World YWCA internships

Each year, the World YWCA offers both long and short-term internships for YWCA members from across the globe. These are fantastic opportunities for members to participate in some of the global activities of the YWCA.

The one-year (long-term) program provides a special opportunity for two young women to work as part of the World YWCA staff and volunteer team in Geneva.

The short-term advocacy and communications internships provide four young women with the opportunity to participate in important sessions at either the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York, sessions of the CEDAW Committee, the UN Human Rights Council and International Periodic Review in Geneva, and other international events.

Applications for the 2016 internship program are now closed.

Members who are interested in applying for a World YWCA Internship must first submit their application to YWCA Canberra for endorsement. These will then be forwarded to YWCA Australia, who will select the final four applications from across Australia to submit to World YWCA.

Eligibility to apply

The following criteria is also available on the World YWCA website:

  • Applicants must be between 22 and 30 years of age
  • Each candidate’s participation must be endorsed by her national YWCA
  • Opportunities are open to young women from all member associations, however preference will be given to developing countries for the one-year internship due to current donor funding restrictions
  • Applicants 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.
  • Successful candidates must commit 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.

Applicants are required to have:

  • A minimum of two years of active involvement with the YWCA
  • 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
  • Independent and self-reliant, willing to take initiative, creative, hardworking, and flexible
  • The ability to relate their present experience and interests to the work of the World YWCA and how they and their member association will make use of the experience upon the return home.

For application details and forms, please visit the World YWCA website

If you would like to ask any questions about the World YWCA internships, please get in touch with Zoya Patel, Executive Director of Communications, Advocacy and Engagement, at