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Mary Jane Patterson Internship
We are looking for a candidate who is interested in learning more about RCRC’s multi-faith work around abortion access and reproductive justice. The candidate should be available for 10-15 hours a week from July/August 2015 to December 2015.
Mary Jane Patterson was a dynamic and local civil rights leader committed to work at the intersection of abortion access and faith. She was a founding member of RCRC and the Coalition’s Women of Color partnership, as well as a dedicated Presbyterian Elder and lifelong advocate of reproductive justice, human and civil rights. Ms. Patterson’s faith and her passion for the lives of and educational opportunities afforded to Black women and girls is what guided all of her work. This internship—funded annually by a dear friend who also served on the RCRC Board of Directors—was started after Ms. Patterson’s death.
In Mary Jane Patterson’s spirit and memory, we are dedicating this internship program to young Black women with a passion for working at the intersection of faith, abortion access and reproductive justice. Ideal candidates will be in their final year of high school, first year in college or contemplating a future as a faith leader.
This internship comes with a small stipend, but it is not a fully paid internship.
This year’s Mary Jane Patterson intern will be focused on supporting a major policy advocacy project being launched this summer that will bring 20-50 religious leaders to Washington DC for an education lobby day on Capitol Hill. This is a great project for an intern who is interested in learning more about how Congress works and how movement organizations engage in educating members of congress and their staff on reproductive justice issues. Major responsibilities for this project will be primarily administrative, but our intern will get a “bird’s eye view” of this process by working alongside a seasoned group of leaders.
Additionally, there will be other opportunities throughout the summer and fall for our Mary Jane Patterson intern to learn more about RCRC’s work, support other projects and participate in substantive internal and external meetings where appropriate.
- Black or African-American young woman
- Commitment to reproductive justice, women’s rights, social justice and a familiarity with non-profit organizations
- Basic understanding of government
- Good communication and relationship building abilities
- Strong project management skills and a willingness to learn
- Attention to detail and consistency in follow-through
If you are interested in being our next Mary Jane Patterson intern, please send your resume and a short cover letter explaining why this internship is for you to: firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15, 2015.