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Summer Research Internship

Washington DC

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 this 10 week 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 2017 summer program, IWPR will offer internships in three areas: Research, Communications and Marketing, and Accounting. Summer interns work full-time (40 hours/week) for 10 weeks, usually from early June to August (start and end dates are relatively flexible). Summer interns are paid an hourly wage.

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


- Strong organizational skills

- Good interpersonal skills

- Interest in policy research and women's issues

- Experience with statistics, economics or social sciences through coursework.

- Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel required

- Knowledge of STATA, SPSS, SAS, or graphics software a plus

- Qualitative research skills also a plus

Research areas for summer 2017

- The economic status of women and girls and women of color across the United States.

- The economic status of survivors of domestic violence.

- The quality of women's jobs, including wages, access to health insurance, paid sick leave, and workplace flexibility.

- Strategies for improving child care access, affordability, and quality for college students with dependent children.

- 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.

- Expanding access to income supports for women such as Unemployment Insurance and Family Leave.

How to Apply

To apply to the Research or Communications & Marketing internships, applicants must submit all application materials in a single Word or PDF file, to include:

1) a cover letter,

2) a resume, and

3) a writing sample (3-5 pages).

Please specify the internship for which you are applying in the e-mail subject line, to Mary Sykes, the Internship Coordinator, at

Beginning March 1, 2017 applications for summer 2017 internships will be accepted until April 7, 2017.

Please direct any questions to Mary Sykes, the Internship Coordinator, at 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.


Posted March 14, 2017

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