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Spring Intern, Issue Advocacy

Issue Advocacy Department Intern 

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 80 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 join the Issue Advocacy department and provide research and programming support for the various programs housed under Issue Advocacy, including but not limited to the VV Engage Fellowship, VAV Fellowship, VV Peace Fellowship, Women Lead India, and more. The Intern will support the of the teams by gathering knowledge and resources related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), human rights, women’s political empowerment, WPS (women, peace, and security), climate change, and gender-based violence. 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 Issue Advocacy Program Coordinator.  

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 ideally from January 30th (negotiable) through mid-May. 

Interns can either be remote or based in DC.
Applications for the Spring internship should be submitted by December 2nd 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 fellowships  
  • 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 are necessary 
  • Translations of program materials 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  
  • Independent workers, but also team oriented and professional  
  • Self-starter 
  • Interest in and knowledge of global women’s issues, international development, and/or women’s leadership 
  • 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 
  • Excellent communications and digital media skills  

How to Apply: 

Please apply for the position through the following link: 
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.