Institute for Women’s Policy Research Internship Opportunity

July 19, 2013

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The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), located in Washington, D.C., conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities and societies.

IWPR is committed to the professional development of students and graduates interested in economic justice for women. IWPR’s internship program is designed to provide participants with challenging professional experience under the guidance and supervision of staff with extensive knowledge of women’s policy issues, social science research, and non-profit management.

Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 Internships

The Institute will offer internships in four areas for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters:

Research Internship: Interns will provide administrative and research support to researchers. Duties include: assisting with literature reviews and data collection; designing charts, graphs and tables; answering phones; and filing.

Qualifications: Strong organizational skills, good interpersonal skills, interest in policy research and women’s issues; and experience with statistics, economics or social sciences through coursework. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel required; knowledge of STATA, SPSS, or graphics software is a plus. Qualitative research skills also a plus.

Research areas for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 include:

  • The quality of women’s jobs, including wages, access to      health insurance, paid sick leave, and workplace flexibility.
  • The work and welfare experiences of low-income women at      the state and national levels
  • Increasing access to higher education and      non-traditional jobs for low-income women.
  • Expanding access to income supports for women such as      Unemployment Insurance and Family Leave.
  • Strategies for improving child care access, affordability,      and quality.
  • Older women’s economic issues, including social      security and pensions.
  • The economic status of women and girls, women of color,      and immigrant women across the United States.

Communications and Outreach Internship: Intern will provide administrative and editorial support to the communications team. Duties include: assisting with proofreading; distributing e-newsletters and new releases; updating IWPR blogs and social media; building media lists and managing databases; tracking news clips; assisting with layout and design of IWPR products; answering phones; and filing.

Qualifications: Creative, innovative, and detail-oriented individual with good writing and computer skills; knowledge and experience with Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Quark Xpress, or other desktop publishing software; layout and web design experience with content management systems (CMS) a plus.

Development Internship: Intern will help the development team with direct mail, grant-management, funder research, and other elements of nonprofit fundraising. IWPR receives support from foundations and government agencies, as well as individual and organizational supporters.

Qualifications: Should have an interest in fundraising and nonprofit management; familiarity with Microsoft Excel and prior experience with fundraising at any level is desirable, but not required; basic computer skills required and prior experience with Salesforce.com or other donor databases is a plus.

Accounting Internship: Interns will provide support to the Director of Finance and Administration. Duties include: payroll and credit card expense allocations and related data entry; accounts payable tasks; bank reconciliations; creating and maintaining spreadsheets including funder financial reports; compiling Form 990 and annual audit records; preparing budget to actual reports for Board committee meetings and organizing financial  records.  Fall intern will assist with 2014 budget proposal.

Qualifications: Attention to detail, strong organizational skills; experience with or interest in accrual based nonprofit accounting. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel required; knowledge of Quickbooks or other accounting software is a plus.

All IWPR interns must have good computer skills, excellent writing and communication skills, and an interest in women’s issues. Prior office experience is desirable. IWPR is committed to diversity and encourages people of all ethnic, cultural, economic, and sexual orientations to apply.

The Fall Internships go from August 26 to December 13, and the Spring Internships go from January 6 to May 16.  Starting and ending dates are flexible.  These are unpaid, part-time positions.  The internships require a minimum commitment of 10 hours p/week.

How to Apply

Individuals interested in applying should submit a cover letter specifying the internship for which they are applying, a resume, and a writing sample of 3-5 pages to the Internship Coordinator at cwilliams@iwpr.org.

Applications for Fall Internships are accepted on a rolling basis until August 16. Applications for Spring Internships are accepted on a rolling basis until December 10.

Please direct any questions to the Internship Coordinator at cwilliams@iwpr.org.

No phone calls please.

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