Women, Peace and Security Fellowship/Internship

Hours per week

6 months



Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date



777 UN Plaza
6th Floor
New York
United States


The Women, Peace and Security Programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) offers a short-term internship or long-term fellowship opportunity through our New York City UN office:

This competitive unpaid internship or fellowship is offered to graduate students or professionals interested in women, peace and security issues related to disarmament and women’s human rights. The experience offers an opportunity to research and write about women, peace and conflict issues and gain experience with grassroots communications and non-governmental organisation management in the context of the United Nations.

The intern/fellow will work closely with WILPF staff to provide monitoring and outreach support to WILPF's advocacy on Women, Peace and Security issues at the Security Council and UN in New York. They will attend and monitor Security Council debates and UN events, write policy analysis, post monitoring information on the website and provide WILPF staff with information allowing timely and relevant interventions or advocacy with the UN Member States. They will also conduct social media outreach, contribute to website maintenance and redevelopment, and support publication of WILPF's monthly Women, Peace and Security E-Newsletter.

Fellows/interns should be highly self-motivated and well-organised; work well both independently and as part of a team; open-minded, flexible, and not afraid to take initiative; and able to prioritise and complete multiple tasks on tight deadlines.


  • Short term internships (3-4 months) and longer term fellowships (6 months) are offered for the January-July 2019 period .


  • Currently be enrolled in a graduate program (MA, MS, JD, LLM, PhD) or recently graduated with studies in international relations/affairs, international law, political science, public policy and administration, human rights, international development, international security, gender studies, or related field
  • Background or interest in issues related to women, peace and security, including but not limited to gender and militarism, sexual violence in conflict, women's roles in decision-making, women’s participation in conflict prevention, peace processes and post-conflict peacebuilding
  • Background in or strong interest in the United Nations system, understanding of its basic functions, structure
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Computer proficiency in Windows environment (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); editing and website development experience including Content Management System (CMS) a plus
  • Strong communications background with working knowledge of traditional media (press releases, events) and social media (Facebook, Twitter); experience with blogging, multi-media platforms, and desktop publishing (InDesign, Photoshop, etc.) a plus
  • Ability to commit to at least 4 full days per week beginning January 2019
  • Ability to speak additional languages, such as French, Spanish or Arabic an asset, but not required

Please note that we are unable to provide work visas for this position.


Interns/Fellows will work four days per week in the WILPF UN office and will have a key role in programmatic work. The interns/fellows' work will be guided by the Women, Peace and Security Programme Associate and Programme Director.

Fellows are also responsible for a certain amount of general office work which they will be trained on, including updating the PeaceWomen website, attending meetings, taking notes and performing general support and administrative tasks.

Fellows/interns who thrive will enjoy working in the fast-paced, changing environment of the WILPF UN office and maintain high levels of professionalism and quality.

How To Apply


To be considered for the UN Security Council Monitoring/Communications Fellowship, applicants should submit the following documents to: info@peacewomen.org.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. The subject of the e-mail should be “Women, Peace and Security Intern/ Fellow Application” and all documents should be combined into one PDF or DOCX file.

  1. CV or Resume indicating education, relevant past activities and experience
  2. Cover Letter (1 page, single-spaced)
  3. 2 Letters of Recommendation
  4. Writing Sample (no more than 5 pages), addressing an issue related to women, peace, and security demonstrating ability to write in short, clear, and concrete language (may be an excerpt of longer work)

No phone calls please. Please e-mail info@peacewomen.org with any questions. Thank you!