Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts

The Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts (PPAF) is the advocacy and political arm of the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM). Formed in 1984, PPAF believes that working within the political process is critical to advancing PPLM’s mission to increase access to sexual and reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education for people across Massachusetts.

Category: 

  • Reproductive Rights (including abortion and contraception)

Internship description: 

We are seeking an intern who will work with our Organizing Team at Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of MA within the External Affairs Department. The External Affairs Department is made up of the Organizing Team, the Communications Team, and the Government Relations Team. 

The RRASC intern will receive robust training and ongoing mentorship from PPAF staff. Interns will be trained in grassroots organizing, communications, policy advocacy, and usage of VAN, the Voter Activation Network. Interns will be able to participate in virtual events and trainings. 

Responsibilities may include:

  • Managing and tracking supporter engagement through the Voter Activation Network
  • Spearheading volunteer engagement events such as phone banks, letter writing parties, team meetings, and one on one meetings
  • Advocating on behalf of Planned Parenthood for bills that are part of an intersectional legislative agenda
  • Communicating with potential volunteers and holding introductory meetings to bring them into our work
  • Helping to plan and facilitate trainings, meetings, and virtual events
  • Depending on staff capacity and need, supporting the work of our Patient Advocacy, Black Organizing, Raiz, and Generation Action constituency organizing programs

Internship skills needed: 

  • Enthusiasm and desire to have conversations with new people
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with people of different races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, ages, abilities, religions, and experiences 
  • Basic computer and Microsoft Office proficiency
  • Ability to multi-task and shift priorities due to rapid response needs
  • Interest in bringing people together to create change and empowering people to take action
  • Age 18+ for some events

Office information:

This internship will be remote. Most staff on our team are based remotely on the east coast and meetings and events are scheduled in EST. However, an intern can be based anywhere! We incorporate captioners and ASL interpreters in events.

COVID-19 changes:

A few things our organization has done in response to COVID-19 and this current political movement: work from home or in office flexibility, flexibility in schedule creation, parent and caregiver convenings, BIPOC Caucuses, White Accountability Groups, Department Anti-Racism work groups. These are just a few examples and I'm happy to talk more about this!

Location: 

  • Boston, MA

Work hours: 

24 hours total. Intern can expect to work a 9am-5pm schedule but should have some weeknight and weekend availability for events.

How many people work at the organization: 

Over 200 (including volunteers)

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

Yes