The collective advocacy and research of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security is overseen by a team of four staff and several fellows.
The Women, Peace and Security Policy & Research Fellowship, based in New York City, in the office of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security is an unpaid fellowship offered to current graduate students or professionals with interest and experience in gender, human rights, and international peace and security issues.
The goal of the fellowship is to engage students and young professionals in civil society efforts to advance the protection of women’s rights, and promotion of women’s participation in peace and security policy at the international level with a particular focus on the UN Security Council and UN Headquarters.
Fellows conduct research, write policy analysis, and contribute to policy advocacy initiatives on issues across the spectrum of peace and security. The environment is fast-paced with new projects and advocacy opportunities emerging without notice, so fellows should be able to work in a responsive, focused and high-performing manner.
Please note that we are not accepting applications for the fellowship at this time.
The learning opportunities that NGOWG provided were truly invaluable. Fellows were responsible for comprehensive policy research & recommendations, developing policy briefs, and attending various UN meetings & conferences. Undoubtedly, the skill set that I developed from this experience helped me land my current job. I'd highly recommend a NGOWG fellowship to anyone who is looking for skills in the UN or INGO arena.
As a mid-level professional nearly five years out of graduate school, I know my fellowship at the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security played a significant role in helping me get to where I am today. From the pertinent work I was assigned to conversations I was part of, the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security equipped me with the tools and language needed for a career in advocating for shifting gender norms.
My time spent as a fellow at the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security was some of the most engaging and insightful throughout my entire graduate school experience. Being stationed directly across from the UN, and interacting with organizations that are intrinsically tied to the work being done there, gives you a unique perspective nearly impossible to achieve in other internships. The environment is incredibly supportive and provides a solid foundation for professional growth and personal enrichment.
The NGOWG, with its feminist values, offered me both a unique perspective on the WPS agenda as well as a safe space to grow professionally. My fellowship was an extremely rewarding experience that not only equipped me with valuable research and analytical skills, but most importantly, it allowed me to interact with outstanding personalities who are passionate about gender issues— including scholars, activists, WHRDs as well as INGO and UN staff. Therefore, I left the NGOWG with increased knowledge, improved skills and a wide net of professional connections and friendships that will last a lifetime.
As a fellow at the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, I felt consistently challenged and inspired by our work to advocate for women's voices in peace processes, peacebuilding and peacekeeping operations. I had the amazing opportunity to interact with leaders of advocacy organizations who could speak directly to the experiences and challenges being faced on the ground, and felt a part of the effort to ensure that their input would inform our work that made recommendations and monitored UN Security Council activities; the NGOWG is a living example of the importance of disrupting the barriers between those who make decisions and those affected by those decisions, which I will carry with me throughout the rest of my career.
I was in the midst of a career change— from corporate communications to women's & human rights— when I secured an internship with the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace & Security. The hands-on experience I gained during my time with the NGOWG was invaluable; I learned the intricacies of the UN system, networked with human rights professionals and was encouraged to dive deeply into country situations. Eight years later, I still keep in touch with my former NGOWG colleagues and mentors!
As a working professional, my fellowship with the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security was the most engaging and insightful position I've held. My experience at the NGOWG helped hone my writing and analysis skills while making a discernible difference in the way WPS policy is implemented. Working at the United Nations gave me a high-level, international perspective on promoting women's rights and empowerment. The NGOWG was a supportive environment in which I could set goals and grow professionally while having a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
As a Policy Research Fellow at the NGOWG, I gained invaluable experience analyzing official UN Security Council documents and formulating meaningful, relevant, and realistic policy recommendations for specific country situations. I received thorough training on the structure of the UN system as a whole, the development of the WPS agenda, not to mention skills necessary to provide useful quantitative and qualitative analysis on reports, resolutions, and statements. I received ongoing support and feedback relating to policy analysis, recommendations, and even writing style. Furthermore, I was given the opportunity to participate in weekly working group meetings to learn about strategic advocacy and long-term planning; I contributed to Monthly Action Points, which were shared with all working group members for consensus sign off, published on the website, and delivered to UNSC member states; and I was able to attend high-profile events at the UN such as the Open Debate on WPS. All in all, this fellowship contributed greatly to my personal, professional, and academic development.