Prison Birth Project

Mission: 

The Prison Birth Project (PBP) is a reproductive justice organization that works to provide support, education, advocacy, and leadership training with women and trans* people at the intersection of the criminal justice system and parenthood. Current and formerly incarcerated members explore reproductive justice and the history of incarceration, contextualize each of our personal stories within the overall power structure, and learn organizing methods to change the system itself. PBP members also educate the public to build a community in which people in conflict with the law are remembered and acknowledged as deserving of all human rights.

Category: 

  • Prisons and Criminalization

Internship description: 

Working with the Programs Co-Directors to collectively co-create and/or update our group curriculum, trainings, and research resources. Summer is our reflection time and the time we use to adjust/create materials for the upcoming program year. The intern will be working with us to envision as well as help implement these changes which include things such as our doula training, facilitator training, RJ training, childbirth education materials, group exercises that foster deeper understanding of oppression, oppressive systems, etc. In addition, we have found that our interns have enjoyed their experience more when they co-create and co-host a community event. Past events include a movie and facilitated discussion, swaps, and forums on Orange is the New Black. We establish the project idea early in the internship so the students have time to plan and implement. Finally, we have our interns work with our Director of Fundraising and Finance to ensure they leave exposed to our model of donor development and grant writing strategies and language. The amount of time spent in this part of the internship is slightly based on interest level and we do require some time in this area as we think it very important to understand fundraising and the management piece of our work.

Internship skills needed: 

We require the ideal candidate to:

  • Have at least 1 year of work experience.
  • Have an awareness of their racial identity, personal biases, and history related to racism.
  • Have keen attention to detail.
  • Have good problem solving skills, be resourceful and take the initiative when needed.
  • Have excellent communication skills and be professional when dealing with all aspects of PBP.
  • Have knowledge of how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Google docs, sheets, forms and calendar as well as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Be self-directed and work well with others, particularly in a collective process.
  • Be committed to reproductive justice and changing the prison system.
  • Be committed to learning about and working towards gender self-determination, economic justice, racial justice, and an end to ableism, xenophobia, sexism, ageism and all other forms of oppression.
  • Authentically work to be an ally of communities of which they are not a part.
  • Be willing to actively support the building of leadership among people traditionally excluded from social and political movements.
  • Have direct experience with the communities affected by the injustices PBP seeks to remedy. (Please note this is not a requirement when working with us as interns)

Location: 

  • Western Massachusetts

How to find us: 

400 Dwight St, Holyoke, MA (our office) We are located in the canal district on local transportation routes and we have free parking outside our building.

Work hours: 

We are flexible with intern hours up to 30 hours/week.

Dress code: 

Casual

Office building accessibility: 

On the first floor only

How many people work at the organization: 

3 full-time and 2 part-time

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

Sometimes

Internship dates: 

Flexible