Internship Descriptions

Internship Descriptions

Internships are on-the-job learning experiences for women with initiative and desire to enhance skills needed in a social change organization.

An intern in the U.S. Section WILPF office will work in an open, supportive environment, interacting with volunteers around the country. Because we use a participatory, feminist mode of decision making, she will learn valuable group process skills as well. She will have one supervisor, though she will work with other staff members and WILPF leaders, all accomplished in their fields. Interns are asked to work a minimum of 15 hours per week, ranging from ten weeks to one year, based on availability, project length, and performance. Our general term is 12 weeks. At this time, these are unpaid internships, but academic credit may be granted based on the requirements of your academic program. An intern will focus on one area of organizing for in-depth experience:

Administrative and IT Support Intern

This intern will work with the Director of Operations and the IT and Communications Consultant as they tackle the day to day tasks that keep a national organization running smoothly.
The Administrative and IT Support Intern has responsibilities for processing and acknowledging gifts, facilitating the ongoing archiving process, and assisting members in using the on-line database. She will often integrate a special project into her internship workplan to develop leadership by tackling a new or entrenched problem area effecting WILPF’s administration.

The intern will also help support the technology functions within the organization, assisting in the process of setting up new computer systems and wireless networks in the Boston office, helping to develop web communications plans, and assisting in other as-needed technology and communications tasks.

Qualifications: The ideal intern for this position will possess creativity, commitment to WILPF's goals, writing competence, initiative and responsibility. She will also have technical competence in the area of setting up wireless networks within an office environment, and installing new software on computers. Some training provided, but an understanding of web and software technologies is necessary.

Program Support Intern

This intern will work with the program directors to develop and implement national programs, initiated by our members and issue committees. She will work with WILPF branches around the country, track legislation, use on-line resources, and learn the skills essential for any organizing work: communication and diplomacy, writing, effective use of time, etc. She will also learn a great deal about particular issues on which WILPF focuses.

Qualifications: Commitment to and some knowledge about WILPF's goals, verbal and interpersonal skills, research and writing ability, initiative, flexibility, responsibility, imagination, patience, sense of humor, and ability to see a job through to completion.

Leadership/Outreach Intern

The Leadership/Outreach Intern will support the UN Practicum and Local 2 Global programs, two programs designed to foster deeper engagement in and new leadership for WILPF. She will be, first and foremost, an organizer focused on making connections among people. She will keep records, answer phone inquiries and correspondence and work with database and word processing programs on the computer. She will give input on how to bring new members into the organization, and possibly be asked to focus on recruiting from specific sectors or constituencies. Everything she does will help hone her organizational and leadership skills.

Qualifications: Good organizing and communications skills as well as a commitment to social change.

Administrative Intern

This intern will work with the Director of Operations, as she tackles the day to day tasks that keep a national organization running smoothly. The administrative intern has responsibilities for processing and acknowledging gifts, facilitating the ongoing archiving process, and assisting members in using the on-line database. She will often integrate a special project into her internship workplan to develop leadership by tackling a new or entrenched problem area effecting WILPF’s administration.

Qualifications: Creativity, commitment to WILPF's goals, writing competence, initiative and responsibility.

To apply for an Internship:

To apply, send a resume, writing sample, internship goals and date available with desired internship placement to Internship Coordinator, WILPF National Office, 11 Arlington Street, Boston, MA 02116 or email to internships@wilpfus.org. Our internships are available all year round and we plan with you what fits best with your schedule. At this time, these are unpaid internships, but academic credit may be granted based on the requirements of your academic program. An office interview is preferred and one will be set up after we receive your application. We also do phone interviews. Below are our schedule and application deadlines for our internship program.


United Nations Internships

The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The United Nations office in New York City is a project of WILPF International.

If you are interested in more information about an internship at our United Nations office, please visit either Reaching Critical Will or PeaceWomen.Org.

WILPF United Nations Office


777 United Nations Plaza


New York, NY 10017-3521


Voice: (212) 682-1265 / Fax: (212) 286-8211

 

WILPF International Internships

The United States section office is in the process of updating our information on the International internships available in the WILPF International office in Geneva, Switzerland office. This information will be posted as soon as it is available.

WILPF


Case Postale 28


1211 Geneva 20


Switzerland


Telephone: (+4122) 7.33.61.75


Fax: (+4122) 740.10.63 


wilpf@iprolink.ch