The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), located in Washington, D.C., conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. Throughout the Federal Work Study program, our interns will learn about the fundamentals of the non-profit sector, grow in their professional development, and gain insight into policy research on various intersectional issues that impact women’s economic justice. IWPR interns work closely with staff and assist in a number of activities—including providing research, outreach, and administrative support—to help further IWPR’s mission and goals.
During the 2017 spring Federal Work Study program, IWPR will offer internships in three areas: Research, Communications and Marketing, and Accounting. Federal work study assistants are paid on an hourly basis through their school’s student employment offices, and hours are flexible. Schedules and hours are based on each student’s award and availability.
We welcome all interested applicants, including international students and college students of all levels and majors, to apply. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer, and we consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
While the internship will be an opportunity for professional development, applicants should consider the following general requirements:
- A passion for women's issues and economic justice
- Excellent writing and communication skills
- Good computer skills
- Prior office experience is desirable, as interns are responsible for a minimal amount of general office work (e.g. answering phones, photocopying, filing, and maintaining the library)
Administrative & Research Assistant:
Assistants will provide administrative and research support to senior level researchers on ongoing research projects. Duties include: assisting with literature reviews; desk research; data collection; fact checking; designing charts, graphs and tables; and answering phones.
Qualifications: Strong organizational skills, good interpersonal skills, interest in policy research and women’s issues, experience with statistics, economics or social sciences through coursework. Experience performing administrative/office tasks. Close attention to detail. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel required.
Communications and Marketing Assistant:
Assistants will provide administrative and editorial support to the communications team. Duties include: assisting with proofreading; distributing e-newsletters and new releases; updating IWPR blogs and social media; building media lists and managing databases; tracking news clips; assisting with layout and design of IWPR products; answering phones; and filing.
Assistants will help the development team with direct mail, grant-management, funder research, and other elements of nonprofit fundraising. IWPR receives support from foundations and government agencies, as well as individual and organizational supporters.
Qualifications: Creative, innovative, and detail-oriented individual with good writing and computer skills; knowledge and experience with Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, or other desktop publishing software; layout and web design experience with content management systems (CMS) a plus.
Should have an interest in fundraising and nonprofit management; familiarity with Microsoft Excel and prior experience with fundraising at any level is desirable, but not required; basic computer skills required and prior experience using Salesforce.com or other donor databases is a plus.
Work study students will provide support to the Director of Finance and Administration. Duties include: filing and record-keeping; payroll and credit card expense allocations and related data entry; accounts payable tasks; bank reconciliations; creating and maintaining spreadsheets; generating and compiling IRS Form 990 and annual audit records; and preparing budget-to-actual reports.
Qualifications: Proficiency with Excel (required); Experience with or interest in nonprofit accounting; Effective communication skills, both oral and written; Organized and detail-oriented; Effective knowledge of QuickBooks or other accounting software a plus
How to Apply:
Individuals interested in applying to the Research or Communications & Marketing FWS positions should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (3-5 pages), in a single Word or PDF file. Those applying to the Accounting FWS position need only submit a cover letter and resume, also in a single Word or PDF file.
Please specify the position for which you are applying in the e-mail subject line, to Mary Sykes, the Internship Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beginning November 1, 2016, applications for spring 2017 internships will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Please direct any questions to Mary Sykes, the Internship Coordinator, at email@example.com. Applicants will be notified directly if they are selected for an interview. We ask that applicants kindly refrain from calling by phone with questions about the internship program.