Internships

Location: National NOW Action Center, 1100 H Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C.
Application Deadline: Spring: Nov 16, Summer: March 15, Fall: July 20

NOW is the largest, most comprehensive feminist advocacy group in the United States with hundreds of thousands of contributing members and hundreds of state and local chapters across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our mission is to bring women into full participation in society – sharing equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities with men, while living free from discrimination.

Each semester NOW interns participate in a wide range of activities that provide them with the tools and knowledge to become activist leaders, such as:

  • A Comprehensive leadership training
  • Frequent opportunities to organize and attend Congressional and U.S. Supreme Court hearings, press conferences, demonstrations, and rallies
  • Training in our successful, time-honored grassroots organizing tactics
  • Weekly intern discussion groups and field trips on a wide range of feminist issues

Do you have more questions about our internships? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Duties

Interns will work with one of the following teams
    • Communications Team: Research, draft and edit articles for NOW's various publications (including the blog), email communications (including advocacy, fundraising, and monthly newsletters) and social media platforms. Assist with developing comprehensive messaging for cross-organizational purposes, including calendar for internal use. Work with the Senior Communications Associate and the Field Team to develop social media campaigns and content for chapter use. Work with the Senior Communications Associate to produce daily content for various social media platforms, namely Facebook and Twitter. Track media hits and update press clips on website. Coordinate projects for the NOW Foundation’s Love Your Body campaign. At events with NOW officers, take photographs and video (when appropriate). Qualifications: Demonstrated commitment to progressive social change; excellent written and verbal communication skills; training and/or experience with editorial or advocacy writing; knowledge of Associated Press style preferred, but not required; familiarity with Facebook and Twitter a must (includes personal usage); experience with other social media platforms, such as Google+, Pinterest, or Tumblr, is a plus; strong organizational skills, attention to detail, professional demeanor and the ability to juggle several tasks while meeting deadlines; general computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office applications; and HTML or WordPress experience is a plus.
 
    •  Online Communications: Assist with email communication to our online activists, including advocacy, fundraising, and monthly newsletter emails. Create and write online petitions, campaigns and other web content. Assist in content cultivation for social media platforms. Participate in campaign and organizational building activities. Assist with developing comprehensive messaging for cross-organizational purposes, including calendar for internal use. Assist with data collection, tracking, and analysis for email program, website, and social media platforms. Assist with search engine optimization. Qualifications: Demonstrated commitment to progressive social change; excellent written and verbal communication skills; Photoshop skills are strongly preferred, but not required; Familiarity with Facebook and Twitter a must. Experience with other social media platforms, such as Google+, Pinterest, or Tumblr, is a plus; good organizational skills, attention to detail, professional demeanor and the ability to juggle several tasks while meeting deadlines; interest or training in online communications, advocacy, or fundraising; general computer skills; familiarity with Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel is a plus; and HTML or Wordpress knowledge is a plus.
 
    • Field Organizing Team: Get involved in the nuts and bolts of grassroots organizing for NOW's broad range of priority issues. Work on rallies, campaigns, chapter development, and materials development.
 
    • Government Relations/Public Policy Team: Characterized by lobbying as well as legislative research and writing.
 
    • Membership/Fundraising Team: Learn highly marketable skills for the non-profit world by providing customer service to donors, assisting with data management and communicating with chapter leaders and activists.
 
    • Political Action Committee: Assist with NOW PAC organizing, including meeting with candidates, processing endorsement requests, and researching candidates' records on women's rights issues.
 
    • President's Office: Work directly with NOW's President and her Assistant, staffing the president at speaking events, as well as outreach meetings with heads of allied organizations. Learn first-hand how a grassroots activist organization works.
These volunteer, unpaid internship opportunities are available both full and part time, and college credit can be arranged. A minimum of 3 days per week is required. Prospective interns should be hard working, enthusiastic and flexible individuals who possess or seek a working knowledge of women's issues and feminist organizing. Interns should also be committed to continuing the struggle for equality and justice once they leave the internship program and return to their campuses and communities.    

Salary

NOW offers volunteer, unpaid internship opportunities, both full and part time, throughout the year. College credit for these internships can be arranged can be arranged.

How To Apply

Interested interns must send the following to internships@now.org: 1. A completed application form 2. A cover letter 3. A resume 4. Two letters of recommendation 5. A writing Sample (1-3 pages)