Internships are unpaid but can be used toward school credit.
The Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) is a women’s global advocacy organization based in New York. Officially founded in 1991 in the run-up to the Earth Summit (UNCED, 1992), WEDO, a champion for women’s rights, has built a reputation as a trailblazer in promoting human rights, gender equality and the integrity of the environment, notably in sustainable development.
Late August – December 2018. The duration of each internship depends on the needs of the intern and WEDO programs. A minimum two-month commitment is required and applicants available for longer commitments are encouraged.
The Women Delegates Fund (WDF) Intern will join the WEDO team in managing the Women Delegates Fund, becoming an essential part of the team in supporting the implementation of a regional training and the preparations for COP24. The intern will have operational and communications responsibilities to in helping the WDF support travel and capacity-building for delegates from Least Developed Countries and the Pacific Islands.
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Coordinating logistics for women delegates attending the UN climate negotiations (flights, visas, per diem, travel insurance);
- Drafting, editing, and proofreading WDF e-mail communications, letters, agendas, and invites;
- Drafting text and designing visuals about the WDF delegates and program overall to be featured in newsletters, social media posts, and on the WEDO website;
- Working with WEDO Team members to design and implement a communications strategy for the WDF;
- Research the latest studies and analyses of women’s participation in environmental leadership roles, and the potential and impacts of training and capacity-building, and synthesize this information for the WEDO team;
- Provide information, analysis and insights to assist the WEDO Team in overall management of the WDF program.
- Demonstrated commitment to WEDO’s vision and deep alignment with its feminist values;
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills in English are essential;
- Familiarity with current issues related to gender, environment, and social justice, in different local, national, and global contexts;
- Ability to work collaboratively in a small team-oriented environment;
- Effective time management skills;
- Critically thinking, positive, and fun individual;
- Ability to work at least 10-15 hours/week.
Desired qualifications (will strengthen candidacy)
- Current graduate student
- Project management experience and skills
- Website design and/or management skills (e.g. HTML, writing copy, updating content)
- Eye for design/competence with Canva and/or Adobe Creative Suite
- Experience in utilizing social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter)
- Familiarity with G-Suite
- Knowledge of the UN System and love of acronyms
- International study or travel experience
While the internship is unpaid, the intern will benefit from becoming a core part of the WEDO team and learning about WEDO’s rich history and approach to advocating for women’s human rights. The intern will have the opportunity to attend events to which WEDO is invited, as well as be introduced to colleagues and friends of WEDO.
The intern will deeply engage with the topic of training and capacity-building for women from the global South, particularly within the sphere of the climate change negotiations, and will develop a deep understanding of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s processes, issues, and tensions/challenges. The intern will also have the opportunity to work virtually with women leaders from over 20 countries and multiple continents.
The intern will be given the framework and guidance to strengthen skills in project management, internal communications, and external communications, as well as be given the time, assistance, or other resources to complete any necessary requirements for the receipt of academic credit. In addition to contributing operationally, the intern will have the potential to contribute strategically during a time of expansion for the WDF program. The WEDO supervisor will be glad to work with the intern to identify and work toward professional develop goals.
Deadline: Friday, August 10