YWCA Internships

Become a YWCA intern! This is an opportunity to learn about the non-profit world and gain valuable experience.

Download application and find out which internship fits you!  Or drop by the YWCA with your resume and fill out an internship application.

Internship Descriptions

Advocacy Internship (use separate program application)

Today our democracy is challenged by gaps in voter registration with lower voting rates in younger, low-income and new citizen populations. You will encourage community members to register to vote and run a voter registration booth. Working closely with the Community Program Director you will lobby for racial justice, women’s empowerment and social peace by engaging with state and local officials. You’ll gain grassroots organizing experience and develop leadership skills. This internship is nonpartisan, representing no political party.

Anti-Human Trafficking (use separate program application)

You will be an advocate and build leadership to actively and collaboratively work to end human trafficking. This internship is an excellent networking opportunity to connect with local experts and non-profits in the anti-trafficking field. Learn about modern day slavery on a global, national, community and personal level while meeting other abolitionists.

Ethnic Dance Performance Internship

You will work directly with the Dance & Fitness Program Director and assist in production of the annual Ethnic Dance Performance: “Tour the World” held in the Spring semester. You will assist in publicity for the event and serve as the production assistant the day of the event. The performance highlights students of the various dance classes offered at the YWCA.

Eracism Seminar – Eliminating Racism (use separate program application)

You will be part of a cohort of activitsts once a week in our welcoming seminar to explore a diversity of hot button issues around racism. Each participant has the opportunity to steer and facilitate this seminar to include topics that are of particular interest to him/her. Past topics have included: power and privilege, LGBT stereotypes, bullying in schools and human trafficking of young girls in the Bay Area.

Social Media/Marketing Internship

You will gain a strong understanding of the social media/marketing landscape as you manage the social media and public relations operations of the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland. You will be responsible for monitoring and posting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social networks to gain exposure for the YWCA programs and events. You will also establish media contacts to coordinate coverage for the YWCA’s events. A strong candidate for this position should be enthusiastic about marketing, and be able to work independently and generate new ideas. This is also an opportunity to develop an understanding of the non-profit sector as well as professional skills in communications and public relations required for any career path.

Student Leadership Board (SLB) Coordinator Internship (use separate program application)

You will work closely with the Associate Director to facilitate the Student Leadership Board in program events throughout the school year. You will gain leadership and program development skills at a social/community service agency. Our programs reach out to serve the campus and the Berkeley, Oakland communities. Annual programs include Shadow Day, the international YWCA Week Without Violence, the Giving Tree Project, toy and food drives and the World YWCA Round-the-World Breakfast.

Fund Development Internship

You will work closely with the Executive Director to assist with proposals and grants for the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland. You gain experience in grant writing and learn the processes of submission to foundations. You will research new foundations that may be receptive to funding YWCA programs.

Young Women and Money Conference Internship

You will assist in the development and implementation of the annual YWCA Young Women and Money Conference. You will focus on outreach and recruitment of conference participants. You will be required to use excellent written and communication skills and have excellent organization and attention to detail. Energetic self-starters, quick learners with a good work ethic will excel in this position. You will work closely with the Executive Director and other staff. (Small stipend awarded)

Other internships and opportunities:

If you have any other ideas about creating a new internship, please submit an application and proposal of your idea. In addition, we offer many volunteer programs to eliminate racism, empower women and develop leaders through: anti-human trafficking awareness, teaching in classrooms, mentoring girls and technology, helping international visitors improve their English conversational skills, assisting teachers in pre-schools, one-on-one mentoring and an eliminating racism seminar. We also offer programs and classes in dance, fitness and performance; career development; and special annual events.

Contact us to find out more: (510) 848-6370, volunteer@ywca-berkeley.org.