MADRE People, Culture, and Operations Summer Internship

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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 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. Learn more about MADRE’s work at:

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
As a People, Culture, and Operations Intern at MADRE, you will have the opportunity to work alongside the People & Culture team to support various aspects of the organization’s human resource functions and contribute to fostering an equitable and inclusive work environment for all employees. You will collaborate with the Senior Director of People & Culture and the Director of People Operations in accordance with MADRE’s policies and practices.


Position Description
As the People, Culture, & Operations Intern at MADRE, you will have the unique and enriching opportunity to immerse yourself in a diverse range of experiences that encompass administration, operations, and culture management within the context of our dynamic non-profit organization. This internship offers a comprehensive view into the inner workings of our fast-paced and innovative organization, providing you with invaluable insights into the heart of our mission. Throughout your internship, you will collaborate closely with the dedicated members of our People, Culture, and Operations team, actively contributing to the enhancement of the employee experience, team cohesion, and the seamless execution of administrative tasks. This role is more than just an internship; it’s a gateway to hands-on learning and personal growth, offering you the chance to be a part of our mission-driven journey to support human rights globally while supporting People, Culture, & Operations functions.


Core Responsibilities
● Assist with data entry, file management, and document organization.
● Help maintain and update employee records.
● Support with organizing and cleaning up operational processes and workflows.

● Collaborate with the team to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.
● Contribute to the planning and execution of organization-wide initiatives.
● Assist in project management tasks, including tracking project milestones and deliverables.
● Assist in ensuring that MADRE’s policies and practices align with best practices in human resources and contribute to a positive workplace culture.
● Participate in culture-related projects and activities to foster a positive work environment.
● Collaborate with the People & Culture team to assist in the development and implementation of
strategies that promote equity and inclusion in the workplace.
● Help organize team-building events, workshops, and activities that align with MADRE’s mission.
● Attend all-staff meetings as needed, contributing to discussions and facilitating team interactions.
● Work on building positive relationships with employees across the organization, helping to create an environment that values diversity and inclusion.

Focus Areas
● All-Staff Retreat Planning
● Administrative management
● Operations
● Wellness Initiative


● Bachelor’s or Master’s degree student in a related field looking to gain valuable experience in People and Culture, Operations, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.
● Strong organizational and administrative skills.
● Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
● A proactive and self-motivated attitude with a willingness to learn and adapt.
● Ability to work effectively in a team and independently.
● Enthusiasm for contributing to a positive workplace culture.
● Ability to deal appropriately with sensitive issues and maintain a high level of confidentiality.
● Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding Human Resources/People and culture management on a global stage.


Working Conditions:
This role requires eligibility to work in the United States. This internship is remote with a preference to candidates on the East Coast.


Stipend: $3,600
Duration: 12 weeks
Minimum hours/week: 15 hours (This comes to a minimum hourly rate of $20/hour.)


To Apply
Please apply and submit your resume with a cover letter to [email protected]. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. The submission deadline is May 7th, 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 is highly committed to building a diverse and inclusive organization that centers on intersectional justice. We actively seek to reach candidates from directly impacted communities.