Thursday, July 11, 2019

Paid Fall Policy Internship with Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States

SIECUS is now accepting policy internship applicants for Fall 2019. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Policy Internship Application – [Your Name]” no later than July 26, 2019. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. No phone calls or drop by’s please.

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.
All SIECUS internship opportunities are:
  • Offered for an estimated 20 hours per week
  • Paid positions with a minimum stipend of $3,000
  • Flexible in start and end dates, but require a minimum ten week commitment
  • 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 special projects as needed

SIECUS 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 the U.S. and state government works
  • 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