Operations Internships (For CUNY Students)

September 12, 2017

National Advocates for Pregnant Women is seeking an Operations Intern for the spring 2018 semester.

About the Organization:

National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW) seeks to protect the rights and human dignity of all women, particularly pregnant and parenting women and those who are most likely to be targeted for state control and punishment, including low income women, women of color, and drug-using women. NAPW works to ensure that: women do not lose their constitutional and human rights as a result of pregnancy; that addiction and other health and welfare problems they face during pregnancy are addressed as health issues, not as crimes; that families are not needlessly separated based on medical misinformation; and that pregnant and parenting women have access to a full range of reproductive health services, as well as non-punitive drug treatment services. NAPW uses the lessons learned from the experiences of these women to find more effective ways of advancing reproductive and human rights for all women and families.

Our work encompasses litigation, litigation support, and legal advocacy; local and national organizing; and public policy development, public education, and outreach. Two principles guide all NAPW activities: (1) to build bridges and align agendas across diverse public health and social justice movements, and (2) to leverage and connect local organizing and activism with national advocacy and policy work.

To that end, NAPW is actively involved in ongoing court challenges to punitive reproductive health and drug policies and provides litigation support in cases across the country. NAPW engages in local and national organizing and public education efforts among the diverse communities that are stakeholders in these issues, including the women and families directly affected by punitive policies, as well as public health and policy leaders.

About the Operations Intern Position:

NAPW seeks a talented and highly motivated intern to assist in NAPW’s substantive and administrative work. Operations internships are designed specifically for individuals enrolled in a CUNY school and will offer the individual an opportunity to learn about non-profit management while also gaining knowledge about the organization and the framework of reproductive justice broadly. Operations internships are positions for individuals who are not in law school and are suitable for undergraduate or graduate students.

NAPW is committed to ensuring that interns have a significant and valuable learning experience, including participation in staff meetings and organizational events to the fullest extent possible.

Interns bring a wide variety of skills and interests. Operations interns can expect to spend approximately 70% of their time supporting NAPW staff on administrative activities related to fundraising, event planning, and systems development and 30% of their time on substantive content work which may include learning, reading, and participating in public education and organizing efforts that support NAPW’s mission.

Operations Internship Qualifications:

• Currently enrolled in a CUNY School;
• Interest in women’s civil and human rights, reproductive justice, and drug policy and criminal justice reform;
• Commitment to collaborative, cross-sectoral work and the ability to work well with people in diverse settings;
• Strong writing, organizational, communication and computer skills (Mac experience/comfort a plus); and
• Able to contribute 10 hours/week for 10 weeks.


The Operations Intern will receive a $1000 stipend.

A complete application packet (PDF or Word format) will include:

A cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the position and how they heard about NAPW;
a resume; and
contact information for at least one reference.

Please be aware of the following deadline:

Application deadline for the Spring 2018 semester is January 15.

Please submit your application here.

If you are unable to use the webform, please send application materials to resumes@advocatesforpregnantwomen.org (please put Internship Application in the Subject Box)

This email address is a résumé dropbox, and is only checked on résumé collection dates. Please direct any questions that require a response to info@advocatesforpregnantwomen.org.