The advantages of completing an internship are pretty obvious – a foot in the door with a potential employer, the skills and references to develop your résumé, a slew professional contacts, and maybe some college credit to go with it. But unlike most internships, one at Planned Parenthood gives you the chance to connect all these important benefits with that other thing that drives you – your passion for social justice.
Planned Parenthood has been fighting for the rights of women and access to sexual health care for close to a century, and today we continue to rely on smart and courageous advocates who volunteer and intern both inside our clinics and out in the community. Sound like a place you might fit in? We thought so, so come join us!
Read up on these opportunities for internships in the Twin Cities metro area, and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org / 612.821.6113 for more information. Or apply online here. Not in the metro area? No problem – let us know where you are located, and we'll connect you with your local office. We can't wait to hear from you!
Assist in the implementation of cultural-specific reproductive health programs and outreach activities for adults and youth in African immigrant/African born communities. You'll help with program planning, education session planning, design and administration of evaluation tools, tabling at fairs and health events, and some data entry and other relevant work as needed. Preferred qualifications include a basic knowledge of sexual and reproductive health issues, or experience working within African immigrant/African born communities. 10–15 hours/week for one semester (or 4–6 months).
Teen Council is a peer education program for area youth, and the Community Education and Outreach Intern provides assistance to program staff by helping with pre-session planning, observing weekly sessions, cleaning up post-session and helping to transport participants (mileage reimbursed). The intern is also responsible for some administrative tasks like database entry and weekly meeting minutes, and will have the opportunity to prepare for educational activities and shadow sex ed presentations in the community with potential to assist in presentations once trained. Qualifications include a basic knowledge of sexual and reproductive health issues and/or other teen health concerns, an interest in service learning or political advocacy, ability to relate to teens, and some weekly flexibility. Must be a current student seeking academic credit for this internship, and be able to commit to a full academic year (fall-spring semester '14–'15).
Planned Parenthood engages approximately 1,500 volunteers and interns annually in Minnesota, North Dakota,and South Dakota, passionate folks like you who give their time to ensure everyone has the right to the best sexual health information and services. The Volunteer Program's Intern helps connect these supporters with opportunities that suit their interests and skills by helping with the matching process and preparing them for success via an orientation process. Duties include day-to-day volunteer management procedures related to recruitment, placement, orientation, training and ongoing retention of volunteers throughout the agency as well as helping to coordinate volunteer projects and events. 10–15 hours/week for one semester (or 4–6 months).
Do you know what it takes to identify a compelling story, have the interviewing skills to draw that story out, and the written communication skills to scribe it? Planned Parenthood's Communications Team seeks a Story-Gathering Coordinator Intern to help maintain a process that will identify, collect, track and then develop compelling stories about its key partners and clients to be used in narratives about the organization's important work. Must have strong communication skills, a positive attitude with exceptional teamwork and strong interpersonal skills, acute sensitivity to privacy and security protocols, and ability to uphold the utmost respect for the confidentiality of all participants. For all you bring, you'll gain skills in non-profit communications, interviewing, construction of compelling narratives, and program development and coordination. 6–7 hours/week for one semester (or 4–6 months). Additional hours available as requested by intern to work on general Communications tasks, and preference given to applicants able to commit to more than one semester.
Do you have social media savvy, a penchant for the political, and a passion for Planned Parenthood? In this internship, you'll help strengthen and expand the organization's online presence while gaining firsthand experience in creative online marketing. Our ideal candidate is driven, self-motivated, and excited about Planned Parenthood's mission. Duties include contributing to Planned Parenthood's blogs, coordinating and reporting on social media metrics, gathering press clips, and curating and creating content for social media and online advertising. Preferred qualifications include excellent writing skills, experience leveraging online media for marketing purposes, basic understanding of HTML/CSS plus experience with CMS platforms, proficiency with design and video editing software, and an interest in policy issues. 10 hours/week for one semester (or 4–6 months).
Gain experience in program evaluation as well as an insider perspective of the workings of an education department in this exciting internship. You'll receive hands-on training from University of Minnesota Prevention Research Center Evaluation Specialists while administering evaluation tools, assisting with data management, and providing as-needed support to Education staff. Must have had experience or coursework in program evaluation. 8–16 hrs/week for one full year from August 2014–July 2015 or September 2014–August 2015. Ability to commit to 12 months strongly preferred, though shorter tenures will be considered. Stipend available.
Today the Minnesota House Majority, led by Representative Erin Murphy (DFL - St. Paul), proposed a bill that would nullify the devastating Hobby Lobby decision and ensure that the women of Minnesota are able to access all forms of birth control, without interference from their bosses.
"Minnesota women have the right to make their own health care decisions without interference by their boss," said Rep. Murphy. "Women shouldn't be discriminated against for their personal health care decisions, including whether and when to use contraception."
Just a few weeks after SCOTUS struck down Massachusetts' buffer zone law, a bill has been filed to attempt to limit harassment and intimidation outside abortion clinics. Legislators are rallying behind the bill.
#NotMyBossBusiness is back, now on the state level. Health-insurance plans for Ohio’s small and mid-size companies would be required to include coverage for the full range of women’s contraception under a bill legislative Democrats will soon introduce.
In a welcome change of pace for most states these days, New York has decided to begin taking steps to increase access to affordable, reliable birth control.
Despite the fact that every major medical organization (including the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Public Health Association) has firmly opposed and testified against efforts to arrest pregnant women who use drugs, a woman has been arrested for testing positive to drug use while pregnant—and not for the drug type the law is supposed to oppose.
Many reproductive health facilities in Texas have been forced to close due to legislation forcing them to comply with rules that do nothing to protect women's health, and it looks like even more clinics will close come September when another provision comes into effect.
A judge in Wisconsin has luckily clarified some vague non-surgical abortion restrictions for the better, and has made it clear that doctors only have to be present when giving the medication to their patients, not when the patients are taking it.
LAUREN MACK, SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT
A bit of good news from our neighbor to the east: A judge in Wisconsin has clarified some medication abortion restrictions in favor of patients and doctors alike. Part of the 2012 "Coercive and Webcam Abortion Prevention Act" specified that a physician needed to be physically present in the room when giving abortion medication to a patient. It seemed simple, but actually reflected a lack of understanding of how medication abortions work, and caused worry and confusion at health centers—did "presenting" the medication mean the physician would have to watch the patient take the pills as well? Would women have to make a return trip to the doctor to take the second pill?
After halting medication abortion services in its Wisconsin health centers, Planned Parenthood filed suit against the attorney general and other officials responsible for the ambiguous law. Last week, Judge Richard Niess clarified that under the law a doctor must be present only when abortion medication is dispensed, not that a doctor must be present when a patient takes the medication. This allowed Planned Parenthood health centers in Madison, Milwaukee, and Appleton to resume medication abortion services.
Medication abortion has been safe and legal in the U.S. for over a decade, and it gives a woman the option of a more private and less invasive method of ending a pregnancy, in a setting in which she feels most comfortable. Forcing a woman to take the medication in front of a doctor would take away that privacy, plus many women would find it difficult to make the return trip to the doctor to take the second of the two-pill dose.
Unfortunately Judge Niess' clarification is only a half-step in the right direction—the Wisconsin law still outlaws medication abortions using telemedicine (medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications). Health care centers across the country use telemedicine services to get patients the best quality health care, and the process for a medication abortion delivered through telemedicine is just as safe and effective as the process of an in-person meeting with a doctor. With luck, Wisconsin lawmakers will someday realize that and give the power to make these decisions back to women and their doctors.
LAUREN MACK, SOCIAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT