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Extensive list of women’s & social justice organizations in NYC (put together by The Barnard Center for Research on Women)


List of Organizations for Internships

Military Rape Crisis Center

The MRCC is looking for interns who are passionate about protecting the rights of service men and women who have been victims of sexual assault during their enlistment. Options include case management, education and outreach, and others. Perfect for students interested in Psychology, Women's and Gender Studies, Political Science, Marketing, Sociology, etc.

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committe

The ADC Women's Initiative is looking for an intern to assist the Chairwoman in managing daily activities and organizing events and projects. The internship will provide insight into the influential role that Arab American women play in protecting Arab American civil rights and liberties and promoting the Arab American voice.

Editorial Intern

TFW seeks a part-time editorial intern, preferably an advanced undergraduate or early graduate student. Duties will include triaging manuscript submissions, tracking reviews, communicating with authors, copyediting submissions, uploading articles to, and other duties as appropriate. Candidates should have excellent writing and communication skills, and at least some familiarity with WordPress, Submittable, and various social media. The intern will report directly to TFW core management, but will work also with various members of the Editorial Collective. This internship is unpaid, but TFW leadership will coordinate with universities and colleges to assure internship credit. Applicants should submit by February 1, 2013 a resume/CV, writing sample, and cover letter explaining why TFW should hire you to In the subject heading, please write “TFW Application.”

Special Projects Intern

TFW seeks a part-time special projects intern, preferably a graduate student but we will also consider advanced undergraduates. Duties will include assisting TFW Collective Members in advancing special projects such as, but not limited to, conference organizing, developing teaching resources, preparing an edited collection of TFW articles, and marketing. This intern will be especially helpful to us as we make some organizational changes in 2013 and expand our activities. The internship is unpaid, but TFW leadership will coordinate with universities and colleges to assure internship credit. Applicants should submit by February 1, 2013 a resume/CV, writing sample, and cover letter explaining why TFW should hire you to In the subject heading, please write “TFW Application.”



Manavi is the first organization in the U.S. to specifically work for the needs of South Asian women who are victims of violence. Although it started as a consciousness-raising group, Manavi is now also a direct service provider and agent of social change for women in the South Asian community in New Jersey, dedicated to helping women access critical services from mainstream domestic violence organizations. Manavi simultaneously addresses the immediate needs of women facing abuse and the long-term vision of establishing peaceful communities free from gender-based violence.

Shelter Our Sisters

Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter our Sisters) is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to assisting victims, and their children, of domestic violence. The agency provides emergency and transitional housing, emotional support, and an array of services centered on safety, empowerment, and self-sufficiency. Through community partnerships, the Center for Hope and Safety raises awareness, provides services, and educates community members about domestic violence.

Wafa House

Wafa Hosue Inc.'s objective is to maintain a facility that will strengthen and reinforce the family unit while emphasizing the value of human life through intervention and community awareness. The agency is dedicated to educating and empowering each member of the family, consequently cultivating a prosperous and healthy community. The specific demographic for whom Wafa House operates includes Muslims of Middle Eastern and South Asian descent who do not feel comfortable going to a shelter where their needs may or may not be met due to linguistic, cultural, and/or religious insensitivity.

Masakhane Center

The Masakhane Center is a youth-driven organization promoting happy, healthy outlooks on sex and sexuality within the Newark, NJ community. This is achieved through interactive and innovative workshops, programs, literature, and outreach. Workshop topics include diversity, sexual harassment, working with youth, and adolescent sexuality. The center provides informative sexuality education on a weekly basis at local schools and organizations.

Garden State Equality

Since Garden State Equality's founding in 2004, New Jersey has enacted over 200 pro-LGBT laws at the state, county, and municipal levels. Garden State Equality works to ensure that this progress maintains momentum, and has a deeply engaged grassroots and netroots membership, dedicated to the civil rights of all residents of New Jersey.



Planned Parenthood

More than 90% of what we do is life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, prevention and treatment of STDs, breast health services, pap tests, sexual health education, information and health counseling. We work every day to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and keep women healthy.


Alice Paul Institute

The Alice Paul Institute is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation based in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. It was founded in 1984 by a group of dedicated volunteers to commemorate the centennial of Alice Paul's 1885 birth and to further her legacy. The organization was operated by volunteers for more than a decade. Today, four staff members, as well as volunteers, oversee the daily business and special events at Paulsdale.

Since its inception, API not only has preserved the legacy of Alice Paul and her fellow suffragists, but also has taken a leadership role in bringing recognition to other organizations and historic sites that honor women.

Human Rights

Humans Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. By focusing international attention where human rights are violated, we give voice to the oppressed and hold oppressors accountable for their crimes. Our rigorous, objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy build intense pressure for action and raise the cost of human rights abuse. For more than 30 years, Human Rights Watch has worked tenaciously to lay the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted change and has fought to bring greater justice and security to people around the world.

*Note: look for internship positions located in their NY offices

World Federation Of UN in NYC

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations (UNAs) and their thousands of constituents. Guided by our vision of a United Nations that is a powerful force in meeting common global challenges and opportunities, WFUNA works to strengthen and improve the United Nations. We achieve this through the engagement of people who share a global mindset and support international cooperation – global citizens.

Law and Public Policy

American Civil Liberties Union

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a nonpartisan non-profit organization whose stated mission is "to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States."[5] It works through litigation, lobbying, and community education.

Note: look for internships specifically relating to GLBT/Women’s issues.

Lambda legal

Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to safeguard and advance the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and policy work.

Legal Momentum

Lambda Legal's Education and Public Affairs Department seeks college and high school students for internship positions year round. This is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on outreach and/or communications experience at a national nonprofit organization specializing in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV civil rights law.


Women Sports Foundation

Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, the Women's Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.

And More!

National Organization for Women of New Jersey (NOW-NJ)

The National Organization for Women of New Jersey (NOW-NJ) has affirmed its support of candidates running for offices in the November election. The NOW-NJ Political Action Committee (PAC) has made its recommendations for the candidates for the 2012 election for New Jersey Assembly, House of Representatives, and U.S. Senate. NOW-NJ conducted a widespread vetting process. This included an extensive interview of the candidates who passed a preliminary questionnaire. The recommendations for each candidate were based on their collective support of the six core goals of NOW-NJ. These goals are: Abortion Rights/Reproductive Issues, Violence against Women, Constitutional Equality, Promoting Diversity/Ending Racism, Lesbian Rights, and Economic Justice.

Alternatives to marriage project

If you support fairness and equal treatment for all people regardless of marital status, you have come to the right place. There are over 102 million of us in the U.S. who are single, choose not to marry, cannot marry, or live together before marriage. While AtMP does not oppose marriage, our national, nonprofit organization fights for fairness and equality for all unmarried people, their families, and their supporters. Explore this website to find empowering information, connect with others with shared concerns, get active on issues of inequality and unfairness, and become involved in this swelling grassroots movement

Teen Voices

Teen Voices Board of Directors has made the very difficult decision to cease operations of Teen Voices, Inc. effective August 31, 2012, while we pursue partnerships with other organizations who may assume all or some of the programs that Teen Voices provides to girls. We have found that, due to financial and organizational deficits, Teen Voices can no longer exist as an independent entity. The Board of Directors made this decision in the context of the financial circumstances and what would be in the best interest of Teen Voices and the girls that it serves.

Feminist Task Force

The Feminist Task Force (FTF) was launched in March 2005 when leaders of international women’s rights groups gathered in New York City for the annual meetings of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The global launch marked the start of a new alliance aimed at ending poverty among women and putting gender equality at the core of poverty eradication. Established under the umbrella of the

Museum of Women’s Resistance

he Museum of Women's Resistance (MoWRe) examines the diversity, dynamism, and global influence of women of African descent and cultures over time in the realms of family, work, community, nations and the natural environment.  MoWRe's year-round exhibitions and programs include historical and contemporary objects, as well as commissioned art, sculptures, textiles, and pottery. Video and sound stations provide selections from historical and contemporary interviews, literature, proverbs, prayers, folk tales, songs, and oral epics from the African continent as well as the African Diaspora.

National Women’s Liberation

National Women’s Liberation is a feminist group for women who want to fight back against male supremacy and win more freedom for women. We believe that change comes about from the actions of everyday people—not politicians, the courts, lobbyists, or the media. The freedoms we have now were won by movements of women, organizing and fighting for change. Men did not become less sexist or decide to give women the vote or legalize birth control because of our individual abilities to reason with them, educate them, or because they love us so much. The inequalities between women and men are political problems that require a collective solution.

National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health

Latinas face a unique and complex array of reproductive health and rights issues that are exacerbated by poverty, gender, racial and ethnic discrimination and xenophobia. These circumstances make it especially difficult for Latinas to access reproductive health care services, including the full range of available reproductive health technologies and abortion services. We believe that in order to substantially improve the reproductive health of Latinas and protect their rights to exercise reproductive freedom, NLIRH must locate reproductive health and rights issues within a broader social justice framework that seeks to bring an end to poverty and discrimination and affirms human dignity and the right to self-determination.


MADRE is an international women’s human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women's organizations worldwide to address issues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education and other human rights. We provide resources and training to enable our sister organizations to meet these goals by addressing immediate needs in their communities and developing long-term solutions to the crises they face. 

We work towards a world in which all people enjoy the fullest range of individual and collective human rights; in which resources are shared equitably and sustainably; in which women participate effectively in all aspects of society; and in which people have a meaningful say in decisions that affect their lives

Radical Women

Radical Women (RW) is a socialist feminist, grassroots activist organization that provides a radical voice within the feminist movement, a feminist voice within the Left, and trains women to be leaders in the movements for social and economic justice. It has branches in numerous United States cities; and Melbourne, Australia.

Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative

Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC is a cultural arts direct action group that inspires, enlivens and incites justice and transformation of individuals and communities through creativity, cultural arts and radical expressiveness.