Accounts to: Communications Officer
Based in: New York, New York
Duration: Spring Semester, February – June 2020
Application Deadline: January 10, 2020


A just and sustainable world where all people, regardless of gender, enjoy their human rights and health, and have power over their lives.


In order to achieve gender justice, IWHC advances the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and adolescent girls by:

  • Funding and supporting feminist leaders, organizations, and movements, primarily in the Global South;
  • Advocating for international and US policies, programs, and funding, and holding governments to their commitments; and
  • Generating knowledge and leading dialogues on critical and emergent issues.


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:  

  1. 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.  
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Strong analytical skills and ability to work well under pressure while juggling multiple tasks simultaneously are necessary. 
  5. 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 letterresume, and two names or letters of reference to [email protected]. The subject line should read: “IWHC Communications Intern – Spring 2020.” No calls or separate email inquiries. Deadline for applications is January 10, 2020.  

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.