IWPR Internship Program

Opportunity Description:

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), located in Washington, D.C., conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. Throughout the internship program, our interns will learn about the fundamentals of the non-profit sector, grow in their professional development, and gain insight into policy research on intersectional issues that impact women’s economic justice. IWPR interns work closely with staff and assist in a number of activities—including providing research, outreach, and administrative support—to help further IWPR’s mission and goals.

During the semester program, IWPR will offer internships in two areas: Research and Accounting & Operations. Internships are paid and the time commitment is flexible. Start and end dates are relatively flexible, though typically run through the standard spring and fall semesters. IWPR also offers full-time internships over the summer that provide opportunities to support IWPR’s research, communications, development, and administrative functions.  Summer internships typically last for a period of 10 weeks. Applications for summer internships are typically due mid-February and selected interns are notified in March.

Minimum Qualifications and/or Eligibility Requirements: 

We welcome all interested applicants, including international students and college students of all levels and majors, to apply. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer, and we consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

While the internship will be an opportunity for professional development, applicants should consider the following general requirements:

  • A passion for women’s issues and economic justice
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Prior office experience is desirable, as interns are responsible for a minimal amount of general office work (e.g. answering phones, photocopying, filing, and maintaining the library)

Application Process: 

To apply to for a Research & Administrative internship, applicants must submit all application materials in a single PDF file, to include:

  • a cover letter,
  • a resume, and
  • a writing sample (3-5 pages).

Those applying to the Accounting & Operations internship need only submit a cover letter and resume, also in a single PDF file.

There are no available internship positions at the time.

Please direct any questions to Cynthia Hess, Chief Operating Officer, at internships@iwpr.org. Applicants will be notified directly if they are selected for an interview.

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