Intern, Issue Advocacy

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 will be opening 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 motivated interns who will support the Issue Advocacy (IA) team and assist with research and programming at the intersection of women’s leadership and cross-cutting issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals, including women’s political empowerment, human rights, WPS (women, peace, and security), gender-based violence, climate change, etc. 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. This position reports to the Senior Coordinator, Issue Advocacy.

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 Spring semester. Spring internships will run from January 18 through mid-May.

All interns will be working remotely for the Spring semester.

Applications for the Spring internship should be submitted by December 5 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)


  • Researching and preparing program content and materials
  • Participating in and supporting webinars and educational sessions with program participants
  • Managing applications and fellow information in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, such as Salesforce
  • Drafting social media content and tracking social media activity related to the fellowship
  • Supporting local, domestic and international development and advocacy efforts and opportunities
  • Analyzing survey data and preparing reporting materials as necessary
  • Assisting with the logistics and implementation of local, domestic and international programs
  • Administrative tasks as necessary
  • Other related duties as assigned


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program or recent university graduate
  • Majoring in public policy, political science, government, foreign/international affairs, gender studies, or other related fields
  • Interest in and knowledge of international women’s advocacy, international development, human rights and/or women’s leadership
  • Independent worker, but team-oriented professional
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail
  • Strong research, writing, analytical and editing skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to balance multiple tasks
  • Excellent communications and digital media skills
  • Experience with Excel, Word, online portal management, document formatting

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, email the materials listed below to using “Intern, Issue Advocacy – 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 (specify if you are applying for full-time or part time, 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.