Advocacy Intern – Spring 2019

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 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 Program and Policy Associate, the Advocacy Intern will:

  • Develop position statements, newsletters, fact sheets, blog posts etc. related to YW Boston policy priorities
  • 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
  • Support the recruitment and orientation of new Advocacy Committee volunteer members
  • Attend advocacy committee and coalition meetings, relevant community or networking events, and meetings with legislators
  • Record and track YW Boston advocacy activities and data

This is an unpaid, part-time internship. Ideal candidate will be able to work in office 10-15 hours/week for four to six months. Weekly schedule will be confirmed between the intern candidate and the supervisor.

Position Outcomes

The successful Advocacy Intern will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Support the recruitment and orientation of new committee members
  • Track and brief supervisor on relevant city and state level legislation, as well as YWCA USA federal priority legislation
  • Maintain an internal best practices document for the Advocacy Committee
  • Create and send a biweekly committee newsletter
  • Assist in internal tracking system of organization’s advocacy actions and activities
  • Be a liaison in communication between coalition partners and the Advocacy Committee members
  • Assist in the creation of public policy content for different audiences based on research (blog posts, fact sheets, legislation letters of support)
  • Aid in administrative and logistical tasks for meetings and events

Experience/Qualifications

Successful candidates will be intellectually curious, effective communicators, strong relationship
builders, able to work independently, and have a positive sense of humor.
Specific qualifications include:

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

YW Boston is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. Diverse candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

The deadline to apply for this position is January 4, 2019.

Send a cover letter and a resume to Morgan Cowie-Haskell at mcowie-haskell@ywboston.org. Please place the subject title “Advocacy Intern” in the headline of your email.