Research Internships

January 01, 2017
Research Intern Positions at NAPW (Non-Law Student)

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 vulnerable, 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 Intern Positions

NAPW seeks talented and highly motivated interns to assist in NAPW’s substantive and administrative work. 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. NAPW works to match specific projects and work activities to interns’ areas of expertise and interest. Interns may conduct research for ongoing litigation, monitor cases and new laws across the country, or assist with such tasks as following up with counsel and activists on particular cases. Interns may help with a wide variety of organizing activities including identifying individual experts and organizations that may want to participate as amici curiae in cases, coordinating public education or action events, or attending such events on behalf of NAPW. Interns may also work on public education projects including updating Facebook and other social media outlets, helping clients and activists tell their own stories, drafting commentaries, designing PowerPoint or YouTube presentations, or helping to document human rights violations around the country. Interns with particular interest in non-profit administration and fundraising will have opportunities to work on projects in these areas as well.

Qualifications:
  • Interest in women’s civil and human rights, reproductive justice, and drug policy and criminal justice reform;
  • Commitment to collaborative, cross-cultural work and the ability to work well with people in diverse settings; and
  • Strong writing, communication, and computer skills are a plus

Internships are generally unpaid. NAPW encourages interns who are students to seek course credit for their work at NAPW. Internships at NAPW may also help students fulfill academic requirements.

To Apply: Interested applicants should apply using the webform below.*

Please be aware of the following deadlines:

Fall semester - August 15
Spring semester - January 15
Summer term - February 1

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.


National Advocates for Pregnant Women is an equal opportunity employer.

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* If you are unable to use the webform, send an email under the subject line “Internship Application” to resumes@advocatesforpregnantwomen.org

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.