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About the IWMF

The IWMF works to unleash the power of women identifying journalists to transform the global news media. Our fellows and grantees — both freelance and staff journalists — become experts in reporting in underserved regions, generate must-read stories, align with top outlets, and bring critical issues affecting women and others to light. We are the only organization that provides safety training, byline opportunities, and emergency support tailored to women journalists and photographers around the world. We also recognize badass women journalists and photographers whose courage sets them apart. And we research the factors that allow journalism to remain dominated by men — while advocating for inclusive practices that help propel women and folks from underrepresented backgrounds into leadership.

Overview of the role

The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is seeking a highly organized, solutions-oriented, self-starter who can thrive in a fast-paced work environment.  The program intern will work with a number of IWMF’s programs and awards, including the Howard G. Buffet Fund for Women Journalists, the Adelante Reporting Initiative, the ¡Expresaté! LGBTQI+ and Women’s Rights Reporting Initiative in Latin America, the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Awards and the Courage in Journalism Awards, along with as-needed support to the Emergency Fund and the communications team. The IWMF is working on structuring new emerging programs, which the program intern may be expected to assist with. 

Hours: Part-time (minimum of 16 hours/week)

The IWMF will work with the program intern to set their schedule at the start of the internship. Our preferred start date is September 17 and the end date is flexible, with a minimum requirement of two months. This is a paid internship.

Location: Washington, D.C.  

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • Edit and create content for program events, including copy-editing and design work;
  • Assist in application and selection processes;
  • Research program-related funders;
  • Conduct outreach to the IWMF community;
  • Draft program-related correspondence;
  • Update the IWMF’s website with relevant information, and maintain any other website maintenance;
  • Conduct preliminary research and data collection;
  • Assist with program monitoring and evaluation (M&E);
  • Create graphics and visual representations of collected M&E data;
  • Assist with day-to-day tasks related to program implementation;
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Excellent interpersonal communications and relationship skills, and an ability to work well with a variety of people and personalities across cultures;
  • Solid group facilitation and team leadership skills;
  • Sense of humor and ability to stay calm under pressure;
  • Exceptionally organized and detail-oriented;
  • Strong and accurate writing and editing skills;
  • Experience with programmatic monitoring and evaluation preferred; 
  • Sound judgment and ability to exercise a high level of discretion
  • Computer literacy: demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, especially Microsoft Excel, strong internet research skills, design skills on Adobe Creative Suite a plus;
  • Spanish language proficiency strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with WordPress strongly preferred.

Minimum Requirements

  • B.A. in Journalism, International Affairs, Political Science, or other relevant field of study, or currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in subjects relating to International Affairs, Journalism, Political Science, or other relevant subject areas.
  • Commitment to gender equality and an interest in news media and international affairs.

To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume via Submittable by Wednesday, August 28

ROAAAR is coming back to New York to offer a new emotional and physical resilience session. This two day workshop will take place in New York, from September 20 - 21, 2019. After a successful session in early 2019, we are now offering this as a two day workshop, which will include basic personal safety measures - with a focus on harassment and practical measures on dealing with street safety issues. This is open to all women - cis, trans and femmes along with non binary photojournalists - who have at least one year of full time professional photography experience. ROAAAR, supported by the IWMF, will select up to 15 photographers to participate and seeks to support those who have not had the opportunity to receive any form of safety training. This is not a replacement for more conventional HEFAT courses but will help to raise situational awareness and give you a comprehensive understanding of street smarts self defense and a deeper understanding of emotional resilience. We are unable to arrange travel and lodging for participants, however there is no fee for the training. 

The application period is from August 13 to September 1 via Submittable.

Promoting the work and advancing the role of women in the news media across the globe is critical to transparency and a diversity of voices. The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the first funding initiative of its kind, enables the IWMF to dramatically expand its support of women journalists. Established with a $4 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Fund will support projects including educational opportunities, investigative reporting and media development initiatives. Funding rounds will open for applications two times each year; applications take approximately 8-10 weeks to process.

The second round of funding for 2019 will be open for online applications from August 1st until September 5th, 2019 11:59 pm EST.

The fund was designed to help women journalists by providing grantees support to:

  • Expose under-reported but critical global issues 
  • Undertake ambitious projects that challenge traditional media narratives 
  • Develop field-based expertise and strengthen careers 
  • Pursue training and leadership opportunities 
  • Launch entrepreneurial news projects or acquire the skill to do so


  • Woman-identifying journalists from anywhere in the world are eligible to apply. The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all journalists who identify as women, which includes trans women, and non-binary people.
  • Professional journalism must be the applicant’s primary profession.
  • Applicants must have three or more years of professional journalism experience. 
  • Teams of journalists may apply, however the submission must be  from a woman journalist and her team must include at least 50% women.

Please note: All answers and documents must be in English. Due to the high volume of applications we cannot answer questions by phone. Please  review the application guide and frequently asked questions on our  website prior to beginning this application. 

All application materials  are due via the online system before September 5, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern time. 

The International Women's Media Foundation is thrilled to offer its second security training for journalists based in the United States. We are committed to helping improve the ability of journalists to report safely in an increasingly complex world. This initiative is supported by the Grant for Equity in Reporting from the CBS Corporation. The four day HEFAT course, offered with RPS Partnership, will take place in Phoenix, Arizona from November 13-16, 2019. It will be designed for US-based, women-identifying journalists with at least one year of full time professional journalism experience and a special emphasis will be placed on how to report safely from the United States' southern border. The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all journalists who identify as women, which includes trans women, and non-binary people. The IWMF will select up to 20 journalists to participate and seeks to support journalists who have not had the opportunity to receive security training, especially journalists from underrepresented backgrounds, and journalists who report from the United States' southern border. The IWMF will arrange travel and lodging for all participants. To learn more about our HEFAT courses, please visit our website here.

The application period is from August 1 to September 15 via Submittable.

In 2013 we established the IWMF Emergency Fund for Journalists in Crisis to provide women journalists with a lifeline of support in times of distress or threat. Now more than ever, journalists around the world face real dangers as a result of their reporting.

The Emergency Fund is sustained with the support of individual donors to address the growing need to provide direct assistance to women journalists who are suffering.

The IWMF Emergency Fund provides women-identifying journalists with:

  • Small grants for psychological and medical care for incidents directly related to threats and crises caused by one’s work as a journalist;
  • Three months of temporary relocation assistance in the event of crisis or threat;
  • Legal aid to counter threats of imprisonment or censorship;
  • Non-financial assistance in the form of information about additional access to resources.

To be eligible for the IWMF Emergency Fund, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a staff or freelance reporter, working in any medium, whose primary profession is journalism;
  • Have worked full-time as a journalist within six months of applying for assistance;
  • Apply for assistance with a crisis situation directly connected to work as a journalist.
  • The IWMF believes that gender does not conform to one notion. We are inclusive of all journalists who identify as women, which includes trans women, and non-binary people.

To request assistance from the IWMF Emergency Fund, you must complete this preliminary questionnaire. An IWMF staff member will respond to your request in a timely manner at which point you may be required to provide additional information. Please understand that it will take time to process your request and that we prioritize the most urgent requests. Requests that do not meet the criteria above will not be considered.

The IWMF seeks qualified experts to review applications for our portfolio of programs. We receive thousands of applications each year for our unique funding opportunities for women reporters around the world; in 2017 we plan to award more than $300,000 in small grants in addition to fellowships in East Africa and Latin America.

You can support the IWMF’s mission by volunteering to help us select potential fellows and grantees with just a few hours each month. All you need is an Internet connection and a passion for supporting the next generation of media leaders. 

Ideal reviewers are journalists, academics, and/or professionals with an interest in supporting gender equity in the news media. Reviewers will be responsible for evaluating applications based on set guidelines and will review batches of approximately 30 applications per cycle on a rolling basis throughout the year. We are seeking reviewers for the IWMF’s programs including the Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, the Reporting Grants for Women's Stories, the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative and the Latin America Reporting Initiative, Adelante.