Training & Internships

Train & Volunteer With Us

We are not currently reviewing applications for our training class, and only doulas trained in our program can volunteer in our collective, as our weekend-long training includes critical information needed to work with our partner providers. Applications typically open early in the new year, and training takes place in late May-June. Please sign up for our alerts to learn when our next call for applicants starts!

People who are passionate, empathetic, and committed to reproductive justice are encouraged to apply. Any experience in doula work, reproductive health, rights, and justice work, abortion counseling, health service, or personal experiences can be helpful, but isn’t necessary.

We strongly encourage people of color, Indigenous people; people with dis/abilities; trans* or genderqueer identified people; queer-identified people; people born outside the USA; Spanish speakers; people living with HIV/AIDS; and people of faith to apply.

People with flexible/free weekdays are ideal. Priority will be given to those who can commit to at least two shifts on weekdays per month. You MUST be a resident of the NYC metro area at the time you submit your application. Only people committed to a minimum of one year of volunteering with The Doula Project will be accepted into this training.

If you do not live in the New York City metro area, but are interested in training with us to start your own doula collective, we have on several occasions sent out our trainers if interested parties can cover a light labor fee and travel reimbursement. If you are interested in this option, please email training@doulaproject.org .

Internships

The Doula Project seeks interns to work with us in both clinical and administrative settings. Internships are available every semester and the summer session. They are unpaid, but we are able to offer a monthly Metrocard and school credit where applicable, and our participation in the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC) Summer Internship Program offers stipends.

We are not currently accepting applications, but please sign up for our alerts to learn when our next call for interns starts!

A huge part of being a doula is having the desire and capacity to support another person through a powerful physical and emotional journey: pregnancy. We seek awesome and engaged interns to help us serve people across the spectrum of pregnancy in New York City clinics and hospitals in the following ways:

  • 50%-60% of the intern's position will be to work as a doula daily in the abortion clinics we partner with. At the onset of the internship, we will provide our intern with a 12-hour classroom training on the abortion doula model of care, followed by supervised clinic training. Interns will spend 5-8 hours a day serving as a doula and patient advocate, 3-5 days a week. This involves traditional doula roles of providing emotional, physical, and informational support to clients. Interns will be with clients before, during and after procedures. They will spend time in the waiting and recovery rooms and be present in the procedure and operating rooms while patients undergo their terminations. 5% of the internship will be time to read, watch, and learn about all the different aspects of pregnancy. In order to be a good doula, it is very important the intern have a comprehensive understanding of what happens during pregnancy and its outcomes. We will facilitate this by providing reading material, opportunities to attend workshops and trainings, and significant opportunities to watch abortion procedures and speak with residents and attending doctors.

  • 15%- 25% of the internship will be working on the birth side of our project if they are already a trained birth doula. The Doula Project provides individual mentorship and training, opportunities to attend a birth with a trained doula, introductions to clients and partner organizations, and opportunities to speak with birth doulas who are part of our project. If an intern chooses to do their birth doula training in conjunction with this internship we will include their training time as part of the internship and help match them to birth clients. If an intern is already a doula, we will match them to birth clients at the onset of their internship.

  • 20% of the internship will be to provide programmatic and communications support to the project coordinators. This includes: helping organize monthly meetings, sending out scheduling reminders to doulas, updating our website and social networking sites, editing and writing pieces of our training toolkit, and other tasks as they come up.

  • If an intern is interested in working on an independent project for 10-15% of their time, the above percentages of time are negotiable.

Being allowed into the room with a person who is facing birth or abortion is an awesome responsibility, an amazing opportunity, and above all, a privilege. We look forward to having the support, energy, and skills that an intern would bring to our work.

Skills Needed:

  • Previous clinical experience ideal, clinical inclination a must;

  • Currently a birth doula and/or strong knowledge of pregnancy, childbirth and abortion; if not currently a birth doula, willing to seek out training and scholarships with the DP’s assistance;

  • Interested in direct service work, working with patients/clients daily;

  • Ability to communicate easily and effectively with large groups of people;

  • Capacity to support people facing difficult and emotional situations;

  • Capacity to work in high-stress, high-endurance settings;

  • Capacity to work in hospitals/clinics daily, not behind a desk in an office;

  • Extremely extroverted, outgoing personality, comfortable with meeting new people daily;

  • Comfortable working with medical professionals and being exposed to blood and medical procedures, including second trimester abortion procedures (remember, they’re much different than first trimester procedures!)

  • Comfortable with touching patients/clients and providing physical support measures;

  • Self-motivated and independent; comfortable with taking on leadership roles;

  • Basic computer skills;

  • Strong written and oral skills

We want to stress that this is a direct service position – anyone looking to work in an office should not apply. While this position will be highly supervised, the nature of this work is geared toward people who are interested in working independently with patients as well as in collaboration with doctors and medical professionals. Since the majority of the direct service work will involve talking to patients, hearing their stories, and helping them advocate for themselves, we are looking for someone who is outgoing, a good listener, and has A LOT of patience and tact. Additionally, because we work in hospitals, interns will be drug-tested at the beginning of the internship as part of the hospital physical and should be prepared to pass that test.

Language Requirements:

English; Spanish highly desired.

Location:

The internship takes place in various clinics and hospitals throughout the NYC area, mainly in Manhattan and Brooklyn, all near public transportation. We currently run our abortion service out of one of NYC's largest public hospitals, and three of Planned Parenthood’s satellite sites.

Work Hours:

Flexible Hours, Minimum 10-20 hours per week. Interns must be able to provide at least three full days per week, Monday-Saturday when they can plan to be present in clinic.

Schedules will be given on a monthly basis and will be based on the needs of the clinic. If the intern is attending a birth, scheduling arrangements will be made to accommodate time off depending on the length and timing of the labor. Administrative tasks may be done from home, if preferred. We are happy to honor requests made in advance for time off. Please note that there are times where we may need a doula urgently, without much advance notice. Unless the intern has requested time off beforehand, they will be the first person we contact.

Dress Code:

Casual and clean, but professional. No bra straps, midriff-bearing tops, mini-skirts or shorts; comfortable shoes. Scrubs can either be bought beforehand or can be provided as needed, usually at least one day a week.

How to apply: We are not currently reviewing applications. Please sign up for our alerts to learn when our next call for interns starts!

When ready to apply: Please write a cover letter that includes a brief personal statement responding to the following questions (limit 100-500 words): What does the phrase “Spectrum of Choice” mean to you? How do you see this phrase as being relevant to being a doula?

Please also submit a resume highlighting your work in reproductive health, rights, or justice, as well as counseling, social work, doula work, or health services. Please also submit 2 references we may contact who can speak to your character and qualifications.