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Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health. Advocates for Youth relies on dedicated staff to accomplish its mission. Below are current job and internship openings.

 

 

 

 

 

 


International Policy Intern

HOURS: 20 hours minimum per week

START DATE: Flexible, preference for someone who can work the entire summer

SUPERVISOR: International Policy Analyst

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: Advocates for Youth, based in Washington, DC, is a bold and innovative non-profit based in Washington, DC, works both nationally and internationally to advocate for policies and programs that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Since 1980, Advocates has provided information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries. Advocates’ philosophy of Rights.Respect.Responsibility.® informs all of its work. The organization promotes youth rights to sexual health information and services, models youth-adult partnerships in all its efforts, and holds society responsible for its role in providing young people with all of the information and the tools they need to make responsible decisions about their sexual health.

GENERAL DISCRIPTION: Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies which help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. We provide information, training, and advocacy to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, and the media in the U.S. and internationally. Interns support this mission and are treated as contributing staff members.

Advocates’ policy staff works with policymakers in Congress, the White House and various agencies on international youth sexual and reproductive health issues including: comprehensive sexuality education, contraception access, HIV/AIDS, abortion access, LGBTQ rights, girls’ rights and empowerment, and the post-2015 development agenda. In addition, staff works with various partner organizations to coordinate joint advocacy efforts.

Advocates for Youth’s international policy agenda focuses on:

  • Advocating for the meaningful inclusion of young people, especially girls and young women, in the post-2015 development agenda.
  • Promoting the inclusion of evidence- and rights-based, LGBT inclusive comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) in United Nations declarations, resolutions and in the post-2015 development agenda.
  • Advocating with Congress and the Administration on issues related to adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive rights in foreign policy and foreign aid.
  • Working with the non-U.S. governments to promote proactive sexual and reproductive health and rights at the UN
  • Advocating with the U.S. State Department to support the inclusion of sexual rights and protections of individuals regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in UN negotiated documents.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The international policy intern will support the International Policy Analyst in all functions of international policy work including:

  • Support the “Our Moment Campaign” and Advocates’ Girl Engagement Advisory Board members and their post-2015 advocacy activities, including: regular Skype/ email communication with members, coordinate travel and visa arrangements as needed, provide technical assistance to members for social media/ blogging, coordinate campaign material distribution and mailings to UN Missions.
  • Monitoring country statements at key United Nations meetings
  • Author/update fact sheets and policy briefs.
  • Assist in organizing annual lobby day for youth activist training participants.
  • Conduct Hill outreach with international policy staff.
  • Prepare materials for meetings.
  • Attend coalition meetings with international policy staff.
  • Research international youth sexual and reproductive health issues.
  • Blog on issues as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Interest in working on international public policy and commitment to global sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Motivated, committed student or recent graduate with desire to learn about young people’s sexual and reproductive health.
  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail.
  • Independent worker, ability to prioritize and meet tight deadlines.
  • Located in Washington, DC area through the end of September.
  • Good working knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • A commitment to Advocates for Youth’s mission and goals.

COMPENSATION: Interns are expected to make a commitment of 16 weeks, minimum of 20 hours per week. Students who receive academic credit for the Internship will receive an expense stipend of $200 per month to cover expenses related to their working at Advocates. Non-Credit interns will be paid at an hourly rate.

Advocates for Youth strongly encourages students in public policy or international affairs to seek college credit for their internship and will provide mentorship and support for academic work related to the internship.

TO APPLY:
Submit cover letter describing your interests and experiences, your resume, and a short 2-3 page writing sample to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to:

MA Keifer
Advocates for Youth
2000 M Street, NW Suite 750
Washington, DC 20036

Application deadline April 17. Position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.


Urban Retreat Intern

SUPERVISOR: Manager, Youth Activist Network

DATES OF INTERNSHIP: June 16th - September 31st

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: Advocates for Youth, based in Washington, DC, is a bold and innovative non-profit based in Washington, DC, works both nationally and internationally to advocate for policies and programs that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Since 1980, Advocates has provided information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, and the media in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries. Advocates’ philosophy of Rights.Respect.Responsibility.® informs all of its work. The organization promotes youth rights to sexual health information and services, models youth-adult partnerships in all its efforts, and holds society responsible for its role in providing young people with all of the information and the tools they need to make responsible decisions about their sexual health.

GENERAL PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Under the supervision of the Youth Activist Network Manager, the Urban Retreat intern will assist in planning the Urban Retreat and Summer Intern Series.

The Urban Retreat is Advocates’ annual four-day youth activist training in Washington DC to take place September 17th-21st, 2015. Each year, 140 youth activists from across the country and world are selected to attend the retreat. At the Urban Retreat, youth activist receive in-depth training on reproductive and sexual health, policy advocacy, grassroots organizing, and new media activism. In addition to trainings, youth activists also participate in our annual Lobby Day where they visit their Members of Congress to advocate for better sexual and reproductive health policies. In preparation for the event, the Urban Retreat intern will play an integral role in coordinating event logistics, working with participants to ensure completion of registration forms and preparing event materials.

RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

  • Overseeing registration for 140 training participants including tracking registration, ensuring all participant contracts & paperwork are complete, preparing materials for conference participants including certificates, and name tags.
  • Coordination of the Urban Retreat Youth Advisory Board, a youth lead advisory board that assists in planning of the Urban Retreat. Responsibilities include scheduling meetings, creating meeting agenda, and facilitating phone calls with youth advisory board.
  • Assist in coordinating event logistics including hotel rooming lists, catering orders, and travel.
  • Day of coordination’s and logistics and other duties/responsibilities as assigned.

The Summer Intern Series is a collaboration between sexual & reproductive health and rights organizations to provide learning opportunity to DC based interns. In partnership with CHANGE, URGE (United for Gender and Reproductive Equity), and amFAR, the Urban Retreat intern will serve as lead organizer to coordinate the Summer Intern Series.

RESPONSIBILITIES WILL INCLUDE:

  • Serving as lead organizer with interns from CHANGE , URGE, and amfAR to coordinate the intern summer series including scheduling and securing speakers and presenters, outreaching and advertising the series to partner organizations and organizing and implementing a Congressional Lobby Day.

QUALIFICATIONS: Must have excellent organizational and administrative skills with a demonstrated interest in organizing, advocacy, and global and domestic sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. Demonstrated capacity to work with a diverse group is a must. Ability to pay keen attention to detail and to be able to prioritize and meet deadlines. Please note that while this is primarily an events planning internship, there will be opportunities to learn more about youth sexual and reproductive health rights!

SALARY: The intern will be paid $10.00 per hour for 25 hours per week between June 16th - September 31st. (Dates and hours are flexible, depending on schedule).

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with “Urban Retreat Internship” in the subject line by April 30th, 2015.

 
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