2023/24 U.S. State Policy & Advocacy Social Work Student Internship (Funded)

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The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the only global legal advocacy organization dedicated to reproductive rights, with expertise in both U.S. constitutional and international human rights law.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to use the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 180 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $30 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies; led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights; and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 60 countries.

The Role: The State Policy and Advocacy Team is looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful, and highly organized intern with a commitment to reproductive rights to engage in a variety of projects related to state advocacy and the team’s Integrated State Partnerships (ISP) work. This internship will provide the successful candidate with experience in the day-to-day operations of a public interest law organization with a dynamic in-house state policy and advocacy team. The intern will have opportunities to participate in collaborative projects with other Center teams as well as state-based partners and coalitions, focusing on a range of legal, legislative, and advocacy initiatives.

The internship is part-time (21 hours a week) for the duration of the 2023-24 academic year (anticipated September through May). The internship will be remote, although there will be an opportunity to work in the New York office the intern wishes. 


The scope of the internship will include, but is not limited to:

  • Supporting initiatives to engage external partners in the Center’s legal and advocacy work, including through the planning and execution of legal briefings, partner-led community programming, and other projects and events;
  • Participating in weekly or bi-weekly State Policy and Advocacy meetings, internal legislative strategy meetings, and state coalition meetings;
  • Working with ISP staff and other internal collaborators to develop and continuously update guidance and best practices for engaging with external partners;
  • Conducting research for and draft memos to inform new and developing ISP initiatives;
  • Assisting State Policy and Advocacy staff, including State Legislative Counsels and Fellows, with monitoring and tracking state policy developments and related partner requests for support;
  • Working with other State Policy and Advocacy staff on additional legislative, advocacy, and research projects.


  • Currently enrolled in and has completed at least one semester of an MSW program by September 2023;
  • Strong interpersonal, writing, and research skills; and
  • Demonstrated interest in reproductive rights, sexual and reproductive health, state policy and advocacy work, and/or community organizing.

Critical Competencies:

  • Strategic thinking: Applies big-picture thinking while also focusing on the details of implementation.
  • Decisiveness: Consistently makes sound decisions in a timely manner supportive of the Center’s mission, core values, and strategic objectives. Blends vision and judgment.
  • Collaboration: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups, and a willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
  • Receives and Provides Direct Feedback: Actively gives and requests feedback to and from peers, supervisors and direct reports (if applicable) about work products, behaviors, values, style and approaches with a view on how this impacts self, other individuals and teams.
  • Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members.
  • Commitment to learn: Applies a growth mentality to their own and their team’s (if applicable) development. Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve.
  • Passion for Coaching, and Mentoring Staff: Empowers and motivates employees and creates opportunities for learning, development, and leadership, with a focus on harnessing skills for the future development of team members. (if applicable)
  • Accountability: Follows through on each commitment made to individual contributors, teams and partners and proactively informs others of any delays that occur along the way. Holds team members accountable.
  • Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center’s high standards and mission.
  • Empathy: Serves as an empathetic, approachable leader who engenders trust and confidence. (if applicable)
  • Adaptability/Flexibility: Demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk.


The compensation for this role is $20 per hour.

Duration of Position:

This is a part-time internship (21 hours per week) for the duration of the 2023-24 academic year, anticipated September through May.

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