With over 500,000 contributing members, NOW is
the largest feminist organization in the United States. Since NOW was founded
in 1966, we have struggled to end the injustice and inequality women face
daily. As an intern with the National NOW Action Center you will be on
the front lines of the women's rights movement.
An important element of our program is comprehensive leadership training.
We hold a series of workshops to empower young feminists and give you the
tools and knowledge to become leaders on your campuses and in your communities.
You will learn the organizing skills from leaders of the most prestigious
feminist organization in the world. Becoming a NOW intern is a commitment
to apply the skills learned during the internship and to become, or continue
to be, an activist leader.
Each semester NOW interns participate in a wide range of activities
which distinguish us from other Washington, D.C. based programs. These
are just a few of the activities provided for interns each semester:
Please read the application and information. Your assistance in this fight
is crucial. We must stop the backlash against women and regain total power
and control over our bodies and our lives.
First-hand observation of how a sexist, racist, and classist political
system impacts women in this country.
Frequent opportunities to organize and attend Congressional and U.S. Supreme
Court hearings, press conferences, demonstrations and rallies.
Intern Lobby Day which includes a "how to lobby" workshop.
Training in our successful, time-honored grassroots organizing including
workshops on campus organizing, coalition building and networking.
Weekly intern discussion groups and field trips on a wide range of feminist
issues which are led by National NOW staff and officers.
NOW INTERNSHIP FACTS
- NOW offers volunteer, unpaid internship opportunities,
both full and part time, throughout the year.
College credit can be arranged.
A minimum of 3 days/week is required. Full time interns are
Prospective interns should be hard working, enthusiastic and flexible individuals
who possess or seek a working knowledge of women's issues and feminist
organizing. Interns should also be committed to continuing to struggle
for equality and justice once they leave the internship program and return
to their campuses and communities.
Interns will work with one of the following teams:
Projects and assignments in these areas vary based on the changing political
and social climate in Washington and the nation.
Government Relations/Public Policy Team: Characterized by lobbying,
legislative research and writing, and political campaign work.
Field Organizing Team: Get involved in the nuts and bolts of grassroots
organizing for NOW's broad range of priority issues.
Work on pickets, campaigns, conferences/summits, speaking tours and materials
Membership Team: Excellent opportunity in information science, using large membership database and meeting extensive information needs for all other teams.
Direct Mail and Fundraising Team: If you're interested in working in the non-profit world, an internship with the fundraising team will provide you with highly marketable skills. Learn the secrets of writing copy and working with printers and mailshops to send out 5,000,000 fund raising letters per year.
Communications Team: Research and write articles for the National
NOW Times, assist in maintaining press clips, draft press releases and field press calls.
Web Team: Be part of the team that maintains NOW's web site. Research, write and edit stories about women's issues, design graphics and build web pages.
Political Action Committee: Assist with NOW/PAC organizing, including
meeting with candidates, processing endorsement requests, and managing
Federal Election Commission materials.
Interested interns should send the following:
If you have further questions please contact:
A cover letter that expresses why you want to intern for NOW and that details
your ability to work in a fast-paced feminist environment
A current resume
A completed application form
Two letters of recommendation
- A one or two-page writing sample
Maureen Kentoff, Intern/Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 202-628-8669, ext. 103
Address: National Organization for Women
1100 H Street NW, Third Floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
Deadline for Spring Internship: November 22
Deadline for Summer Internship: March 15
Deadline for Fall Internship: July 30
Information about Colleges and University Programs That Sponsor Semester in Washington Programs
Also, inquire about a semester in Washington at your own college or university.
If academic credit cannot be arranged, contact the Washington, D.C. area
colleges and universities about the possibility of spending a semester
studying there and incorporating an internship into your studies. Below
is a list of the area schools and phone numbers for their admissions office:
American University: The
American Politics Semester is a program specifically for students who
want to spend a semester in Washington. AU accepts applications from students
around the country. Students choose from two specialized areas: National
Government and Public Law. There is a seminar (two courses/eight semester
hours) and an internship. Students intern two days per week. Finally, there
is a research project or elective course (one course/three or four semester
hours). For more information contact Washington Semester Program, American
University at 202-895-4900 or 1-800-424-2600. Visit the American University web site or send an e-mail.
State University of New York at Brockport: Interns work 4 days/week
and attend classes one day/week. A major research paper is required. This
is a 15 week program and accepts students from around the country. For
more information contact John Fitzpatrick at 1730 Rhode Island Avenue,
NW, Suite 702, Washington, D.C. 20036, 202-659-4320.
University of Oklahoma: Accepts students from around the country.
A student internship is required. For more information call 202-223-9147.
Institute for Experiential Learning (IEL), The Capital Experience:
An educational nonprofit organization that provides internships and educational
programs for undergraduate and graduate students. Students work at the
internship site 4 days per week. Students also take the Experiential Education
Seminar and one elective course. For more information contact IEL, 1735
I Street, NW, Suite 716, Washington, D.C. 20006, 202-833-8580.
The Washington Center: An independent, nonprofit education association
which provides comprehensive learning opportunities in the nation's capital
for students from colleges and universities throughout the country. The
Center offers two kind of opportunities: full time academic internships
and academic seminars which are one-to-three week colloquia focusing on
national and international issues. The full time internship program is
offered for both semester (15 weeks) and quarter (10 week) students. Full
time interns work 4.5 days per week and attend class one half day every
week. For more information contact The Washington Center, 1101 14th Street,
NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20005, 202-336-7600.
Cornell University: Open to Cornell students only, this program
aims to offer students an opportunity to take advantage of the rich resources
of the nation's capital. Students from all of Cornell's colleges are eligible
to earn full academic credit for a semester in Washington. Students take
courses from Cornell faculty, conduct individual research projects and
work as externs. Students work 3 days/week at the externship and carry
a course load of 12 to 16 credits. For additional information contact Linda
Jarschauer Johnson, Executive Director, or Prof. Steven I. Jackson, Associate
Director, at the Cornell Center, 2148 O Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037,
202-466-2184. In Ithaca, contact Prof. Stuart Blumin, Director, M-101 McGraw Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, 607-255-4090.
Stanford University: Open only to Stanford
students. For more information call 202-332-6235, or visit the Stanford in Washington web site.
George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 202-994-6040.
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 202-687-3600
Howard University, Washington, D.C., 202-636-6150.
Mount Vernon College (all women), Washington, D.C., 202-331-3444.
Southeastern University, Washington, D.C., 202-265-5343.
Trinity College (all women), Washington, D.C., 202-939-5040.
University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., 202-282-3230.
University of Maryland, College Park, Md., 301-314-8385.
George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., 703-323-2109.
Syracuse University, The Maxwell-Washington
International Relations Semester, 315-443-5339
HOUSING OPTIONS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
Trinity College: Residential Life Office, 202-939-5103. Call for an application.
Single rooms with common bathrooms and air conditioning. $100 per week;
one month minimum stay.
Capitol Park Apartments: 800 4th Street, Sw. This housing service is through
The Washington Center Intern Program. Prices range per semester. Call 202336-7559
for an application and more information.
YWCA Housing for Women: 235 Second Street, NE, 202-546-3255. $134 per week,
includes daily breakfast and dinner. No drugs, alcohol or men allowed.
Space is limited and fills quickly.
Quick Search Apartment Finders: 8383 Leesburg Pike, Northern Virginia,
1-800-486-3279. A free service for finding apartment housing.
American University: Off Campus Housing Resource Center, 407 Butler Pavilion.
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 202-885-3270.
George Washington University: Off Campus Housing, 202-994-1000.
Georgetown University: Office of Off Campus Housing, 202-687-8467.
Gallaudet University, $16/night/double, or $22/night/single, 202-651-6090.
Georgetown University: Georgetown Housing, 100 Harbin Hall, 202-687-4560.
Availability: Double rooms July 10-August 6 at $16/night; Single rooms
July 15-August 6 at $18/night.
George Washington University: George Washington Housing, 202-994-6688.
$20, $23, and $30 per night. Call for an application.
Howard University: 202-806-5661. $18/night for air-conditioned room, $14/night
without air-conditioning. $5 linen service offered. Available June 1-
July 31. Call for an application.
Mount Vernon College: 202-625-4629. $15/night. Call for am application
Spring and Summer
Most students choose to sublet an apartment or room in a group house during their NOW internship. Listings can be found in the
Washington City Paper, The Washington Blade, or off-campus housing offices.