Feminist Jobs & Internships
|Job Title:||Global Development Policy Internship|
|Organization:||Women Thrive Worldwide|
|Region:||DC Metro Region|
Global Development Policy Internship - Spring 2013 Women Thrive Worldwide (formerly Women?s Edge Coalition) develops, shapes, and advocates for U.S. policies that foster economic opportunity for women living in poverty around the world. We focus on making U.S. international assistance programs prioritize women. Women Thrive Worldwide brings together a diverse coalition of over 50 organizations and 30,000 individuals united in the belief that women are the key to ending global poverty and that empowering them is not only right, but also the most effective long-term solution to world poverty.
Women Thrive Worldwide has researched and developed several initiatives including the GAINS for Women and Girls Act, the Trade Impact Review, the Global Resources and Opportunities for Women to Thrive (GROWTH) Act, the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA) and the Women, Faith and Development Alliance (WFDA).
Women Thrive Worldwide's Policy and Government Affairs Department, which includes the Global Development and Global Agriculture programs, works to ensure that the benefits of U.S. international assistance reach both women and men in developing countries. We do this by raising awareness about women's roles in development and in their economies among policymakers in Congress and in the Administration; with other members of the development community; and with the general public. Women Thrive Worldwide actively works to increase, monitor, and provide accountability on the U.S. Government?s investments in international assistance programs, especially programs that invest in women and girls, and particularly through indigenous women's organizations abroad. Our goal is to ensure that U.S. international assistance creates opportunities for women so that their potential is fully tapped for reducing poverty and helping countries develop economically.
The Global Development Policy program seeks an enthusiastic intern for the spring of 2013.
Specific duties of the Global Development Policy intern include:
- Researching and drafting advocacy materials on gender, women?s poverty, and women?s empowerment in international development programming
- Organizing Women Thrive Worldwide's members for meetings with Congress
- Organizing and attending coalition meetings for various initiatives
- Tracking current legislation
- Attend meetings on a variety of issues related to women and U.S. assistance throughout Washington DC
- Database management of coalition partners
- Helping with small administrative tasks, as needed
Current projects that interns may be involved in include:
Foreign Aid Reform: Women Thrive Worldwide is working collaboratively with the NGO community and Congress to ensure efforts to modernize U.S. foreign assistance incorporate strategies to meet women?s needs and priorities. Activities will include research on relevant issues, attending external and internal meetings, drafting campaign materials, reaching out to Congressional offices and the new Administration, and coordinating with Thrive coalition partners.
Campaign to End Gender-Based Violence through U.S. Leadership: Women Thrive Worldwide, together with the Family Violence Prevention Fund and Amnesty International USA, and its coalition partners, has launched a campaign to significantly increase U.S. activities to eliminate gender-based violence as part of U.S. international assistance programs. Activities will include research on relevant issues, drafting campaign materials, helping to organize coalition meetings, reaching out to Congressional offices, and coordinating with coalition partners.
All of Women Thrive Worldwide?s internships require:
- Superior oral and written communication skills
- Excellent research skills
- Strong interest in international development economics and/or political organizing for international women's issues
- Enthusiastic and self-motivated work style with high level of attention to detail
- Interest and/or course work in international economics, development, and/or women's issues
- Excellent computer skills, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel and database management
- Experience with Congress is a plus
Time Commitment: Minimum 20 hours per week starting mid-January until May. Full-time interns are welcome.
Women Thrive Worldwide has had much success with many interns. You will learn a lot and get a great reference. We invest a lot in our interns and you will have a high degree of responsibility and very high level of involvement in the organization. Women Thrive Worldwide regrets that we will be unable to offer compensation for this position. However, Women Thrive Worldwide will reimburse reasonable daily transportation costs.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Close of Business, Friday, October 19.
To apply, please send:
- Cover letter (including availability and tentative start and end dates)
- 2-3 page writing sample
- Contact information for 3 professional/academic references (including name of reference, organization, nature of relationship, email and phone number)
TO: Lara Pukatch, Manager, Policy and Government Affairs, at email@example.com
No phone calls/faxes please. Be sure to mention "Global Development Policy Internship" in the subject line of your email.
Please note: only short-listed candidates will be contacted.