Sadie Nash Leadership Project

Founded in 2001, Sadie Nash Leadership Project (SNLP) is a unique, inspiring, and comprehensive leadership development program for over 700 low-income young women and gender expansive youth, ages 11-22, from all five boroughs of New York City and Newark, NJ. Our programs run throughout the year, and include after-school classes, summer programs, independent social justice fellowships, and community-based partnership classes.


  • Gender Justice

Internship description: 

Our flagship program is our award-winning Summer Institute (SI). SI is a rigorous six-week program where young women and gender-expansive youth (lovingly called Nashers) in high school participate in social-justice themed courses, workshops, and field trips rooted in leadership and feminism. SI operates at four sites: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and Newark, NJ. The Summer Dean Internship is a uniquely engaging and dynamic learning opportunity for motivated leaders to gain hands-on feminist youth work and facilitation experience at our Summer Institute. Deans serve as liaisons between our Nashers and other stakeholders, act as teaching assistants, facilitate daily groups and weekly workshops, and support with a range of program administration needs. Deans should demonstrate clear leadership experience and an interest in social justice education and direct mentorship. This opportunity offers deans the chance to sharpen curriculum development and classroom management skills, build foundational knowledge of healing-centered youth work, and gain a deep understanding of social justice nonprofits.

Internship skills needed: 

  • Strong critical thinking skills, work ethic, and attention to detail
  • Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to learning and utilizing restorative practices 
  • Demonstrated leadership in academic, professional, extracurricular or volunteer settings
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse groups in terms of ideologies, race, religion, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, and ability
  • Creative, good-humored, team-oriented, flexible and mature
  • Interest in social justice learning and youth development
  • Experience working with youth, particularly ages 14-19
  • Experience with facilitation and classroom management 
  • Excitement about putting SNLP mission and goals into practice
  • English language

Office information:

Accessible by public transportation and interns typically have their own work stations in person, but we will be remote this year. We have access to mental wellness support during the program and mental health days.

COVID-19 changes:

In the midst of the global pandemic we have shifted to a virtual program called Summer Action Project (SAP) which utilizes the same elements of SI, with a greater emphasis on project development. This ensures that students and interns alike are able to be responsive to issues coming up in their personal life and not risk their health. We have also decreased the amount of working hours from 35~ to 28~ and provide a PT licensed therapist to support staff throughout the program.


  • New York, NY

Work hours: 

10am-4pm, 28 hours per week

How many people work at the organization: 


Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: