Advocacy Intern

Mission Statement

YW Boston works to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We work across racial, gender, religious and social lines with organizations in all sectors to educate people about racial and gender disparities and provide them with tools to dismantle them. We pride ourselves on being reflective, innovative, outcomes oriented, and passionate about our work.

The Advocacy Intern position is a wonderful opportunity for someone interested in learning more about how an organization can use advocacy to support its mission and the people and communities it serves.

General Statement of Duties

Under the supervision of the Public Policy and Advocacy Manager, the Advocacy Intern will:

  • Research and analyze various topics, organizations, and key influencers in advocacy areas of interest
  • Update a best practices document for how the advocacy committee should operate
  • Assist in the preparation for advocacy meetings and events
  • Attend advocacy committee meetings, relevant community events and meetings with legislators
  • Keep the committee abreast of coalition asks and trends in the various advocacy areas
  • Generate monthly newsletters to distribute to the advocacy committee
  • Prepare and send correspondence to state legislators
  • Assist in the preparation and attend Parity on Board Coalition meetings
  • Generate social media plans for the Parity on Board Coalition

This is a part-time internship of 10-15 hours per week at a rate of $15/hour. Weekly schedule will be discussed between the intern candidate and the Public Policy and Advocacy Manager.

Position Outcomes

The successful Advocacy Intern will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Maintain a best practices document for the committee
  • Create and send a monthly committee newsletter
  • Assist in internal tracking system of organization’s advocacy actions
  • Be a liaison in communication between coalition partners and the Advocacy Committee members
  • Assist in the creation of content for different audiences based on research
  • Manage logistics and prepare materials for meetings
  • Successfully manage communications and correspondence with our state legislators regarding the Alliance of YWCAs of MA 2021 budget request


Successful candidates will be intellectually curious, effective communicators, strong relationship builders, good project managers, and have a good sense of humor.

Specific qualifications include:

  • Enrolled in college or graduate school
  • Proficiency with Microsoft products such as Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Outstanding project management skills
  • Ability to synthesize information, summarize findings, and present them in ways easily understood
  • Excellent research and writing skills with demonstrated capacity to effectively integrate and present data within written reports
  • Strong team building and communication skills
  • Style that is organized, innovative and results oriented
  • Experience working in a community-driven organization a plus
  • Openness to learning and willingness to give and receive feedback
  • Enthusiasm, positive sense of humor and can-do attitude essential
  • Demonstrated commitment to YW Boston’s mission to promote racial, gender and social equity

How to Apply

Send a cover letter and a resume to Please place the subject title “Advocacy Intern” in the headline of your email.

YW Boston is an equal opportunity employer. Diverse candidates strongly encouraged to apply.