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Intern, Family Planning 2020


The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, global health, peace and security, women's empowerment, poverty eradication, energy access, and U.S.-UN relations.

At the July 2012 Family Planning summit in London, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (Gates), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), national governments, donors, civil society, the private sector, the research and development community, and others from across the world came together to support the right of women and girls to decide, freely and for themselves, whether, when and how many children they would have. The Summit called for unprecedented global political commitments and resources from implementing governments and pledges of US$2.6 billion from donors that will enable 120 million more women and girls to access contraceptives by 2020. Reaching this goal could save the lives of more than 200,000 women and girls in pregnancy and childbirth and nearly 3 million infants in their first year of life.

 A key outcome of the Summit was the development of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). FP2020 was created to support the achievement of the overall Summit goal and the individual commitments made by enhancing the work already being done. Led by a 25-member Reference Group, guided in-country through our Focal Points, and operated daily by a Secretariat hosted by the UN Foundation, FP2020 strives to advance access to family planning information, services and contraceptives under the guiding principles of rights, quality, equity, and voluntarism.

The intern works primarily across three teams: the Communications team, the Advocacy and Adolescent and Youth team, and the team managing the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM). The intern will support the Executive and Reference Group teams in the lead up to key engagement opportunities for the Fall, to include the Nairobi Summit, which marks the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25).

Internship Expectations


  • Assist the FP2020 team in core administrative duties, including sending weekly team updates, tracking visitors, and other related tasks.
  • Assist the FP2020 team in conducting research and writing to contribute to various team projects.
  • Support the FP2020 Communications Team in tracking family planning and reproductive health news, events, and updates.
  • Learn administrative and operational aspects of team functionality in a fast-paced work environment, including: financial reporting, team logistical organization, and programmatic execution.
  • Assist with a small grants program by reviewing applications from partner countries.
  • Gain exposure to the larger family planning and reproductive health community in Washington, DC and abroad.
  • Support planning efforts for FP2020’s engagement in the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD25).
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Selection Criteria


  • Candidate must be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the internship or must be a recent graduate (within 8 months of graduation) of a college or university with a demonstrated interest in the UN and international development.
  • Candidate is ideally expected to commit to a full-time, 40 hour per week schedule, though we are able to accommodate students’ schedules as needed.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience in Word, Excel, Outlook and Google Apps.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter.
  • Background in international development preferred.
  • Background in communications/social media preferred.

  • This position will report to the Chief of Staff, with support from the Coordinator for Senior Management, Rights, and Empowerment.
  • Familiarity with video editing a plus.

Benefits and Compensation

The United Nations Foundation offers unpaid semester-long full and part-time internships.  We are happy to host interns who are able to receive academic credit or a stipend through their college or university. However, please note that it is not a requirement in order to intern with us.



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