United Nations Foundation

  • Intern, Council of Women World Leaders

    Job Location US-DC
  • Overview

    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.


    • Provide support to programmatic activities and outputs of the Council.  Assisting in research for Council activities and development.
    • Assist the Secretary General in drafting correspondence, invitations, outreach and providing additional logistical support for conferences, events, international travel, and workshops.
    • Support the Secretary General on her work, and respond to her requests.
    • Support general Council activities such as writing, reviewing and editing documents, organizing information for the Council Graduate Fellowship Program, updating databases, contacting outside sources, including embassies for information on Council member and ministerial information, organizing Council materials, mailing, and providing other support as needed.
    • Assist with updating the website and working with social media outreach, public relations, increasing the visibility of the Council.
    • Collaborate with the database team to merge Council database with UNF Salesforce tool.
    • Work on development research, grant writing, and outreach for Council funding.
    • Other Council related activities as directed by the team.
    • Clerical and administrative work as needed.
    • Support the Secretary General’s professional work on boards of directors, and other activities.


    Selection Criteria

    • The Council seeks a highly-motivated, globally-minded, detail-oriented individual who takes initiative, has some project management, grant-writing, and event-planning experience, as well as excellent writing, communication and research skills.
    • The candidate should be a willing, independent and quick learner with a passion for women and gender issues and leadership would be a good fit for the role.
    • Candidate must be upperclassmen or graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program during the internship or must be a recent graduate (within 8 months of graduation) of a college or university with a demonstrated interest in the UN and international development.
    • Strong written and verbal skills.
    • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task on several projects simultaneously, and provide all clerical tasks.
    • Self-starting and able to work under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
    • Strong ability to set priorities, solve problems and be resourceful.
    • Ideal candidate will have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Prior experience in grant-writing is a plus.
    • Understands and can handle protocol issues.
    • Ability to work with Microsoft Office Suite, MailChimp, and Salesforce.

    Benefits & Compensation

    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:

    • Fall: September-December
    • Spring: January-April
    • Summer: June-August

    Please note that actual internship dates may vary slightly.


    Location: 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006


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