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Internships with the Global Women's Leadership Initiative

OpenJune 8, 2018 — July 15, 2018
DeadlineJuly 15, 2018

The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative (GWLI) at the Wilson Center promotes increased and substantive women's leadership worldwide.  The Initiative's flagship program,  The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), works toward the 50x50 goal of 50% women's representation in public service leadership by 2050 by building networks, enabling and inspiring women, and collecting the data that drives the movement toward global gender parity.

GWLI/WPSP offers internships in the spring, summer, and fall terms to undergraduate students and recent graduates who are interested in women’s leadership and global gender equality. Interns have the opportunity to work directly with program staff on events, communications, research, data analysis, and other program activities.

Internship Terms

Fall: August/September - December
Spring: January - May
Summer: May - August

Application Periods

Fall: June - July
Spring: October - November
Summer: February - March

The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative is currently seeking interns to support the programming efforts, research, communications, and administrative needs of the organization. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in the nonprofit sector to contribute to the goals of the Initiative and learn about women in leadership positions.

Intern Duties

GWLI/WPSP Interns work with program staff across a variety of areas. Interns are generally assigned one of four focal areas, but may be assigned tasks in all aspects of program activities.

1. Programming

  • Assisting with the planning, coordination, and execution of programs, meetings, events and other special projects;
  • Updating and managing contact databases;
  • Administrative tasks as needed.


2. Website & Communications

  • Supporting outreach and communications operations;
  • Assisting with content management of website;
  • Finding, curating and sharing social media content for social media channels;
  • Monitoring and engaging supporters and partners through social media channels;
  • Developing content to be shared on social media platforms and website.


3. Research

  • Conducting research, writing and/or copy editing papers for publication;
  • Gathering external research and maintaining research database;
  • Researching and writing relevant original content for the website.


4. Data Analysis

  • Assist with data collection from partners for the WPSP Dataset
  • Support data analysis efforts
  • Summarize statistical analyses for external use in reports, website content, etc.


Successful applicants should:

  • have strong research and/or administrative skills;
  • be detail-oriented;
  • understand best practices of major social networking sites, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, etc.
  • be able to work independently and collectively as part of group;
  • possess the ability to synthesize research and analyze information;
  • have strong interpersonal communication, writing, and editing skills;
  • have an excellent command of Microsoft Office Software (to include WORD, EXCEL, PUBLISHER, and OUTLOOK);
  • have experience in quantitative research, economics, and/or statistical analysis
  • be currently enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate degree program or a recent graduate (within the last year).

Additional skills a plus, but not required:

  • Experience with website content management on platforms such as WORDPRESS or DRUPAL
  • Experience with desktop publishing and graphic design software including ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE
  • Experience with statistical analysis software such as R or STATA.

Application Procedure: 

Please send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to

Due to the high volume of applications, we will only respond to candidates selected for an interview. 

Hours and Location: 

We are ideally looking for a full-time intern, but ask for a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months. The Wilson Center is located in the Ronald Reagan Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.

International students are eligible, but they must hold a valid F-1 or J-1 visa and appropriate work authorization. All international students must obtain written permission from their Designated School Official or Responsible Visa Officer at their university stating that they are in valid immigration status and eligible to do an internship at the Center. The Wilson Center is an equal opportunity employer and follows equal opportunity employment guidelines in the selection of its interns.