Ibis Reproductive Health


Ibis Reproductive Health aims to improve women's reproductive autonomy, choices, and health worldwide. It accomplishes its mission by conducting original clinical and social science research, leveraging existing research, producing educational resources, and promoting policies and practices that support sexual and reproductive rights and health. Ibis works closely with advocates to conceptualize research questions and to help ensure the results of its research lead to positive change in women's lives.

Ibis was founded in 2002 by Charlotte Ellertson to support talented new clinical and social science researchers committed to studying critical, yet often overlooked, topics in the reproductive health field. Charlotte sought to create an organization that would bring together researchers, advocates, and health care providers in order to pursue research that would have measurable impact in women's lives, often challenging the paradigms that govern how reproductive health care is currently offered. With its origins in an unheated church basement and a staff of three, Ibis has grown into a staff of 24 with offices in Cambridge, MA (headquarters), Oakland, CA, and Johannesburg, South Africa. Today Ibis serves as a bridge between the reproductive health research and advocacy communities and works closely with advocate colleagues to select projects that have direct policy relevance and impact. The organization also collaborates with major universities and research institutions and Ibis staff publish widely in peer-reviewed journals.


  • Reproductive Rights/Justice

Internship description: 

Our research needs are dynamic and change dependent upon the projects we are working on over the summer and the skills and strengths of the intern. The intern will likely work with several study teams on multiple projects. The intern will also provide overall support to staff as needed, including assisting with development and communications activities. We may also be able to support an intern at our offices in Oakland, CA.

Potential tasks may include:

  • Data collection
  • Data entry and management
  • Participant recruitment
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Literature reviews
  • Manuscript preparation
  • Project support

Internship skills needed: 

We seek an individual with a strong commitment to women's health and rights as well as a demonstrated interest in quantitative and/or qualitative research to further the movement. The intern should be willing to provide support to Ibis staff with research projects and administrative tasks. A background in research methods may be helpful. Flexibility and ability to meet deadlines are essential. Applicants should be comfortable working on multiple projects simultaneously and interacting with a variety of people. Basic word processing skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) and ability to do literature searches on the internet required. Skill and experience using statistical software or qualitative software a plus.


Languages required: 

English (Spanish language skills a plus but not required)


  • Boston, MA

How to find us: 

Cambridge, MA or Oakland, CA. Our headquarters are located in Cambridge, MA, just across the river from Boston. The Cambridge office is easily accessible to bus and train transit at Porter Square. The Oakland office is located downtown.

Work hours: 

9-5, with some flexibility

Dress code: 

The office environment is casual, yet professional.

Office building accessibility: 


How many people work at the organization: 

24 people work across three offices.

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

Yes, we typically have 2-4 other interns during the summer.

Internship dates: