Duration: 3 to 5 months

Are you looking for an internship that will truly help teens understand how media affects them and what to do about it? How about insight into how a nonprofit program works? About-Face is looking for an enthusiastic, passionate, justice-seeking, and organized intern. 

College students are encouraged to apply. Note that internships are unpaid. We require that interns be eligible for credit or hours through their school or university. Please check with the appropriate department/educator and confirm this is possible in your application

About-Face frees girls from the confines of a toxic culture so they can fulfill their potential. 

At the organization’s roots are activism, awareness-raising, body positivity, media and cultural literacy, a belief in the power of youth, social justice principles, and gender equity. We work with self-identified girls ages 12-18 in their schools, organizations, and via social media to teach them critical thinking and skills centered on understanding and critiquing of our mainstream culture, including media and social media. We then transform that knowledge into activism skills that they can use throughout their lives. About-Face is in the San Francisco Bay Area and is working to expand its online and on-the-ground presence.

The work we do to empower teen girls*, turning education into action, is even more relevant and critical today, and as things progress quickly, we are shifting and evolving accordingly. You can learn more about us at www.about-face.org.

* About-Face welcomes and includes gender-expansive youth. To us, “girls” means self-identified girls, trans girls, gender-expansive youth, gender non-conforming, and non-binary youth.

Timeline and time commitment: This internship will ideally take place from January to May 2021, 8-12 hours per week (depending on your school’s requirements). 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Report to Hénia Belalia, Director of Programs

Duties and responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

— Working closely with high school girls* who are either doing an internship with us or going through one of our virtual programs

— Assisting youth in creating and executing social actions, art & media activism, and community projects 

— Completing a media project related to a social justice issue that we cover in our programs. This could include a podcast, short film, website, interviews via Instagram, graphic or other visual art, etc.

— Outreach to youth for out-of-school workshops, and assistance in planning these workshops

—Collecting and compiling media examples that will inform our work via our Education Into Action programs (in schools, community programs and online as well)

— Updating our online media catalog with relevant and current media

—Co-facilitating activities with our instructors during our online programs 

— Participating in the creation of our Youth Advisory Board (to launch Summer 2021)

REQUIREMENTS AND SKILLS 

— Excellent organizational skills 

— Ability to prioritize tasks and projects

— Friendly, effective communication skills via phone, in person, and in writing

— Basic computer skills to use Zoom when necessary

— Intermediate knowledge of Google Sheets (spreadsheets)

— Interest in how media affects women, self-identified girls, and gender-expansive youth

— Willingness to learn new technology and confidence with technology

— Initiative-taking, critical-thinking skills, and readiness to ask questions when appropriate

TO APPLY

Apply by Friday January 22, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so applying earlier will help. The ability to receive credit through an internship program or requirement for your academic institution is highly preferred. (Please check with the appropriate department/educator in advance of applying and confirm this is possible in your application.)

To apply, e-mail the following to Hénia Belalia, Director of Programs, at henia@about-face.org.

— IN THE BODY OF YOUR EMAIL: A brief e-mail cover letter (no more than 1 printed page) that tells us

1) how you will contribute to About-Face’s work;

2) name of your current college, or university; 

3) whether you will be able to receive credit and/or hours (see above); and

4) number of total hours or weekly hours you will be available to work with us.

— AND ATTACH: A resume or another description of your previous work and volunteer experience.

We aim to respond by 7 business days after you apply. The interview will be conducted over Zoom. At that time, you may also be asked to provide contact information for three references.