Job Opportunity: Departmental Intern


The Departmental Intern will work under the supervision of the Voter Engagement Organizer and in collaboration with other SisterReach interns, staff, and volunteers to aid in forwarding the organization’s mission of empowering, organizing and mobilizing women, girls and community members most marginalized in communities around reproductive and sexual health and rights through the human rights framework of Reproductive Justice (RJ).


Job Summary: 

The Departmental Intern position is for a disciplined and passionate individual with an interest in community organizing. The Departmental Intern will work under the direction of the Voter Engagement Organizer, but will be accessible to all SisterReach staff across departmental lines. This position is extremely hands-on and the intern will be responsible for assisting based on the needs of multiple departments including interfaith outreach, community engagement, and event coordination. This position requires flexibility, the ability to anticipate the needs of multiple departments, and adhere to various forms of leadership.


The successful applicant will have an academic background or personal interest in social justice, women’s studies, political science, and/or Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice. The applicant will be expected to demonstrate excellent verbal and writing skills as well as competency in team-building. The Departmental Intern will work in a positive environment and learn from a wide array of experiences. The applicant will represent the interests of SisterReach and our constituents in various settings through coalitions, partnerships and alliances.


Primary Responsibilities: 

Under the direction of the Voter Engagement Organizer and in collaboration with the SisterReach staff, the Departmental Intern is responsible for:


  • General administrative aid.
  • Participating in SisterReach canvassing efforts.
  • Phone-banking.
  • Engaging in cultural competency program.
  • Supporting SisterReach Advocacy efforts, across departmental lines.
  • Completing Reproductive Justice 101 training.
  • Assisting with monthly volunteer meetings.
  • Relative research.
  • Representing SisterReach in various community engagement opportunities.



Skills and Abilities: 

  • Prompt, disciplined, retentive.
  • Belief in and commitment to SisterReach’s mission and values goals of building a powerful reproductive justice movement for residents in Memphis and throughout the state of TN;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with a variety of individuals without bias or stigma.
  • Ability to work in high impact work environment and be nimble to quick shifts in work or immediate deliverables.



  • Background in political science, health administration, women’s studies, African/African American Studies, or relative area.
  • Working knowledge of reproductive justice, health and rights.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Access to reliable transportation with a minimum of liability insurance coverage.
  • Support and demonstrate an attitude of dignity and respect for all staff and partners of organization and our partners.
  • High School Diploma or GED is minimum requirement.


The Departmental Intern must possess a valid driver’s license and have access to reliable transportation. This position will require travel on an as needed basis. Extensive travel within Shelby County should be expected as well as statewide and nationally to perform the duties required of the position.

Physical Demands 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, talk, and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel and reach. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.



Background Check/Screening: 

Staff must complete a basic background check. SisterReach will absorb any fees associated with the background check.


This is a contract position beginning May 15th through July 28th, 2017.


Women of color, gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. SisterReach is an EOE.



This internship is for 6 hours course credit.


To Apply: 

Please send a cover letter, resume and 2 references

Email (preferred): (Only emails about this position. No calls please.)


Or by mail: Attn: Patricia Jones, Voter Engagement Organizer

SisterReach 1750 Madison Avenue, Suite 600 Memphis, Tennessee 38104 Please call (901) 830-0104 with any questions.

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