Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), a partnership of twenty autonomous organizations primarily in developing countries, trains and supports women grassroots activists and organizations and advocates for a just, peaceful world. WLP creates culturally-specific curricula and trainings on leadership, human rights, and democratic participation, and conducts peer to peer capacity building programs to strengthen women’s rights organizations in the Global South. These initiatives empower women to fulfill greater leadership roles at the family, community and national levels. The partnership also conducts research-based advocacy campaigns to reform laws and practices that impede women’s full participation in their communities and societies. Over the past 17 years, WLP’s programs and training materials, published in twenty languages, have reached thousands of women in over fifty countries, strengthening local organizations to become self-sustaining and to power women’s movements across the globe.
Internship Description: WLP is seeking a graduate student to join our WLP office in Bethesda, Maryland, to advance our web-based communications projects. The position is part-time, 15-20 hours per week. We are looking to fill this position by February 1. Responsibilities include:
- Create and populate content on WLP’s new website using the Drupal 8 platform, including articles, landing pages, partner and people profiles, events, digital resources etc.; review and edit new and existing content; assist with content migration and other tasks as needed.
- Assist in creating and editing WLP’s written and multimedia content including newsletters, images and videos, event announcements, social media messaging, etc.
- Assist with planning, promoting, and developing content for WLP advocacy initiatives.
- Assist with other research and communications tasks as needed, such as reporting, supporting the annual WLP partners meeting, coordinating public events, etc.
- Demonstrated interest in and commitment to women’s empowerment.
- Working toward an accredited graduate degree in a related field (women’s studies, international relations, journalism, media and communications, etc.).
- Undergraduate degree in English, comparative literature, creative writing, journalism or other related field.
- Minimum 1 year professional experience in a communications role, preferably in the non-profit sector.
- Fluency with contemporary and cutting-edge messaging, design, and branding best practices and technologies, particularly in the online space. Ability to think strategically about communications in relation to organizational goals.
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively to produce strong, compelling written and visual content.
- English language fluency. Excellent writing and editing skills. Ability to communicate with individuals from diverse backgrounds.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office. Fluency in using social media technologies such as Facebook and Twitter for organizing or advocacy. Interest in exploring emerging technologies.
- Intermediate to advanced fluency in French strongly preferred. Professional working knowledge of Arabic or Russian highly desirable.
- Experience with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Premier or similar graphic/video design tools.
- Experience with content management systems and web content creation in Drupal or WordPress.
- Experience with project management and coordination.
- Familiarity with the politics, history, and cultures in Africa, Asia, or the Middle East.
- Experience living, working, or volunteering internationally.
Compensation: Waged hourly.
Four month duration with the possibility of extension.
Education and Mentoring Plan: The intern’s supervisor will work closely with him/her to co-develop a work plan by which the intern can monitor their own work, and by which his/her performance will be evaluated. The intern will have access to professionals with extensive experience in the nonprofit, gender, human rights, and digital communications worlds for feedback and guidance throughout the internship.
Applicant must have permission to work in the US, if not a US citizen or permanent resident. WLP is unable to sponsor work permits. Applicant must not now nor in the future require employer sponsorship for employment authorization (i.e. H-1B).
Please submit your cover letter, resume, writing sample, and a list of three references to:
email@example.com with the subject line “Paid Internship: Web Communications Intern.”