Political Research Associates

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Political Research Associates is a social justice think tank devoted to supporting movements that are building a more just and inclusive democratic society. We expose movements, institutions, and ideologies that undermine human rights. For 40 years PRA has built the capacity of social justice change makers to understand, adjust, and do battle with their organized adversaries on the Political Right. We are a broadly respected and trusted source of information and analysis among advocates, journalists, and academics alike, combining a social justice movement orientation with deep expertise on the key groups and individuals at the center of the Right’s new governing coalition, including the Christian Right/theocrats, white nationalists and the “alt-right,” economic libertarians, and Patriots and other right-wing forces.

Category: 

  • Reproductive Justice

Internship description: 

RRASCs at PRA help in researching a variety of right-wing movements and institutions, and in fact checking The Public Eye magazine. They often have an interest and desire to learn more about journalism, research, and publishing. RRASCs spend about 40% of their internship time doing research (digging around on the internet for specific information, sifting through digital archives and pulling out what’s useful, inputting that information into databases, writing up their findings to share with the team, etc), and about 40% of their time on fact checking (combing through a pre-publication article to ensure its factual accuracy from specific details likes names, dates, numbers, and quoted material, to larger descriptions and generalities). The rest of the internship time is ongoing political education, mentorship, training, other small tasks etc.

Internship skills needed: 

  • Commitment to social justice values and desire to pursue a related career
  • High attention to detail and methodical commitment to finding factual sources
  • Willingness to have sustained exposure to right-wing material for the duration of the internship
  • Ability to multitask and handle short and long-term projects
  • Excellent written communications, editing, and proofreading skills
  • Ability to adapt to new technologies and systems quickly and effectively
  • Proficiency with Google suite including email, calendars, docs, and spreadsheets
  • Ability to quickly synthesize information about new topics
  • Prior experience or coursework in journalism, research, or writing a plus

Office information:

Remote/Somerville, MA. It is unlikely that interns will have the option to work in person next summer, but if it becomes safe to do so and the intern is local, we may be open to that possibility. Both the building and our floor are ADA accessible. The building is locked via security system not during work hoursInterns will need to supply their own workspace, now that we're remote

COVID-19 changes:

We shifted to fully remote work in March, and the organization has provided all staff with a two-time (once in March, once in October) $300 home office stipend. Beginning in September, staff received an additional personal day each month, through the end of the calendar year.

Location: 

  • Boston, MA

Work hours: 

We will select work hours between 9am-5pm ET, Monday-Thursday. We coordinate this schedule with our other summer interns.

Dress code: 

Casual

How many people work at the organization: 

15 staff, occasionally one or two volunteers

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

Yes

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