People & Culture Team

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Founded in 1983, MADRE is an international human rights organization that transcends geographies and generations to deliver sustainable gender, racial, climate, and disability justice. We foster a world where women and girls, and other marginalized groups, fully participate in shaping policies and decision making, their expertise and leadership is recognized and upheld, and they equitably hold power and resources within their communities.

MADRE’s unique approach prioritizes and centers the grassroots partners in our far-reaching global networks. We focus on building long-term relationships with the local leaders who are experts in their own communities’ needs. Together, we pursue a holistic approach to change, integrating grantmaking, capacity bridging, and advocacy to achieve gender, racial, climate, and disability justice.

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Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders

MADRE believes in investing in the leaders of tomorrow. Internships provide a platform for emerging leaders to develop critical skills, gain exposure to global issues, and build a network of like-minded individuals. Our hope is that these experiences empower interns to become lifelong advocates for women’s rights and social justice.

Join Us in Making a Difference

If you are passionate about making a positive impact and are committed to advancing the rights of women and girls, an internship at MADRE is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic and supportive team dedicated to creating a more just and equitable world.

Join us in the journey to create lasting change and contribute your skills, passion, and energy to the global movement for women’s human rights. Together, we can make a difference.

Position Summary 

MADRE seeks an intern to work alongside our Advocacy team to implement human rights and gender justice campaigns.

Position Description

Under the supervision of MADRE’s experienced policy experts and human rights attorneys, the Advocacy Intern will help MADRE’s Advocacy Team implement legal advocacy initiatives for advancing women’s and LGBTQIA+ human rights and gender justice. These initiatives may relate to our country-focused campaigns with our grassroots partners, and to our thematic campaigns with grassroots and global partners.

Core Responsibilities

Interns will support the Advocacy Team by:

  • Conducting research and producing memoranda and reports and briefings in relation to MADRE’s thematic issue areas, including women, peace and security; sexual and gender-based violence; rights of LGBTQIA+ people; climate justice; and rights of Indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples in conflict and disaster settings among others;
  • Monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on developments and trends in key international policy and decision-making spaces such as the UN Security Council with a view towards MADRE’s advocacy work;
  • Following and supporting our work in UN processes, including the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the High-level Political Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), UN Security Council Open Debates and others as necessary;
  • Representing MADRE at meetings and events as necessary;
  • Providing limited administrative and logistics support to the Advocacy team as required.


  • Currently attending or recently graduated from a master’s degree program or law school is highly preferred. Undergraduate students with strong applications are also welcome to apply;
  • Demonstrated interest in and understanding of women’s and LGBTQIA+ rights, gender equality, and gender justice;
  • Demonstrated interest in international and regional human rights mechanisms;
  • Strong research, analysis, writing, and communications skills;
  • Detail-oriented and able to deliver assignments on time;
  • Passionate about MADRE’s mission, committed to teamwork, and achieving results;
  • Proficiency (reading, writing, and speaking) in Arabic, Dari, French, or Spanish is highly desired but not required.


How to Apply

This internship requires eligibility to work in the United States and is remote.

Please apply and submit your resume and cover letter to [email protected]. The submission deadline is April 30, 2024.


EEOC Statement

MADRE is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Black, Indigenous, People of Color, recent immigrants, persons with disabilities, LGBTIQ+ people, and other historically marginalized people from under-represented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply. We take pride in our pluralistic community and continue to seek excellence by integrating an intersectional justice lens into all our recruitment efforts.

Studies have shown that people from historically marginalized groups are less likely to apply for specific positions unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications listed in a job description. MADRE values lived experience and are highly committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization that centers on intersectional justice. We actively seek to reach candidates from directly impacted communities.