PeaceWomen Fellowships/Internships - 2018

Current Team

The Women, Peace and Security Programme is very excited to have such a dynamic team with diverse backgrounds and interests. We are pleased to work with Eleanor Bennett, Colleen Bromberger and Mikayla Varunok from July to December 2018.

Eleanor Bennett

Eleanor Bennett  joins WILPF/PeaceWomen from London, United Kingdom. is a graduate of the University of Nottingham, having studied History and Contemporary Chinese studies. Most recently she has been working with Columbia University's HIV programme as a qualitative research coder.

As the communications fellow, she will be supporting the Security Council monitor programme, managing social media and the newsletter, and assisting in managing the website. Eleanor likes to read books, eat food and watch movies in her spare time.

Colleen Bromberger

Colleen joins WILPF/PeaceWomen from New York City, New York. Colleen recently completed an internship with the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs in the Regional Disarmament Branch, where she created educational content for the Disarmament Education online platform. Colleen holds a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. Her research focused on the intersection between international refugee law, human right abuses in refugee camps and voluntary donation patterns to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the context of the post-2011 Arab Uprisings in the Middle East.

Colleen is excited to join the WILPF team as a United Nations and Security Council Monitor Fellow. As a passionate advocate for gender equality, she looks forward to monitoring, analysing and reporting the development of the women, peace and security agenda in the Security Council. In her spare time, Colleen enjoys exploring new places, jogging through the city and practicing yoga.


Mikayla Varunok

Mikayla joins WILPF/PeaceWomen from Poughkeepsie, NY. She recently graduated from University of Vermont with a B.S. in Public Communication and Applied Design.

She was a member of the WILPF delegation attending UN CSW 61 and 62, where she had the opportunity to speak on a panel with distinguished WILPF members on engaging youth from intersectional backgrounds in the women’s movement. In 2017, she also served as a member of the social media team for the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb, which was a part of decades of Nobel Peace Prize-winning work by ICAN towards achieving the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Mikayla is extremely excited to join the WILPF team as the United Nations Monitor. She looks forward to expanding her knowledge of security, disarmament and international relations during this fellowship. In her spare time, Mikayla likes to create digital art, read novels and embroider clothing.


Apply for a PeaceWomen Fellowship/Internship

Are you interested in peace, disarmament, and gender justice? Join our team!

The Women, Peace and Security Internship and Fellowship Programme, based in New York City, is an unpaid position offered to current graduate students, recent graduates or professionals with expertise and background in gender, human security and international peace and security issues.

  • Fellowships are offered in periods of 9-12 months (at least four days/week)
  • Internships are offered shorter-term, in periods of 4-6 months (at least four days/week)

We intend to provide professional development skills and opportunities for engagement with civil society on the implementation of the WPS Agenda at the local, national and international levels. Categories currently being recruited are:

  • No positions are currently available.


The Women, Peace and Security Programme is a programme of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the longest-serving women's peace organisation, founded in 1915. WILPF’s Women, Peace and Security Programme promotes feminist peace by strengthening women’s meaningful participation, transforming gendered power, and bridging local gender conflict analysis with global efforts to implement a holistic Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

We work to advance the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda through our mission, team, partners, strategy, and outreach. The Women, Peace and Security Programme advocates for complete stigmatisation of militarisation; holistic implementation of the WPS Agenda and feminist foreign policy; and accountability through monitoring and evaluation of international entities and systems.

Women, Peace and Security Programme's Projects

Fellows will be responsible for at least one of the Women, Peace and Security Programme's projects, while also working together across the board as part of the Women, Peace and Security Programme's team.

Projects include:

The United Nations and Security Council Monitor (UNSCM) is the project that provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on all Security Council's work and other international forums, including the Commission on the Status of Women, High-Level Political Forum, and General Assembly General Debates. The fellow monitors Security Council debates and related events, writes policy analysis, posts monitoring information on the website and provides WILPF staff with information allowing timely and relevant interventions or advocacy with the UN Member States.

National Action Plan (NAP) Monitoring is the project that includes ongoing monitoring of the Women, Peace and Security implementation both locally and globally to provide consistent and comprehensive information about national and regional action plans (NAPs and RAPs) on UNSCR1325 and on translating global commitments on Women, Peace and Security into practice. The position involves working with Women, Peace and Security Programme's staff to ensure localisation of the WPS Agenda and support local WILPF partners in their national and internaitonal work for feminist peace.

Communications and Outreach Internship/Fellowship is a project aimed at developing and carrying out WILPF’s communications strategy to mobilise key stakeholders around women, peace and conflict issues. This position involves working closely with WILPF staff to conduct social media outreach, coordinate our website redevelopment work, and edit and publish our monthly E-Newsletter to broaden audience and impact. This position may also involve creating outreach materials for policy advocacy, membership and fundraising, including tools for specific program activities.


  • Currently be enrolled in a Bachelor's (BA, BS) or graduate program (MA, MS, PhD) or recently graduated with studies in international relations/affairs, international law, political science, public policy and administration, human rights, international development, international security, feminist theory, gender studies, or a related field (for the communications fellowship, a communications, journalism, digital marketing or related degree is highly regarded);
  • Experience in feminist/gender analysis and specific expertise on issues related to gender and conflict is highly regarded; willingness to fill gaps in knowledge and/or experience through additional study is a positive;
  • For the communications fellowship, applicants must have demonstrated experience in journalism, communications, web publishing, marketing or a related field;
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in policy analysis and research on international security is also highly regarded;
  • Background and/or demonstrated interest in the United Nations system, including experience gained as a result of academic study or experiential learning activities such as Model United Nations;
  • Experience in event management and coordination, including strong organisation, time management, and people skills with passion, flexibility, resourcefulness, and effective people skills
  • Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English with high level of writing proficiency;
  • Applicants must be able to commit to at least 4 days per week for a minimum of 9 months (as a Fellow) and 4 months (as an Intern)
  • Computer proficiency in Windows environment (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and familiarity using Google Docs; content management system (CMS) experience is a plus;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work quickly and efficiently; and
  • Ability to speak additional languages, such as French, Spanish or Arabic an asset, but not required.

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

How to apply

All applicants must submit AS ONE PDF document the following:

1. Resume: indicating education, relevant past activities and experience;

2. Cover Letter (1 page, single-spaced), including availability (start/end date and days/week);

3. Contact information for three references

4. Writing Sample that highlights understanding and knowledge of issues relating to women, peace and security (no more than 5 pages and in English please).

Please submit your application to:

Please include a subject line of "PeaceWomen 2018 Fellowship Application" and attach all application materials as a single PDF. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until slots are filled; please be sure to indicate which category you wish to apply for.


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)