Summer Internship Positions in Portland


General Information: We are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2019. We will have 6-8 positions offered, of 10-13 week duration, 30-40 hours per week in the national office in Portland, Oregon. These are all volunteer positions, similar to internships with a small stipend of $300/month. Working with the national team is a great opportunity to take on a position of real responsibility, where you can have a large impact on our organization and on the world. Because we are a youth driven organization, you should expect to have autonomy and authority, but also great support. Our team works closely together, and asks for help when needed. As a small team, we often work outside of our job descriptions to tackle large projects together or take on new opportunities, so the job descriptions are somewhat fluid. We might be able to arrange home stays for a couple individuals.

Summer Application Schedule: Interviews are underway and offers begin April 1. People who apply after April 1st will not be considered for summer positions.

Positions available: web designer, policy coordinator, chapter coordinator, administrative assistant, grant researcher and writer, marketing and social media associate, and development and events associate. More details below.

Volunteer projects: some volunteer projects in these same areas will be available for those who wish to work long distance or who are not available full time.

Current Needs: We are in urgent need of drivers in Portland and a web designer right now!

Position Descriptions

Policy Coordinator: Responsible for managing, implementing, and inspiring menstrual equity policy initiatives via our chapter network of high school, university, and community groups. They will work closely with the Programs Director on defining the strategy for local, state, and national policy, setting key milestones for coordinated action, providing training and support, updating toolkits, highlighting chapter policy successes, and building an ongoing social media campaign surrounding campus period policy.

Web Designer: Ensures that PERIOD’s website looks great and allows all visitors to easily find the information they need. Most work is fairly easily accomplished in Squarespace, and just requires basic editing and a great eye for design and clarity.  More advanced skills in HTML or CSS would be highly desirable, and would allow for more creative projects. 

Marketing and Social Media: Supports the development and management of marketing campaigns via social media and email.  May assist team members in developing and disseminating creative content. This position may also involve coordinating with other menstrual movements through social media and collaborate on content, as well as researching movement efforts across the world in order to celebrate other period warrior’s successes.

Grant Writer/Researcher: Works closely with the Development Director to secure funding for PERIOD by researching grant opportunities, writing grant proposals (with support) and maintaining reference documents with standard information. They must also keep careful records to track the status of upcoming proposals. 

Development Associate helps support engagement, planning and execution of events, and donor relations.  Key events include the State of the Period gala in September, and packing parties.  The job involves routine tasks at the events as well as possible volunteer recruitment, working with sponsors, speakers, press, venues and vendors. Database support is also important.

Administrative Assistant: Helps the Executive Director, Managing Director, or President carry out their duties. This may involve scheduling meetings, planning events, creating materials, preparing presentations, responding to email inquiries, formatting documents, doing research, or preparing reports.

Chapter Coordinator: Responsible for coordinating PERIOD’s network of high school, university, and community groups. The chapter associates welcome and train new chapters, develop and maintain the chapter playbook and other training tools, maintain the chapter database, and develop and deliver educational curriculum for chapters to deliver in their workshops (Period Talk and Cup & Cloth).

Operations Associate: Ensures menstrual products go through the supply chain and are delivered, which may involve communicating with corporate sponsors and with our distribution partners in the community to find out their product needs. Manages logistics for receiving in-kind donations and supplies, including inventory, storage and delivery to partners both locally and nationally, as well as to chapters across the nation. Manages and coordinates the Portland drivers. Helps support packing events. NOTE: This is not a summer position. We will be looking for someone to start August 1st and continue indefinitely. It comes with a larger stipend.

School Year Volunteer Positions at Period


Volunteer Position Openings in Portland Spring 2019: These positions are for at least three months and have responsibility for important aspects of our programs. A small stipend is offered to help offset expenses. We have 5-6 of these positions available during the school year, with the expectation of 10 hours per week on average, and five hours spent in the office. Email with questions.

Open Academic Year Positions: Web Design (open), Policy Coordinator (open), Grant Writer.

Filled positions: Chapter Coordinator, Service & Operations, Marketing and Social Media, Graphic Design, and Administration.

Volunteer projects: These projects are smaller in scope than the above positions, have a lower level of responsibility, and can sometimes be performed remotely. No stipend is available. They might be in areas similar to the volunteer positions, but could also involve writing, research, analysis, email, photography, videography, database and/or data analysis, events, donor relations, newsletters, writing for The Rag (on Medium), or Education. Examples: research summaries done on menstrual related policy and “scorecards” created to summarize status in all states. Investigation of non-profits for policy partnerships. Software options to help with chapter data and communications and educational content delivery. Answering email.

Off-site Federal Work Study: Some colleges offer FWS for students to work at off-campus community organizations. Please inquire at your campus career office or financial aid office.

Paid positions: We have a very small paid staff and don’t have paid positions available at the moment.

Other ways to be involved

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