The International Women’s Tribune Centre welcomes applications for internships in connection with its Global Policies-Local Action, Human Rights and Peace Building, Poverty Alleviation, Basic Needs, and ICTs programmes and the Women, Ink Project.
1. Global Policies, Local Action Program IWTC promotes women’s informed engagement in public policy as linked to women’s participation in political processes at all levels and to the overall practice of good governance. Since the early 1990s, paralleling the era of UN global conferences, IWTC has committed itself to facilitating women’s informed and effective participation in the global arena.
The Global Policies, Local Actionprogram focuses on enabling the informed engagement of women, particularly from the Global South, in political processes at all levels and to the overall practice of good governance. This process is facilitated by providing timely information about forthcoming events, identifying points of strategic intervention, presenting global policy initiatives in a form, format and language that is understandable to women at the community level and organizing for collective action. Working through networks of women’s organizations in the Global South, the IWTC supports the use of global policies and international laws (like the Millennium Development Goals, Resolution 1325 etc) at national level, particularly as they relate to women’s work and conflict resolution and reconstruction. Intern Qualifications – Background in public policy and advocacy, with a particular interest in moving global issues to national and community level. – Knowledge of international human rights that impact women, including Millennium Development Goals, CEDAW, Beijing Platform for Action and WSIS. – Experience with working with media – Excellent information and communication skills, with attention to evolving strategies that bring previously invisible issues to the public forum. – Stellar writing and research abilities – A self-starter with the ability to keep deadlines and commitments – A creative outlook, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective
Tasks & Responsibilities The internship is 60 per cent projects, 20 per cent organizational tasks and 20 per cent administrative responsibilities. Though unpaid, academic credit can be organized, if required. Individuals from developing countries are strongly urged to apply.The intern will be required to: – Assist in the development of how-to handbooks and processes and online toolkits related to global policies. – Take responsibility for tracking policy deliberations on the Millennium Development Goals, CEDAW, Beijing Platform for Action and WSIS. – Assist women from the Global South with special attention to women’s groups who are engaged in lobbying and advocacy at the UN – Track developments on gender perspectives on global policies and international laws relevant to women, peacebuilding, media and new information communication technologies. – Prepare materials for and update specific sections of the website – Work in a supportive, inclusive atmosphere. All interns work as part of a multi- disciplinary team but are given substantial autonomy in the area that they have been assigned.
2. Human Rights and Peace Building The Women’s Human Rights, Human Security & Peacebuilding program focuses on demystifying legal processes and giving visibility to innovative approaches to women’s involvement in peace building, conflict prevention and reconstruction. Specifically, this program converges on international conventions/global policies that affect women and concentrates on developing various media and events that engage and amplify the voices of women at community level. Aimed at (but not confined to) users in East Timor and Nepal in Asia and Sierra Leone, Uganda and Burundi in Africa, these materials include the local language programs about the conventions, regular “cyberdialogues,” workshops cum “write shops,” the production of highly visual “how-to” learning aids, global and regional press kits, an online advocacy toolkit and a user-friendly handbook of international policies and law for women peace builders.
Intern Qualifications – Background in international human rights law, with particular knowledge of the conventions and legislation that impact women – Interest & prior experience in developing advocacy materials – Stellar writing and research abilities – A self-starter with the ability to keep deadlines and commitments – A creative outlook, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective
Tasks & Responsibilities The internship is 60 percent projects, 20 percent organizational tasks and 20 percent administrative responsibilities. Though unpaid, academic credit can be organized where required. Individuals from developing countries are strongly urged to apply. The intern will be required to: – Assist in the production of print and broadcast advocacy materials during the anniversary celebrations of UNSCR 1325 United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women and other events related to peacebuilding initiatives from the Security Council. – Conduct primary and secondary research for resource and action guides on women’s use of international conventions and global policies, especially UNSCR 1325 – Support women from the Global South in advocating issues at the U.N. – Track developments on gender perspectives on global policies and international laws | relevant to women, peacebuilding, media and new information communication technologies. – Prepare materials for and update specific sections of the website – Work in a supportive, inclusive atmosphere. All interns work as part of a multi- disciplinary team but are given substantial autonomy in the area that they have been assigned.
3. Poverty Alleviation, Basic Needs, and ICTs This programme focuses on the economic aspects of women's lives, particularly women in poor urban and rural areas, and the role women play as builders of communities. It looks at such issues as the work women do to earn income--and how to increase that income. It considers women's strengths and assets and then considers the tools, resources and spaces women need to leverage those assets. It examines and explores the potential ICTs have to reach marginalized groups with information to improve their economic wellbeing.
4. Women, Ink Women, Ink is a service that offers quality, cutting-edge books on women and development to facilitate the exchange of experiences and support the generation of knowledge for, by and about women working for social, political, economic and cultural change. With an emphasis on writings by women from the Global South, Women, Ink’s comprehensive collection of more than 250 books from more than 70 small presses and organizations worldwide, including case studies, anthologies, training materials and practical “how-to” guides, ranging from human rights, peacebuilding, and violence against women to governance, health and globalization.
Intern Qualifications – Background and interest in developing online marketing and promotion strategies for books and other publications – Knowledge and experience in online publishing promotion – Experience in maintaining websites and mailing lists – Experience in developing and maintaining databases – Stellar communication abilities – A self-starter, with the ability to set and keep deadlines – Proficiency in French/Spanish is useful, but not essential – A creative outlook, enthusiasm and a fresh perspective
Tasks & Responsibilities The internship is 60 per cent projects, 20 per cent organizational tasks and 20 per cent administrative responsibilities. Though unpaid, academic credit can be organized, if required. The intern will be required to: – Develop and implement WINK’s online marketing and promotion strategy – Assist in the development and maintenance of Women, Ink websites – Develop and maintain the organization's databases – Work in a supportive, inclusive atmosphere. All interns work as part of a multi- disciplinary team but are given substantial autonomy in the area that they have been assigned.
The Internship Programme Design IWTC’s Internship Programme is designed to give students interested in working on gender issues and socio-political and economic change in the Global South an opportunity to collaborate on research projects as well as print and online publications and broadcast productions. IWTC’s three-month internships are offered each year in June, September, and January. Following are IWTC’s internship requirements for 2005-2006 under specific programme areas and projects and the corresponding tasks: Additional Experience and Opportunities You’ll Gain Opportunity to explore a variety of issues in-depth, through independent study Opportunity to work in partnership with UN agencies Direct involvement with follow-up to global UN conferences Opportunity to work in collaboration with women’s organizations from different parts of the world
Ideal Location and Excellent Networking Space The IWTC office is housed in the UN Church Center building right across the UN headquarters in New York . The building is home to many other national and international NGOs, and on certain occasions these NGOs come together for collaborative activities. The IWTC office is a hub for women’s organizations from around the world that come to New York to attend meetings and conferences at the UN. All of this provides a great opportunity for networking and understanding how international lobbying and advocacy take place.
A Supportive Environment IWTC provides a supportive environment to its interns. Internships begin with an orientation process on the history, programmes and services of the organization. All interns participate as members of a team but at the same time are given substantial autonomy in their special area of activity.
Hours Required The internship is designed for interns able to devote the equivalent of two or more full days a week for three months. Scheduling can be worked out on an individual basis.
Compensation The internship is unpaid but IWTC will also help students obtain academic credits when possible.
Application and Internship dates
If you are interested in year-long internships, please let us know. IWTC seeks applicants who can not only participate in and complete projects, but can contribute creative ideas, a fresh perspective and enthusiasm to help shape IWTC activities.
How to apply: Please send your resume, writing sample (2-3 pages) and application letter by post, fax, or e-mail to: Internship Coordinator International Women’s Tribune Centre 3rd floor, UN Church Center Building 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 Fax: 212 661-2704 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org