The First Nations Two Spirit Collective is comprised of indigenous peoples who identify as two-spirit, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gender-non-conforming, queer and allies. We came together out of a shared commitment to social justice work with an intersectional approach that honors our full selves through education, bearing witness to each others' lives, and personal and spiritual sustainability in the larger social justice and LGBTQ movement.
The internship will be working with the First Nations Two Spirit Collective and PFund both based in Minneapolis, MN. The First Nations Two Spirit Collective and PFund will do a time split and the intern will spend 12 hours a week working with PFund and the remainder 28 hours a week working with the First Nations Two Spirit Collective. The intern will be housed at the PFund Minneapolis office. Their time will be supervised by the First Nations Two Spirit Collective and PFund.
The intern would work closely with PFund Foundation’s Program Officer on a range of projects. The exact makeup of the intern’s work would be determined based on the intern’s interests and PFund’s needs. Part of the internship would include an introduction to social justice grantmaking and an understanding of the context of LGBT philanthropy in addition to work that supports the Program Officer to deepen PFund’s social justice grantmaking activities.
The rest of the internship would focus on a specific project. Potential projects include:
• Making the case and developing a regional and community context for launching the next phase of PFund’s Seniors work: PFund has been working for the past four years on issues related to LGBT aging. This project will be expanding to more thoroughly meet and reflect LGBT elders across the region.
• Making the case and developing a regional and community context for continuing PFund’s racial equity work: PFund launched the first LGBT Commuities of Color endowment in the nation. This endowment makes sure that resources are directed towards LGBT communities of color in the region.
Most recently, PFund was part of a national intiative focused on racial equity work that included grantmaking, leadership development and organizational support. As the REI project has now finished, PFund is definining how it will continue its work on racial justice and racial equity.
The intern’s role in these projects would be, for example, to provide computer research time and to scan existing documents towards creating a community inventory of work and organizations currently in process across the region. Part of this work would include ongoing development of political frames for this work combined with strategies for moving the work forward.
The remainder of the time will be spent working with the First Nations Two Spirit Collective. The intern will do some administrative tasks to help build the infrastructure of the Collective. In addition, the intern will work with the Collective to write and develop materials, begin development on a tool kit regarding sovereignty and Two Spirit issues. They will also work with the Collective to document the Collective’s history up to this point. They will also work with the Collective to develop position papers, brochure, and web-based presence. They will also be doing some research of existing resources. They will also meet with the Collective and have structured opportunities for political education and development.
The intern hours will be 40 hours a week. 4 days a week in an office environment and one day a week out of the office for meetings and other political education. The hours may include evenings or weekends to meet with the Collective. The office hours will be 9:30 AM to 6 PM.
The ideal candidate would be someone who can work well independently, strong writing skills or interest, and familiarity with social media. The intern will also need to be comfortable meeting new people, talking over the phone, email communication, and some written communication. The intern should work well in a group process, have good follow-through, and a strong interest in social justice work.