Washington, DC Intern
WAND/WiLL Washington DC Internship
Updated April 2011
Women’s Action for New Directions and the Women Legislators’ Lobby is seeking interns to work in our Washington, DC office on a part- or full-time basis. Start and end dates are flexible.
Women’s Action for New Directions is a nation non-profit organization which seeks to empower women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism and to redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs. 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. WAND has offices in Arlington, MA, Washington, DC, 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 real security, ensuring that human, economic and environmental needs are met.
- Clean up environmental effects of nuclear weapons production as well as toxic waste at all military facilities, and prevent further contamination.
- Eliminate the testing, production, sale and use of weapons of mass destruction.
- Prevent violence against women.
- Increase women's political leadership to further WAND's goals.
WAND operates two non-profit organizations with one united vision. WAND Education Fund is a 501 C-3 organization which creates educational materials for training and briefing individuals, elected leaders and the media. WAND Inc. is a 501 C-4 organization, comprised of our Action Center, members, and chapters. Additionally, our Women Legislators' Lobby (WiLL) is a national non-partisan network of women state legislators who work together to influence federal policy and budget priorities.
Required knowledge, skills, and qualifications:
- Interest in or willingness to learn about women’s political leadership, security and defense issues, peace advocacy, politics, and the legislative process
- Must be comfortable on the phone
- Political experience a plus but not necessary
- Extensive computer skills (especially Microsoft Word and Excel)
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Good sense of humor, creativity, and a willingness to show initiative
Duties and responsibilities:
- Assist with WAND and WiLL’s advocacy efforts related, but not limited, to: nonproliferation, military spending, and war in Afghanistan
- Contact WAND members and women state legislators about events, activities, and actions
- Assist with planning of regional trainings
- Assist with information preparation and distribution and other Capitol Hill related activities
- Attend briefings, hearings and meetings
- Attend peace and security community legislative and strategy meetings
- Assist with updating and maintaining our database
- Perform routine tasks including: making phone calls, sending faxes, and communicating with a variety of professionals via email
Please send a cover letter, resume, and 1-2 page writing sample to Elizabeth Holland at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about WAND/WiLL, visit us at www.wand.org and www.wandactioncenter.org.
WAND works with various organizations to get the best possible candidates in our internship positions.
WAND's DC office is also currently working with the The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship.