Pro Bono Undergraduate Intern
Center for Reproductive Rights2.9
Job description
Job Title: Pro Bono Fall 2022 Undergraduate Student Internship

Department: Office of the General Counsel

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the global leader in using the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights. Headquartered in New York City, the non-profit, non-partisan organization has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Nairobi, and Washington, DC, and a staff of approximately 200 diverse professionals. The Center’s compelling human rights mission and reputation for excellence and cutting-edge legal work has powered its exceptional growth trajectory to an operating budget of over $40 million and won the respect of the world’s leading law firms, as reflected in the additional $29 million annually in donated legal services, representing the work last year of 820 lawyers in 46 countries.

The overarching goal of the Center’s new Strategic Plan sets a high mark for impact: By 2030, half of the world’s population will be living under stronger protections for reproductive rights than they do today. The Center has a track record of success to back up this ambitious goal. Since its founding in 1992, the Center’s game-changing litigation and advocacy, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide on issues including maternal health, contraception, abortion, and assisted reproduction. It has won groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women’s rights advocates in more than 60 countries and counting.

To learn more about the Center for Reproductive Rights, go to To learn more about our DEI Organizational Commitments, go here.

The Role: The Center seeks an undergraduate intern to support the work of the Pro Bono team. The Pro Bono Intern will provide administrative support by updating and maintaining pro bono contacts; developing large data sets in excel, assisting the Pro Bono Associate in the development and maintenance of the Pro Bono Team’s Salesforce; and other tasks assigned as needed.

The internship is part-time from September - November 2022. The required commitment for this internship will be 14 hours per week, 2 days a week (preferably on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday).

Candidates will be expected to use a personal computer/laptop and have access to WiFi/internet. Applicants from anywhere in the United States will be considered. However, the position will be supervised by staff who work during the Center’s typical business hours, 9:30am-5:30pm EST. Therefore, this position can offer flexible hours within that window.

This position will be remote, though working a few days a week from the Center’s New York Office may be an option dependent on the candidates location.

Primary Responsibilities:
The scope of this position will cover but is not limited to:
Research on external partners, primarily law firms and firm attorneys, to update contact information, identify practice areas of interest, and maintain up to date information on the Center’s Pro Bono Partners.
Develop and / or update large data sets related to contact information, case referral tracking, law firm practice areas, matter feedback and / or geographic mappings.
Assist with Salesforce maintenance by obtaining documents related to relevant cases, referrals, and external meetings.
Support document management and cleanup in Sharepoint and Microsoft Teams.
Provide general administrative support to the Pro Bono Team.

Current student enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program or a recent graduate;
Strong commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values;
Interest in nonprofit management and administration;
Excellent administrative and organizational skills;
Excellent online research skills;
Ability to work independently and collaboratively under deadlines;
Experience with Salesforce or another CRM, and
Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs particularly Excel.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with Microsoft Sharepoint
Experience with

Critical Competencies:
Strategic thinking: Applies big-picture thinking while also focusing on the details of implementation.
Decisiveness: Consistently makes sound decisions in a timely manner supportive of the Center's mission, core values, and strategic objectives. Blends vision and judgment.
Collaboration: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups, and a willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
Receives and Provides Direct Feedback: Actively gives and requests feedback to and from peers, supervisors and direct reports (if applicable) about work products, behaviors, values, style and approaches with a view on how this impacts self, other individuals and teams.
Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members.
Commitment to learn: Applies a growth mentality to their own and their team’s (if applicable) development. Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve.
Passion for Coaching, and Mentoring Staff: Empowers and motivates employees and creates opportunities for learning, development, and leadership, with a focus on harnessing skills for the future development of team members. (if applicable)
Accountability: Follows through on each commitment made to individual contributors, teams and partners and proactively informs others of any delays that occur along the way. Holds team members accountable.
Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center’s high standards and mission.
Empathy: Serves as an empathetic, approachable leader who engenders trust and confidence. (if applicable)
Adaptability/Flexibility: Demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk.

Compensation: The compensation for this role is $20 per hour.

Duration of Position: This is a part-time internship during Fall 2022, September – November 2022

How to Apply: A cover letter and resume must be included in your application. Please include these application materials as attachments.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

To learn more about our DEI Organizational Commitments, go here. The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

Please note that all genuine Center openings must be applied through the Center website. The Center does not charge a fee at any stage in the recruitment process (application, interviews, or selection). Nor does it request any medical examinations or bank account inform as part of this process. If someone contacts you on behalf of the Center requesting payment for your application please notify before taking any further action.
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  • Career Opportunities
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Company reviews
"Very hierarchical"
Current EmployeeAssociate
At the moment there is limited opportunity for upward growth for non-attorneys, which is disappointing. If you have 5-7 years of relevant work experience you are still treated (and paid) like a junior employee, even though that would be considered a mid-level anywhere else. "Junior" employees are infantilized, which is frustrating. Little is done to prevent turnover. There is a new strategic plan so I am hopeful that the organization will be taken in a new direction, but it will take time.

"Run Away"
Former Employee
This is a toxic work environment. Even working remotely during the COVID crisis does not allow employees to adequately escape incompetent leadership with fragile egos. Hopefully once the Union gets their contracts through rigid executive lines it will improve, but until then, stay far away.

"Can have better work life balance and manager assistance"
Current EmployeeSenior Accountant
This place does amazing things for reproductive rights. However, the managers do not do a good job training employees and guiding them during the beginning stages.

"Extremely Unprofessional"
Former EmployeeContent Producer
Brutal "kick-down, kiss-up" office culture. Promotions and/or raises typically not given. On my team, the only person who got one was also the only man. When I mentioned this to my boss, I was immediately brought before a male "organizational psychologist" who berated and bullied me for an hour while my boss watched. I quit a few days later. My experience is not unique. Look no further than the astronomically high staff turnover rate. I am grateful to have worked alongside many smart and committed colleagues. I hope that the Center's leadership and board can re-examine its priorities and practices to align with its feminist mission.