SIECUS

SIECUS asserts that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one worthy of dignity and respect. We advocate for the rights of all people to accurate information, comprehensive sexuality education, and the full spectrum of sexual and reproductive health services. SIECUS works to create a world that ensures social justice inclusive of sexual and reproductive rights. SIECUS views sex education as a vehicle for social change capable of tackling the misinformation, shame, and stigma that create the basis for many of today’s sexual and reproductive health and rights issues, like reproductive justice, LGBTQ equality, racial justice, sexual violence prevention, and gender equity.

The Policy team at SIECUS does the following: -Educate advocates and policymakers about providing rights-based sexuality information and education at the federal, state, and local levels. -Provide technical assistance to state and local partners for education, advocacy, and/or lobbying purposes. -Lead, strengthen, and develop partnerships with other organizations, coalitions, and initiatives to advance policies that promote positive sexual and reproductive health outcomes across the lifespan. -Publish reports, data, and analyses to inform policy and advocacy work in sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Category: 

  • Reproductive Health
  • including access and direct services

Internship description: 

SIECUS Policy internships are available part-time and full-time during each semester and summer in our Washington, D.C. office. Policy interns will assist the SIECUS team with a variety of activities including, but not limited to: -Researching, monitoring, and tracking federal and state laws and policies impacting sex education and sexual and reproductive health and rights more broadly. -Supporting advocacy projects by: analyzing proposed bills, developing letters or position papers, drafting fact sheets and other collateral, identifying decision makers and stakeholders, and participating in outreach to allies and stakeholders. -Participating in coalition meetings on behalf of SIECUS. -Liaising with Congressional offices, including through logistical planning for Hill meetings and briefings. -Assisting with the development of the spring Policy Symposium Assisting with special projects as needed.

Internship skills needed: 

With the fast-paced, never-a-dull-moment nature of our work, we are looking for interns who can balance both big picture thinking with precise to-do list checking. Self-starting, creative, and–most importantly, passionate–candidates are encouraged to apply. We prioritize interns with the following qualifications: -Basic understanding of how U.S. federal and state governments work -Previous public policy and advocacy experience and interest -Previous professional experience in team and/or office settings -Superb analytical and writing skills -Excellent communication skills (interpersonal, organizational, and public) -Willingness and ability to learn new skills and software -Commitment to the SIECUS mission -A sense of humor

Location: 

  • Washington, DC

Work hours: 

Full time or part time, typically around 20 hours a week. Offices hours are Mon-Fri 9:30-5:30 but are flexible.

Office building accessibility: 

Accessible

How many people work at the organization: 

5 full time staff members

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

Yes
Internship final reports: 
2020Anupriya Rachel Jacob