The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women prime ministers and presidents established in 1996 by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland (1980-1996) and first woman in the world to be democratically elected president, Mary Robinson, President of Ireland (1990-1997) and Laura Liswood, Secretary General. The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of 70 current and former Presidents and Prime Ministers. It is the only organization in the world dedicated to women heads of state and government.
Through its networks, summits, ministerial initiative, partnerships, fellows, and programs, the Council promotes good governance and gender equality, and enhances the experience of democracy globally by increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead their countries. The Council’s goal is to use the symbolic importance of women leaders and the substantive experience of its members to support women’s full participation and representation in the political process at the highest levels, and future women leaders. Dalia Graubauskaite, President of Lithuania, serves as Chair of the Council. The Council is hosted at the UN Foundation.
The Council of Women World Leaders offers an unpaid internship for the summer, fall, and spring sessions with a placement of 3-9 months. The intern would be expected to work 20+ hours/week, during the school term and 30-40 hours at other times. The Council is willing to incorporate academic components into the internship and encourages current students to seek academic credit from their respective institutions for the internship.
The United Nations Foundation offers unpaid semester-long full and part-time internships during the following:
Please note that actual internship dates may vary slightly.
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