Center for Genetics and Society

Mission: 

The Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) is a nonprofit social justice organization that works to ensure an equitable future where human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies benefit the common good. We at CGS

  • encourage responsible uses of human genetic and reproductive technologies;
  • promote effective societal governance of these technologies;
  • collaborate with a growing network of scholars, scientists, health professionals, civil society leaders, and others;
  • support equal access to benign and beneficial medical applications of these technologies both domestically and internationally;
  • advocate for women's health and reproductive rights, for racial justice, for the rights of people with disabilities, and for the protection of our children;
  • urge precaution in the use of technologies that could alter the fundamental processes of the natural world; and
  • oppose any applications that objectify and commodify human life and threaten to divide human society, such as inheritable genetic modification.

For the past several years, the prospect of genetically manipulating the traits of future human generations has been actively debated around the world among scientific elites, the biotech industry, fertility professionals, and bioethicists. Yet, the far-reaching social challenges posed by human genetic modification are just beginning to make their way onto the agendas of most advocates for social justice, human rights, and democratic governance. CGS is active in this international debate through our campaign on human gene editing and genetic justice. 

Internship description: 

Duties will include, but not be limited to, assistance with CGS’s research, policy efforts, and public awareness campaigns; and with CGS’s online operations (posting to the website, writing blogs, producing multimedia, preparing newsletters, assisting with a webinar series, maintaining social media accounts and media analytics, etc.

Internship skills needed: 

  • Passion for the mission and goals of CGS
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Strong people and networking skills
  • Strong knowledge of or affinity for online communications tools and applications
  • Familiarity with or strong interest in the politics and social implications of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies, and basic scientific understanding of them

    This position is an opportunity for a talented and incisive leader to be part of a unique nonprofit organization taking courageous positions on complex and consequential issues. Candidates with experience in disability justice, reproductive justice, or racial justice with an interest in learning about biotechnologies issues are encouraged to apply.

  • Location: 

    • Berkeley, CA

    How to find us: 

    The CGS office is about 1.5 miles from the UC Berkeley campus and from downtown Berkeley, and about .9 miles from the North Berkeley BART station. Several bus lines are within a block. There are numerous restaurants and coffee shops nearby.

    Work hours: 

    Flexible 8 hours within the window 8am-6:30pm.

    Dress code: 

    Casual

    Office building accessibility: 

    Accessible

    How many people work at the organization: 

    5 full time plus several regular part-time consultants

    Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

    Possibly one other

    Internship dates: 

    Flexible