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:
Administrative Assistant Professor
of Women's Leadership
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
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!
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
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
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.
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:
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.
The Community Canvassing Intern will assist with:
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:
The Reproductive Justice Coordinator will show the intern how to carry out their responsibilities and will provide support/guidance whenever needed.
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.
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.