National Internship Program in Feminism & Public Policy
Tiffany Jones, Fall 1998
University of Colorado at Boulder
Spending the fall semester of my Senior year interning with the Feminist Majority turned out to be one of the most educational experiences I have had in my four years of college. Not only did I learn first-hand the inner-workings of a major feminist non-profit organization, but I also had the opportunity to work with a group of diverse interns and staff that taught me much more than I could have learned from just being a feminist activist on my own campus, the University of Colorado at Boulder.
We tackled issues broad in scope, including working to legalize RU 486 in the United States, campaigning to end gender apartheid in Afghanistan, and protecting clinics nationwide from violence.
I was hired as an Internet Intern which meant much of my time was allocated to writing the Feminist Online News and assisting the Internet Coordinator in improving the already award-winning Feminist Majority Web site. The Feminist News is published daily and is the most popular page on our Web site.
During my time here I have attended a press conference featuring major feminist leaders such as Patricia Ireland, Betty Freidan, and the Feminist Majority's President Eleanor Smeal, as well as a press conference given by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. Both were located at the National Press Club. The interns have also attended Human Rights watch meetings, Pro-choice leader meetings at National NARAL, conferences at the State Department, and a reception at the Seward-Bellmont House.
To anyone looking to gain a national as well as international perspective of women's issues, meet great people, work with inspirational leaders, and live in an exciting city, I definitely recommend interning with the Feminist Majority in Washington D.C.