Center For Genetics And Society

Center For Genetics And Society is not an active RRASC host site for 2012.

Mission: 

The Center for Genetics and Society is a nonprofit information and public affairs organization working to encourage responsible uses and effective societal governance of the new human genetic and reproductive technologies. We work with a growing network of scientists, health professionals, civil society leaders, and others.

CGS supports benign and beneficent medical applications of the new human genetic and reproductive technologies, and opposes those applications that objectify and commodify human life and threaten to divide human society. CGS works in a context of support for the equitable provision of health technologies domestically and internationally; for women’s health and reproductive rights; for the protection of our children; for the rights of the disabled; and for precaution in the use of technologies that could alter the fundamental processes of the natural world.

Category: 

  • Science and Medicine

Internship description: 

Provide research, writing, communications, media, and/or outreach assistance to the CGS program staff. Specific tasks may include:

  • Researching, writing and editing work on CGS reports, articles, & op-eds
  • Research and writing in support of CGS online activities (website, e-newsletter, blog)
  • Assistance with promotion of CGS reports and online activities
  • Assistance with organizing briefings and meetings

Internship skills needed: 

  • Very strong research, writing and editing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to write blog posts and short articles suitable for publication
  • Knowledge of or affinity for online community tools (websites, blogs, email, etc.) and on-demand applications
  • MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint; online communications tools

Background:

  • Basic understanding of the social implications of reproductive, genetic and biomedical technologies
  • Basic understanding of the current political alignments around these technologies
  • Basic understanding of CGS’s perspective on the social implications and political alignments
  • Technical understanding of human biotechnology issues is a plus

Languages required: 

Excellent written and spoken English.

Location: 

  • San Francisco Bay Area

How to find us: 

Downtown Oakland, in an historic building which is literally on top of a BART station and close to buses. Area is alive with restaurants & farmers markets.

Work hours: 

Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00pm but flexible

Dress code: 

Business very casual