Women in Nepal

Resilience Intern

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The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is implementing a five-year strategic plan (FY2017/18 – 2021/22), which focuses on three complementary and interconnected strategic priorities. The Resilience Intern will support WRC to advance one of its Strategic Priorities: to inform and influence the development and implementation of resilience-based approaches in humanitarian settings to improve outcomes for women, children, and youth.

WRC seeks to do this by: (i) promoting the inclusion of women, children, and youth, in resilience-based approaches and frameworks, (ii) supporting local partners to strengthen the resilience of communities, households, and national systems and frameworks, and (iii) advocating for humanitarian response that strengthens the capacities of women, children, and youth in all their diversity.

WRC is seeking interns for 20 hours per week during summer 2020.

The Resilience Intern will be based at WRC’s office in New York and will report directly to the chair of the Resilience Working Group at the WRC. Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to support remote internships.


  • Support an ongoing exercise to map resilience approaches and activities of key stakeholders, including conducting key informant interviews;
  • Map how WRC’s current work aligns with resilience-based approaches, including gaps and opportunities moving forward;
  • Contribute to the development of a WRC Internal Position Paper/Working Document on resilience that articulates the concept of resilience-based approaches, presents recommended approaches or models for WRC, and identifies strategic opportunities or partnerships for WRC to advance resilience-based approaches.


  • Increase knowledge of resilience-based and gender-transformative approaches in humanitarian settings;
  • Strengthen skills in qualitative data collection and analysis; and
  • Understand the research to action model and how research translates into advocacy among different stakeholders in humanitarian settings.


  • Bachelor’s degree and currently enrolled in an advanced degree program; degrees or concentrations in a relevant field (international affairs, public health, gender studies, international development studies) strongly preferred;
  • Prior experience working in a relevant field or in similar capacities (inclusive of internships and volunteer experience) preferred;
  • Desk and qualitative research skills, including conducting key informant interviews;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including for reports and presentations;
  • Solid diplomatic and interpersonal skills: the ability to effectively liaise and coordinate with a variety of internal and external professional contacts as well as partners;
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills: the ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced, high-functioning and detail-oriented team environment;
  • Strong computer skills: facility with Excel, Word, and email/internet software;
  • Interest in and desire to learn more about the humanitarian field, resilience, and/or social inclusion preferred.

To apply, please send a cover letter, a résumé, and contact information for two professional or academic references, and a two-to-four-page writing sample (double-spaced, unedited by third parties) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Resilience Intern” in the subject line. Please send all attachments in PDF format.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Successful applicants will be required to provide a letter from their academic institution afforming receipt of academic credit in exchange for successful completion of the internship.

Although this is an unpaid internship, the WRC will provide the successful applicant with a modest monthly stipend to offset related costs.

Current US work authorization is required. WRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. WRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability. For more information on our work at the Women’s Refugee Commission, please visit our website at http://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/