WILL YOU BE OUR NEXT COMMUNICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIP INTERN?
We are accepting applications for our Communications and Membership internship starting in October 2021. We are opening several positions.
Since our establishment in 1915, we have brought together women from around the world who are united in working for peace by non-violent means. Joining WILPF’s Communications and Membership team will enable you to transfer the skills you have learned in the classroom to a professional environment and bring you in direct contact with a network of inspiring women grassroots activists.
What does it look like to be an Intern?
As a Communications and Membership intern, you will support the work of WILPF’s governance, membership development, networking, campaigning, and communications.
The internship will give you the opportunity to experience the “behind the scenes” of a membership organisation. You will be deeply involved in strengthening our membership and maintaining internal contacts, preparing and organising resources, and contributing to the organisation of various types of events like webinars, online consultations, thematic meetings, and social media campaigns. You will need to be able to think of structure, engagement, and overall user experience while working on your tasks.
It is an advantage if you work systematically and you are good at staying in control in a busy environment with different tasks, opinions, and personalities. With your supervisor, you will ensure follow-up and ongoing communication between the International Secretariat, WILPF members, and the public. Your tasks will be a mix between communications and membership functions, and can include the following:
● Assisting with the engagement of our national and international membership, including liaising with members for assisting WILPF’s advocacy and communications efforts;
● Assisting with campaign management, social media outreach and writing tasks;
● Supporting the organisation of online meetings/webinars (internal and external), events, film projects, and all types of creative inputs that come as projects develop;
● Assisting with website management;
● Taking minutes at internal meetings and providing support to advance decisions on a number of issues related to WILPF membership;
● Organising and systematising documents related to the national and international membership, including updating databases and website content;
● Creating content for WILPF’s public newsletters;
● Creating WILPF’s membership newsletter and supporting the implementation of effective internal communication with WILPF members through various mailing lists;
● Providing direct membership support by participating in the development of material for WILPF’s members (e.g. guidelines, templates);
● Assisting with translation and interpretation tools and services to make our communications accessible to all members;
● Assisting with the maintenance of general mailboxes, mailing lists, emails, and online directory.
The ideal candidate is an enthusiastic team player with excellent organisational skills and preferably language skills (English, French, Spanish and Arabic are WILPF’s main languages). If you have some experience in campaigning, internal communications, community organising, and have a talent for using digital platforms and interfaces, we are looking for you!
● Currently enrolled in a degree programme or holder of an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in communications, information and technology science, or peacebuilding, international development or other interdisciplinary studies;
● Have strong writing skills, rigorous attention to detail, and a structured approach to problem-solving;
● Have advanced skills in Microsoft Office software suite (Word, Excel, Outlook);
● Have some familiarity with task management tools (like Trello and Airtable) and mailing lists (like Mailman and Mailchimp);
● Have some experience in the area of administration/event management including familiarity with formal minuting of meetings;
● Be interested in learning, or already familiar with, web editing (WordPress) and graphic design (Photoshop, InDesign and Canva);
● Be fluent in English and have a working knowledge of French and or Spanish (additional language skills are a plus);
● Have experience volunteering in a non-profit organisation is a plus;
● Share WILPF’s feminist values and goals.
We are recruiting for more than one internship. The internships will start around October 2021 and will last for six months. We will decide this together.
You will work closely with a staff member from the Communications and Membership team, who will also be your supervisor.
Depending on your location and the status of the Covid-19 pandemic, the internship will be either home-based (preferably in or close to UTC+1 time zone) or a mix between home-based and placement at WILPF’s office in Geneva, Switzerland.
WILPF is a member of the “We Pay Our Interns” initiative, which means that our interns are paid a monthly stipend when based in Geneva. In case this internship will be home-based, the stipend might be adapted depending on the candidate’s location.
Please note that if you are not based in Switzerland, the country that WILPF operates from, you will be responsible for paying all required taxes and benefits related to your income as stipulated by your local residency law.
*NOTE FOR CANDIDATES BASED IN GENEVA OR OTHER LOCATIONS IN SWITZERLAND ONLY* If you are based in Switzerland and you are not from EU or EFTA member states and don’t have a valid Swiss work permit, due to legal requirements we will unfortunately only be able to consider applications from candidates whose profile meet the criteria established by the State of Geneva to obtain a work permit.
How to apply
How to apply
If this sounds interesting, and you wish to get practical experience in a feminist membership organisation, then please send a cover letter and your CV (maximum two pages, without photograph) to internship (a) wilpf.org by 18 July 2021 (midnight CEST). Please write: “Communications and Membership internship 2021” in the subject field.
We expect to conduct interviews and complete the entire process by end of August. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications without a cover letter and CV will not be accepted.
As a feminist, anti-militarist membership organisation, WILPF is dedicated to building a global movement in the pursuit of peace and the fulfilment of human rights. We welcome and encourages applications from people of colour, feminists/human rights activists, LGBTQIA+ people, individuals from conflict-affected and diaspora communities, and people with disabilities. **