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Become an Intern or Fellow

Our interns and fellows work with Planned Parenthood North Central States' staff, patients, supporters, volunteers, and community activists to advance sexual and reproductive health care, education, programming and advocacy. They may also support initiatives focused on reproductive rights and freedom, gender equity, community health, and cross-movement work.

New opportunities are often posted to coincide with school semesters and/or summer breaks. Scroll down to see current openings.

Current Internship & Fellowship Opportunities

Rural Organizing Fellow — Nebraska

Type: Stipend Paid Fellowship

Location: South Sioux City or Kearney

Length of Commitment: August 1, 2021 - May 30, 2022

How to Apply: Email résumé and cover letter to Claire Wiebe at [email protected].

JOB SUMMARY

Under immediate supervision of the Advocacy Manager, the Rural Organizing Fellow performs a wide variety of functions. The Rural Organizing Fellow has responsibilities for building, maintaining, and activating a network of supporters, volunteers, and leaders on behalf of Planned Parenthood North Central States and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Nebraska organizations, within their defined region in the state. The Rural Organizing Fellow is responsible for carrying out legislative, organizing, and electoral goals which advance the Public Affairs department plan and build a sustainable base of support for Planned Parenthood and its constituency programs.

Rural Organizing Fellows are advocates in implementing our mission “To affirm the right to reproductive and sexual health and freedom for all by providing excellent care, trusted education, and fierce advocacy.” They may perform other related duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL WORK INTENSITY AND WORK ENVIRONMENT

Level 2, Light – Majority of time is spent sitting in an office environment. Occasional physical demands include lifting of 10-20 lbs., extended periods of standing, walking, and lifting. The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with the Nebraska Public Affairs Team to execute a 10-month advocacy plan for the specific region assigned to the Fellow, including particularly constituency and programmatic goals, in order to build capacity and sustainability across the state.
  • Meet or exceed metric standards set for work in assigned regions and districts, as directed by the Deputy Director and Advocacy Manager.
  • Recruit, train, and mobilize volunteers, including identifying and working with new volunteer leaders.
  • Increase the number and skills of overall supporters in the specific region assigned to the Fellow and as directed by the Advocacy Manager.
  • Identify and support patient advocates, storytellers, and youth on college campuses to participate in advocacy programs and advance advocacy priorities.
  • Plan and execute grassroots advocacy activities and events that support the public affairs department plan and regional work plans.
  • Develop, coordinate, and direct activities for identifying, educating, motivating, and supporting allied organizations and constituencies within the assigned region.
  • Represent Planned Parenthood in Nebraska at events, internal and external task forces, coalitions, workgroups, as approved by the Advocacy Manager or Deputy Director.
  • Ensure data and reporting requirements are met in a timely and compliant manner.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SPECIFIC DUTIES

Recruitment & Base Building

  • Assist in development and execution of geographically specific plans for identifying and securing potential new supporters, volunteers, and volunteer leaders.
  • Contact supporters, volunteers, and potential volunteers via a variety of methods and inform them of and scheduling them for volunteer opportunities and ways to engage.
  • Train new and existing supporters and volunteers in organizing best practices and regarding specific programs.

Mobilization

  • Work in partnership with the Public Affairs Team to create events and activities that excite and train supporters, inspire participation, and leverage technology to ensure accessibility.
  • Execute successful volunteer engagement activities including regularly scheduling volunteer shifts to phone & text bank, write postcards, draft letters to the editor, relational organize, deep canvass, lit-drop, call policymakers, and take other actions as needed to advance the department and work plans.

Relationship Development

  • Identify strong volunteers through intentional engagement and provide them opportunities to take on more responsibilities with Planned Parenthood, coordinating with the Public Affairs team to strengthen pipelines for programmatic and board participation.
  • Support and foster authentic relationships with organizations in the region with missions and values that intersect with Planned Parenthood’s, including providing support to events or activities and assisting with mapping long-term partnership strategies.
  • Offer consistent support and stewardship to engaged volunteers including potential and current leaders through 1:1 meetings to discuss interest, goals, and desired development.

Data Management

  • Work in VAN and assist with reporting measurable work plan related data in a timely manner.
  • Assist with analysis of electoral data to generate and amend campaign and field plans to respond to identified trends.

Work Hours

The Rural Organizing Fellowship will commence August 1, 2021 and run through May 30, 2022. The successful candidate is expected to work approximately 20 hours per week over the course of 10 months, for a total of 800 hours. This is an independent contractor position. Upon successful completion of 80 hours and progression on the work plan, a stipend of $1600 will be paid to the Rural Organizing Fellow. The Rural Organizing Fellow has the opportunity to earn 10 stipends for a total of $16,000 over the course of the 10 months, so long as time and goal requirements continue to be met.

STANDARD REQUIREMENTS

  • Understand and work as a team to meet PPNCS productivity goals. Annual performance monitoring for staff will include an assessment of whether established productivity goals have been met.
  • Supports, cooperates with, and implements specific procedures and programs for: safety and security, confidentiality, quality assurance, compliance with current laws and regulations including HIPAA and mandated reporting, and training.
  • Committed to collaborating in a diverse organization through equitable practices and an inclusive culture.
  • Supports and participates in:
    • Common teamwork; Cooperates and works together with all coworkers
    • Attend all staff meetings, huddles, and 1:1 meetings
    • Uses tactful, appropriate communications in sensitive and emotional situations demonstrating compassion, empathy, and dignity for all
    • Follows up as appropriate with manager/supervisor, coworkers and patients regarding reported complaints, problems, and concerns
    • Promotes positive public image and relations of PPNCS
    • Completes requirements for acceptable attendance and timeliness to work, uniform and dress codes including personal hygiene, and other work duties as assigned.

MINIMUM SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least one cycle working with or volunteering for a policy, grassroots, or political campaign with demonstrable organizing experience or comparable experience in non-profit advocacy, organizing, or volunteer management experience preferred
  • Professional or volunteer experience in reproductive health/rights/justice & gender equality preferred.
  • Desire to learn and grow skills in areas of volunteer management and grassroots organizing.
  • High school graduate or equivalent.
  • Commitment to racial, gender, ethnic, and other equity and eradicating systems of oppression including white supremacy required

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Outstanding people skills with the ability to build sustainable relationships between supporters and the organization
  • Strong organizational, communications, computer, problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Willingness and ability to work well with high-level volunteers; strong ability to lead and engage volunteers and supporters
  • Proven competency with voter/supporter database software; experience with VAN strongly preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Effective communication skills
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Technology skills including computer and applicable software skills
  • Highly self-motivated and directed
  • Ability to work remotely including accountability to administrative systems and procedures, documenting work time accurately, informing other staff of activities, and completing all duties including administrative tasks by the deadline assigned
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and create a positive environment that demonstrates PPNCS’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Fluency in Spanish, to be demonstrated via a fluency test administered by PPNCS prior to hire to be considered for specific regions.
  • Current student status or alumni from University of Nebraska – Kearney, dependent upon region.
Health Equity Research Intern

Type: Paid internship with 2500$ stipend

Location: Remote OR in person at Minneapolis  

Length of Commitment: January to May 2021

How to Apply: https://redcap.link/healthequityinternship

Under the direct supervision of the Associate Research Manager, The Reproductive Health Equity Research Intern will assist in organizing and implementing social science projects focused on reproductive autonomy, justice, and access.  Research interns are advocates in implementing our mission “To affirm the right to reproductive and sexual health and freedom for all by providing excellent care, trusted education, and fierce advocacy.” Interns in the PPNCS Research Division will develop a broad understanding of social science research through trainings, mentorship, and applied experience. 

The Health Equity Research Intern is an advocate in implementing the PPNCS’ mission of “Affirming the human right to reproductive health and freedom.”  Performs other related duties as assigned.

Work Hours and Stipend Compensation

The Reproductive Health Equity internship program will coincide with academic semesters as following:

Spring internship will commence January 18th and run through May 6th

The successful candidate is expected to dedicate between 10 and 15 hours per week over the course of internship timeframe. A $2500 stipend will be provided for the duration of the internship (625$ at the start of each month).

The PPNCS research division is committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourages applications from people with diverse backgrounds. We recognize reproductive injustice disproportionately harms marginalized communities— including people of color, people from working class and low/no-income backgrounds, people with disabilities and LGBTQ people. We believe that to achieve reproductive health equity these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities and other communities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Essential function and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with data collection
    • Investigate and troubleshoot minor issues related to data collection, including for respondent, database, and other technical issues
    • Edit, format, print, and test data collection instruments
    • Learn and follow procedures for tracking survey respondents
    • Check and code returned questionnaires in preparation for data entry
    • Maintain and update accurate records and notes in fielding databases
    • Follow-up with survey respondents via telephone, fax, and email
    • Prepare data collection materials for mailing
    • Recruit participants (e.g., people, sites) to participate in studies
    • Maintain proper documentation of all fieldwork activities and archive project files
  • Support senior staff in preparing manuscripts and presentation materials
    • Formatting to meet journal specifications, including text, tables and figures
    • Checking and formatting references
    • Fact-checking manuscripts, reports and fact sheets
    • Create tables and figures for manuscripts and presentations
    • Assist with preparing posters or presentations for conferences
  • Conduct and execute data-related tasks
    • Basic programming, under direction, to read data, create and recode variables, generate descriptive tabulations
    • Data entry, cleaning, and checking
    • Compile data into tables
    • Cleaning, transcribing and de-identifying qualitative data transcripts
  • Support research administrative tasks
    • Search for and summarize literature and other project relevant information; draft summaries of articles for a literature review; maintain updated reference lists and group library settings in Zotero
    • Assist with archiving work during and after project completion
    • Assist more senior staff with administrative tasks, like project schedules, work plans, contracts, payments, and IRB submission process
    • Assist with coordinating meetings, including taking notes, scheduling, and drafting agendas
    • Communicate scheduling and hours of availability with Research Staff
    • Communicate status of assigned projects and learning objectives with Research Staff
  • Learn through training and professional development opportunities
    • Complete CITI Social/Behavior training
    • Complete Johns Hopkins Foundations of Health Equity Research MOOC on Coursera

Attend meetings, presentations, and events representing the PPNCS research division

STANDARD REQUIREMENTS

  • Supports, cooperates with, and implements specific procedures and programs for: safety and security, confidentiality, quality assurance, compliance with current laws and regulations including HIPAA and mandated reporting, and training
  • Supports and participates in:
    • Common teamwork; Cooperates and works together with co-workers across clinical and administrative teams,
    • Uses tactful, appropriate communications in sensitive and emotional situations demonstrating compassion, empathy and dignity for all.
    •  Appropriate follow-up with supervisors, co-workers, and patients regarding reported complaints, problems, and concerns
    • Promotes positive public image of and relations with PPNCS
    • Completes requirements for acceptable attendance and timeliness to work, uniform and dress codes including personal hygiene
    • Performs other work duties as assigned.

MINIMUM SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Qualifications

  • Degree-seeking student in Public Health, Social Work, Pre-Med/Medicine, Sociology, Gender Studies or related study
  • Interest in research and reproductive health
  • Specific interest/experience in health equity work
  • Currently enrolled in an academic institution in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, or Nebraska, including community colleges and universities
  • Experience collecting and organizing large amounts of information
  • Research experience, specifically related to quantitative analysis and statistical, spreadsheet, and/or database software; Stata/R experience desirable
  • Experience using Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, and willingness to gain proficiency in other computer programs highly desired

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Good organizational and communication skills, accuracy and attention to detail, as well as a self-motivated work style and ability to work well both individually and in a group
  • Strong interpersonal skills that will enable the candidate to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.
  • Committed to collaborating in a diverse organization through equitable practices and an inclusive culture.
  • Commitment to racial, gender, ethnic, and other equity and eradicating systems of oppression including white supremacy
  • Significant lived experience in marginalized and historically-oppressed communities, including working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds