Communications + Development Internship - ATX

GirlForward is a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced globally by conflict and persecution. GirlForward participates are ages 14-21 and female-identifying. The community is primarily made up of girls who have come to the US through the refugee resettlement program and represent over 30 countries of origin. There are three main programs at GirlForward: Education, Safe Spaces, and Mentoring.

The Communications and Development Intern will be working closely with the Development Coordinator to contribute to promoting GirlForward’s mission, brand and programs through our events, development projects and communications channels. The Communications and Development Intern will join us in our Austin office 15 - 20 hours per week. While this internship is unpaid, candidates can receive academic credit and the length of the internship is flexible.

Tasks May Include:

  • Community outreach, partnership and donation management;

  • Event planning and management;

  • Volunteer management and communication;

  • Grant research;

  • The creation of content for social media channels and the monthly newsletter;

  • The implementation of communications strategies: particularly around event promotion;

  • Working with participants on creative projects for events such as documentaries, photography exhibits, publications, etc;

  • Digital design projects;

  • Providing administrative support for the Austin team;

Desired Qualifications:
- College or Graduate Student with a background in Social Sciences, Arts, and/or International Relations or similar experience
- Excellent research and communication skills

- Excellent writing skills

- Ability to handle multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

- Ability to work independently and collaboratively

- Ability to be immediately flexible and/or creative

- Digital design and/or familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite a plus

- Knowledge of G Suite a plus

- Must have a strong desire to build community and relationships.

- Must have a strong commitment to social justice, critical thought and community engagement.

- Must believe in the practice of cultural humility and critically analyze their own identity, culture, power, and belief system in relation to the community.

- Must believe in the power of adolescent girls to create positive change in their communities and the world.


Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of additional languages such as as Pashto, Dari or Swahili is a plus.

How to Apply:

Please send your resume and letter of interest to the Development Coordinator, Shannon Elder, at

GirlForward is dedicated to building a multicultural work environment where all intersectional identities are valued. GirlForward encourages women, people of color, and those who identify as immigrants or refugees to apply. GirlForward is an equal opportunity employer and consideration for employment is made without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.