Women. Power. Peace.

Communications and Development Intern

WAND National Office Internship

Updated July 2013

Women’s Action for New Directions is seeking an intern to work in our Arlington, MA office on a part- or full-time basis. Start and end dates are flexible.

The Organization:

Women’s Action for New Directions is a nation non-profit organization which seeks to empower women to act politically to reduce violence and militarism and to redirect excessive military resources toward unmet human and environmental needs. WAND was founded in 1982 as Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament. With the end of the Cold War, we became Women's Action for New Directions, and have been dedicating our energies to redirect federal budget priorities away from the military and toward human needs as well as ensuring that women are at the tables of power where decisions are made concerning U.S. engagement on matters of peace and security. WAND has offices in Arlington, MA, Washington, DC, and Atlanta, GA.

Our goals are to:

  • Challenge and promote alternatives to militarism and violence as the solution to conflict.
  • Shift from a military to a civilian-based economy to address the threats to our real security, ensuring that human, economic and environmental needs are met.
  • Clean up environmental effects of nuclear weapons production as well as toxic waste at all military facilities, and prevent further contamination.
  • Eliminate the testing, production, sale and use of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Prevent violence against women.
  • Increase women's political leadership to further WAND's goals
  • Empower women as leaders on critical issues of conflict prevention, peace-building and national and global security

WAND operates two non-profit organizations with one united vision. WAND Education Fund is a 501 C-3 organization which creates educational materials for training and briefing individuals, elected leaders and the media. WAND Inc. is a 501 C-4 organization, comprised of our ActionCenter, members, and chapters.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The intern will be focusing on WAND’s three main issues: Budget Priorities, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, and Women, Peace, and Security (WPS). The intern will work on a range of projects related to all three issues. Tasks may include any or all of the following:

  • Assist with WAND advocacy efforts including, but not limited to, nuclear nonproliferation, federal budget priorities, and women, peace and security
  • Assist with WAND social media campaigns such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Assist with planning special events and fundraising events
  • Attend team meetings as appropriate including, but not limited to: Communications Team, Policy Team, Program & Action Team, and Development Team
  • Integrate various email lists and systems
  • Track and analyze email and website performance metrics
  • With assistance, tweet, blog and write op-ed’s or letters to the editor on WAND issues
  • Take meeting notes as assigned
  • Assist with updating and maintaining database
  • Track media hits published by WAND staff and members
  • Regularly keep up-to-date on WAND’s key issues and current events
  • Attend webinars hosted by WAND and other partner organizations
  • Attend events and assist with tasks like videotaping, photography, set up, registration
  • Assist with recruiting event attendees for bi-ennial conference, security dialogues, Mother’s Day fundraiser
  • Assist with regular direct mail fundraising appeals; run lists from database; contact printer, mail house, Post Office; verify thank you process
  • Assist with email versions of appeals
  • Respond to donor and prospect requests for information
  • Track and report on appeal results; analyze trends; help elevate and improve.
  • Help plan and execute fundraising and cultivation events.
  • Secure in-kind donations for events including silent auction items, food and beverages, and give-a-ways
  • Manage list of donors, members in our database. Run reports; generate lists; query.
  • Blog and write op-eds or letters to the editor on WAND issues
  • Assist with filing (1 hr. week)
  • Perform administrative tasks as assigned

Professional Development Opportunities:

  • WAND hosts 3-4 webinars/month with guest speakers and presenters from all over the world. Topics range from learning how to communicate a progressive message, to nuclear weapons to federal budget priorities, to women running for office, to women having a voice in the withdrawal of troops policy in Afghanistan.
  • Conference calls or webinars hosted by partner organizations
  • Staff meeting trainings


  • Interest in or willingness to learn about women’s political leadership, security and defense issues, peace advocacy, politics and the legislative process
  • Social media user
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Some data base experience helpful
  • Organized
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good sense of humor, creativity, and a willingness to show initiative

To apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to Sara Whitford at swhitford@wand.org. For more information about WAND, visit us at www.wand.org and www.wandactioncenter.org.


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