Internship & Volunteer Opportunities: 2018-2019
NGO CSW/NY openings for the CSW63 Season (September 2018 – May 2019)
About the Organization
The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York, is a non-profit corporation working to advance the human rights of women and girls worldwide to bring together globally non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals to work in partnership with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and UN Women in our shared goal to create a world where no one is left behind. Our membership of about 400 individuals representing more than 100 international NGOs advocates for a wide variety of issues concerning gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The Committee sponsors an international Consultation Day each year, prior to the meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women, organizes the NGO CSW Forum of over 400 events and offers advocacy training for NGO representatives who come to New York to attend meetings of the Commission and supports regional advocacy trainings by our sister NGOCSWs. Other Committee activities include monthly meetings and discussions on issues facing the UN and its specialized agencies that affect the status of women. We keep members updated on the latest events through our listserv mailings and resources posted on line. A volunteer-based non-profit (501(c)3) organization, funded largely by individual contributions, NGO CSW/NY is affiliated with the Conference of NGOs (CoNGO) in Consultative Relationship with the UN.
The summer internship requires interns to work 2 to 3 days a week for a minimum of 12-15 hours from June to August. Interns will be asked to review and report the countries Voluntary National Reviews (VNR)* in regards to women’s rights. Additionally, the interns will be asked to get involved with Major Groups, particularly the Women’s Major Group and the NGO Major Group, as a preparation for the High Level Political Forum (HLPF)** and do some research in preparation of the CSW63 Forum.
September – May Internship
This yearlong internship requires interns to work 2 to 3 days a week for a minimum of 12-15 hours. Interns will be assigned appropriately to assist the Committee in the preparation of various events and provide support to the NGO CSW/NY office for the upcoming NGO CSW Forum 2018 and UN Commission on the Status of Women session. Additionally, interns will be supported in getting involved with other UN and related civil society initiatives to further gender equality and sustainability. Full-time availability is expected and interns must work for a minimum of 30 hours during the forum. (Preference is given to candidates who can commit to the full-time hours required during the NGO CSW Forum). For more information, read our intern blog: https://www.ngocsw.org/about-ngocswny/blog
*Please note this is not a paid position.
- Young professional membership to NGO CSW/NY, Young Professional’s Network during the internship and free membership for one year after the internship is over.
- Participation in our mentoring program that enables the intern to be mentored by members of the Committee.
- Travel stipend to cover subway travel to and from the office for the duration of the internship.
- UN Badge and access to UN and related civil society events.
- Networking with UN staff and Civil Society members.
- Opportunities to collaborate with other NGOs, UN task-forces, Major Groups, and civil society groups.
- Publication on our NGO CSW/NY blog.
- Education in international relations, UN systems, NGO work, event planning, office administration, and advocacy.
Requirements for Internship:
- At least two years of work experience and/or practical experience in international settings
- Passionate about gender equality
- UN Experience or immense curiosity and eagerness to learn about human rights and the UN
- A good sense of humor
- Excellent customer service, particularly in diverse, intercultural environments
- Graduate students are preferred although undergraduates may apply
- Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments from a variety of staff and volunteers.
- Excellent interpersonal skills both in person and by phone, with high professionalism
- Strong researcher and writer, able to synthesize complex information into blog posts, reports, and meeting notes
- Proficiency using the latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and mail merges, email and web searches
- Background in fields of Journalism, Social Sciences, Law, Public Policy, International Relations, Marketing, Communications, Business or related disciplines preferred
- Proficiency in one of the UN languages other than English is an advantage.
- Proficiency in French is highly valued.
How to Apply
If you meet the above requirements and would like to learn more about our internship opportunities, please submit your cover letter, resume, and 2 references to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Internship” in the subject line. (ALL MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PDF FORMAT AS ATTACHMENTs).
Due to high volume of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted. No calls or e-mails, please, regarding application status.