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 72 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.  Currently, Dalia Graubauskaite, President of Lithuania, serves as Chair of the Council. The Council is hosted at the United Nations Foundation.


    Provide research and support to programmatic activities and outputs of the Council.  

    Assist the Secretary General and Council staff in drafting correspondence, invitations, outreach and providing logistical support for conferences, events, international travel, and workshops. 

    Support general Council activities such as, organizing information for the Council Graduate Fellowship Program, updating databases, contacting outside sources, including embassies, 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.

    Work on development research, grant writing, and outreach for Council funding.

    Other Council related activities as directed by the team.

    Support the Secretary General’s professional work on boards of directors. 

    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. 
    • Candidate must be an upperclassmen or graduate student 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.
    • Ability to work independently on tasks and projects. 
    • Understands and can handle protocol issues.
    • Ability to work with Microsoft Office Suite, MailChimp, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms.

    Other Information

    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 15-20 hours/week.


    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.


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