Washington, DC Internship
WAND Washington, DC Office Internship
Updated Fall 2016
Women’s Action for New Directions seeks an intern to work in our Washington, DC office on a part- or full-time basis. Start and end dates are flexible.
To Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and one writing sample (no more than 2 pages) to Erica Fein: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND), Inc. empowers women to be agents of change to reduce violence and militarism, support nuclear disarmament and redirect excessive Pentagon spending to unmet needs. WAND, Inc. is a 501 (c)(4) organization with grassroots members around the country. WAND was founded in 1982 as Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament. With the end of the Cold War, we became Women's Action for New Directions, and have been dedicating our energies to redirect federal budget priorities away from the military and toward human needs as well as ensuring that women are at the tables of power where decisions are made concerning U.S. engagement on matters of peace and security. WAND has offices in Washington, DC, Cambridge, MA, and Atlanta, GA.
Our goals are to:
- Challenge and promote alternatives to militarism and violence as the solution to conflict.
- Shift from a military to a civilian-based economy to address the threats to our security, ensuring that human, economic and environmental needs are met.
- Eliminate the testing, production, sale and use of weapons of mass destruction.
- Increase women's political leadership
- Empower women as leaders on critical issues of conflict prevention, peace-building and national and global security.
- Clean up environmental effects of nuclear weapons production as well as toxic waste at all military facilities, and prevent further contamination.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The intern will focus on support WAND’s programmatic work, to include Pentagon Budget issues, Nuclear Weapons policy, and Women, Peace, and Security (WPS). The intern will work on a range of projects. Tasks may include any of the following:
- Assist with WAND’s core advocacy campaigns, with such tasks as writing blogs and op-eds, attending Congressional hearings, and contacting Congressional staff, and conducting research
- Assist with planning special events and fundraising events including the biennial WiLL/WAND Conference
- Database and list management
- Take meeting notes as assigned
- Attend webinars hosted by WAND and other partner organizations
- Attend events and assist with tasks like videotaping, photography, set up, registration
- Attend partner events in and around DC
Professional Development Opportunities:
WAND hosts 1-2 webinars/month with guest speakers and presenters from all over the world. Topics include learning how to communicate a progressive message, nuclear weapons, federal budget priorities, women running for office, and women having a voice in the withdrawal of troops policy in Afghanistan.
- WAND highly encourages interns to take advantage of briefings and trainings in and around DC
- Conference calls or webinars hosted by partner organizations
- Staff meeting trainings
Ideal candidates will have:
- Strong research, writing, and organization skills
- Ability to work independently and show initiative
- Interest in or willingness to learn about women’s political leadership, security and defense issues, peace advocacy, politics, and the legislative process
- Familiarity with social media
- Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
- Database experience helpful
- Good sense of humor, creativity, and collaborative spirit
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