TWU’s Internship Program
Here at Tewa Women United we believe in fostering young leaders interested in social justice, environmental justice, and the overall rights of humanity and preservation of culture. Therefore, after having many wonderful young leaders of all ages intern in our office in the past, through a numerous number of organizations; we have decided to begin an internship program in our office in Española, New Mexico. First and foremost, any positions offered are voluntary unless expressed otherwise. However, we are willing to speak with your High School, College, or University; about possibly earning school credit. In order to learn more about our Internship Program, please view the “Internship Document(s)” page below, and check back for open positions throughout the year. If there are no positions open, always feel free to submit an application and we will keep it on file if something does ever open. Lastly, please look below for details of past interns and some work they have completed either during or after their internship.
- There are no current positions available
Aspen Rayne Vallo (2015)/New Mexico STYLE: Aspen is a rising junior at Pojoaque High School that is interning at TWU through the New Mexico STYLE organization.
Helena Bassett (2015): Helena Bassett is from Taos, New Mexico and is working with Tewa Women United as an intern for the Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula Project. She is a senior studying Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies at the University of Chicago, where she spends most of her time organizing with the student arm of the Trauma Care Coalition, a racial justice campaign. Helena believes that the doula model of birth justice honors and centers the birth process for people marginalized by the modern health care system: poor people, people of color, and gender non- conforming folks. This program matters to her because this is where she can see herself returning home to, to fight for what she believes in with the people who shaped her. She would like to return to New Mexico to work as a teacher, healer, and organizer committed to working for a world without violence
Terrius Harris (2015)/Civil Liberties & Public Policy – RRASC Program: Terrius Harris is a Sophomore at the University of Mississippi triple majoring in Marketing & Corporate Relations, International Studies, and French with a minor in Environmental Studies. Throughout his lifetime Terrius has always had a passion to serve, because it is his belief that if we do not help our fellow man today, then what hope do we have for the survival of humanity. However, it was not until the experiences he encountered throughout his collegiate tenure that he was able to form his life passions into three words: Inclusion, Sustainability, and Philanthropy. These three words are the foundation of the work that Terrius hopes to accomplish during his lifetime. Furthermore, to summarize who he is as a person; he carries a collection of bandannas on his backpack to embody these beliefs and passions of his life. Within each bandanna lies a significant moment of his past, either a place that he has visited, an experience that he has encountered, or a person that has shared their story with him and chose to add themselves to his collection. He decided to intern with Tewa Women United through the Civil Liberties & Public Policy Program as one of the first members of the first national cohort of the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) Internship Program.
Autumn Billie (2014)/Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute: Autumn Billie is from Acoma Pueblo, Taos Pueblo and Diné heritage. She aspires to uphold the core beliefs of her Pueblo culture by being a positive role model for younger generations. The Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute gave her the opportunity to do just that when she was accepted for their Summer Youth Employment internship program. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation funded the internship program. As an intern, she was appointed to the non-profit, Tewa Women United. She participated in several trainings pertaining to the A’Gin Healthy Sexuality & Body Sovereignty Program and became fully knowledgeable of the 16-week curriculum and approved experiential activities. Not only did she gain professional skills but also the A’Gin Project curriculum affected her personal life in positive ways. Autumn is also passionate about indigenous women’s rights and social and environmental issues affecting indigenous people around the world.
Morgan Drewniany (2012)/Civil Liberties & Public Policy – RRASC Program: Morgan is going into her final year as a Hampshire student, and is studying Environmental Chemistry. She is interested in making the connections from science to social and reproductive justice and in creating a more socially relevant sphere of scientific research. In her time away from studying thermodynamic properties of elements, Morgan loves skiing, perusing bookstores and spinning, then knitting her own yarn. As a lifelong New Englander, Morgan is excited about seeing the desert and driving cross-country to her internship site.