Internship Program

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Photo: Interns with Consortium Speaker Meredeth Turshen


The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights is an organization devoted to bringing knowledge about gender to bear on the quest to end armed conflicts and build sustainable peace. Founded in 2002, and now based at the University of Massachusetts Boston, its work is a result of collaboration between scholars and researchers, as well as NGOs and international institutions such as the United Nations. Through knowledge-building workshops, conferences, publications, speaker events, and fellowship and internship programs, the Consortium generates critical new thinking and engagement on gender, war and peacebuilding, providing a necessary bridge between research, activism and policymaking.

Because we are a small, non-profit organization, our interns are integral to the successful execution of all of our core activities, from research to the management of the Consortium itself. Additionally, we see our internship program is a key part of fulfilling our mission to educate emerging scholars and professionals, so we strive to provide interns with educational opportunities and mentorship.


The responsibilities vary and are determined individually for each intern. Our staff meets with each incoming intern to come up with a mix of assignments that best matches the intern's learning goals and skills with the Consortium's current needs.

Typical intern tasks include:

  1. Assisting in the management of the organization, including serving as administrative liaison between staff and potential interns, and providing HR and front office support.
  2. Assisting the Special Projects Manager with planning and carrying out events, including our international speaker series program, which brings researchers and practitioners from across the world to speak about cutting edge issues related to gender, security and human rights.
  3. Researching a topic of interest to the intern and the Consortium, in order to create an annotated bibliography to be posted on the Consortium's website.
  4. Supporting our presence and engagement on social media.
  5. Monitoring multiple listervs and searching for resources to create a monthly digest of job openings, conferences, research and funding opportunities in this field.
  6. Supporting our participation in the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, which serves as a bridge between women's human rights defenders working in conflict-affected situations and policy-makers at UN Headquarters.

This internship provides interns with the opportunity to see how a small-NGO functions on a day-to-day basis as well as develop their own leadership skills as an essential part of this organization.


Candidates should possess:

  1. Excellent organizational, research, communications and interpersonal skills
  2. Positive and pro-active attitude
  3. A high level of initiative and sense of responsibility
  4. An expressed and/or demonstrated interest in gender and security
  5. Meticulous attention to detail
  6. The ability to multi-task
  7. The ability to work both independently and in team settings
  8. Computer literacy (familiarity with Microsoft office and Google documents)
  9. High school diploma minimum. Most interns are current students (sophomores through PhD candidates) or recent graduates, though occasionally we do accept exceptional freshman.   

Additional Info:

  • Hours are flexible, and some work can be completed on a home computer.

Application Info:

  • Fall Semester Applicants: Applications for the Fall 2016 Semester are now closed.
  • Spring Semester Applicants: Both part-time (15-20 hours/week) and full-time internships (35-40 hours/week) are available, though strong preference is given to applicants able to make a full-time commitment. Some work can be completed remotely and hours may be flexible to accommodate student schedules, though all interns are expected to work from the Consortium’s office at the University of Massachusetts Boston at least once/week. Details such as application deadlines will be posted on this page in fall 2016. 
  • Summer Applicants: The summer internship program offers full-time (35-40 hours/week) positions only. Most successful candidates are available from the end of May/beginning of June until the end of August. While some work can be completed remotely, all interns are expected to work from the Consortium’s office at the University of Massachusetts Boston at least twice/week for on-campus intern meetings, trainings, workshops, etc. Details such as application deadlines will be posted on this page in late fall 2016. 


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