Collective Rising, formerly the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC), places undergraduate students from around the country in paid summer internships at social justice organizations.
The Collective Rising Internship program defines reproductive rights, health, and justice broadly to include movements advocating for human rights, economic justice, racial equality, queer rights, immigrants’ rights, access to health services, and youth empowerment among others.
Our partner organizations span the country and work with and for various communities. Since our program started in 1999, Collective Power has placed over 500 interns at more than 150 organizations.
Collective Rising Internship placements are substantive with interns participating in organizing, advocacy, direct service, community health, education, research, public policy and more. All interns receive a $4,500 stipend and complete an intensive internship training at the annual Collective Power conference.
I grew up in a working poor home in New Orleans, and never thought I would attend college, let alone travel and see the world. My internship was a formative experience. I learned so much about abortion care and access. RRASC and CLPP opened my world up and made what I do now possible.
—Sophie Woodruff, Immigration Attorney, New Orleans
Students selected for the program receive:
- A full-time 10-week substantive internship at a reproductive rights, health, and/or justice organization with a $4500 stipend
- An intensive 3 day training at the annual Collective Power Conference. Training will include workshops on non-profit organizations, grassroots organizing, effective communication, self-care, and reproductive and social justice. **Note: The mandatory training for selected interns will be held online instead of in person for the 2022 program year.**
- Continued support and training throughout the summer
- An online community where the Summer Cohort will post reflective weekly reports
- An opportunity to present their work at the next Collective Power Conference
To be eligible for a Collective Rising internship, you must:
- be an undergraduate student at a US college/university including community and junior colleges
- not be graduating in the Spring or Summer of the internship year
- be returning to school Fall semester after the internship
- be able to attend the annual Collective Power Conference for training. **Note: For the 2022 program year, we have moved the training to a virtual convening, attending remains a mandatory requirement**