Center for Genetics and Society

Mission: 

For 16 years, the Center for Genetics and Society (CGS) has been one of the few public interest organizations working to encourage responsible uses and effective societal governance of human genetic and reproductive technologies and other emerging technologies. We consider the health and social justice implications of a number of reproductive technologies, including in-vitro fertilization, egg and sperm donation, surrogacy, egg freezing, genetic testing, and human genetic modification. In recent years, the prospect of genetically manipulating the traits of future human generations has been actively debated around the world among scientific elites, the biotech industry, fertility professionals, and bioethicists. Yet, the far-reaching social challenges posed by human genetic modification are just beginning to make their way onto the agendas of most advocates for social justice, human rights, and democratic governance. We are currently making a difference in this international debate through our campaign on human gene editing and genetic justice.

CGS works with a growing network of scientists, health professionals, civil society leaders, and others. The Center supports benign and beneficent medical applications of these technologies, and opposes those applications that objectify and commodify human life and threaten to divide human society. The Center works in a context of support for the equitable provision of health technologies domestically and internationally; for women's health and reproductive rights; for the protection of our children; for the rights of people with disabilities; and for precaution in the use of technologies that could alter the fundamental processes of the natural world.

Internship description: 

Duties will include, but not be limited to, assistance with CGS’s online operations (posting to the website, writing blogs, producing multimedia, preparing newsletters, assisting with a webinar series, maintaining social media accounts and media analytics, etc.); and assistance with research, policy efforts, and public awareness campaigns.

Internship skills needed: 

  • Passion for the mission and goals of CGS
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills
  • Strong people and networking skills
  • Strong knowledge of or affinity for online communications tools and applications
  • Familiarity with or strong interest in the politics and social implications of human genetic and assisted reproductive technologies, and basic scientific understanding of them

    This position is an opportunity for a talented and incisive leader to be part of a unique nonprofit organization taking courageous positions on complex and consequential issues. Candidates with experience in disability justice, reproductive justice, or racial justice with an interest in learning about biotechnologies issues are encouraged to apply.

  • Location: 

    • Berkeley, CA

    How to find us: 

    The CGS office is about 1.5 miles from the UC Berkeley campus and from downtown Berkeley, and about .9 miles from the North Berkeley BART station. Several bus lines are within a block. There are numerous restaurants and coffee shops nearby.

    Work hours: 

    Flexible 8 hours within the window 8am-6:30pm.

    Dress code: 

    Casual

    Office building accessibility: 

    Accessible

    How many people work at the organization: 

    5 full time plus several regular part-time consultants

    Are there other interns at the organization during the summer: 

    Possibly one other

    Internship dates: 

    Flexible