they are part of the NARAL family and getting the most possible out of the internship program. It has been truly inspiring to see so many women (and men) fight passionately for the reproductive rights of everyone in this country.

Riya Sood '20

Washington, D.C.