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Public Policy Internship

Washington DC


Since 1964, SIECUS has been advocating for the rights of all people to accurate information, comprehensive sexuality education, and the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services. We believe that sex education is a powerful vehicle for social change. Our focus is on advancing comprehensive sexuality education as a means of building a foundation for a long-term culture shift that will positively impact all levels of society, particularly issues of gender equity, sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, consent, personal safety, and autonomy. SIECUS applies an intersectional lens to ensure people’s real lived experiences inform our policy, education, and strategic communications work.

SIECUS is now accepting policy internship applicants for Spring 2020

All SIECUS internship opportunities are:

  • Semester long internships, offered for an estimated 20 hours per week
  • Paid positions with a minimum stipend of $3,000
  • Flexible in start and end dates, but typically last for the duration of the academic semester
  • Intended for current students or recent grads of both undergraduate and graduate programs

Policy Internship

SIECUS Policy internships are available part-time and full-time during each semester and summer in our Washington, D.C. office. Policy interns will assist the SIECUS team with a variety of activities including, but not limited to:

  • Researching, monitoring, and tracking federal and state laws and policies impacting sex education and sexual and reproductive health and rights more broadly
  • Supporting advocacy projects by: analyzing proposed bills, developing letters or position papers, drafting fact sheets and other collateral, identifying decision makers and stakeholders, and participating in outreach to allies and stakeholders
  • Participating in coalition meetings on behalf of SIECUS
  • Liaising with Congressional offices, including through logistical planning for Hill meetings and briefings
  • Assisting with the development of the spring Policy Symposium
  • Assisting with special projects as needed

Policy Internship Qualifications

With the fast-paced, never-a-dull-moment nature of our work, we are looking for interns who can balance both big picture thinking with precise to-do list checking. Self-starting, creative, and–most importantly, passionate–candidates are encouraged to apply. We also prioritize interns with the following qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of how U.S. federal and state governments work
  • Previous public policy and advocacy experience and interest
  • Previous professional experience in team and/or office settings
  • Superb analytical and writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills (interpersonal, organizational, and public)
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and software
  • Commitment to the SIECUS mission
  • A sense of humor
To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to info@siecus.org with the subject line “Policy Internship Application – [Your Name]” no later than November 8, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls or drop by’s please.

SIECUS is an equal opportunity employer, committed to equitable hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We do not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, uniform service member status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Women, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, LGBTQIA persons, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Those whose experiences and perspectives have been traditionally under-represented in the field of sexual health are particularly encouraged to apply.

Posted October 9, 2019


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