Internship Opportunities

2018 Organizing & Electoral Internship

About Us: Planned Parenthood Association of Pennsylvania (PPAP) works on behalf of the three Planned Parenthood affiliates in Pennsylvania – Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania, Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, and Planned Parenthood Keystone – to provide public education, advocacy, services and research related to family planning and reproductive health care.

Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC (PP PA PAC) is the independent, non-partisan, political arm of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania Advocates. PP PA PAC is funded solely by private contributions, with the explicit purpose to elect pro-choice and pro-family planning state level candidates to office. PP PA PAC also encourages supporters of all parties to become involved in the political process through the funding of on the ground field activities to benefit endorsed candidates.

Position Description: PPAP operates a robust External Affairs department and volunteer program to give our supporters a variety of ways to engage with and support our work. The External Affairs Intern will assist the department in implementing communications and legislative strategies concerning reproductive health and rights, which includes: family planning, abortion, and sexuality education. The Intern will also assist in coordinating PPAP network of volunteers, organizing grassroots activities to support PPAP’s legislative and electoral priorities, community engagement – ensuring that the work is inclusive and engaging marginalized groups.

This position has a flexible start date in January and will last through the Spring semester. The position is typically unpaid and requires 14-21 hours per week, including some evening and weekend hours. *Internships may qualify for academic credit; applicants are responsible for ensuring completion of all necessary qualifying requirements and documentation required by their college or university.*

Responsibilities:

  • Update profiles and research political candidates, including those running for election, as well as researching offices up for election
  • Assist in planning an effective execution of all political outreach efforts, including but not limited to: phonebaning, canvassing, fundraising, pressers, community forums, etc.
  • Assist with the distribution and collection of questionnaires for endorsement to candidates running for office
  • Mobilize Pennsylvania voters around women’s health issues through community engagement and grassroots organizing tactics
  • Conduct voter outreach and education efforts to register voters
  • Collaborate with new and existing stakeholders – including elected officials, coalition partners, and volunteers – to expand our efforts
  • Build meaningful relationships with non-traditional community organizations that are led by and lead the work for the communities they serve by attending events and providing support to them as needed
  • Collaborate and create meaningful opportunities/events with these partners
  • Develop accountability measures to maintain and grow relationships established with community partners
  • Assist in the coordination of volunteer and advocacy events, including lobbying visits, rallies or other visibility events
  • Disseminate information about PP issues and services through a variety of methods, such as Health Center Advocacy and community events
  • Assist in recruitment efforts and increasing our supporter numbers
  • Craft communications for volunteers and activists, such as newsletters and email updates
  • Assist in the management of the Health Center Advocacy Program (HCAP), which includes but not limited to: training staff and volunteers on best practices, collecting patient stories to build supporter base, collect and enter data from petitions
  • Maintain volunteer and supporter data systems, including entering and uploading data and volunteer timesheets
  • Assist office staff with day-to-day operations as appropriate
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned

Position Requirements:

  • Commitment to reproductive health and rights for all Pennsylvanians and to Planned Parenthood’s mission
  • Commitment to develop new opportunities to engage underrepresented populations and Planned Parenthood patients
  • Commitment to racial equity, inclusivity and embodying intersectionality
  • Willingness to participate actively in all planned community engagement and grassroots organizing tactics to mobilize Pennsylvanians around reproductive issues, in addition to other social justice issues as applicable
  • Outgoing team player, independent worker, who is well organized and who can self-motivate
  • Commit to 14-21 hours a week in an administrative office and/or health center, with flexibility that suit both the intern and the office staff
  • Desire to mobilize Pennsylvania voters around women’s health issues through community engagement and grassroots organizing tactic
  • Possess computer skills, including data entry, research skills; attention to detail
  • Outstanding verbal, written, interpersonal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft office suite, experience with data entry
  • Solid research skills and detail-oriented
  • Must have access to a car or be confident in ability to take public transit

We strongly encourage People of Color, working-class, and LGBTQ+ individuals to apply. Internship bases include the following locations: Erie.

Please note this is typically an unpaid internship and requires at least 14-21 hours a week, however we will provide reimbursement for some travel and meals where applicable. To Apply: Send most recent resume and cover letter to: administration@pppamail.org; NO CALLS PLEASE. Be sure to include the title of the internship in the subject line. Application deadline has been extended to January 30, 2018.
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