Location: National NOW Action Center, 1100 H Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, D.C.
Application Deadline: Summer 2020 Deadline: March 23 - 11:59 pm

Update, 3/26/20

We know that we are in uncertain times, but at the moment we are ending our 2020 summer internship selection process due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to everyone who applied. We hope to pick back up again with our internship program in the fall.

The National Organization for Women is the largest grassroots organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has hundreds of thousands of contributing supporters and members in chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since ​its​ founding in 1966, NOW’s purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.

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:

  • Frequent opportunities to organize and attend Congressional and U.S. Supreme Court hearings, press conferences, demonstrations, and rallies
  • Writing blog posts about current feminist and social justice issues
  • Attending NOW 101’s: workshops with staff focusing on feminist issues and professional development
  • Lobbying members of Congress to support key legislation
  • Engaging with NOW’s grassroots members
  • *Summer nterns attend and staff NOW’s the annual conference

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

Summer 2020 Intern applications are being taken now.




Interns will work with one of the following five teams:
President's Office and PAC (Political Action Committee):  The President’s Office/PAC intern will learn firsthand how a grassroots activist organization works by working directly with NOW’s President’s Office and Political Director.
  • Attend meetings relating to NOW’s strategic planning, policies, and initiatives
  • Assist in planning rallies and any other NOW events
  • Play an integral role in the internship vetting, interviewing, and hiring process
  • Research candidates’ records on women’s rights issues and process endorsement requests
  • Attend PAC related meetings
  • Interns will have the opportunity to be involved with NOW’s PAC organizing
President's Office and Accounting:  The President’s Office/Accounting interns will learn firsthand how a grassroots activist organization as well as the ins and outs of nonprofit funds and monetary responsibilities and will work directly with NOW’s Vice President and Senior Accountant.
  • Assist in daily and weekly accounting procedures.
  • Assist the Sr. Accountant with incoming and outgoing mail.
  • Help prepare monthly receipts for credit card statements.
  • Help to prepare monthly rebate checks for NOW chapters.
  • Support the Senior Accountant and finance office on any additional projects as needed.
  • Attend meetings relating to NOW’s strategic planning, policies, and initiatives
  • Assist in planning rallies and any other NOW events
  • Play an integral role in the internship vetting, interviewing, and hiring process
Communications/Digital Media:  The communications intern is responsible for assisting with all press and digital/social media related material. The intern will also research, draft, and edit articles for NOW's various publications. Interns also help research, create, and distribute activist material to NOW's state organizations and local chapters.
  • Help manage social media pages for NOW: moderating comments, creating weekly content focused on the news, historical events, and activist campaigns
  • Analyze social media data and performance
  • Draft policy-focused materials for activist toolkit and create content for campaign micro-sites
  • Track media hits and update press clips on website
  • Create press lists
  • Write speeches, testimonies, and op-eds
  • Research new legislation and policy recommendations relevant to the National Action Program
  • Attend activist events related to the NAP campaigns and take photographs when appropriate
Government Relations/Public Policy:  The Gov Intern assists the director in extensive research and writing tasks relating to legislation, issues, and NOW actions. The intern will also attend coalition meetings, Congressional briefings, and hearings, and report back to staff.
  • Keeping track of current legislation and news stories
  • Conduct daily research on a variety of women’s issues, and write memos or briefs on various legislation and events that pertain to NOW
  • Write informational blog posts that educate the online community on NOW’s positions on a variety of issues, including: women’s reproductive rights, economic justice, racial justice, and constitutional equality
  • Attend and report on Capitol Hill briefings
Fundraising/Development:  The Fundraising and Development intern will learn highly marketable skills for the non-profit world by assisting the Fundraising Manager to retain and expand our donor base and improve NOW’s diverse fundraising efforts.
  • Draft and proofread content for donor communications
  • Research potential foundation and individual support, and update profiles in the donor database
  • Manage aspects of the donor acknowledgement program
  • Log information on donor estates and trusts
  • Develop and update National NOW resources for chapter leaders and members
  • Fulfill chapters' orders and requests for signs and supplies
  • Assist with chapter inquiries and other requests
  • Reach out to and maintain ongoing communication with our high school clubs and Campus Action Networks


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 communities.

Salary/Intern Allowance

Summer semester: NOW pays an allowance of up to $500 per month for Summer interns to offset travel and meal expenses associated with the internship. A minimum of four days, or 32 hours, per week is preferred. A minimum commitment of 10 weeks is required. Summer interns are also required to attend and staff NOW’s annual conference.

How To Apply

Complete an online application form
If you have any questions, please email