Political Organizing Intern
St. Louis Region, Part-time, Unpaid
POSITION SUMMARY & STRUCTURE
The Public Policy department at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri works year-round to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice by championing proactive policies, building a grassroots movement, fighting legislation that would restrict reproductive rights, and working to elect pro-reproductive health public officials. Political interns learn about advocacy, policy, grassroots organizing, lobbying, volunteer recruitment and management, event planning, electoral campaigns, and more.
Internships have a flexible schedule of 10-15 hours per week, with some weekends and evenings required. Interns work some office hours at the 4251 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis location, and spend most of their time at community and campus actions. Internships are unpaid; we gladly work with eligible students to arrange school credit, and we are committed to providing interns with leadership opportunities and professional development. Applicants do not need to be current students.
● Conduct list-building, volunteer recruitment, and supporter mobilization through frequent phone banks, crowd canvasses, door-to-door canvasses, and other tactics. Identify and plan opportunities, lead these tactics, and train other volunteers.
● College students will plan and execute campaigns on your own campus to organize your peers.
● (Jan-May ’19): Support the grassroots lobby program: recruit supporters, lead a team of constituent lobbyists. Attend at least 1 all-day lobby day in Jefferson City.
● (Jun-Nov ’19): Work heavily on the electoral field campaign for endorsed candidates.
● Take shifts in health center waiting rooms to connect patients with advocacy opportunities. Some interns may work closely with patient advocates who wish to share their story.
● Help plan and execute events
● Conduct trainings and presentations
● Attend coalition events
● Proactively arrange for and staff outreach tables at community events
● Enter and manage data using the Voter Activation Network (VAN)
● Follow public policy events and write newspaper Letters to the Editor
● Other administrative tasks as needed
● Motivated and enthusiastic
● Compelling communicator one-on-one and in groups
● Must be a self-starter excited to take initiative and work with a degree of autonomy, even in situations with some ambiguity.
● Demonstrated interest in social justice or civic engagement
● Leadership experience, formal or informal
● Ready to learn tactics like door-to-door canvassing, which require talking with strangers
● Must be flexible and positive when priorities change quickly. We expect the unexpected!
● Able to keep composure in tense situations
● Personal integrity and commitment to PPSLRSWMO mission, values, and services
● Experience with Planned Parenthood, reproductive rights, intersectional feminism, political organizing, lobbying, or electoral work is a plus – but not required
● Native fluency in Spanish is a plus
● Strong computer skills are a plus
● Typical physical activities include: walking for up to 3 hours, periods of time outdoors in a variety of weather, lifting and transporting tables and boxes of materials for outreach work, and long periods seated in one place, on computer and phone.
Advocates of PPSLRSWMO is an equal opportunity employer.
PPSLRSWMO is a tobacco-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.