Center for Genetics and Society

For nearly 20 years, the Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) has led the way in public interest efforts to reclaim human biotechnologies for the common good. We bring a social justice and human rights perspective to our work on human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies and practices, supporting those that are beneficial and opposing those that threaten to exacerbate inequality, discrimination, and conflict.

Category: 

  • Reproductive Justice

Internship description: 

A RRASC intern will assist with CGS’s programmatic activities. Duties will include, but will not be limited to, assistance with CGS’s online operations (posting to the main CGS website and to our Surrogacy360 site, writing blogs, producing multimedia, preparing newsletters, assisting with a webinar series, maintaining social media accounts, media analytics, etc.); and assistance with research projects and CGS-organized events. The intern will work with CGS staff, consultants, and fellows, and have the opportunity to (virtually) meet colleagues from CGS’s network of scholars and public interest advocates working on the social implications of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies.

Specific activities would include:

  • Gathering relevant news articles about specific topics and posting to the CGS Slack channel; tracking media coverage that cites CGS
  • Posting news articles, blog posts, etc. to the CGS website and/or Surrogacy360 website
  • Identifying and correcting formatting and related problems on the CGS website
  • Assisting with social media for CGS and/or Surrogacy360
  • Writing blog posts (if appropriate)
  • Assisting with preparation of the biweekly CGS newsletter
  • Assisting with foundation fundraising: prospecting, record-keeping, materials preparation
  • (potentially) Assisting with event organizing and promotion for 1-2 webinar with speakers TBC

Internship skills needed: 

Required qualifications:

  • Research, writing, and editing skills
  • Ability to work effectively in a remote working environment, i.e., to take initiative and sustain momentum, to seek answers and guidance when needed, and to collaborate virtually
  • Knowledge of or affinity for online communications tools and applications
  • Interest in CGS’s mission and commitment to social justice and the public interest
  • Good writing and speaking skills in English

Preferred qualifications:

  • Familiarity with or interest in the social implications of human biotechnologies, and basic scientific understanding of them
  • Experience in political or community organizing

Office information:

The office building location is accessible by public transportation. Physical access is currently N/A due to remote working.

COVID-19 changes:

We have shifted to working entirely remotely, with regular meetings and check-ins via Zoom and telephone. We also use other online collaborative platforms including Slack.

Location: 

  • Berkeley, CA

Work hours: 

20-28 hours per week

Dress code: 

Casual

How many people work at the organization: 

2 FT staff; 4 regular consultants

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

No