Fully funded 2017 World YWCA Internship Programme, Geneva

ycmnbLocation: These internships will take place at Geneva, Switzerland.

Annually,  the World YWCA offers two or more one-year internships and two short-term internships for promising  young women from the movement who are deeply passionate about improving women’s rights and effecting global change. Note that the application period for the World YWCA Internship Programme 2017 is officially open.

Each one-year internship programme will provide selected young women candidates the unique opportunity to be part of the movement, work as part of the World YWCA staff and volunteer team in Geneva. The internship will  also provide these women the avenue to develop skills in advocacy, through communications, programmes and movement building on the priority themes of violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV, and young women’s leadership.


The two selected one year internship candidates will benefit from:

  • Well curated training opportunities in leadership, communication platforms, programme development and advocacy work;
  • Complete exposure to the work done by international NGOs and UN agencies including representing the World YWCA at UN and international NGO meetings in advocating for women’s rights;
  • Communications projects such as Monthly E-bulletin, World YWCA website, She Speaks blog, social media and on line campaigns;
  • Developing skills in good governance, project development, team building, administration, finance and event planning;
  • Opportunities to learn about the work of other national associations through international training and advocacy events.

Cost: Note that all expenses including  travel, accommodation, allowances, stipend and insurance will be duly taken care of if selected.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The ability to be flexible, independent and creative with a desire to learn and a willingness to take initiative and to manage multiple priorities simultaneously;
  • Generally applicants should have a minimum of two years active involvement with their YWCA;
  • Successful candidates must commit to sharing the experience gained with their YWCA and region following the internship, and their association must commit to integrating their leadership into the association upon their return;
  • A strong commitment and passion in achieving women’s rights and leadership;
  • A good working knowledge of English, both oral and written, is essential. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish is appreciated;
  • Information Communication and technology competencies related skills;
  • Programme development and implementation knowledge and experience;
  • Applicants must be between 22 and 30 years of age;
  • A willingness to be independent, hardworking, flexible, creative and take initiative;
  • Previous experience and/or knowledge in advocacy and/or activism on women’s rights;
  • Applicants must be from an eligible Official Development Assistance country – this is due to the requirements of the funding partner. The list of eligible countries is in the terms of reference for the internship;
  • A commitment 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;
  • Each candidate’s participation must be endorsed by her Member YWCA.

Application Process:

Contact  hresources@worldywca.org for any queries.

Click here to apply

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