Global Women's Leadership Development


Global Women’s Leadership Development (GWLD) offers you the opportunity to spend a semester or summer in Washington, DC studying the key issues facing women around the world and in the US as we move into the 21st century. Whether considering critical issues such as women’s health, including child bearing and HIV/AIDS, gender and family, universal legal and human rights, women in war and in post-conflict circumstances, human trafficking, economic entrepreneurship and micro-lending, you will have the chance to critically assess case studies in an intensive core course. Through your professional and academic experience, you will also consider these questions: how do we develop more opportunities for women in global and domestic political leadership, women in Congress and parliaments, state houses, executive corporate leadership, international organizations, and non-profit leadership?

Combine your core course with a substantive, hands-on internship in the nation’s capital with an international non-governmental organization, women’s political or legal advocacy group, corporation, or government agency. Be a part of shaping opportunities for women in the world of the 21st century with a semester with WII.

Sample Internships

Sample internships are listed below; however, you are not limited to these opportunities!

During the internship placement process, your WII internship advisor will work with you to find internships that fit your interests and qualifications.  After doing phone interviews, you choose the internship that’s right for you.  If you have questions about the placement process or potential options, please contact WII.

Please note that some government agencies and high-profile organizations have early application deadlines.  For best results, apply early!

  • Amnesty International
  • DC Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • EMILY’s List
  • Feminist Majority Foundation
  • Global Fund for Women
  • International Republican Institute
  • International Women’s Forum
  • NAACP Washington Bureau
  • National Democratic Institute
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • National Organization for Women
  • National Women’s Law Center
  • Shared Hope International
  • Vital Voices
  • Women for Women International
  • Women Thrive Worldwide
  • Women’s Foreign Policy Group
  • Women’s Policy, Inc

Core Course

Download sample syllabus for Global Women's Leadership Development (PDF)

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