The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (NGOWG) is seeking several individuals who are interested in women’s involvement in international, regional and national peace and security; in women’s full and equal participation in decision-making at all levels; and in the cooperation of the international community in confronting gender inequality and armed conflict.
The internship provides an opportunity to be involved in: research, writing and analysis; monitoring the actions of the UN Security Council, Peacebuilding Commission and other relevant UN bodies on a daily basis; note taking and reporting for meetings in and around the United Nations Headquarters; event organizing and administrative work; website and social media management; and significant involvement in supporting the ongoing advocacy efforts on issues related to women, peace and security.
Important initiatives which interns will support is our ongoing analysis of the work of the UN Security Council and the ways in which women, peace and security issues are addressed in peace and security issues more broadly. This analysis feeds into both “quiet” advocacy, and publicly available analysis for use by a wide range of advocacy organizations, and ultimately is a core component of our annual research publication.
An additional initiative which interns provide support for includes the NGOWG’s project which brings women’s human rights defenders from conflict-affected situations to NYC to meet with a range of policymakers. Recent delegations of women have come from Afghanistan, Libya, the DRC, South Sudan, Iraq and Cote d’Ivoire.
Finally, in June 2013 UN Security Council will hold a debate focused on women, peace and security, so interns will get the opportunity to observe the leadup to that debate, and attend related side events.
The work for interns is balanced between administrative work and substantive research and analysis, we ask that all interns be prepared to do some administrative work during their internship in support of the general functioning of the office, which in turn enables the coalition to focus on substantive advocacy.
All interns will receive a UN Pass for the duration of the internship and have the opportunity to attend and engage in UN meetings on issues of particular individual interest.
Summer 2013 Internship Details
The internship requires a commitment of a minimum of 16 hours per week, preferably at least 2 full days a week beginning late May and ending late August / early September.
This is an unpaid internship - we wish we could provide some form of compensation to interns, but we are unable to do so at this time.
• Current graduate student, or individual who has already received their graduate (M.S./M.A.) degree preferred. Individual in final year of undergraduate work or with a B.A./B.S., with exceptional, relevant qualifications ok.
• Computer proficiency in Windows environment (Word, Excel, Powerpoint); Content Management System (CMS) experience a plus
• Ability to work independently, prioritize, and complete multiple tasks on deadline
• Superior communication skills (written and verbal)
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Experience in research and analysis
• Background in or strong interest in the United Nations system, understanding of its basic functions, structure; Model United Nations experience a plus, but by no means required;
• Background in or strong interest in issues related to women, peace and security, including but not limited to sexual violence in conflict, women’s roles in decision-making, women’s participation in conflict prevention, peace processes and post-conflict peacebuilding.
• Cover Letter (detailing your experience on issues related to women, peace and security, your availability, and your experience working in a busy, high functioning office)
• Resume / CV
• Writing Sample (3 pages maximum, on an issue related to women, gender, and/or peace and security issues)
• List of contactable references (3 references, at least one professional)
Deadline for Summer 2013 applications is Sunday, 5 May 2013, however applications will be reviewed upon receipt and interviews could begin immediately, so please submit ASAP.
No Phone Calls, Please.