Listening Session Intern

Academic Credits


Hours per week

20-30 hours per week



Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date



1501 N 45th Street
2nd floor of Solid Ground Building
United States


Statewide Poverty Action Network is a state level grassroots, legislative advocacy organization working to build political power in low-income communities and communities of color. We work to change state policy by lobbying lawmakers and organizing community members to take action during the public policy process. Poverty Action works to ensure everyone in Washington State is able to meet their basic needs and have the opportunity to prosper. We unite thousands of people across the state to take action for change through building alliances, organizing communities and holding government accountable. Our goal is to build a movement of people who are directly impacted by issues that are advocating for systemic change. Our strategies are deeply rooted in the community's needs and are led by people in the community

Job Description: Listening sessions are a crucial tool for relationship building, community organizing, and the development of Poverty Action’s legislative priorities. These in-depth community conversations with low income communities and communities of color inform our organization’s policy priorities and agenda and ensure the voices of those impacted by poverty are at the forefront of our efforts to address poverty and systemic racism. The Listening Session intern will work with Poverty Action staff to develop and support several Listening Sessions across Washington State.

Specific duties

  • Work in conjunction with the Community Organizer and Basic Needs Campaign Coordinator to develop outreach materials, conduct outreach and communication to community members, organizational partners and direct service providers who are interested in Listening Session collaboration
  • Work with Poverty Action staff and board to manage event logistics prior to and on the day of Listening Sessions
  • Assist in setup and coordination of Listening Sessions
  •  Assist in transcribing notes
  • Conduct post-Listening Session follow up; assist in thematic analysis; thank and engage participants and partners


  • Strong anti-racism and social justice lens, or desire to develop such analysis
  • Strong active listening and relationship building skills
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, detail oriented
  • Desire and willingness to work with low income and communities of color
  • Ability and willingness to travel around Washington State, as needed (Owning a car is not necessary. Poverty Action will provide travel reimbursement) 

The start and end date is flexible, ideally Intern would start in early Summer and go through the Fall.


  • Listening session intern will build skills around community organizing though an anti-racist & social justice lens which includes recruiting, organizing, and mobilizing people from targeted geographic communities across Washington State with the specific focus on people living on low incomes and people of color.
  • Intern will have the opportunity to experience how public policy can operate both as a root cause of social inequality and how it can be an incredibly powerful tool to create equitable systemic change.
  • Poverty Action staff is committed to supporting and developing the professional growth of interns.
  • Position is work study eligible.

How To Apply

Submit a resume and response to the following prompt in 300 words or less, “What is your experience and approach working alongside low income communities and communities of color to affect change? And how would you apply that to this internship?” Please send to by May 29th, 2018 by 5pm. People of color, low income, and bilingual folks are highly encouraged to apply