Movement Building Policy Intern - New York, NY

Drug Policy Alliance

The Drug Policy Alliance is the nation's leading organization devoted to ending the war on drugs and advancing drug policies guided by science, compassion, health and human rights. DPA pursues these goals through innovative campaigns, in partnership with grassroots community organizations, researchers, and service providers. Our current areas of focus include sentencing reform and expanding the use of alternatives to incarceration; cannabis policy reform, including ending mass-arrests for marijuana possession and expanding access to medical marijuana; promoting harm reduction services programs, including access to sterile syringes and overdose prevention programs; addressing racial disparities in drug laws, including policing and sentencing, and promoting racial justice and equity; and advancing health-based approaches to drug policy.

Internship Program Description

DPA's Movement Building Team is seeking talented undergraduate and graduate students interested in creating real alternatives to the war on drugs. Internship activities are varied, and may include: community outreach; policy analysis; event coordination; monitoring the implementation of legislation; data collection, analysis, and database management; ArcGIS mapping, communications and media outreach; drafting opinion editorials (op-eds) and letters to the editor; and creating public education and advocacy materials. Some administrative tasks (e.g. photocopying, assembling packets, answering phones,) are assigned as needed.

All internships are unpaid. Where applicable, we will work with students to obtain credit towards coursework.

Qualifications and Application Procedure

Interns must be able to work at least 8 hours a week for a minimum of three months. Applications will be accepted until the positions have been filled. Internship periods are flexible and based upon the applicant’s availability and the organization's needs.

The ideal candidate will be an energetic, self-motivated individual who possesses strong communication, research and problem solving skills. Candidates must demonstrate interest in social justice and drug policy reform. Some prior experience in community organizing, policy advocacy and research, or administrative affairs is preferred but not necessary. Interest in working as a member of a team, and possessing a sense of humor, are essential.

How to apply

Please send a cover letter and résumé to Jeronimo Saldana: jsaldana [at] drugpolicy [dot] org. No calls, please.

The Drug Policy Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in hiring those who have been adversely affected by the war on drugs.

Note: Only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.