Preparing the next generation of leaders remains a key constituent for the Commission. The MCSW’s internship program aims to encourage young women and men from various backgrounds to become more involved in understanding and addressing women’s issues. We welcome undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students and offer different positions so that we can collaboratively work to achieve our goals and meet the needs of women state-wide.
The MCSW seeks responsible, conscientious, and pro-active individuals with a sincere interest in women’s issues, social justice, and civic engagement. Applicants should demonstrate strong writing and organizational skills and should be willing to take initiatives for new assignments. They must be motivated, open-minded, and have a positive attitude around others. While interns are encouraged to suggest which position they are interested in undertaking, they will not be limited to a particular area as many of our tasks are collaborative in nature. Due to its small size and limited staff, the MCSW is a relatively low-funded agency. Although our internships are unpaid, we do give our interns the option of receiving credit to count for academic programs at their affiliated institutions.
- Researching and monitoring state and national legislation that affects women
- Assisting with outreach to other organizations or groups involved with issues of concern to women
- Collaborating with the Legislative Committee and supporting their activities
Program and Planning Intern
- Assisting with the coordination of public hearings
- Contributing to the planning of the MCSW’s annual Unsung Heroine Celebration, Advocacy Day, and Speakers Bureau events
- Supporting and contributing to activities of the Program and Planning Committee
Communications/Publications/Web Design Intern
- Writing and distributing press releases and media advisories
- Updating and/or creating media lists, and obtaining media coverage for Commission events
- Updating Facebook and Twitter pages with recent event information
- Contributing to website design
- Conducting research on various issues affecting the status of women in Massachusetts
- Tying in studies to organize future events that highlight salient issues
How to Apply
Internships are available to students during the fall, spring, and summer terms, but we also host students during other respective college terms/quarters. Admission into the internship program is rolling.
Contact Executive Director, Jill Ashton, if you wish to apply for an internship. Please submit a résumé and a cover letter stating your reasons for applying, and be sure to address any specific position(s) within the commission that interest you, and your dates and hours of availability.
Past Intern Testimonials
Sadie LoGerfo-Olsen, Bowdoin College
"My time as the Legislative Intern proved to be exciting, humbling, frustrating and rewarding; all critical aspects of public policy and state government. It was most enjoyable to have the unique opportunity to represent the Commission in my writing, but also during meetings with legislators and their aides. Overall, I enjoyed strategizing about our legislative goals and learning how to gracefully navigate politics, overlapping agendas, and competing ambitions. I look forward to bringing my experiences with the MCSW to my next endeavor in the women’s rights field."
Laura Ingraham, Oberlin College
"My internship at MCSW has helped solidify my interest in public policy and sharpen my professional skills. This opportunity provided me with insight to the legislative process and showed me how important public outreach efforts are to achieving equality. One of the most rewarding moments of this internship was seeing a bill we supported, the “NASTY Women Act,” signed into law at the State House."
Shannon O'Doherty, UMass Lowell
"I have had internships in state agencies in the past, but interning at MCSW has been the most fulfilling internship so far. At MCSW I felt less like an intern and more like a respected staff member. As the legislative intern at the Commission I was able to research and watch legislation that directly affects women in Massachusetts be voted on and signed into law, which was tremendously rewarding. Being able to work in an environment with motivated women who make it their mission to advocate for all women throughout Massachusetts has been a life changing experience."
Alicia Espinosa, Boston University
"My time at MCSW has helped solidify my desire to work in government when I graduate and to develop the skills I need to succeed in that field. I have learned about the different aspects of the work in which advisory commissions engage and some of the realities of public administration. One exciting moment was seeing the vote on a bill which establishes more regional commissions in the state house."
Ruth Fuller, Clark University
"Interning at the MCSW gave me an inside look at the long, detailed, and rewarding process of crafting and advocating for legislation. I was inspired by the hard work that went into passing recent legislation for the women of the commonwealth such as the ACCESS Bill and Equal Pay Bill."
Brianna Driscoll, Suffolk University
"Throughout my time at the MCSW, I feel as though I have honed my professional skills. Also, when I began my internship, I was questioning what career field to go into. Recently, I have decided to pursue public health and the MCSW has provided me with the legislative aspect of healthcare. I have really enjoyed seeing the successes of the MCSW and the way healthcare ideology can make it into practice."
Sarah Chin, Tufts University
"Interning at MCSW was my first foray into state government and it couldn’t have been a better experience. As a small organization, interns are given a lot of responsibility, as well as the opportunity to do important and meaningful work. Not only did I hone my professional skills, but I learned so much about the challenges facing women in Massachusetts. It was incredibly inspiring to work in an office where everyone is so committed to fighting for gender equality."
Kate Vanier, Skidmore College
"Working at the MCSW has been uplifting and comforting in the sense that I am surrounded by smart, driven, and politically active women. After personally working with pieces of state legislation that would improve women’s lives both at home and at work, I am inspired to do more to work towards these goals every day. My internship has made me a more well-rounded, educated woman who is ready to pursue a career in law."
Morgan Trevett, Georgetown University
"My internship with the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women taught me how bodies within the state government can act as a voice for the people and advocate for their interests. Above all, I obtained a deeper understanding for the issues that women across the Commonwealth still face every day, and the strong network of women’s commissions and organizations that are dedicated to combating them through services and political representation. The MCSW is a testament to how much women in Massachusetts have achieved and the work that we will continue to put in to close the gender gap."
Sophie Zamarripa, Tufts University
"My internship at the MCSW has provided me with incredible and useful skills for doing work to advance women in the future. This internship strengthened my ability to communicate with others to advance equality, and was a great way to get to know peers who are interested in doing some of the same things that I am. This experience provided me with a background and a foundation on the current progression of women’s rights through legislation and advocacy."
Jordan Moskwiak, University of Tennessee
"My time with the MCSW was invaluable. It gave me the opportunity to see what the inner workings of a commission are and to do so alongside other young women who are equally as passionate about women’s rights as I am. Because of this internship, I am now more confident than ever that I want to be involved in some capacity with advocating on behalf of women in the future."
Alexis Serino, Tufts University
"The MCSW provides its interns with eye-opening and hands-on experience with the legislative process. During my internship, I was able to attend multiple hearings on our sponsored bills; most notably, I witnessed the enactment of one of our priority pieces of legislation, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H3680). I also gained valuable legislative research skills, as one of my main projects for the summer was to research and draft testimony for An Act Establishing Just Schedules for Employees (H3144)."