Summer 2018 Internship Program with IWPR

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 various 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 2018 summer program, IWPR will offer internships in three areas: Research, Communications and Marketing, and Office Operations. Spring internships are paid and the time commitment is flexible. Internships typically last from May to August.

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 encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to apply. All applicants are considered without regard for race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

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)
  • A “can do” attitude with a willingness to work on new issue areas you may not be familiar with

Research Internship

Interns will provide administrative and research support to researchers. Duties include: assisting with literature reviews; desk research; writing; data collection; fact checking; designing charts, graphs and tables; filing; and answering phones.

Desired qualifications:

  • Interest in policy research and women’s issues
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience with statistics, economics, or social sciences through coursework or professional roles
  • Basic knowledge of datasets
  • Ability to understand/read articles with statistical analysis
  • Ability to read and understand labor market/household income data
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Knowledge of STATA, SPSS, SAS, or graphics software a plus, but not required
  • Qualitative research skills also a plus
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Experience performing administrative/office tasks

Possible research areas for spring 2018:

  • The economic status of women and girls and women of color across the United States.
  • Economic security for survivors of domestic violence.
  • The quality of women’s jobs, including wages, paid sick leave, and workplace flexibility.
  • Strategies for improving access to support services like affordable child care for college students with dependent children, particularly single mothers.
  • The work and welfare experiences of low-income women at the state and national levels.
  • Increasing access to higher education and non-traditional jobs for low-income women.
  • Promoting inclusion of women and racial/ethnic minorities in patenting and innovation.
  • Expanding access to income supports for women such as Unemployment Insurance and Family Leave.

Communications and Marketing Internship

Interns 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.

Interns will help 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.


  • Creative, innovative, and detail-oriented individual
  • Good writing and computer skills
  • Proficiency in social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
  • Interest in web design and maintenance a plus
  • Interest in fundraising and nonprofit management
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and prior experience with fundraising at any level is desirable, but not required
  • Prior experience with donor databases, such as, 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 the Research or Communications and Marketing internships, 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 and send to

Beginning February 17, 2018, applications for summer 2018 internships will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Please direct any questions to 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.