World YWCA Short Term Year Internship Program 2017

World YWCA Short Term Year Internship Program 2017

Deadline: November 30, 2016

The World YWCA established its Internship Program to enhance and further develop young women’s leadership. The World YWCA advocacy internships offer the opportunity for a minimum of two young women from YWCAs  in Overseas Development Assistance listed countries, detailed in the terms of reference below, to develop their skills and knowledge on advocacy and activism through training and exposure to the work and mechanisms of the UN system.

The internship provides opportunities to develop expertise on global issues particularly in the World YWCA priority areas of young women’s leadership, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and violence against women.

Program Objectives

  • To mobilise young women as advocates, champions and leaders on priority issues;
  • To develop skills, experience and knowledge in advocacy and representation among young women in YWCAs through active participation in the United Nation’s mechanisms for the protection of human rights.


  • The World WYCA covers transportation of the selected applicants. They will assist with letters of invitation and advice to facilitate the visa process, however it is the responsibility of the intern and her national association to obtain a visa for the country concerned;
  • The World YWCA is responsible for the accommodation, basic food allowance, local transport and health insurance.


  • Successful candidates 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;
  • 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 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;
  • Applicants must be between 22 and 30 years of age;
  • Independent and self-reliant, willing to take initiative, creative, hard working, and flexible;
  • A commitment to sharing the experience gained with their YWCA following the internship;
  • Each candidate’s participation must be endorsed by her National YWCA and the association must commit to integrating the leadership/experience of a successful intern upon the return home.

Application Process