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NOW'S Internship Program

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Only COMPLETED applications accepted

Spring - Nov. 18
Summer - Mar. 15
Fall - July 19

With over 500,000 contributing members, NOW is the largest feminist organization in the United States. Since NOW was founded in 1966, we have struggled to end the injustice and inequality women face daily. As an intern with the National NOW Action Center you will be on the front lines of the women's rights movement.

An important element of our program is comprehensive leadership training. We hold a series of workshops to empower young feminists and give you the tools and knowledge to become leaders on your campuses and in your communities. You will learn the organizing skills from leaders of the most prestigious feminist organization in the world. Becoming a NOW intern is a commitment to apply the skills learned during the internship and to become, or continue to be, an activist leader.

Each semester NOW interns participate in a wide range of activities which distinguish us from other Washington, D.C. based programs. These are just a few of the activities provided for interns each semester:

  • First-hand observation of how a sexist, racist, and classist political system impacts women in this country.

  • Frequent opportunities to organize and attend Congressional and U.S. Supreme Court hearings, press conferences, demonstrations and rallies.

  • Intern Lobby Day which includes a "how to lobby" workshop.

  • Training in our successful, time-honored grassroots organizing including workshops on campus organizing, coalition building and networking.

  • Weekly intern discussion groups and field trips on a wide range of feminist issues which are led by National NOW staff and officers.

Please read the application and information. Your assistance in this fight is crucial. We must stop the backlash against women and regain total power and control over our bodies and our lives.


  • NOW offers volunteer, unpaid internship opportunities, both full and part time, throughout the year.

  • College credit can be arranged.

  • A minimum of 3 days per week is required. Full time interns are preferred.

  • 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 to struggle for equality and justice once they leave the internship program and return to their campuses and communities.

  • Interns will work with one of the following teams:
    • Communications Team: Research, draft and edit articles for NOW's online and print publications and blog; assist with media relations, web updates, and track media hits. Assist with various administrative tasks - this will comprise a small percentage of overall tasks, as well as working with the web intern in developing social media content and on other projects as required. Required Skills: experience with drafting/editing social media/blogging content preferred.
    • Web / Online Communications: Duties may include building or updating web pages, creating email blasts using Salsa (our email blast and online advocacy platform), editing and uploading videos to YouTube, developing social media content, and graphic design. Required Skills: HTML/CSS, Notepad++; Useful skills: WordPress, previous experience coding HTML emails, SalsaLabs, social media knowledge, previous video editing experience. Please provide a link to your online portfolio if applicable.
    • 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 Assistant: This intern will work directly with NOW's president and her assistant, staffing the president at events, as well as outreach meetings with heads of allied organizations. This intern will also be involved with the president's correspondence and research talking points for speeches.

Projects and assignments in these areas vary based on the changing political and social climate in Washington, D.C. and the nation.


Interested interns must send the following:

  1. A completed application form
  2. A cover letter
  3. A current resume
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. A writing sample (1-3 pages)

If you have further questions please contact our internship coordinator:

Phone: 202-628-8669
Address: National Organization for Women
1100 H Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20005

  • Deadline for Spring Internship: November 18
  • Deadline for Summer Internship: March 15
  • Deadline for Fall Internship: July 19

Information about Colleges and University Programs That Sponsor Semester in Washington Programs

  • American University: The American Politics Semester is a program specifically for students who want to spend a semester in Washington. AU accepts applications from students around the country. Students choose from two specialized areas: National Government and Public Law. There is a seminar (two courses/eight semester hours) and an internship. Students intern two days per week. Finally, there is a research project or elective course (one course/three or four semester hours). For more information contact Washington Semester Program, American University at 202-895-4900 or 1-800-424-2600. Visit the American University web site or send an e-mail.
  • State University of New York at Brockport: Interns work 4 days/week and attend classes one day/week. A major research paper is required. This is a 15 week program and accepts students from around the country. For more information contact the Program Director at 1730 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Suite 702, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-659-4320 or 1-877-659-4320 (toll free), or email:
  • Institute for Experiential Learning (IEL), The Capital Experience: An educational nonprofit organization that provides internships and educational programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Students work at the internship site 4 days per week. Students also take the Experiential Education Seminar and one elective course. For more information contact WII, 1015 18th St, NW, Suite 1101, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-833-8580,
  • The Washington Center: An independent, nonprofit education association which provides comprehensive learning opportunities in the nation's capital for students from colleges and universities throughout the country. The Center offers two kind of opportunities: full time academic internships and academic seminars which are one-to-three week colloquia focusing on national and international issues. The full time internship program is offered for both semester (15 weeks) and quarter (10 week) students. Full time interns work 4.5 days per week and attend class one half day every week. For more information contact The Washington Center, 1333 16th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, 202-469-8083,
  • Cornell University: Open to Cornell students only, this program aims to offer students an opportunity to take advantage of the rich resources of the nation's capital. Students from all of Cornell's colleges are eligible to earn full academic credit for a semester in Washington. Students take courses from Cornell faculty, conduct individual research projects and work as externs. Students work 3 days/week at the externship and carry a course load of 12 to 16 credits. For additional information contact the Cornell Center, 2148 O Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037, 202-466-2184. In Ithaca, Director, M-101 McGraw Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, 607-255-4090.
  • Stanford University: Open only to Stanford students. For more information call 202-332-6235, or visit the Stanford in Washington web site.

Also, inquire about a semester in Washington at your own college or university. If academic credit cannot be arranged, contact the Washington, D.C. area colleges and universities about the possibility of spending a semester studying there and incorporating an internship into your studies. Below is a list of the area schools and phone numbers for their admissions office:


Summer Only:

Most students choose to sublet an apartment or room in a group house during their NOW internship. Listings can be found in the Washington City Paper, The Washington Blade, or off-campus housing offices.

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