Sexual Health and Rights Intern

New York, NY

Internship Summary

Based on the Sexual Health and Rights (SHR) team of the Programs Division, the intern will work on three projects that aim to strengthen the overall SHR portfolio. The intern will conduct desk research and work closely with a Program Officer to further the team’s thinking on how to (1) integrate our feminist principles into our grantmaking strategies and reporting, (2) strengthen our approach of changing social norms in ways that center transformative politics and those experiencing rights violations, (3) develop strategies to support grassroots grantees to better address internal and community-based mental health and wellbeing issues.

The Intern will learn:

  • Approaches to social norms change that center those who are most impacted by rights violations
  • Feminist approaches to grantmaking
  • Mental health and wellbeing challenges facing LBQTI, sex workers, and adolescent girl grassroots activists
  • How to integrate research into strategy development and programmatic practice

Key Responsibilities:

  • SOGI Norm Change
    • Conduct desk research to understand how we can best use information on norm change to strengthen our LBQTI, sex workers, and adolescent girls’ sexual rights work
    • Identify resources that could be of use for our staff and grantees engaging in norm change work
  • Feminist Workshop Project:
    • Collaborate with the feminist workshop team to integrate learning lab into Programs spaces
    • Review current grantee documents (proposals and reports) to assess how well we integrate feminist values into our measurements of success
    • Support the feminist workshop team to develop guidance on incorporating feminist approaches into our next strategies
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
    • Interview staff and grantees on current needs and capabilities with regard to integrating mental wellbeing into their programming
    • Collaborate to develop a strategy for how AJWS’s SHR team can best support grantees to respond to mental wellbeing challenges


  • Interest in, and commitment to advancing gender equality and the sexual health and rights of LBQ populations, sex workers, and adolescent girls and young women
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a variety of staff (including staff based remotely)
  • Experience conducting literature reviews and qualitative desk research
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Highly organized and attention to detail
  • Basic understanding of human rights and feminism

How to Apply:

This is a paid 8-week program, beginning June 22nd and concluding August 14th. It is designed for students who have completed at least one year at a college or university. Students interested in pursuing a summer internship at AJWS should submit a resume and application via email to with the name(s) of the internship(s) in the subject line.

Driven by Jewish and human rights values, AJWS prioritizes and celebrates diversity. People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans and gender non-conforming people; women; and differently abled people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual and cultural backgrounds.

Application submission deadline is March 6, 2020.

We thank you for your interest in career opportunities with AJWS. Due to high volume, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.