NCRW Internships

This position is an internship


For over three decades, the National Council for Research on Women has helped advance rights and opportunities for women and girls, nationally and globally.  The Council is a network of over 100 member research, policy, and advocacy centers with more than 2,000 top-level researchers.  The Council also has a Corporate Circle of major companies and a Presidents Circle of leaders from higher education. We provide the information and research needed to foster more equitable futures for women and girls.  The key to the Council’s past and future success is highly-focused, accessible, timely research linked with action and real-life solutions. Through Research-Action groups organized around urgent issue areas, rapid-response communications campaigns, and a website that features the expertise and information produced by our network, the Council delivers the facts, promotes informed activism, and encourages positive change.

The National Council for Research on Women’s Intern Program exposes interns to the inner workings of a nonprofit while providing valuable job training, mentoring, and networking opportunities.  The program introduces interns to the daily and long-term issues nonprofits currently face.  At the same time, interns are immersed in a wide range of women’s issues and are introduced to an extensive network of researchers, advocates, and activists, expanding an education that often begins with college courses in Women’s Studies.

Interns participate in various Council projects and activities involving our network of Member Centers that will expand their awareness of jobs available within the feminist community and may encourage their return to the Council or its Member Centers as future employees.  In addition, interns have opportunities to forge connections with other interns and staff at NYC-Area Member Centers, thus initiating a professional network that will continue to serve them long after the internship ends.

Fall and Spring interns must commit to at least 14 hours per week, however, a more full-time commitment is welcome.  During the Summer, a 21 hours per week commitment is strongly encouraged, and applicants who can give more time will be given priority. We try to be flexible with people’s schedules as much as we are able. When appropriate, the Council will assist interns in arranging for academic or work-study credit. A daily stipend of $10 (for food and travel) is available.

  • The ideal applicants will be a Junior, Senior, graduate or post-graduate who has:
  • Sound judgment, excellent interpersonal and communications skills, a strong work ethic and superb attention to detail;  
  • Responsibility, flexibility, patience, proactivity and efficiency in a fast-paced work setting;
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to work collaboratively and productively in a dynamic, change-driven office environment;
  • A can-do attitude and equal parts humor, compassion and sensibility necessary to address the practicalities and desires of an entrepreneurial non-profit;
  • A commitment to the Council’s values, mission, goals, and program; an appreciation of the value of research, particularly feminist research, to influence public agendas and policy.

Applications should be sent to and should include a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, which internship you are interested in applying for, your availability, your resume (in Word or pdf format), a short writing sample (2-3 pages), and a reference list with email addresses.  In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please write your name (Last, First) and indicate which internship you are interested in (e.g. “Research & Programs”, “Development”) in the subject line of your e-mail.

DEADLINES – Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.  However, you are strongly encouraged to use the following dates as guidelines -- Fall (August 1st); Spring (November 1st ); Summer (March 15th)

Internship Department: Communications

Communications Interns will work under the direction of the Director of Communication and assist with research on breaking news stories that are of particular interest to the Council’s mission.  Proficient research and writing skills and attention to detail are critical; experience with website content and HTML are helpful.

The intern’s responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Provide support for the newly launched website, including the database of resources and expertise
  • Produce news round-ups and other monitoring and analysis of current coverage and trends
  • Monitor a wide variety of news sources and websites for stories directly related to the lives and conditions of women around the world
  • Update NCRW media lists
  • Assist with website and blog updates
  • Conduct outreach to and communicate with NCRW’s Member Centers
  • Administrative support as needed


Internship: Fundraising & Development

The Development Intern reports to the Director of Development to support the fundraising efforts of the Council.

The intern’s responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Support the upkeep of the donor database (DonorPefect)
  • Complete prospect research using a variety of internet and print resources
  • Provide assistance with all fundraising activities including Awards Dinner, individual donors, grant proposals, etc.
  • Compile collateral material for meetings
  • Work on special projects as needed


Internship Department: Research and Programs

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Research and Programs, the Research Intern would support the research and policy programs at the National Council for Research on Women. S/he would help manage correspondence to member centers and other constituencies; contribute to the development of policy briefs and position papers; and conduct relevant research on topics of interest to the Council; additionally, s/he will keep abreast of relevant issues and coordinate the collection and filing of news articles, reports and other materials.

The intern’s responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Conduct regular, relevant research on topics which affect the lives of women and girls, and contribute to the development of policy briefs and position papers
  • Respond to research inquiries from our constituency and the general public
  • Manage correspondence to Member Centers and other constituencies
  • Support the programmatic and research components of the NCRW website
  • Perform daily research and outreach regarding the response of Council’s Member Centers to breaking news
  • Support special projects and events(e.g. Annual Conference, Awards Dinner and Afternoon Program)
  • Support the development of foundation proposals
  • Provide administrative support as needed

Internship Department: Operations – Administration & Finance

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Operations, the Operations Intern would support the day-to-day operations of the National Council for Research on Women.

The intern’s responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Support projects related to the organization’s finances, including budget program preparation
  • Assist with HR administration, including intern recruitment
  • Assist with event preparations and logistics (board meetings, fundraising and programmatic events)
  • Support management of NCRW-AMEX Fellows program
  • Perform research on vendors and prepare cost benefit analysis
  • Prepare materials and packets for staff and guests
  • Provide general administrative support
  • Special projects as needed
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