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Internship: Public Policy (Fall 2022)

Washington, Washington DC
Job Type
4 Aug 2022
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation's (NCOSE) Sexual Justice Advocate Internship program is designed to give undergraduate students, graduate students, and young professionals the opportunity to serve at NCOSE's headquarters in Washington, DC. Interns participate in the ongoing work of defending human dignity, exposing and combatting the full spectrum of sexual exploitation (i.e., pornography, prostitution, stripping, sexual trafficking, child sexual abuse, sexual assault and rape). NCOSE internships offer a unique opportunity to address sexual exploitation issues while gaining new skills through hands-on opportunities that seek to prevent exploitation before it begins, which foster a national culture that stands for freedom from sexual exploitation. Interns also enjoy abundant opportunities to meet nationally recognized leaders in the field of anti-sexual exploitation and attend education briefings. The program also offers interns an opportunity to investigate their individual gifts and develop new skills while working at NCOSE's headquarters.

SEMESTER DATES: September 12 to December 16, 2022


Applications for this position will be processed on a rolling basis, so interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible.

We are typically inundated with applications. We greatly appreciate your patience as we carefully review each candidate and ask that you hold your questions until contacted for an interview.

TERM: 12-14 weeks

  • Performs work on special projects as assigned by the Public Policy Department or the CEO. Such work may include:
    • Research corporate boards, corporate policies, and assist with corporate policy reform efforts;
    • Help conduct social media campaigns to advance advocacy efforts;
    • Write blogs on sexual exploitation issues and NCOSE projects;
    • Help organize NCOSE events;
    • Assisting in writing letters and preparing mailings for corporations, donors, and members of Congress as needed;
    • Assisting with event plan grassroots roots mobilization, strategic planning, and other aspects of running a nonprofit;
    • Draft fact sheets, white papers and/or PowerPoint presentation.
  • Represents NCOSE (as an observer) and reports on events at coalition meetings, as well as congressional hearings as directed.
  • Keeps abreast of current developments (including legislative changes) and conducts research (as directed) using various media and academic resources relating to:
    • harms of pornography;
    • harms of prostitution and other forms of commercial sex;
    • demand for commercial sex and male sex buying behavior;
    • organizations promoting, distributing, and/or profiting from sexual exploitation (pornography, stripping, prostitution, sexual assault, risky sexy behavior); and,
    • sex trafficking of men, women and children.
  • Assists NCOSE at conferences, meetings, events or committees as directed.
  • Assists as needed with office management including answering of telephones, responding to email or other written requests, drafting correspondence, and filing.

  • Passionate about opposing sexual exploitation, as well as a passion for NCOSE's mission, vision and values
  • Strong organization skills are essential
  • Proactive
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Independent worker- must be able to complete tasks without constant management from staff
  • Proficiency with basic Microsoft Office applications; mail merge, formatting letters data management in Excel, etc.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Knowledge of the web and digital marketing techniques

NCOSE reserves the right to revise the job or to require that different or additional tasks be performed based on the organization's need or when circumstances change.


NCOSE is not able to provide any compensation for this position.


This position requires 32-40 hours per week. Candidates must be available during NCOSE's office hours of Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm EST.


This internship will be based at NCOSE's Office Headquarters in Washington, DC.


To apply, please upload the following items: (Please note, applications missing one or more of these items will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.)
  • Cover Letter describing your interest in a NCOSE Internship
  • Resume
  • Two Letters of Reference
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Writing Sample


NCOSE is passionate about building a diverse team (and movement) committed to a world free from sexual abuse and exploitation. We love people and fight for the human dignity of all. We have a global and multicultural impact.

Our work is premised on Abolitionist principles. This means we:

  1. view the commodification of people for sex as inherently harmful,
  2. support laws which seek to decrease and ultimately end demand by strongly penalizing those who pay to use the bodies of other people for sex,
  3. work to create robust services for those seeking freedom from organized systems of sexual exploitation,
  4. prevent sexual exploitation by opposing policies and reforming systems which facilitate harm, and
  5. support legal reforms that decriminalize victimization.

If you share our principles and hope for a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, come put your mind, background, and experience to work for us.
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