The American Humanist Association has internships available year-round for students, recent grads, and volunteers in Washington, DC. Interns will develop a more comprehensive understanding of how a progressive, national nonprofit organization works, while gaining valuable skills for the future.
An internship at the AHA will provide an opportunity to support the organization's current work: advancing humanist values and progressive issue advocacy, focusing on church-state separation, civil liberties, reproductive freedom, human rights, and equality.
Internships are available in four areas:
Communications and Advocacy: The intern will track key issues and specific legislative developments, attend coalition meetings and briefings, draft action alerts, fact sheets, and articles for our membership newsletter, Free Mind, and assist in implementing our organization's media strategy. Specific duties include drafting press releases, letters to the editor, and opinion pieces, along with maintaining a media contact list and communicating AHA's message to the press.
Editorial: The intern will assist the editorial staff of our national award-winning magazine, the Humanist. Tasks include reviewing submissions, fact-checking manuscripts and magazine articles, proofreading, assisting in managing the online magazine, and potentially writing editorials, book reviews, or articles.
Field: The intern will assist in providing support for the AHA's 120 chapters and affiliates across the U.S., as well as providing support for the Humanist Celebrant program. Specific duties include contacting chapter leaders for updates, preparing mailings and providing other services for chapters, draft articles for Grass Roots News, the local group's newsletter, assisting with content for and mailing of Action Packets and assisting with other tasks as needed for the field.
Legal: The legal intern will be responsible for researching and writing legal memoranda, pleadings and/or briefs under the supervision of the legal coordinator. The intern may also be assigned the task of investigating new complaints, maintaining case files and submitting FOIA requests. Preference is given to 2nd and 3rd year law students who have completed course work in legal research and writing. In addition to a resume and cover letter, please send two references and writing sample.
Applicants should have a background or strong interest in one or more of the four areas. They should be enthusiastic, organized, self-motivated, and reliable, and have an interest in humanism and progressive issues. Interns' work schedules can range from part-time to full-time. Internships are unpaid.
We are currently accepting applications. Please submit a current resume and cover letter, including your area(s) of interest and availability, to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 202-238-9003, Attn: Intern Program.