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Federal Work Study Positions

Federal Work-Study Positions

Interns Summer 2012

Fall 2015 Federal Work-Study Positions

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.

IWPR is committed to assisting the professional development of students and graduates interested in economic justice for women. IWPR's internship program is designed to provide participants with challenging work experiences under the guidance and supervision of staff with extensive knowledge of women's policy issues, social science research, and non-profit management.

General Requirements:

All IWPR FWS employees must have good computer skills, excellent writing and communication skills, and an interest in women's issues. Prior office experience is desirable, as work-study employees are responsible for a certain amount of general office work, such as photocopying, answering phones, and filing. IWPR is committed to diversity and encourages people of all ethnic, cultural, economic, and sexual orientations to apply.   

Fall positions generally last from September to December, though start and end dates are flexible. Federal work study assistants are paid on an hourly basis through their school’s student employment offices, and must work a minimum of 10 hours per week. Schedules and hours are based on each student’s FWS award and availability.

The Institute will offer federal work study (FWS) positions in four areas for the Fall 2015 semester:

Research Assistant:

Interns will provide administrative and research support to researchers. Duties include: assisting with literature reviews and data collection; designing charts, graphs and tables; answering phones; and filing.

Qualifications: Strong organizational skills, good interpersonal skills, interest in policy research and women’s issues; and experience with statistics, economics or social sciences through coursework. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel required; knowledge of STATA, SPSS, or graphics software is a plus. Qualitative research skills also a plus.

Research areas for Fall 2015 include:

  • The quality of women’s jobs, including wages, access to health insurance, paid sick leave, and workplace flexibility.
  • The work and welfare experiences of low-income women at the state and national levels
  • Increasing access to higher education and non-traditional jobs for low-income women.
  • Expanding access to income supports for women such as Unemployment Insurance and Family Leave.
  • Strategies for improving child care access, affordability, and quality.
  • Older women's economic issues, including social security and pensions.
  • The economic status of women and girls, women of color, and immigrant women across the United States.


    Communications and Outreach Assistant:

    Intern 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.

    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, Quark Xpress, or other desktop publishing software; layout and web design experience with content management systems (CMS) a plus.


    Development Assistant:

    Intern 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: 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 or other donor databases is a plus.


    Accounting Assistant:

    Interns will provide support to the Director of Finance and Administration. Duties include: payroll and credit card expense allocations and related data entry; accounts payable tasks; bank reconciliations; creating and maintaining spreadsheets including funder financial reports; compiling Form 990 and annual audit records; preparing budget to actual reports for Board committee meetings and organizing financial  records.  Fall intern will assist with 2014 budget proposal.

    Qualifications: Attention to detail, strong organizational skills; experience with or interest in accrual based nonprofit accounting. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel required; knowledge of Quickbooks or other accounting software is a plus.


    How to Apply:

    Individuals interested in applying to the Research, Communications & Outreach, or Development 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 FWS position for which you are applying in the e-mail subject line, to Mary Sykes, the Internship Coordinator, at

    Applications for Fall 2015 internships will be accepted on a rolling basis.

    Please direct any questions to Mary Sykes, the Internship Coordinator, at

    Applications not submitted in a single Word or PDF file will not be considered. Applicants invited for an interview will be notified directly.


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