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Federal Work Study Positions

Federal Work-Study Positions

Interns 2015

Fall 2016 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.   

Spring positions generally last from January to May, 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.

Administrative & Research Assistant:

Assistants will provide administrative and research support to the President and Special Assistant to the President. Duties include: assisting with email outreach, expense transactions, scheduling high level meetings, answering phones, filing, and on-going research needs.

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 & Outreach 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.

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:

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: 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:

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.  Fall semester work study student will assist with preparing the annual budget proposal.

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, 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

We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis.

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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