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The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR), a national non-profit organization based in Washington DC, is widely recognized as the thought leader in research on sex differences and is dedicated to improving women's health through advocacy, education and research.

SWHR is committed to drawing a creative, talented and energetic staff that represents the diverse communities that we advocate for.

In addition to an open, friendly and flexible work atmosphere, we offer employees: a comprehensive health insurance package; a 403(b) retirement plan; and other benefits.

To apply for a position below, email your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: jobs@swhr.org

Positions Available


Communications Coordinator

Assists Director of Communications with Communication Department activities as needed, including graphics design, writing and program support. Manages the organization’s website, social media accounts and monthly e-newsletter. Updates website contentand develops new graphic content as needed, including infographics, event programs and invitations, and annual report.

Website Development and Coordination 

  • Updates and develops SWHR’s main website content and coordinates new graphics and pages as requested.
  • Coordinates the production and distribution of email communications via MailChimp, including e-newsletter, news alerts, and fundraising appeals.
  • Updates and posts to social networking sites that are overseen by SWHR (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube).
  • Creates and maintains new forms, emails, surveys and auto responders for event registration, action alerts, donations and other initiatives as requested.
  • Manages graphic design projects for the organization, including development of infographics, event material, annual report, brochures and other publications as needed.
  • Expands audience for e-newsletter and other constituent communications.
  • Develops project ideas for new and improved uses of website to fulfill organizational mission.
  • Troubleshoots issues in response to staff or leadership.
  • Promotes website to attract new users and gain a larger constituent base.
  • Assists in the design of public education campaign websites, as needed.
  • Assists with and renews the domains owned by SWHR.
  • Researches and integrates technologies such as polls, blogs, online discussions, social networking tools, social bookmarking and podcasts.
  • Helps oversee the consistency of “look and feel” in all external communications.
  • Edit SWHR documents as needed and especially for the website.


  • Bachelor’s degree with 2-3 years professional experience
  • Minimum 1-2 years of website CMS experience with HTML knowledge
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Flash, etc.) a plus
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Convio and MailChimp a plus
  • Excellent writing ability with knowledge of AP style
  • Strong proofreading and editing skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Background or interest in women’s health issues a plus

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SWHR offers a variety of unpaid internships.  As an intern at SWHR, you will participate in the organization and execution of different programs and activities depending on your department.

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Intern for Government Affairs 

  • Responsibilities -Assists in all government affairs activities, including: 
    • Maintaining  databases and the collation of public policy information for SWHR Congressional scorecard.
    • Assists in the development of written appropriations testimony that is consistent with SWHR’s advocacy priorities.  
    • Responds to requests for technical assistance including researching particular policy issues.
    • Assists in the monitoring, tracking, and analyzing of legislative issues that have an impact on women’s health research
    • When appropriate, attends Congressional visits for learning purposes.
    • Attends meetings, hearings, or briefings as assigned on behalf of SWHR.
    • Assists with maintaining copies and files.
    • Other duties as assigned.
  • Learning Objectives - Assist Director of Government Affairs with policy issues, grassroots efforts, briefings and other tasks. 
  • Requirements -Prefer students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in political science, government relations, international affairs or related field.  Requires knowledge and a basic understanding of the federal legislative processes. Incumbent must be able to follow written and oral communication directions, while simultaneously coordinating a variety of complex projects and work within deadlines. Requires effective oral and written communication skills, creative approaches to problem solving and the ability to be flexible and work under pressure.

Intern for Fundraising Department

  • Responsibilities - assisting with tracking invitations to and pledges for annual gala, liaison with vendors, entering and processing donations, preparing acknowledgment letters and reports, updating donor files, and researching potential sources of support.
  • Learning Objectives - basics of non-profit fundraising and event management.
  • Requirements - excellent communication skills, including strong writing and proofreading skills with knowledge of basic English grammar, punctuation, and style, and completion of college-level courses in English, communications, or public relations.

Intern for Science Department

  • Responsibilities - reviewing scientific publications and conducting online research, reviewing current web material and suggesting updates and/or changes to webmaster, drafting material to be posted online, assisting with member prospecting and other membership society fundraising, and office support.
  • Learning Objectives - how to do secondary research on women’s health and sex differences, how to manage citations and execute basic office support tasks, the basics of website maintenance and composition, and the basics of fundraising for professional societies.
  • Requirements - strong writing and research skills, completion of college-level courses in life/health sciences.
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