Application Deadline: March 15, 2021
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
Interns will work with one of the following four teams below.
Duties:President's Office and PAC (Political Action Committee): President’s Office and PAC interns will learn firsthand how a grassroots activist organization works by working directly with NOW’s President’s Office and/or 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
- Draft policy-focused materials for activist toolkit and create content for campaign micro-sites
- Use press lists to help pitch to reporters
- Write speeches, testimonies, and op-eds
- Research new legislation and policy recommendations relevant to the National Action Program
- 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
- Assist in the creation of NOW-branded social media graphics using Canva and following branding
- Chapter research used for member newsletters
- Knowledge of Tweetdeck a plus, but not mandatory
- Reconcile credit card statements
- Organize check requests as needed
- Work with Membership and Fundraising teams to facilitate check processing
- Maintain expense reporting
- Provide general data entry and management of financials
- Work directly with the Development team to assist in strategic fundraising efforts
- Conduct research and support for the development of new campaign partnerships
- Attend meetings relating to NOW's Direct Mail and Digital Campaign
- Support monthly donor data entry and updates
- Write thank you notes/emails to donors and members
- Facilitate the NOW membership process via Windfunds software
- Conduct research on prospects and planned giving programs
- Collect information on conduit organizations and options for using their platforms
- Facilitate mailing inquiries regarding Nixies
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: Spring semester: NOW pays an allowance of $500 per month for Summer interns to offset travel and meal expenses associated with the internship. 24-32 hours per week is preferred. A minimum commitment of 10 weeks is required.