Internship Opportunities

All CPS Intern Applications will be reviewed by the Internship Director. All intern positions are non-paid volunteer positions. Due to current circumstances, ALL intern positions are online and remote until further notice.

**Note: Research and Education positions are filled for fall. Spring applications will be accepted November 1 – December 31. Please be sure to mark that your application is for Spring 2022. Read below for other details.

Interns are required to attend an initial phone or Skype (or another similar program) interview with the Internship Director or other qualified interviewer prior to admission to the Internship Program.

All internships require a minimum of 120 hours to be completed over a minimum of 12 weeks.

It is the intern’s responsibility to keep in contact with their designated supervisor, confirm the number of hours per week they will be performing tasks, and keep a detailed log of their hours and completed tasks. These logs will be used to determine the completion of an internship.

Intern applicants interested in obtaining course credit must include their university or college requirements for receiving said credit upon application.

At the end of the internship, the intern’s supervisor and the intern will be required to complete an evaluation based on the internship. After evaluation, the intern may receive a certificate of completion.

For more information or questions, email internship@positivesexuality.org

Center for Positive Sexuality offers internships in our Research, Education, and Administrative departments as well as internships within Marketing & Development and Outreach & Events.

Volunteer/Intern Orientations are currently scheduled for the following*:

4th Sunday of the month, 12 p.m. PT: January, March, May, July, September

*Please do your best to attend the Orientation nearest your start date.

Administrative Internship

Application Deadline: Year-round

Position: Unpaid internship, Minimum 12 weeks (120 hours)

During this internship, the intern will gain a first-hand understanding of how a 501c3 non-profit organization works. They will be required to virtually attend all board meetings scheduled during their internship. It is recommended that they attend at least one Development Committee meeting during their internship.

They will be responsible for administrative tasks such as website design, survey data collating, event venue research, accounting, and/or other administrative assistant duties. Depending on their given task, the intern may be responsible for a task force of volunteers. The intern may be required to work with our Executive Director, Treasurer, Secretary, Social Media Coordinator, and/or other board members.

By the end of the internship, we expect the intern to have completed one of the following:

  1. Propose at least one fundraising plan to the Board of Directors
  2. Work with a group, task force, or committee to complete a current fundraising or event plan
  3. Complete at least three of the following tasks:
    Mock budget, Event venue research, Item Sponsor research, Monetary Sponsor research, Website updating, Social Media ad copy, Survey data collation

Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Programs, Google Suite, and Zoom
  • Ability to work with diverse groups or on solo projects
  • Ability to lead groups and assign tasks
  • Ability to adhere to strict deadlines

Education Internship

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Internship (August-December), Applications DUE June 1 (plan on possible Orientation in July if accepted)
  • Spring Internship (February-June), Applications DUE Dec 1 of previous calendar year (plan on possible Orientation in January if accepted)

Position: Unpaid internship, Minimum 12 weeks (120 hours)

The Education Department of CPS is focused on the interdepartmental synthesis and dissemination of sex-positive knowledge. Education internships may work “in-house” with content creation and project updates from various departments, and may concurrently attend panels to become a CPS educator.

Those with course creation, professional development training, and content management are encouraged to apply!

If you are interested in only becoming an educator consider volunteering in the Education Department. 

During this internship the intern will have the opportunity to gain educational public speaking experience, create educational material, and learn how to become a lead presenter. The intern will be able to go through our standard presenter training and moderator training for a variety of sexuality-based presentations. 

By the end of the internship, we expect the intern to have completed the following:

  1. Create, update, and/or complete reference materials assigned on a project-by-project basis
  2. Revise and update a current presentation 
  3. Create a new presentation not currently offered
  4. Present / Observe at least three presentations 
  5. Moderate at least one presentation

*Presentations and presentation topics are subject to submitted requests.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to verbally communicate clearly and concisely
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, Google Suite, and Zoom
  • Ability to work well in diverse groups
  • (Recommended) Course creation experience, professional development training, and/or content management experience.

Marketing & Development Internship

Application Deadline: Year-round

Position: Unpaid internship, Minimum 12 weeks (120 hours)

During this internship, the intern will gain hands-on understanding and experience developing and implementing marketing for an established 501c3 non-profit organization. They will be required to virtually attend all board and development committee meetings scheduled during their internship. They should be prepared to complete at least one marketing proposal to be given to the development team and possibly the board of directors.

They will be responsible for tasks such as targeting specific audiences, designing strategies for marketing programs and services, assisting with ongoing strategies, projecting trends, providing data to support new or current programs and services, contacting potential corporate entities for sponsorships, and/or other marketing and development duties. Depending on their given task, the intern may be responsible for a task force of volunteers. The intern may be required to work with our Executive Director, Development Committee, Treasurer, Secretary, Social Media Coordinator, and/or other board members and volunteers.

By the end of the internship, we expect the intern to have completed one of the following:

  1. Marketing and/or Development proposal of a specific program or service
  2. Strategic Plan development or revision notes
  3. Trend projections on specific existing or new programs
  4. Marketing Strategy for targeting new or existing audiences
  5. Proposing a plan for targeting a specific corporate entity for sponsorship potential

Qualifications:

  • Background in business management or related field (can be a current undergraduate or graduate degree student)
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, Google Suite, and Zoom
  • Ability to work with diverse groups or on solo projects
  • Ability to lead groups and assign tasks
  • Ability to adhere to strict deadlines

Outreach & Events Internship

Application Deadline: Year-round

Position: Unpaid internship, Minimum 12 weeks (120 hours)

During this internship, the intern will learn about the two outreach branches and assist with the various projects this department has for the current school year or upcoming events.  Interns will learn the importance of connecting with community members, businesses, individuals, and other relevant organizations regarding event planning and execution.  They will be responsible for taking on at least one project within the department or creating an event of their choosing.  

If applicable to the intern’s location, the intern will assist with outreach events and learn how to connect with others, and advocate for causes they are passionate about. 

By the end of the internship, we expect the intern to have completed one of the following:

  1. Plan and/or coordinate a major event
  2. Participate in and/or lead an event
  3. Table or participate in a minimum of 2 Outreach events 

*Other projects may be assigned depending on availability during the internship

Qualifications:

  • Outgoing, enthusiastic, and able to communicate
  • Organized, reliable, and goal-oriented
  • Creative, imaginative, and innovative in event planning
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to work with diverse groups or on solo projects
  • Ability to adhere to strict deadlines
  • (Preferred) Flexible schedule

Research Assistant Internship

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Internship (August-December), Applications DUE June 1 (plan on possible Orientation in July if accepted)
  • Spring Internship (February-June), Applications DUE Dec 1 of previous calendar year (plan on possible Orientation in January if accepted)​

Position: Unpaid internship, Minimum 12 weeks (120 hours)

Are you interested in doing academic research on positive sexuality? We are looking for motivated interns to assist our Research Affiliates on their projects! Our research affiliates are typically professors or advanced graduate students pursuing scholarly research and community advocacy projects. General areas of research include sexual identity, sex work, non-monogamy and polyamory, and kink/BDSM. 

All research interns gain a greater insight into the world of sex-positive academic research by contributing to active research projects. Interns also occasionally have the opportunity to collaborate on and co-author a peer-reviewed publication. This is a particularly great experience for students who plan to pursue a research-based graduate degree or professional work in policy and advocacy.

By the end of the internship, we expect the intern to have completed at least one of the following:

  1. Conduct a literature review for an academic article or policy paper
  2. Perform quantitative or qualitative data collection and/or analysis
  3. Draft sections for an upcoming publication
  4. Disperse findings from recent research to communities or decision-makers (e.g. article or blog post)

Required qualifications:

  • Willingness to conduct and write sex-positive research
  • Excels in reading and writing comprehension
  • Self-motivated and goal-oriented
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs, Google Suite, and Zoom
  • Stable internet connection for online collaboration
  • Maintain timely and consistent communication with research affiliates and CPS staff

It’s also great if you have:

  • Research skill experience – literature review, qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis, interviewing, academic writing
  • A background in Women’s, Gender, or Sexuality Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Public Health, or related fields

Working with CPS Research Interns has been, and continues to be, such a pleasure!  All three Interns I have worked with so far have been bright, motivated, and professional and CPS has done a great job matching me with Interns whose interests and skills are a good fit for my work.  As an independent researcher I have been excited to see how working with CPS Research Interns has accelerated my research and also provided me with fulfilling opportunities for mentorship.

Ryan Witherspoon, PhD

Research Affiliate

The internship programme has been an amazing opportunity to work with colleagues globally and develop interesting collaborations, leading to journal submissions (and hopefully publications!). I've been able to provide opportunities for interns to engage in research in my topic areas, which have led to unique projects developing. It's also provided an opportunity for me to develop as a mentor and see different working styles.

LIam Wignall, PhD

Research Affiliate, JPS Associate Editor

Working with a research intern from the Center for Positive Sexuality has been a fantastic experience. The intern has been eager, well prepared, and creative -- and has contributed greatly to the success of my research project!

Jeremy Thomas, PhD

Research Affiliate, JPS Editor

There have been so many bright students and interns who have come across through Outreach that are more than eager to help with our mission and work on projects to continue reaching schools and local community organizations and strengthening Outreach as a branch.  I am not surprised to hear the fantastic ways they impact the world using positive sexuality when coming back for referrals.

Julia Schiffman, MSW

Outreach Coordinator, Board Member