Tewa Women United

Mission: 

Tewa Women United is a collective intertribal women's voice in the Tewa homelands of Northern New Mexico. Tewa Women United (TWU) was started in 1989 as a support group for women concerned with various issues including alcoholism, suicide, and domestic and sexual violence. In the safe space women created, we transformed and empowered one another through critical analysis and the embracing and re-affirming of our cultural identity. Through the Yiya Vi Kagingdi (YVK) Community Doula Program, we provide physical, emotional, and informational support during the prenatal, childbirth, and postpartum period in the Espanola area and at the eight northern pueblos of New Mexico. Our doulas spend numerous hours with the families they serve to build strong trusting relationships and to provide pregnancy support, community resources, and childbirth education. We host bimonthly parent's circles and offer support through Tewa Women United's Circle of Grandmothers to allow families a space to share and connect. Yiya Vi Kagingdi doula program encourages parent-baby attachment, breastfeeding support and parenting education.

Category: 

  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Women of Color

Internship description: 

Interns would help us with revising and updating publications, tabling at health fairs, doing outreach around town, organizing our parent resource library and our photo library, contacting clients about upcoming events. They would be welcome to attend childbirth classes and parent circles as well as other local meetings, doula-related events, and client intakes.

Internship skills needed: 

Basic computer use, competency with Microsoft Office, ability to speak about program in community, ability to be self-motivated and self-directed, respect for client confidentiality. We serve clients in many rural areas and public transportation is very limited here, so interns must have their own reliable vehicles. Due to our location, we also ask that interns secure their own housing in advance of coming to New Mexico.

Languages required: 

Spanish helpful but not required

Location: 

  • Española
  • NM

How to find us: 

Tewa Women United is located in Española, New Mexico. We are a small city of about 10,000. In the past interns have stayed in the Española area or commuted to our site from a Santa Fe residence. Car required.

Work hours: 

10-6 pm, with some evening meeting and community event commitments

Dress code: 

Casual

Office building accessibility: 

Accessible

How many people work at the organization: 

17 staff members

Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

Yes. We would likely have 1 intern in the doula program during the summer.

Internship dates: 

Flexible