Institute for Research on Male Supremacism

IRMS is committed to exposing and challenging common narratives that provide shelter to male supremacist movements, advancing new theoretical understandings and practical analyses of contemporary threats, and providing resources for media and activists to improve their ability to challenge male supremacism and misogyny. We look at male supremacism underlying religious and secular ideologies, and address intersections with white supremacism, anti-trans ideology, and anti-Semitism, among other harmful ideologies. Our work draws from the reproductive justice framework, opposition to rape culture, and intersectionality theory. Our organization is committed to advancing understanding of male supremacism from an intersectional perspective as part of combatting it. Our activities include hosting a fellowship and mentee program for researchers studying male supremacism and its intersections, and provide researchers with digital security aid and a supportive community for this work. (We currently have 35 affiliates.) We host webinars and publish in the public sphere to reach organizers, media, and other researchers to help them in contesting misogyny. We hold an annual conference for researchers and are piloting a summer school for organizers in the upcoming year.

Category: 

  • Reproductive Justice

Internship description: 

The internship typically focuses on communications, fundraising, and organizing, with some research support, to advance our work to confront male supremacism and misogyny and its intersections with white supremacism and anti-trans ideology. The IRMS intern works directly with the executive director providing support in a variety of areas as needs arise, including updating the website, social media, graphic design, editing/copyediting, fundraising, research, blogging, and other tasks. They have the opportunity to attend IRMS meetings and events online and are encouraged to deepen their understanding of theory and research on male supremacism. We tailor the internship where possible to the experience and interests of the intern, and discuss upfront what they hope to get out of the experience and a particular project they might want to pursue. The 2021 intern will be particularly involved with helping to organize our pilot Summer School for Organizers on Contesting Supremacism, a week-long event that will bring organizers and researchers together for training sessions by experts on male supremacism and collaborating on strategies for confronting supremacist mobilizations. This may include helping to shape the curriculum and schedule of activities, reviewing materials from organizers and matching their needs with researchers, and logistical support in organizing the event and helping participants. The aim is for the summer school to take place in Berkeley in August 2021, or, if COVID-19 still does not permit that, as an online event.

Internship skills needed: 

Preferred skills include social media, communications/marketing, using Wordpress, fact-checking, copyediting, graphic design, and/or fundraising experience. Strong writing skills and attention to detail.

Office information:

Remote (Bay Area preferred), though our conference/summer school is held in ADA accessible buildings.

COVID-19 changes:

We are a virtual organization so COVID-19 hasn't required significant changes to our operating style, however, we have increased our online activities and webinars in order to adjust to needs for online community.

Work hours: 

28 hours per week

How many people work at the organization: 

IRMS is run by the executive director and volunteer operating board (5 people). Our 20 fellows volunteer to varying extents.

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

Yes