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Internship Program with IWPR: Fall 2016

Interns 2015

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 internship 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 2016 fall program, IWPR will offer internships in four areas: Research, Communications and Outreach, Development, and Accounting. Fall internships are unpaid and the hours commitment is flexible. Start and end dates are relatively flexible, though typically begin early September to December.

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)


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 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 2016:

- The economic status of women and girls, women of color, and immigrant women across the United States.

- The economic status of survivors of domestic violence.

- The quality of women’s jobs, including wages, access to health insurance, paid sick leave, and workplace flexibility.

- Strategies for improving child care access, affordability, and quality for college students with dependent children.

- 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.

Communications and Outreach Internship

Interns 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

-          Proficiency in social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

-          Interest in web design and maintenance a plus


Development Internship

Interns 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 Internship

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; generating and compiling IRS Form 990 and annual audit records; and preparing budget-to-actual reports.


-          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

To apply to the Research, Communications & Outreach, or Development internships, applicants must submit all application materials in a single Word or PDF file, to include:

1)      a cover letter,

2)      a resume, and

3)      a writing sample (3-5 pages).

Those applying to the Accounting 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

Beginning July 27, 2016, applications for fall 2016 internships will be accepted until August 26, 2016.

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

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