Policy Intern

Position Available: May – August 2016 (start and end dates negotiable)
Hours: 15-20 hours a week
Compensation: A monthly MetroCard and stipend will be provided.
The National Institute for Reproductive Health works across the country to increase access to reproductive health care by changing public policy, galvanizing public support, and normalizing women’s decisions to have abortions and use contraception. Believing that a bottom-up strategy is necessary to create lasting change, we work through a partnership model, building connections between and among partner organizations at the local, state, and national levels and providing support in the form of funding, capacity building, strategic guidance, and technical assistance. We encourage and support our partners in taking calculated risks, pursuing bold strategies, and developing innovative, proactive approaches to expand access to reproductive health care, including abortion.
The National Institute’s partnership work is supplemented with independent research, original reports, educational campaigns, and signature initiatives, including our nationally recognized youth leadership and peer education program, TORCH. By working to strengthen local and state movements to secure access to reproductive health care, we create lasting impact on the national level.
We are seeking a policy intern to support the development of a new project through our Urban Initiative for Reproductive Health. The policy intern will be responsible for conducting research using City Council archives, municipal code, media searches, outreach to local advocates and organizations, and other sources as necessary, as well as writing up a final report. He or she will work closely with supervising staff to shape the final product and develop a plan for launching it effectively.
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct policy research and draft final reports.
  • Identify and conduct outreach to local partners.
  • Provide input on development of final product and launch plan, including format, content, local outreach, and social media.


  • Graduate student preferred, ideally in a MPH or MPP program
  • Excellent research, writing, and organizational skills
  • Commitment to and knowledge of public health and reproductive rights
  • Ability to work well collaboratively on a long-term project
  • Flexibility in adapting to new challenges or a new direction required
  • Interest in local-level policy and politics a plus

To Apply:
Please email a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with subject line “Policy Intern.” People of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.