Abita Springs, Louisiana
The Women’s Center for Healing & Transformation is a nonprofit women’s community center for mind/body/spirit services, personal growth, and societal transformation. The organization’s commitment is to value, nurture and empower women throughout life’s journey. They believe believe that strong women who take care of themselves and support each other make a positive impact on the larger community. At its heart, the Center celebrates the diversity and gifts of women of all backgrounds and traditions.
The Women’s Center is located in Abita Springs, La., on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. Abita Springs is a suburban location, about 45-60 minutes from New Orleans, across a 24-mile causeway bridge. For more information, visit www.womenscenterforhealing.org.
This internship is open to two interns, with projects to be assigned based on the interns’ interests and skills. The Women’s Center has mostly part-time or volunteer staff, whose work the interns will support and contribute to. Interns are strongly encouraged to be self-starting and to feel comfortable taking initiative on new projects.
Specific project possibilities include coordinating an Undoing Racism training with the Peoples’ Institute for Survival and Beyond; creating an interfaith panel to address issues for LGBT women in the parish (county); addressing women’s issues including domestic violence and the wage gap; networking to create partnerships with local communities and organizations; and contributing to anti-fracking organizing. Interns may also collaborate with partner organizations, including the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, and the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal.
Eight weeks, from June 8 to July 29, 2015, with some flexibility. Approximately 25 hours per week, including sometimes opening and locking up the facility.
Due to the nature of this work, this placement is for female-identified applicants only. Additionally, preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated interest and understanding of women’s issues, anti-racism work, community organizing and partnerships, or interfaith work.
In the event that this project involves working with youth, selected interns will be required to complete a CORI background check.
All interns are eligible to receive housing. Housing will be provided in a shared bedroom at the Women’s Center, with occasional shared access needed; interns will also have access to personal facilities and a shared kitchen. The Women’s Center is entirely alcohol-free and tobacco-free.
Interns are responsible for travel to and from the New Orleans area. Due to the Women’s Center’s suburban location, interns are encouraged to bring a car.