PeaceWomen Fellowships/Internships - 2019

Apply for a PeaceWomen Fellowship/Internship


The Women, Peace and Security Programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) offers short term (4 months) Women, Peace and Security internships and longer-term (6 months) Women, Peace and Security fellowship through our New York City UN office.

The intern/fellow will work closely with WILPF staff to provide monitoring, research and outreach support to WILPF's advocacy on Women, Peace and Security issues at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The intern will attend and monitor Security Council debates and UN events, write research papers and policy analysis, including the annual update of the Security Council WPS Scorecard, and post monitoring information on the website. The intern/fellow will also conduct social media outreach, contribute to website maintenance and redevelopment, and support publication of WILPF's monthly Women, Peace and Security Monitor electronic newsletter.

This competitive internship/fellowship is aimed at graduate students or young professionals interested in women, peace and security issues related to disarmament and women’s human rights. The experience offers an opportunity to research and write about women, peace and conflict issues and gain experience with grassroots communications and non-governmental organisation management in the context of the United Nations work.

A intern/fellow should be highly self-motivated and well-organised; work well both independently and as part of a team; open-minded, flexible and not afraid to take initiative; and able to prioritise and complete multiple tasks on tight deadlines.

The internship/fellowship requires initiative, creativity, flexibility, and commitment to WILPF’s mission, while maintaining WILPF’s high professional standards.



WILPF generally hires interns/fellows to join the NY WPS team during three different periods annually: January-May/June, May/June-August, and September-December.

We are currently offering internship/fellowship opportunities at our New York City UN office for the May/June - August/September time period.


  • Currently be enrolled in a graduate programme (MA, MS, JD, LLM, PhD) or recently graduated with studies in international relations/affairs, international law, political science, public policy and administration, human rights, international development, international security, gender studies, or related field;

  • Background or strong interest in issues related to women, peace and security, including but not limited to gender and militarism, sexual violence in conflict, women's roles in decision-making, women’s participation in conflict prevention, peace processes and post-conflict peacebuilding;

  • Background or strong interest in the United Nations system. Understanding of UN’s basic functions/structure preferred;

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills and attention to detail

  • Strong interpersonal skills;

  • Computer proficiency in Windows environment (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); editing and website development experience, including Content Management System (CMS), is a plus;

  • Strong communications background with working knowledge of traditional media (press releases, events) and social media (Facebook, Twitter);

  • Experience with blogging, multi-media platforms, and desktop publishing (InDesign, Photoshop, etc.) is a plus;

  • Ability to commit to at least 4 full days per week;

  • Ability to speak additional languages (especially French, Spanish or Arabic) preferred, but not required.

Please note that we are unable to sponsor US work visas for this position.

The intern/fellow will work four days per week in the WILPF UN office and will have a key role in programmatic work. The intern/fellow’s work will be guided by Programme Director.

We expect an intern/fellow to contribute as part of a team to other WILPF projects.

All interns/fellows are also responsible for a certain amount of general office work which they will be trained on, including updating the WILPF/PeaceWomen website, attending meetings, taking notes and performing general support and administrative tasks.


How to Apply
To be considered for the internship/fellowship, applicants should submit the following to:

  • CV or Resume, indicating education, relevant past activities and experience;

  • Cover Letter (1 page, single-spaced), including start/end dates & days/week available;

  • 2 References, including names and contact information and/or a letter of recommendation from an academic or field professional;

  • Writing Sample (no more than 5 pages), preferably addressing an issue related to women, peace and security, that demonstrates ability to write in short, clear and concrete language (may be an excerpt of longer work);

The priority deadline is April 26, 2019.

The subject of the e-mail should be: “WILPF WPS Internship/Fellowship Application”, and all documents should be combined into one PDF or DOCX file.

No phone calls please. Please e-mail with any questions.

Thank you!

Former PeaceWomen Interns

  • Nela Abey - Fellow (Spring/Fall)
  • Marta Bautista Forcada - Fellow (Fall/Spring)
  • Madison Chapman - Fellow (Fall/Spring)
  • Naimah Hakim - Fellow (Fall/Winter)
  • Farida Ismail - Fellow (Fall/Winter)
  • Marina Kumskova - Fellow (Fall/Spring)
  • Joanna Lockspeiser - Fellow (Fall/Spring)
  • Anna Warrington - Fellow (Fall/Winter)
  • Lyna Zaim - Fellow (Spring)
  • Sarah Tunnell - Fellow (Summer/Fall)

  • Federica Dall'Arche - Fellow (Fall/Spring 2016)
  • Ghazal Rahmanpanah - Fellow (Spring/Summer)
  • Marta Bautista Forcada (Fall/Winter)
  • Charlette Lopez (Fall/Winter)
  • Cynthia Sularz (Summer/Fall)
  • Blythe Brauer (Summer/Fall)
  • Cristel Taveras (Summer/Fall)
  • Manar Marouf (Summer)
  • Prachi Rao (Spring)
  • Madhuri Sastry (Winter/Spring)
  • Andrea Gordillo (Winter/Spring)
  • Aleah N. Ranjitsingh (Winter/Spring)
  • Laila Kadieva (Winter)

  • Zainab Alam - Fellow (Fall/Winter 2015)
  • Joann Lee (Fall)
  • Alexandra Raymond (Fall)
  • Kristina Johansson (Fall)
  • Tim Rodriguez (Summer)
  • Sarah Hammond (Summer)
  • Sara Malamud (Summer)
  • Shafferan Sonneveld (Winter/Spring)
  • Julie Choi (Winter/Spring)
  • Cristina Chahine (Winter/Spring)
  • Sandra Neuman (Winter)

  • Paulina Jakubec (Fall)
  • Cinthia Isla (Fall)
  • Jalane Jote (Fall)
  • Ayshna Rajbhandary (Fall)
  • Isma Aslam (Summer/Fall)
  • Mari Haraldsson (Summer)
  • Inna Babakulieva (Summer)
  • Margaret Ruiz (Spring)
  • Ester Harrius (Spring)

  • Ariel Mekler (Fall)
  • Sharna de Lacy (Fall)
  • Sofie Säterhall (Fall)
  • Allison Chandler (Spring/Summer)
  • Annette Wallgren (Summer)
  • Brianna Martin (Summer)
  • Dominique Lardner (Summer 2011-Spring)
  • Leonore Tjia (Spring)
  • Rebecca Leon (Winter/Spring)
  • Fiona McAlpine (Winter)
  • Grace Jennings-Edquist (Winter)

  • Kelsey Collidge (Fall)
  • Rebecca Paulsson (Fall)
  • Leila Brollosy (Summer)
  • Annie Hylton (Spring/Summer)
  • Aziz Rahman Popal (Summer)
  • Mriganka Lulla (Summer)
  • Stephanie Bloom (Fall 2010-Spring)
  • Isabelle Cutting (Summer 2010-Spring)
  • Barbara Gonzalez (Winter/Spring)
  • Nicole Bianchi (Winter)

  • Michelle Reyf (Fall 2010, Winter 2010)
  • Miruna Bucurescu (Fall 2010, Winter 2010)
  • Melissa Jaworowski (Fall 2010)
  • Karin Friedrich (Summer 2010)
  • Anna- Moller Loswick (Summer)
  • Sasha Sleiman (Summer)
  • Rachel LaForgia (Summer)
  • Rachel Kean (Summer)
  • Caitlin Deighan (Summer)
  • Nicole Weitzner (Summer)
  • Rubai Aurora (Spring)
  • Emily Meyer (Spring)
  • Rachel Reyes (Spring)
  • Rai Sow (Spring)
  • Sarah Ochs (Fall 2009-Spring)

  • Tanya Quigley (Summer/Fall)
  • Hali Thurber (Summer)
  • Clara Donadello (Spring)
  • Stephanie Thogersen (Spring)

  • Nela Abey - Fellow (Winter/Spring)
  • Sarah Tunnell - Fellow (Winter, Spring)
  • Alexandra Rojas - Fellow (Spring/Summer/Fall)
  • Anne Lescure - Fellow (Summer/Fall)
  • Ines Boussebaa - Fellow (Summer/Fall)
  • Anwar Mhajne - Fellow (Summer/Fall)

  • Ines Boussebaa - Fellow (Winter, Spring, Summer)
  • Ijechi Nwaozuzu - Fellow (Winter, Spring)
  • Colleen Bromberger - Fellow (Summer, Fall)
  • Mikayla Varunok - Fellow (Summer, Fall)
  • Eleanor Bennett - Fellow (Summer, Fall)

Sarah Kenny Werner joins WILPF/PeaceWomen from New York City, New York. Sarah holds a Masters of Arts with Honours in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh and SciencesPo. In her dissertation, she argued for a radical feminist revisioning of international relations theory and practice. After working as a litigation paralegal at a corporate law firm, she designed and taught “Fine Arts in a Democratic Context” in Harlem. This course, an extension of her dissertation, develops technical skills and fluency in art history to explore the concepts at the heart of political systems (such as equality, justice, and freedom). Sarah is excited to join the WILPF team as a United Nations and Security Council Monitor Fellow, where she looks forward to expanding her knowledge of the women, peace and security agenda and monitoring, analysing and reporting on its progress in the Security Council. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys reading, dancing, and creating art.