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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 invests in women leaders who are solving the world’s toughest 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 20,000 change makers across 184 countries, each of whom are daring to reimagine a more equitable world for all.

Today, Vital Voices has a staff of 70 headquartered in Washington, DC. In the past few years, we have expanded our remote team with staff members living across the country and globally. In the next few years, we intend to expand our reach and scale our impact by growing our staff to meet the dynamic needs of our team and network women in this evolving landscape.


Position Description:

The Vital Voices team is seeking a motivated intern who will support the Crisis Response department and assist with research of global crisis, case management of grants, and programmatic support for the Crisis Response department. The Intern will work and learn from cross-functional teams with leaders and peers with varying backgrounds, education, and experiences. This position reports to the Senior Program Manager, Crisis Response.

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 will provide 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. All interns must be eligible to be paid in the United States. We are currently accepting applications for the Spring semester. Spring internships will run from January through May 2023.

Applications for the Spring internship should be submitted by November 25th 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, casework management tools and templates
  • Support the Crisis Response department in maintaining the crisis watchlist and relevant analytical information on donor trends, funding, etc.
  • Contribute to data entry, database management, and monitoring and evaluation
  • Support the review of grant applications and reporting materials as necessary
  • Editing and preparing department content and materials
  • 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 for this position, please follow this link and submit all portions of the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  

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.