Internships at the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women

Fall 2010, Spring 2011, and Summer 2011

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) is an independent state agency whose mission is to advance women toward full equality in all areas of life and to promote rights and opportunities for all women. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the 3.3 million women in the Commonwealth and it stands for the fundamental freedoms, basic human rights and the full enjoyment of life for all women throughout their lives.

The MCSW is a small organization with a huge charge. We are always seeking interns and volunteers to assist us in achieving our goals and meeting the needs of Massachusetts' women. Due to budget constraints all positions are unpaid; however, we encourage college students to intern at MCSW for college course credits. Please contact our office to discuss.

Legislative responsibilities may include:
Researching and monitoring state and national legislation that affects women
Outreach to other organizations or groups involved with issues of concern to women
Supporting and contributing to activities of the Legislative Committee

Program and Planning responsibilities may include:
Assisting with the coordination of public hearings
Contributing to the planning of the MCSW's annual Unsung Heroine celebration
Supporting and contributing to activities of the Program and Planning Committee

Communications/Publications/Web Design responsibilities may include:
Writing and distributing press releases and media advisories, updating and/or creating media lists, and obtaining media coverage for Commission events
Assisting with the Commission's monthly newsletter
Contributing to website design

Mass Women's Information Network responsibilities may include:
Updating the Commission's statewide resources and corresponding databases
Outreach to organizations to build the referral database and to establish ongoing lines of communication and relationships

Research responsibilities may include:
Conducting research on various issues affecting the status of women in Massachusetts

There is a minimum commitment of 16 hrs per week required.  For consideration, please indicate which intern position you are applying for, include your areas of academic and personal interest, and forward your cover letter and resume to: Jill Ashton, Director, Jill.Ashton@state.ma.us.