WIIS Italy has launched its internship programme for university students. It’s also possible to collaborate with WIIS on a voluntary basis.  

Students and collaborators will be actively involved in the association’s activities and will be able to contribute to WIIS by supporting the work of the Executive and Directive Committee in achieving the objectives of the association. 

What we offer:

  • Team. We are a group of established professionals, always looking for new ideas. We have different skills and we want to grow by confronting ourselves.
  • Challenges. We set ourselves ambitious goals that we want to achieve with teamwork and continuous improvement.
  • Knowledge of the world of diplomatic relations and creation of a network of national and international contacts.
  • Possibility to participate in activities of own interest organized by the association and IAI –Istituto Affari Internazionali (institutional partner of WIIS Italy), such as networking aperitifs, webinars, mentoring activities, conferences, seminars, etc. etc.
  • Contract: 3-month curricular internship
Find out more:

Some examples of your responsibilities:

  • Support the management and organization of activities, projects and events.
  • Data search and content creation to be conveyed through internal and external media, in collaboration with the WIIS management committee.
  • Preparation of content and management of WIIS Italy website, as well as the newsletter.
  • Writing of a post for the WIIS ITALY blog.
  • Translation of documents.
  • Creation of a network of relationships within the University, acting as WIIS Ambassador and identifying possible synergies and collaborations (meetings with students, promotion of association events, membership campaign).
  • Identification and implementation of activities that strengthen the participation of the members.


What we are looking for:

  • Excellent ability to write texts in Italian and/or English.
  • Proven interest in international relations, gender and security issues. Familiarity with the agenda of the United Nations Women, Peace and Security (UNSCR 1325).
  • Ability to interact with institutional interlocutors at various levels.
  • Curiosity and initiative.
  • Social media management: experience in managing Facebook / Twitter / Linkedin.
  • Adequate computer skills: Office Word / Excel / Powerpoint package/Worldpress/Mailchimp.


We welcome spontaneous applications. In interested, please send your CV and a motivation letter to info@wiisitaly.org

Our current interns and collaborators:

Sofia Berni

WIIS Collaborator

My name is Sofia and I’m in my last year of my BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at LUISS Guido Carli. I’m passionate about gender related issues as I hope that the future will hold for me, as a women, the same opportunities as my fellow male colleagues. I developed an interest in development, cooperation and international security following a cultural exchange programme in South Africa at the age of 16. From then on, my passion has only grown. 

Dafne Carletti

WIIS Intern

Dafne recently graduated from SAIS, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. At SAIS, she concentrated in International Law and International Economics, and developed a specific interest for social movements and the Arabic language. She has always been passionate about gender issues and women’s rights, focusing her academic research on women in conflict and post conflict situations as well as feminist movements. She was born and raised in Bologna, Italy.

Abigail I. Furlong

WIIS Intern

Abigail was raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Duquesne University. She is currently a graduate student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies pursuing a Master’s degree in Conflict Management and International Economics. Abby is very interested in how conflict tends to enhance gender based issues and how we as a global community can protect women who are placed in vulnerable situations.

Ananya Kumar

WIIS Intern

Ananya is a second year MA student at Johns Hopkins SAIS, where she is concentrating in Strategic Studies and International Economics. She is interested in exploring the gendered impacts of long-term conflicts and comparative political economy. She speaks English, Hindi, and is studying Italian and Arabic. Prior to joining SAIS, she worked in financial services in New York City. She is from New Delhi, India.


About their experience…

My experience with WIIS Italy has been a great privilege. I became a member of a community of passionate and motivated women experts and professionals in the gender and international security sector, a field I’m greatly interested in.  The internship hasn’t only been an inspirational experience, but has also given me the opportunity to be part of projects that have personally and professionally enriched me. Next year, I’ll be attending a Master in Development Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science and I believe that having been, even if a small piece, of this community has given me greater chances to achieve this.

While working with WIIS I have managed and worked on the graphic design of the social networks, the website and newsletter developing new skills. I would advise all my peers to do an internship with WIIS. You’ll have an inspiring experience and gain contacts with great professionals!

Sofia Berni