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Organizational Description:

Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading international non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to working with women throughout the world to provide the support and tools they need to have a positive impact in their communities. Through mentoring programs, leadership trainings and individualized support, Vital Voices provides credibility, builds capacity and enhances connections for emerging and established women leaders internationally.

Vital Voices Global Partnership invests in women leaders who are solving the world’s greatest challenges – from gender-based violence to the climate crisis, economic inequities, and more. We are “venture catalysts,” identifying those with a daring vision for change and partnering with them to make that vision a reality.  We scale and accelerate impact through long term investments to expand skills, connections, capacity and visibility. Over the last 24 years, we have built a network of 18,000 change makers across 182 countries, each of whom are daring to reimagine a more equitable world for all.

Today, Vital Voices has a staff of nearly 80 headquartered in Washington, DC. In the coming years we have a bold vision to dramatically scale our impact. In early 2022 we opened the first ever Global Headquarters for Women’s Leadership, a 30,000+ sq. ft. historic building just blocks from the White House on 16th Street. It will be a hub of activity, events and collaborations — bringing together women leaders and their allies to tackle the world’s greatest challenges.

Position Description:
The Vital Voices team is seeking a motivated intern who will provide administrative and programmatic support to the Crisis Response department and assist with research of global crisis, development of communication materials, grant documentation and case management. The Intern will work across a portfolio of projects alongside the Crisis Response team and learn from cross-functional teams with leaders and peers with various backgrounds, education, and experiences.

In early 2022, Vital Voices launched a new Crisis Response department, to respond to the emergency support needs of global women leaders and activists facing persecution due to their voice and leadership. Informed by ongoing consultations with experts and members of the impacted communities, the Crisis Response Team provides training, casework support, and direct funding to nonprofit and political leaders, journalists, businesswomen, lawyers, judges, teachers, and other activists who are being targeted because they are women changemakers.

We are accepting interns on either a full-time or part-time basis. The internship requires a commitment of 40 hours per week for full-time interns or 20 hours a week for part-time interns. The position is unpaid, but students will receive a stipend of $1000 per month for full time interns or $500 per month for part time interns and/or may receive academic credit for their experience in cooperation with their university.  We are currently accepting applications for the summer semester. Summer internships will run ideally from May 29 (negotiable) through mid-August. 

Interns can either be remote or based in DC, depending on the needs of the department.

Applications for the Spring internship should be submitted by April 30th at 11:59pm EDT.


  • On-the-job training for a variety of skills;
  • Professional development opportunities, including regular “lunch and learn” sessions;
  • A chance to learn about international development and advocacy;
  • Network with professional advocates in the non-profit sphere;
  • Letter of recommendation upon successful completion of the internship (as requested).



  • Support the development of crisis management programmatic plans and systems, including but not limited to policies, standards, procedures, grant and casework management tools and templates;
  • Support the Crisis Response department in maintaining the crisis watchlist and relevant analytical information on donor trends, funding, etc.;
  • Conduct research of global crisis and gender related topics based on the department priorities;
  • Assist in the development of external facing issue briefs;
  • Contribute to data entry, database management, and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Support the review of grant applications and reporting materials as necessary;
  • Support in grant and case management;
  • Supporting department logistics and administrative tasks as necessary;
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or recent university graduate
  • Majoring in social studies, conflict and peace-building, government, foreign/international affairs, gender studies, or other related fields
  • Interest in emergency and humanitarian assistance and hands on experience of diving into more detailed subject areas
  • Interest in and knowledge of global women’s issues, human rights, international development, and/or women’s leadership
  • Experience in conducting basic analytical search and review of policy and programmatic documents
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently and meticulous attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to balance multiple tasks
  • Excellent communications and digital media skills
  • Experience with Excel, Word, online portal management, document formatting
  • Russian, Spanish, Arabic or Portuguese proficiency a plus

How to Apply:

To apply to the position, please complete the application HERE by 11:59 PM (EST) on April 30th, 2023. 

Applications must include the following to be considered for review:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Availability (for example, if you are available part time, include the days and times when you could work)
  • Three references (including contact information)

Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Vital Voices provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Vital Voices complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Vital Voices expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Vital Voices’ employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.