YWCA Internship Programme 2014 – Online Application available

The application period for the World YWCA Internship Programme 2014 is now open.The application deadline is July 19, 2013.

One–year Internship

The one-year internship programme provides a unique opportunity for two young women from member associations, to work as part of the World YWCA staff and volunteer team in Geneva. There will be strong emphasis on supporting advocacy, programmes and communications on the priority themes of violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV, and young women’s leadership. The internship programme will include assisting with the implementation of the World YWCA’s Strategic Framework and young women’s strategy, working with the communications team in reporting and engaging with young women and member associations through a range of information, communication and technologies, supporting World YWCA representation at sessions of United Nations Human Rights Council and CEDAW Committee, and participating in international training events.  A special emphasis will be placed on supporting preparations for the programme, communication and logistics for the World Council, to be held in Thailand in 2015.

Short–term/Advocacy and Communications Internships

The World YWCA also has a number of opportunities for young women to participate in a 2-3 week advocacy internship to gain knowledge and experience in global mechanisms for the advancement of women’s rights.  Based on the experiences of successful candidates, young women will be selected to participate in the UN Commissions on the Status of Women (CSW) and Population and Development (CPD) in New York or sessions of the CEDAW Committee or UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, or other relevant international fora.  A minimum of four advocacy and communications internships are available with additional possibilities subject to funding.

Eligibility to apply for the World YWCA Internship Programme

  • Applicants must be between 22 and 30 years of age
  • Each candidate’s participation must be endorsed by her national YWCA
  • Opportunities are open to young women from all member associations, however preference will be given to developing countries for the one-year internship due to current donor funding restrictions
  • Applicants must be actively involved in their YWCA, either as a volunteer or staff member and demonstrate strong interest and enthusiasm in the World YWCA movement.
  • Successful candidates must commit to sharing the experience gained with their YWCA following the internship, and their association must commit to integrating their leadership/experience into the association upon the return home

Applicants are required to have:

  • A minimum of two years of active involvementwith the YWCA
  • A strong commitment to women’s rights and leadership
  • Previous experience in advocacy and/or activism on women’s rights is an asset
  • A good working knowledge of English, both oral and written, is essential
  • Independent and self-reliant, willing to take initiative, creative, hardworking, and flexible
  • The ability to relate their present experience and interests to the work of the World YWCA and how they and their member association will make use of the experience upon the return home

How to apply?

Please read all of the following information before starting your application:

A completed application should include:

Young women wishing to apply for internships must be endorsed by their national association

We encourage you to apply online by filling the form below or return the application to:

Internship Programme
Young Women’s Leadership Development
World YWCA
16 Ancienne Route
CH-1218 Grand Saconnex
Geneva, Switzerland
Fax: (41 22) 929 60 44
Email: hresources@worldywca.org


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