Become a Women's eNews Intern

Women's eNews is the premier non-profit Internet-based news gathering service covering issues of particular concern to women. We are not interested in fashions, horoscopes or diet tips and that is probably why we have won 32 journalism awards. We are interested in electoral politics, court decisions, pay equity and reproductive health. Interns work with our team in our offices near City Hall in New York City, easily accessible by all mass transit in the region.



Being a Women's eNews intern was a wonderful experience that taught me so much about reporting in the city. As an eNews intern, I was able to report from the United Nations and cover meaty topics like domestic violence and family courts. It was a great way to learn about intensive, investigative reporting and a chance to cover important topics not addressed elsewhere.

-- Alison Bowen


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Our interns are Women's eNews cub reporters, working in Women's eNews office in downtown Manhattan, thrown in the thick of covering news in the media capital of the world. Editorial interns are responsible for reporting, writing and posting news updates throughout the day and compiling the weekly Cheers and Jeers. We also ask our interns to assist in some organizational tasks--fact-checking, mass mailings and photocopying, for example--but most interns have at least four stories published in their 10-week stint with Women's eNews.

Interns work closely with Women's eNews editors and benefit from one-to-one coaching on news writing and careful editing. The final product, a Women's eNews feature, is distributed to every major media outlet in the U.S. and to readers in more than 90 nations.

Qualifications: Strong news writing skills, knowledge of AP stylebook, at least three years of college, interest in current events, familiarity with women's issues.

To apply: Send cover letter with story ideas, resume and writing sample to Write "internship" in the subject line.

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Development interns learn the inner workings of a non-profit, working closely with the editor in chief and director of operations to develop special projects, track grants and regular donations made to Women's eNews and assist with event preparation. We also ask our interns to assist in some organizational tasks--fact-checking, mass mailings and photocopying, for example--but you will find you leave this position with much more than an intimate relationship with the office printers.

Qualifications: At least three years of college, strong writing skills, interest in current events, familiarity with women's issues.

To apply: Send cover letter, resume and writing sample to Write "development internship" in the subject line.

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Marketing Interns must embrace every aspect of the busy office turning at times to writing, fundraising and event planning. Marketing interns are responsible for the weekly press release detailing Women's eNews' daily stories, assisting in social network updating and search engine optimization, researching new contacts for partnerships and advertising and working on Women's eNews special projects. We also ask our interns to assist in some organizational tasks--fact-checking, mass mailings and photocopying, for example--but most interns can expect to have worked on several projects, if not reached a project outcome in their 10-week stint.

Interns work closely with the director of marketing and other Women's eNews staff.

Qualifications: At least three years of college, strong writing and communication skills, interest in current events, familiarity with women's issues

To apply, send cover letter, resume and writing samples to: Write "marketing internship" in the subject line.



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Many readers have asked why the site has an . The short answer is that the board and staff believed that was enormously important to provide accessible, unbiased news on global women's issues, at no cost, to those in the region.

The Background

During the summer of 2002, Women's eNews learned that, while most of our readers were based in North America and Western Europe, a surprisingly high number were based in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other Arabic-speaking countries. In fact, the visitors from the Middle East ranked fourth--after North America, Western Europe and unknown--in frequency of visits.

At about the same time, the United Nations' Development Program issued its ground-breakingFirst Arab Human Development Report. The report painted a disturbing portrait of a region under-utilizing and under-investing in its human capital, with dire consequences for the region's people as well as the rest of the globe.

"Despite the differences across the region," the report said, "three critical deficits face all Arab countries: freedom; women's empowerment; human capabilities and knowledge relative to income." It went on to say that Arab countries scored lowest on the freedom index out of all regions in the world, as well as in large scale illiteracy and deficiencies in the education system.

In addition, the report said: "Utilization of Arab women's capabilities through political and economic participation remain the lowest in the world in qualitative terms. In many countries of the region, women suffer from unequal citizenship and legal entitlements. In some countries with elected national assemblies, women are still denied the right to vote or hold office. And one in every two Arab women can neither read nor write . . . These deficits must be addressed in every field: economic, political and social."

Women in the Middle East: Increased Participation Is a Must

Several months later, at a United Nations conference in Beirut in November 2002 on women's role in the media, the U.N.'s executive secretary for the region, Mervat Tallawy, said that the media, with all the technological advancement within their reach, could help in transforming the traditions and customs which had greatly hampered the advancement of Arab women. She said she hoped the media would promote positive changes, including alternatives to the negative and stereotypical image of women.

Reflecting Tallawy's concern, a 143-page report, Women's Rights and the Arab Media (Centre for Media Freedom--Middle East and North America, CMF MENA, , London) found that the Arab media ignored women's concerns by and large, reinforced stereotypes and were without women in management positions. Three of the report's five recommendations are relevant to the development of Arabic Women's eNews.


The report called for the following:

(The first recommendation called on human rights advocates to familiarize the Arab media with the provisions of the relevant international conventions and action programs in favor of women's rights and the fifth called on donors to support these efforts called for in the other four recommendations.)

The report makes clear that none of this could occur without a free press and called on Arab states "to provide and reinforce constitutional and legal guarantees of freedom of expression and abolish those laws and measures that limit the freedom of the press."

Arabic Women's eNews

As unbiased source of underreported news about women throughout the world, Women's eNews responded to these challenges.

Women's eNews developed an Arabic-language version--one that would translate Women's eNews articles into Arabic as well as produce original content for Arabic Women's eNews in Arabic. (This original content could then be translated for the benefit of our English-speaking audience on the Women's eNews site.)

With support from a private donor committed to supporting freedom of the press, Women's eNews contracted with a firm specializing in Arabic language Web sites to construct a site replicating the Women's eNews site as closely as possible for the Arabic reader. Women's eNews also engaged an experienced U.S.-based Arabic-speaking journalist to act as editor of the site and contracted with a professional translator with extensive experience in dealing with American news stories being reproduced in Arabic.

We think it is important to fulfill the classic role of journalism especially for women throughout this region and provide reporting on the facts and views about their lives.

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