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Intern with us and gain first-hand experience working on women’s rights issues in Malaysia. As our intern, you’ll be exposed to a range of issues, such as service-delivery for survivors of violence and advocacy for policy policy reform. You’ll also gain insight into the role of NGOs, and how WAO functions within the broader civil society landscape in Malaysia.

You can choose to intern in one of the following areas:

WAO’s case management team assists survivors of violence to access the justice system and to obtain services from various agencies.

You’ll assist the case management team in supporting survivors.


WAO’s programme team manages the WAO Refuge and runs empowerment programmes for women residents.

You will assist the shelter team to develop, manage, and implement empowerment programmes for women residents.

You will develop, coordinate, and execute educational and recreational programmes for children, influence behaviour change, promote children’s safety, and engage children to actively participate in their own protection and empowerment.


WAO’s advocacy team works to improve public policies and change mindsets on domestic violence and gender equality.

Depending on your background and interests, you can expect to conduct research for law reform campaigns, write media statements, curate social media accounts, organise events, among other tasks.


WAO’s operations team ensures that the organisation runs smoothly and seamlessly.

You’ll assist the team to develop internal processes which are current, relevant, and in line with the Core Humanitarian Standards. Additionally, you’ll assist with the membership process, among other tasks. Through the internship, you’ll gain research, planning, and organisational skills. 

Capacity Building

WAO’s Capacity Building team works closely with communities, policy makers, corporations, lawmakers and law enforcement to build capacities, with trainings, workshops, or interactive forums. Through the internship, you’ll gain research, planning, training and organisational skills.


WAO’s partnerships team works closely with funders and partners from various sectors.

You’ll assist the partnerships team to engage with funders and partners, draft proposals, and expand WAO’s network of partners.

What Our Interns Say

I could have never asked for a better place to do my internship program. The hospitable and empowering environment of WAO is beyond what I expected it to be. I can say wholeheartedly that these were the best, insightful  3 months I have spent working up-close with some of the most kind-hearted, powerful and intelligent people in Malaysia. This outstanding NGO has truly taught me the value of teamwork, commitment, love, passion, hard-work and drive. I pray that this NGO continues to grow in strength and support in the upcoming years.

– Sarah. S Saeed, 2018 Intern

As an intern with WAO’s advocacy team, I was given the opportunity to contribute to interesting and important research projects and reports, including collecting data and interviews from other women’s organisations and copy editing the 2018 NGO Alternative Report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). I couldn’t recommend interning with WAO highly enough – you will be supported by the amazing staff to extend and deepen your knowledge of women’s rights while making a real difference. In fact, I enjoyed my time at WAO so much that I extended my internship!

– Kate Parkinson, 2018 Intern

My internship at WAO allowed me to better understand the realities of gender-based violence and discrimination in Malaysia and it truly strengthened my belief that we need to continue working towards a gender equal society. It was very humbling and inspiring to work alongside some of the most determined and selfless people I have ever met.

I also really loved the fact that the internship was well structured. The main project that I was assigned to was to write a policy brief on why Malaysia needs a Gender Equality Commission and Tribunal. My project coordinator was very patient in reviewing each and every draft I made along the way and despite his busy schedule, he made it a point to provide me with feedback. My short time with the WAO family was definitely an unforgettable experience.

– Shareka Logendran, 2017 Intern

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