Internships at APWLD

Internship Placement for Research and Publications

Deadline of Applications: Monday, 21 December 2020, 6pm (GMT +7)

Join our dynamic and powerful team! 

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) is the leading network of feminist organisations and individual activists in Asia Pacific. It has a membership of 252 members representing groups of diverse women from 27 countries in Asia Pacific. Over the past 34 years, APWLD has actively worked towards advancing women’s human rights and feminist development Justice. It is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organisation and holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Capacity building is at the heart of Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) feminist movement building work. One of the ways it does so is to provide hands-on learning opportunities to women is through its rolling Internship Placement. APWLD encourages women in all their diversities especially those from the Asia Pacific region who value the contribution of grassroots women’s knowledge to apply for the Research and Publications (R&P) Internship placement.

The Research and Publications team is launching several publication projects that will entail interviews and contributions from members as well as secondary research in the Asia Pacific region. Two (2) R&P Interns will be recruited for these projects. The work will include assistance in the interview of members, proofreading, interview transcription and initial analysis, and supporting staff on other needs. APWLD endeavours to provide the experience that is relevant to the needs and interest of the interns.

If you are committed to supporting feminist, progressive movements through strengthening knowledge, capacity and advocacy power to challenging structural inequalities; advance women’s human rights and advocate for feminist development justice; and working with a diverse and grounded membership; please apply to join our powerful and dynamic team!

Selection Criteria

We value the experience of grassroots women equally with the formal eligibility requirements below:

  1. Good written and oral communication skills in English;
  2. A commitment to upholding women’s human rights and development issues in Asia and the Pacific;
  3. A degree (or pursuing degrees) in law; social and political sciences; human rights, economics, development, development communications or women’s studies;
  4. Aptitude and skills for research and publications work (desk research, interview,  interview transcription, proofreading, and initial analysis);
  5. Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse, membership driven network;
  6. Good interpersonal skills, with the discipline for online work and coordination;
  7. Ability to adapt and network in a multicultural environment and to develop strong professional relationships with secretariat members and other stakeholders;
  8. Proficient ICT skills – familiarity in using online shared platforms such as Google Suite, meeting tools like ZOOM, GoToMeeting or Google Meet  is preferred

Please note, APWLD does not have paid internships and does not provide stipends for interns. The programme is for at least six (6) months.

Successful candidates will work closely with the Research and Publications Officer.

How to apply?

Interested applicants for the Internship placement should submit the following:

Online application is preferred but should email submission be easier, please send the documents via email with the subject line “Application for Internship Placement for the Research and Publications Team” to Marion Cabrera at recruitment@apwld.org by no later than Monday, 21 December 2020, 6pm (GMT +7).

Please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.


Rolling Internships

APWLD encourages women in all their diversities from Asia and the Pacific region to apply and values the contribution of grassroots women’s knowledge to our work. APWLD makes every effort to provide learning opportunities to women from the region a priority.

Work plan may include legal and social research, assistance in developing and writing position papers and generally supporting staff on other projects needs. Interested candidates need to be able to work within a team, work well under pressure and be able to handle multiple tasks. Desired qualities include written and oral communication skills in English, while knowledge of other language from the Asia Pacific region is an advantage. It is preferred that interns have excellent knowledge of their field of study or the sector they work with, and a working understanding of the issues APWLD deals with. APWLD endeavors to provide the experience that is relevant to the needs and interest of the interns.

For interested students, degree in social science or in law is an advantage. For activists/NGO workers, strong background and involvement in human rights and/or women’s movement is an advantage.

Please note, APWLD does not have paid internships and does not provide stipends for interns. The programme is for at least six (6) months.

We value the experience of grassroots women equally with the formal eligibility requirements below:

  • Fields of Study: Degree in social sciences; degree in law an advantage. Advanced education in the field of social sciences, human rights and feminism an advantage. Current involvement commitments to women’s and/or human rights movement.
  • Duration: At least six (6) months.
  • Language: Skills in Asia Pacific languages other than English are desirable.
  • Endorsement: Applications should be endorsed by either an educational institution or a member reference through a support letter confirming student’s interest.
  • Travel and Visa: Interns/Volunteers are responsible for all travel expenses to Thailand and back to their home country. Applicants must obtain necessary visa in compliance with Thai immigration. APWLD will be able to provide a support letter to successful applicants for visa application purpose.
  • Medical Insurance: Interns are required to have health insurance coverage valid in Thailand during their stay at APWLD. APWLD accepts no responsibility for costs arising from accidents and /or illness incurred during the intern/volunteer assignment.
  • Applications should be endorsed by an educational institution/NGO which the intern is currently involved in. Interns are required to have health insurance coverage valid in Thailand during their stay in APWLD.
  • Graduate and undergraduate students who intend to work in a field relevant to APWLD activities and program focus are encouraged to apply.
  • Priority will be given to women from the Asia Pacific region but women from outside the region may also be considered.

Interested applicants need to fill out the  Internship Application Form and send it to apwld@apwld.org with a cover letter that briefly outlines your area of interest, availability and potential references (educational institution or APWLD Member Network), and include a copy of your CV.