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Organizational Description: 

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 60 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 support the Communications team and promote the organization’s image and thought leadership through our online channels and social media; extend its reach and cultivate supporters; provide event support; support ongoing and event-driven media relations and fundraising activities; support the amplification of women leaders in our Global Leadership Network; and promote all regional and issue-area programmatic activities. This position reports to the Communications and Events Coordinator. The Intern will work across a portfolio of projects alongside and learning from cross-functional teams with leaders and peers with varying backgrounds, education, and experiences.

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. This position is unpaid, but students will receive a stipend of $1,000 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 Fall semester. Fall internships will run from mid-August or early September through December (flexible depending on school schedule). Interns may work in person or remotely for the Fall semester. Applications for the Fall internship should be submitted by July 22nd at 11:59pm EST.


  • 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 (upon request)


  • Engagement Opportunities: Supporting the Senior Events Manager in preparing for and planning organizational events; including webinar coordination, event vendor research, in-person event support, etc.
  • Social Media Management: Draft and post social media content
  • Website Coordination: Assist with minor web edits through WordPress platform
  • Media Relations Support: Track and monitor media and news
  • External Communications: Contribute to blog, e-newsletter and other online communications projects
  • Research and content planning
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in communications, journalism or public relations, international relations, women’s rights, or similar degree
  • Interest in and knowledge of global women’s issues, international development, and/or women’s leadership
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail
  • Highly organized and ability to manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Strong communication skills, including written and oral communications
  • Prior experience with Zoom and other virtual event platforms desirable
  • Prior experience with planning and executing in-person, hybrid, and virtual events desirable
  • Design skills, including Photoshop, Canva and PowerPoint are preferred but not required
  • An ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines; and
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, as well as social media channels and research databases.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, email the materials listed below to using “Communications Intern– your full name” as the subject line of the message.   

Applications must include the following in order 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)
  • Two 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.