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Fall 2015 Internship Program

Interns Summer 2012The 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.

IWPR will offer internships in four areas during the fall of 2015. These are unpaid, part-time positions that require a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week. Start and end dates are flexible, though internships generally run from September through December.

General Requirements

- An interest in women's issues
- Excellent writing and communication skills
- Good computer skills, especially using Excel
- 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)

Individuals from underrepresented groups encouraged to apply. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer. 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.

Research Internship.

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

- Strong organizational skills
- Good interpersonal skills
- Interest in policy research and women’s issues
- Experience writing literature reviews, conducting desk research, and drafting written materials
- Experience with statistics, economics, or social sciences through coursework
- Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel required
- Knowledge of STATA, SPSS, SAS, or graphics software a plus
- Qualitative research skills also a plus

Research areas for Fall 2015:
- The quality of women’s jobs, including wages, access to health insurance, paid sick leave, and workplace flexibility.
- The experiences of low-income women in job training programs and their access to socioeconomic supports.
- Increasing access to higher education and non-traditional jobs for low-income women.
- Strategies for improving child care access, affordability, and quality for college students with dependent children.
- Expanding access to income supports for women such as Unemployment Insurance and Family Leave.
- The economic status of women and girls, women of color, and immigrant women across the United States.
- Older women's economic issues, including social security and pensions.

Communications and Outreach Internship.

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.

- Creative, innovative, and detail-oriented individual
- 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 preferred
- Layout and web design experience with content management systems (CMS) a plus

Development Internship.

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.

- 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 with donor databases such as is a plus.

Accounting and Human Resources Internship.

Interns will provide support to the Director of Finance and Human resources. Duties include: expense allocations, accounts payable tasks, data entry; filing; copying; and tracking and organizing financial and personnel records.

- Strong organizational skills
- Experience with or interest in nonprofit accounting and office administration through coursework or previous internships
- Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel required
- Knowledge of Quickbooks or other accounting software a plus
- Good interpersonal skills

How to Apply

To apply to the Research, Communications & Outreach, or Development internships, applicants should submit in a single Word or PDF file:

1) a cover letter,
2) a resume, and
3) a writing sample (3-5 pages).

Those applying to the Accounting and Human Resources internship need only submit a cover letter and resume, also in a single Word or PDF file.

Please specify the internship 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 Applicants will be notified directly if they are selected for an interview.


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