PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE ST. LOUIS REGION AND SOUTHWEST MISSOURI
REPORTS TO: Lead Organizer
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 in summer and fall 2018 will focus on electoral fieldwork and particularly door-to-door canvassing.
Internships have a flexible schedule of 8-20 hours per week, with some weekends and evenings required. Interns will work a few weekly office hours at the 4251 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis location, and spend most of their time canvassing and working in the community. 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 campaign skills. Applicants do not need to be current students.
PRIMARY DUTIES PERFORMED
Contribute to the field campaign to elect pro-reproductive health candidates. Canvass multiple times a week, lead door-to-door canvasses, and train volunteers.
Conduct list-building, volunteer recruitment, and supporter mobilization through phone banks, crowd canvasses, and other tactics. Plan and lead these events.
Work in coalition on the Poor People’s Campaign
College students will plan and execute campus campaigns to organize your peers.
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 varied events like trainings and rallies
Conduct formal trainings and presentations
Attend coalition events
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 who likes to take initiative and work with a degree of autonomy, even in situations with some ambiguity
Demonstrated commitment to social justice or civic engagement
Leadership experience, formal or informal
Comfortable talking with strangers and excited to learn tactics like door-to-door canvassing. A customer service background is helpful.
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, 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 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.
QUALITY ASSURANCE/RISK MANAGEMENT
Adheres to PPSLRSWMO policies that ensure the provision of the highest quality and most professional services to all PPSLRSWMO clients.
Ensures compliance with state and federal guidelines for approved activities.
Protects PPSLRSWMO’s assets from liability.
Ensures the physical safety of PPSLRSWMO clients and staff.
Protects the confidentiality of PPSLRSWMO clients, donors, board, and all areas of operation.
PPSLRSWMO is a tobacco-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer.