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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Trust Women Winter/Spring 2015 Legislative Internships, Wichita, KS

Winter/Spring 2015 Legislative Internships

Posted on: February 9, 2015
Posted by: Trust Women

Trust Women is a dynamic, emerging non-profit that focuses on facilitating reproductive freedom in the Midwest and the South. Founded by Julie Burkhart in memory of her dear friend and mentor, the late Dr. George Tiller, Trust Women seeks to honor his life's work by bringing direct services to the middle of the country, as well as addressing issues of access with a reproductive justice perspective through opening reproductive health clinics, educational and community outreach, as well as political advocacy.
We are seeking motivated, take-charge interns who aren't afraid to take the reins and make their own path. To become a Trust Women intern, applicants must be hard-working and dedicated, with a passion for reproductive justice and openness to learning. In turn, interns will be provided with the opportunity to make a lasting impact on an organization that is making historical gains in an area of the country in need of innovative and adventurous organizing. (We also provide class credit!)
Virtual & Traditional Internships
Because we focus on advocacy in the middle of the country, we understand, more than anyone, the importance of remote organizing, which is why we offer a virtual internship option. Virtual interns are required to work a minimum of 10 hours a week in addition to participating in weekly intern Google Hangouts. During their 10 hours, interns must make themselves available to their supervisor and do regular check-ins. We try to structure our virtual internships in such a way that our interns are able to have a fulfilling and educational experience, with the flexibility of working from miles away.
Trust Women also offers traditional in-house internships for interns local to the Wichita, Kansas metro area, as well as interns from outside the area who are able to relocate for the summer. We will also offer home stay arrangements for interns who relocate from outside the metro area. Local interns must work a minimum of 10 hours. Interns with home stay arrangements will be expected to work a minimum of 20 hours.
Duties & Requirements 
 Attend important votes and hearings as schedule permits
 Update list of legislators and position on choice
 Track choice related legislation on the federal and state level
 Assist Trust Women lobbyist as necessary
 Assist Communications Team with legislative updates for weekly blogs/emails
 Maintain legislative scorecard through tracking of legislation
 Participate in coalition calls and meetings in Oklahoma or Kansas as needed
 Knowledge of Oklahoma or Kansas state government, particularly the legislative process
 Ability to read and summarize bills
 Be able to attend important votes and hearings as much as possible
 Preference will be given to candidates with political science or legal education or training
 Strong written and spoken communication skills
 Self-motivated and directed
 Able to work on multiple projects at a time
 Ability to meet deadlines and new challenges as they arise
 Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products
 Ability to navigate state and federal legislative websites
 Kansas legislative intern will need to live in Kansas, preferably within travel distance of Topeka.
 Oklahoma legislative intern will need to live in Oklahoma, preferably within travel distance of Oklahoma City.
 Virtual legislative intern can work from anywhere.
Please send the following items to
 Cover letter
 Resume
 Three references

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