Internship: US Foreign Policy

International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC)

Accounts to:    Senior Program Officer, US Foreign Policy

Based in:         Washington, DC



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

In 2018, the staff and board of IWHC decided to explicitly name the values of the organization. We consulted grantee partners, sister organizations, and donors to understand how they experience us and our work. We reflected intensively and collectively on IWHC’s 34-year history as an advocacy, grantmaking, and intellectual leadership organization, our role in global and national women’s movements, our track record of achievement, the challenges we face, and our ongoing aspirations. We agreed on seven values: excellence; feminism; diversity, equity, and inclusion; generosity of spirit; trust; autonomy; and, movement building. A full explanation of these values can be found here:


The intern will provide administrative and other support to the US Foreign Policy team, and to the rest of the Advocacy and Policy team as needed.


  • Assisting with research, tracking and monitoring of legislation, and tracking administrative policy and nominations.
  • Providing logistical and administrative support for the advocacy and policy team, particularly for the US foreign policy team based in Washington, DC.
  • Drafting factsheets for the IWHC website, and other materials as needed.
  • Assisting with meeting logistics and note-taking during internal and external meetings.
  • Attending events and/or webinars on behalf of IWHC and sharing out information and notes.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Currently enrolled in or completed a Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated interest in public health, reproductive rights/justice, international policy, and/or social justice
  • Fluent written and spoken English required; other languages, especially Spanish, French, or Portuguese, a plus
  • Excellent attention to detail, organizational skills, and time management
  • Excellent computer and administrative skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Self-starter attitude, collaborative spirit, and openness to learning and new experiences

COMPENSATION: Hourly pay at $15/hour, 2 days per week with flexible hours, total 14 hours per week

DURATION: 6 months, beginning in September 2019.

TO APPLY: Please apply immediately by sending a cover letter, resume, and two names or letters of reference to [email protected], no later than August 30. The subject line should read: “IWHC USFP Intern Application.” No calls or separate email inquiries. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Only complete applications will be reviewed and due to the large number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted further.

IWHC is an equal opportunity employer. IWHC strictly prohibits discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, HIV status or disability. This policy applies to all IWHC activities including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, compensation, assignment, training, promotion, discipline and discharge. We are committed to seeking qualified candidates who contribute to the diversity of the working environment.