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

Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored. This means that the funding for this internship is provided by two institutions at Harvard. The Primary Affiliation is with the IOP, and the Secondary Affiliation is with HGHI. The primary institute will be the point of contact during the application and internship onboarding process, and applications for this placement will be processed by the IOP.

Please note the IOP's application instructions to ensure you meet all the requirements. The intern selected for this internship will have the benefits and obligations of an intern in both of programs.

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 more than 2.5 million member activists from all 50 states and a network of state affiliates, NARAL works to guarantee that each person 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 people, 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 work to impose their ideological agenda on others.

Summary

The Campaigns team manages the high-level organization and strategy of NARAL’s national mission through the coordination of all program departments. The ideas and campaign plans formed in this department form the basis for all of NARAL’s organizing, lobbying, mobilization, and message crafting.  The Campaigns Intern will have the opportunity to work closely with the Campaigns team to assist with various projects and will gain in-depth knowledge of reproductive rights. The intern will get hands-on experience understanding and working towards NARAL’s mission and goals.

Location:  Washington, DC

This position is: Internship

Internship Date: Tuesday May 26th- with end date flexible on or Aug 14th. All interns will be required to attend an orientation the May 26th. 

Reports To:  Internship Coordinator

Responsibilities

  • Assist with special projects for the Campaigns team
  • Research various political and legislative related topics
  • Conduct political outreach to organize events
  • Attend events both on and off-site to understand and further NARAL’s mission
  • Provide general administrative support for the Campaigns team, as needed
  • Assist in the planning and logistical preparation for internal and external meetings
  • Assist in financial tracking and accounts payable for Campaigns team
  • Other projects and duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Professional and polished demeanor
  • Knowledge of and a strong commitment to reproductive rights issues and NARAL Pro-Choice America’s mission and goals
  • Demonstrated writing skills, particularly in fast-paced environments
  • Good academic standing
  • Ability to produce concrete results with minimal supervision
  • Ability to prioritize and handle a variety of projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and in a team
  • Excellent organizational skills

Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in or recently completed an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree program, please note we cannot accept applications from persons having graduated more than 6 months before their start date;
  • Must be available to work a min of 20 hours per week, full time preferred
  • Strong research, analytical, written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced collaborative environment;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Drive;
  • General computer proficiency. Experience with prezi and excel a plus.

2019 Intern Reflection:

My summer at NARAL has been an absolutely spectacular experience. As someone who has never had a non-profit experience prior to this one, this internship has been enlightening to me in so many ways. As an intern the Campaigns and Strategy department, I am playing an important role in the Reality of Roe campaign which works to empower members to ask their state legislators to pass more pro-choice legislation and to block anti-choice legislation. My main focus is on expanding our coalition partners by inviting faith-based communities and college organizations to get involved by hosting educational events about the threat to Roe v. Wade in this administration. So, I’m currently in the process of contacting over 150 organizations to get them involved.

Additionally, I do administrative tasks to understand the financial and logistical process that goes into running a national non-profit like NARAL, which has also been very interesting. My favorite part of my time here was when all of the NARAL interns attended a House Judiciary Committee hearing on abortion rights as representatives of the 2.3 million NARAL members. It was surreal to be in the room as Busy Phillips shared her story to the House Committee members. Because NARAL works on very sensitive, urgent issues, the office culture focuses on dedication when necessary and self-care at all times. This attitude has made this such a wonderful experience for me as I am new to the field. Because of the norm of mutual respect in this office, everyone is consistently passionate and fired up about their work, and they do it really well!

Joy Nesbitt '22

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.