Fall 2017 Federal Work Study Positions

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), located in Washington, D.C., conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. Throughout the Federal Work Study (FWS) program, our work study students will learn about the fundamentals of the non-profit sector, grow in their professional development, and gain insight into policy research on various intersectional issues that impact women’s economic justice. IWPR work study students work closely with staff and assist in a number of activities—including providing research, outreach, and administrative support—to help further IWPR’s mission and goals.

During the 2017 fall Federal Work Study program, IWPR will offer assistantships in four areas: Research & Administration, Communications and Outreach, Development, and Accounting & Operations. FWS assistants are paid on an hourly basis through their school’s student employment offices, and hours are flexible. Schedules and hours are based on each student’s award and availability.

We welcome all interested applicants, including international students and college students of all levels and majors, to apply. IWPR is an equal opportunity employer, and we consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

While the assistantship will be an opportunity for professional development, applicants should consider the following general requirements:

  • A passion for women’s issues and economic justice
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Prior office experience is desirable, as interns are responsible for a minimal amount of general office work (e.g. answering phones, photocopying, filing, and maintaining the library)

Research & Administrative Assistant: 

Assistants will provide administrative and research support to senior level researchers on ongoing research projects. Duties include: assisting with literature reviews; desk research; data collection; fact checking; designing charts, graphs and tables; and answering phones.

Qualifications: Strong organizational skills; good interpersonal skills; interest in policy research and women’s issues; experience with statistics, economics, or social sciences through coursework; basic knowledge of data sets; ability to read and understand labor market/household income data; ability to understand/read articles with statistical analysis; experience performing administrative/office tasks; close attention to detail; familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel is a plus.

Communications and Outreach Assistant:

Assistants will provide administrative and editorial support to the communications team. Duties include: assisting with proofreading; distributing e-newsletters and new releases; updating IWPR blogs and social media; building media lists and managing databases; tracking news clips; assisting with layout and design of IWPR products; answering phones; and filing.

Qualifications: Creative, innovative, and detail-oriented individual with good writing and computer skills; knowledge and experience with Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, or other desktop publishing software; layout and web design experience with content management systems (CMS) a plus.

Development Assistant:

Assistants will support the development team with direct mail, grant-management, funder research, and other elements of nonprofit fundraising. IWPR receives support from foundations and government agencies, as well as individual and organizational supporters.

Qualifications: Should have an interest in fundraising and nonprofit management; familiarity with Microsoft Excel and prior experience with fundraising at any level is desirable, but not required; basic computer skills required and prior experience using Salesforce.com or other donor databases is a plus.

Accounting & Operations Assistant: 

Work study students will provide support to the Senior Director of Finance & Administration and the Manager of IT & Business Operations. Finance tasks include managing accounts payable, allocating expenses across various projects, depositing grant and donation funds into IWPR accounts, reconciling bank statements, preparing and compiling annual audit records, and preparing budget-to-actual reports. Human Resources tasks include verifying hours worked across the organization, data entry, and other payroll preparations. Operations tasks include organizing and replenishing supplies, greeting visitors, and answering the phone.

Qualifications: Proficiency with Excel (required); interest in nonprofit accounting; effective oral and written communication skills; basic knowledge of QuickBooks or other accounting software a plus.

How to Apply:

Individuals interested in applying to the Research & Administrative or Communications & Outreach, and Development FWS positions should submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (3-5 pages), in a single PDF file. Those applying to the Accounting & Operations FWS position need only submit a cover letter and resume, also in a single PDF file.

Please specify the position for which you are applying in the e-mail subject line, to Mary Sykes, the Internship Coordinator, at internships@iwpr.org.

Beginning August 7, 2017, applications for fall 2017 Federal Work Study will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Please direct any questions to Mary Sykes, the Internship Coordinator, at internships@iwpr.org. Applicants will be notified directly if they are selected for an interview. We ask that applicants kindly refrain from calling by phone with questions about the internship program.