Summer 2019: NCI Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health Internship Program

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The NCI Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health Internship Program is made possible through the Donna and Richard Esteves Fund for Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health. NCI is excited to once again provide undergraduate students with a chance to have a paid internship at reproductive rights and reproductive health organizations in New Orleans during the summer of 2019 (May 27 through August 16). We have five open positions, each providing the opportunity to develop valuable skills, knowledge, and connections related to this field. Participants in this program will also learn from new and continuing interns as well as from leaders in the field of reproductive rights and reproductive health through biweekly meetings.

The application will be open from noon on March 11 to 10pm on March 25.

Read about current and past interns’ experiences on NCI’s Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health Internship blog and the current issue of ReproNews

For more information, contact:
Clare Daniel
Administrative Assistant Professor
of Women's Leadership

Full Name:
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Are you a full-time undergraduate student?
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Have you previously received a grant from NCI?
If you answered yes to the previous question, please list the grant(s) on the line below.
What is your overall (not just major) GPA?
Is more than 50% of your tuition to attend Tulane covered by financial aid?
Describe your race and ethnicity:

Please read through the internship offerings. Below, you will be asked to rank your preference for site placement and to highlight your qualifications and interest in the work.

Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES): Research Assistant

365 Canal St #1550, New Orleans, LA 70130

IWES Mission

Founded in 1993, the Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies (IWES) is a national non-profit health organization domiciled in New Orleans. Many people of color and their families in the Greater New Orleans area do not have access to programs that address their full mental, emotional and physical health. This prevents people in our city from living fully healthy lives and weakens our communities. Because of this, IWES works with communities, schools, individuals and organizations to provide tailored health and wellness services that address this lack of health options and access. We combine advocacy, health education, research and direct services to improve wellness in local communities. Ultimately, when New Orleans is a city that puts health first, our people live happier, more resilient lives and our communities will be stronger!

Position Summary

The Research Assistant will work to advance the current scholarship in the field of adolescent reproductive health in Louisiana. By working closely with the WISE/CRAFT team, the intern will research existing bodies of work to support the development of literature on strategies and best practices for institutionalizing sexual health education in a school setting. Additionally, the intern will take a specific focus on sexual health education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


·      Commitment to reproductive justice and IWES’ mission

·      Strong writing and research skills (APA)

·      Curiosity about systems that reproduce inequity and an interest in challenging those systems of oppression through data-driven action

·      Passion for community-building and advocacy

·      Familiarity with the systems and processes related to scheduling campus events at Tulane and elsewhere

·      Graphic design skills a plus!


Women with a Vision

1226 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119

Organizational Background

Women With A Vision, Inc. (WWAV) is a community-based organization, founded in 1989 by a grassroots collective of African-American women in response to the spread of HIV/AIDS in communities of color.

Created by and for women of color, WWAV is a social justice non-profit that addresses issues faced by women within our community and region. Major areas of focus include Sex Worker Rights, Drug Policy Reform, HIV Positive Women’s Advocacy, and Reproductive Justice outreach.

We envision an environment in which there is no war against women’s bodies, in which women have spaces to come together and share their stories, in which women are empowered to make decisions concerning their own bodies and lives, and in which women have the necessary support to realize their hopes, dreams, and full potential.

Reproductive Justice Internship Description and Expectations

Reproductive Justice and Harm Reduction are the frameworks upon which Women With A Vision, Inc. builds all of our programs. 

We are searching for an intern that is familiar with Reproductive Justice and Black Feminist frameworks. A person who won’t be shy about speaking up for those who are most marginalized within our society, in particular discussions on sex work, drug use, abortion and contraception advocacy, and violence against Black women. The intern will report directly to our Director of Reproductive Health and Justice, Lakeesha Harris.

  • Help Coordinate our Community Care Night program
  • Assist with policy initiatives, research, and briefs
  • Facilitate community discussions surrounding pertinent reproductive justices issues
  • Assist in caring for the WWAV Peace Garden as a source of environmental and healing justice
  • Travel for conferences and educational opportunities

Department of Sociology

Research Assistant to Dr. Katherine Johnson

Study Title: Working & Nursing Study

Overview of the Project

Breastfeeding has been acknowledged both as a major public health issue as well as a key contemporary feminist issue. It has received significant public attention in the United States, especially with the passage of new standards for working, nursing mothers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010). Yet many women still potentially face barriers to combining school/working and continuing to nurse or pump breast milk. This project has been ongoing since 2013 and involves original data collection through semi-structured, in-depth interviews with breastfeeding women in the broader New Orleans area to better understand challenges and successes in pumping/nursing at work or school.

Possible RA Tasks include:

  • assistance recruiting women for interviews
  • conducting literature reviews
  • doing quality checks on transcriptions (to make sure they match the recordings)
  • conducting interviews when needed


The New Orleans Abortion Fund was established in 2012 as a community-based organization rooted in social justice, with the purpose of challenging socioeconomic inequalities by providing financial help to women who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion. Working with local medical providers, NOAF provides compassionate and empowering assistance to women seeking abortions who are unable to fully fund their abortion, and distribute pledges as available. In October NOAF made its 1,000th pledge.

NOAF is seeking a Community Canvassing Intern to support a canvassing project to educate community about Louisiana policies affecting women and families, including laws restricting abortion access.

Position Summary

The Community Canvassing Intern will assist with:

  • Engage community members about Louisiana policies affecting women and families by canvassing via:
  • Door-knocking in neighborhoods;
  • Canvassing at public locations;
  • Engaging community members at events, and
  • Signature gathering.
  • Collect and manage data, review for accuracy and complete reporting on field activities.
  • Report and coordinate with assigned manager.


  • Demonstrated interest in promoting a progressive vision rooted in NOAF’s mission and core values that center equity;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills in person and on phone;
  • Ability to memorize a short script and adjust as needed to audience;
  • Able to walk/stand for long periods of time (2-3 hrs/shift);
  • Flexibility in work schedule and an ability to manage time independently;
  • Positive attitude, detail-oriented, highly motivated and organized;
  • Ability to work respectfully with people of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.


13235 Chef Menteur Hwy, New Orleans, LA 70129

VAYLA Reproductive Justice Program Intern

Intern will have the responsibility of helping out VAYLA’s Reproductive Justice program by:

  • Creating a Work plan for length of Internship.
    • Can be weekly or monthly plan.
  • Creating and Producing Content for the Reproductive Justice social media platform which includes Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
    • Create a Posting Schedule.
    • Will be informed on the type of content needed.
    • Create content and post it based on what is going within our Program and the Reproductive Justice Community.
  • Designing and aiding in the distribution Reproductive Justice brochures/Booklets.
    • Brochures/Booklets are meant to be able to provide basic health  information and a resource for information on where to receive health services. Will be handed out to outside organizations, spaces, or schools.
    • Will be responsible for working with the Youth Leaders and Coordinator to Produce a Health Brochure/Booklet for Parents, Teens, and Schools.
    • Will be guided through creating and designing the content for the Brochures/Booklets
  • Providing transportation for the Reproductive Justice Program if needed(not a requirement).

The Reproductive Justice Coordinator will show the intern how to carry out their responsibilities and will provide support/guidance whenever needed.


Please list your predicted availability by day (e.g., Monday: Free from 9-4 pm; in class from 5-8 pm):
List the range of hours you are willing to work (maximum of 15 per week):

Essay Questions: To ensure proper grammar and spelling, we recommend first typing answers in a Word Document and copying and pasting answers in corresponding boxes. We also recommend saving the Word Document in case the online survey system does not properly submit your application.

In 500 characters or less, detail why you would like to be placed at your top 2 selections.
Describe why you are interested in being a reproductive rights and reproductive health intern. (500 characters)

For the next question, please list and describe 5 learning objectives you hope to accomplish through this internship. These objectives can focus on increasing personal and professional growth, cognitive development, and general skills.  You will share these learning objectives with your internship supervisor to ensure you are given the opportunity to accomplish these goals.  If you are awarded NCI funding, during the required pre-internship training you will have the chance to explore and develop these objectives with your site supervisor and Dr. Clare Daniel, the coordinator the Reproductive Rights and Reproductive Health Internship program.

Please answer the preceding prompt here.
List the names and email addresses of two members of the Tulane faculty or staff whom we could contact for references. No letters of recommendation are necessary.
Please explain the skills, knowledge, and background that you will bring to the internship. (500 characters)