About Us

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

Internships and Fellowships

Legal Fellow, Government Relations & Advocacy – Fall 2021, Spring & Summer 2022

For over a century, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has been at the forefront of social change, championing the needs of women, children, and families while taking a progressive stance on such issues as reproductive health, rights, and justice; the federal courts; and civil rights. NCJW’s Government Relations and Advocacy Department is pleased to offer fellowships to second-and third-year law students. Fellows will be supervised by an attorney licensed to practice in the District of Columbia.

In addition to the opportunities and responsibilities described below, the Legal Fellow’s work will focus on NCJW’s Courts Matter campaign, a leading voice in the progressive community’s fight to ensure a fair and independent judiciary with an unwavering commitment to constitutional rights. This work would include following judicial nominees, crafting position statements, updating website resources, and drafting letters to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Applicants should possess a commitment to progressive change, racial justice, and working in a diverse environment. Please note that Fall fellowships can be entirely remote or in-person and that applicants from across the country are encouraged to apply.

Opportunities & Responsibilities:

  • Learn about public policy and the legislative process by assisting staff and attending legislative hearings, briefings, national coalition meetings, rallies, and press conferences.
  • Assist with issue portfolios, such as the federal courts, reproductive rights, immigration, health care, economic justice, civil rights, and religious liberty.
  • Draft and edit advocacy materials, including talking points, regulatory comments, letters, op-eds, policy updates, etc.
  • Plan and execute Intern Advocacy Day, meeting with congressional staff to discuss NCJW priority issues.
  • Gain an understanding of NCJW and what it’s like to work for a non-profit, volunteer-led organization.

Qualifications: Strong writing and communication skills, ability to learn quickly, and a commitment to social justice issues. Must have completed at least one year of law school.

Hours: Flexible, part-time (minimum 2 days per week; 180 hours total in Fall/Spring; 350 hours in Summer). Must commit to the entire academic semester or term (September through December, January through May, May through August).

Compensation: $18/hour and/or academic credit.

To apply: Please email a cover letter that includes your availability for the internship, as well as a resume, short writing sample (3-5 pages max), and 2-3 references. Please title each using the following format: Your Name_Document Type (for example, Shannon Russell_Resume).

Contact: Shannon Russell, Legislative Counsel, by email (srussell@ncjw.org).

Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

NCJW is an equal opportunity employer. Women, LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Government Relations & Advocacy Intern/Fellow – Fall 2021, Spring & Summer 2022

For over a century, the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) has been at the forefront of social change, championing the needs of women, children, and families while taking a progressive stance on such issues as reproductive rights and justice, voter engagement, the federal courts, and civil rights.

NCJW’s Government Relations and Advocacy Department is pleased to offer internships to rising college juniors and seniors as well as graduate students. This is a great opportunity to learn first-hand about advocacy and the legislative process. Applicants should possess a commitment to progressive change, racial justice, and working in a diverse environment. Please note that Fall internships/fellowships can be entirely remote or in-person and that applicants from across the country are encouraged to apply.

Opportunities & Responsibilities:

Learn about public policy and the legislative process by assisting staff and attending legislative hearings, briefings, national coalition meetings, rallies, and press conferences.

Assist with issue portfolios, such as reproductive rights, immigration, health care, economic justice, civil rights, religious liberty, and the federal courts.

Draft and edit advocacy materials, including points, regulatory comments, letters, op-eds, policy updates, etc.

Plan and execute Intern Advocacy Day, meeting with congressional staff to discuss NCJW priority issues.

Gain an understanding of NCJW and what it’s like to work for a non-profit, volunteer-led organization.

Qualifications: Strong writing and communication skills, ability to learn quickly, and a commitment to social justice issues. No previous professional experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and get involved. Two years of higher education or commensurate experience is strongly preferred.

Hours: Flexible, part-time (minimum 2 days per week; 180 hours total in Fall/Spring and 350 hours in Summer). Positions available by semester; must commit to the entire academic semester or term (September through December, January through May, May through August).

Compensation: $15/hour and/or academic credit.

To apply: Please email a cover letter that includes your availability for the internship, as well as a resume, short writing sample (3-5 pages max), and 2-3 references. Please title each using the following format: Your Name_Document Type (for example, Shannon Russell_Resume).

Contact: Shannon Russell, Legislative Counsel, by email (srussell@ncjw.org).

Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

NCJW is an equal opportunity employer. Women, LGBTQ individuals, people of color, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.