Accounts to: Communications Officer
Based in: New York, New York
Duration: Fall Semester, September – December 2019
Application Deadline: August 30, 2019
The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) recognizes that women’s and girls’ human rights, health and equality are essential to social, environmental, and economic justice for all.
We envision a world in which all women and girls can exercise their human rights to:
- access the information, resources, and services they need to enhance and protect their health and achieve their full potential;
- make informed decisions about their sexuality, relationships, pregnancy, child-bearing, marriage, and all other matters related to their sexual and reproductive health and rights, free of discrimination, coercion, and violence; and
- participate in and assume leadership of civil society movements to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.
IWHC advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and young people, particularly adolescent girls, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. IWHC furthers this agenda by supporting and strengthening leaders and organizations working at the community, national, regional, and global levels, and by advocating for international and U.S. policies, programs, and funding.
IWHC builds bridges between local realities and international policy by connecting women and young people in the Global South to key decision-makers. In doing so, IWHC brings local voices to global debates and in turn, makes global processes and policies more understandable and actionable at the local level.
PRIMARY PURPOSE & FUNCTION
The International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) communications team seeks a paid, part-time intern for its New York office. The internship will focus on administrative, media relations, and editorial content support for the organization, and will report to the Communications Officer.
This internship is best suited for individuals with a communications background who are interested in learning about global advocacy to promote and protect sexual and reproductive health and rights. The intern will have responsibilities across the department with opportunities to work in a wide range of areas including media relations, writing, and website support.
As part of a team working to promote a small, nonprofit organization, the intern will have ample opportunities for skills development, and will attend planning and department meetings, as well as in-house trainings and brown bag presentations. The communications team works closely with the development and programs teams, thus exposing the intern to the strategic use of communications in all areas.
- Make timely website updates, including posting resources, blogs, press releases, and media advisories
- Learn and use IWHC’s media monitoring platform to develop press lists
- Monitor media inbox and work with Communications Officer to respond to inquiries
- Monitor journalists on social media and identify opportunities for relationship building and/or pitching
- Write social media content related to IWHC’s editorial content
- Assist in regular analytics reporting, including user and reach data for IWHC’s social media, email, website, and traditional media channels
- Prepare weekly media report of relevant news and IWHC press mentions
- Assist in drafting blogs, pitches, press releases, media advisories, and talking points
- Perform copy-editing and assist in management of Style Guide
- Package reports, fact sheets, and other publications as needed
- Support outreach and preparation of materials for UN and other major events
- Other duties as assigned
This is a paid part-time internship with hourly pay at $15.00 per hour. The internship will have flexible hours within the 9:30AM-5:30PM weekday office hours for up to 20 hours per week.
Education: Pursuing or completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human rights, international relations, communications, journalism, women’s/gender studies, or a related field is desired, but not required. IWHC encourages applicants with nontraditional educational or professional experience to apply.
Related Skills and Knowledge:
- The ideal candidate will have a talent for learning new skills quickly, creativity, and willingness to contribute ideas, along with excellent interpersonal and communications skills with meticulous attention to detail.
- Strong writing and editing skills in English are required along with proficiency in computer programs including MS Office applications. Familiarity with Chicago Style is preferred but not essential.
- A high degree of self-motivation, ability to take initiative, prioritize with minimal supervision, and work independently as well as function as a member of a team is desired.
- Strong analytical skills and ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously are necessary.
- Strong interest in human rights, women’s rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, policy advocacy, movement building, leadership development, grantmaking, and nonprofit development is desired.
How to apply:
Please apply immediately by sending a cover letter, resume, a short writing sample (1-2 pages), and two names or letters of reference to [email protected]. The subject line should read: “IWHC Communications Intern – Fall 2019.” No calls or separate email inquiries. Deadline for applications is August 30, 2019.
Only complete applications will be reviewed and due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
IWHC is an equal opportunity employer. IWHC values the dynamism and perspective that staff diversity brings to the work and culture of the office. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to consider joining us. IWHC does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the grounds of race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, HIV status or disability.