Intern: United Nations Program

Academic Credits



Daily transportation and meal stipend available

Hours per week

16 hours/week



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11 Broadway, Suite 510
New York
United States


About Us


VGIF is an international women’s fund based in New York City. We invest in grassroots initiatives driven by women and girls in developing economies that sustainably advance their lives. Our grants provide opportunities to women's groups who have incredible potential, enormous courage, and few resources. Through flexible funding, we invest in their journey towards sustainability, while leveraging our networks to connect them to new partners as they reach towards bigger goals and greater impact on the lives of women and girls in their own communities. We are a lean team with an entrepreneurial spirit, collaborative office environment, and shared commitment to gender equity and justice.

Through its 2019-2022 Strategic Plan, VGIF has re-envisioned its grantmaking program, adopting a 3-stage (6 year) grantmaking model, and a focus on women's Economic Development and Empowerment. For the next 6 years, we will fund in the countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, and India.

As we embrace exciting changes and anticipate greater impact, we aim to enhance our United Nations engagement. VGIF is in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Department of Public Information (DPI) at the United Nations.


Position Overview

VGIF’s United Nations Committee Chair is seeking an intern to support VGIF’s active engagement at the United Nations. This includes important conferences, side events, parallel events, and other meetings related to our work and the work of our grantees. The intern will also support the VGIF UN Committee Chair to assist with the preparation for VGIF’s participation at the UN Commission on the Status of Women as well as supporting with the necessary research for developing strategic partnerships and background documents on priority issues on advocacy priorities to VGIF. Individuals selected for an internship must be available to attend at least part of the Commission on the Status of Women, which is scheduled for March 11 – 22, 2019.

The UN Intern will report to Anita Thomas, the Chair of the UN Committee. The internship is a voluntary position; however, VGIF can offer a small stipend to help cover local travel and lunches. Course credit may be available through your university. Please check with them directly for requirements.

Flexible hours: This internship requires approximately 15 hours per week, and scheduling is flexible. We expect this voluntary commitment to be managed with the same responsibility as one would manage a paid work commitment.


Position Duties and Responsibilities


·        Support the UN Committee with coordination of VGIF’s delegation for the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (i.e. registering delegates, providing updated information about key sessions, assisting with any parallel/side events)

  • Develop and monitor a calendar of key meetings and events taking place at/around the UN that offer opportunities for VGIF to learn, give input on critical issues affecting our work, network, or build strategic alliances/partnerships. Attend meetings with or on behalf of the UN Committee, and provide the UN Committee and staff with key learnings and contacts.
  • Support VGIF’s social media and communications related to our UN work, including around UN campaigns (i.e., 16 days of activism).
  • Liaise with VGIF program staff to collect the necessary VGIF grantee specific data to develop documents to prepare for Mission Visits, building strategic partnerships and developing statements and position papers.
  • Collect data and research relating to VGIF’s areas of focus, and provide background research on potential strategic partners.
  • Compile useful UN-related resources to disseminate to VGIF stakeholders, including grantees

·        Support the coordination of VGIF events and UN meetings (before, during, and through post-meeting follow-up)




  • Pursuing a graduate degree in international affairs, gender, human rights, development studies, or a related field (recent graduates will be considered)
  • Familiarity with the UN space. Experience working or volunteering at the UN a strong plus, including work/volunteering roles for NGOs at the UN
  • Ability to multi-task and manage assignments from a variety of staff and volunteers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and high degree of professionalism
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Passion for the empowerment of women and girls and fostering local solutions is a must!

How To Apply

Email your resume and a thoughtful cover letter to Anita Thomas at Please use [Your Name – UN Intern] as the subject line.

VGIF is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity, inclusion, and belonging, and we are committed to creating a working environment that is demonstrative of these values.