IWPR Internship Program

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 internship program, our interns will learn about the fundamentals of the non-profit sector, grow in their professional development, and gain insight into policy research on intersectional issues that impact women’s economic justice. IWPR interns 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 semester program, IWPR will offer internships in two areas: Research and Accounting & Operations. Internships are paid and the time commitment is flexible. Start and end dates are relatively flexible, though typically run through the standard spring and fall semesters. IWPR also offers full-time internships over the summer that provide opportunities to support IWPR’s research, communications, development, and administrative functions.  Summer internships typically last for a period of 10 weeks. Applications for summer internships are typically due mid-February and selected interns are notified in March.

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 internship 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 Internship 

Interns will provide 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.

Research areas may include topics such as:

  • The quality of women’s jobs, including wages, paid sick leave, and paid family and medical leave – topics could include low-wage work, sex segregation in the labor market
  • Increasing access to higher education and nontraditional jobs for low-income women
  • The impact of technological changes in the nature of work on women’s employment and earnings
  • The economic status of women and girls, women of color, and immigrant women across the United States
  • The economic benefits of reproductive rights
  • Entrepreneurship
  • The impact of work requirements on women’s ability to receive and use public benefits

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, Excel STATA, SPSS, or SAS is a plus.


Accounting & Operations Internship

IWPR is looking for detail-oriented operations interns to support both the Senior Director of Finance & Administration and the Manager of IT & Business Operations.  Interns will be expected to complete various accounting, HR, and operations tasks. 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. HR 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.


  • Proficiency and experience 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

To apply to for a Research & Administrative internship, applicants must submit all application materials in a single PDF file, to include:

  • a cover letter,
  • a resume, and
  • a writing sample (3-5 pages).

Those applying to the Accounting & Operations internship need only submit a cover letter and resume, also in a single PDF file.

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

Beginning December 3rd 2018, applications for spring 2019 internships will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

Please direct any questions to Erika Jauregui, the Internship Coordinator, at internships@iwpr.org. Applicants will be notified directly if they are selected for an interview.