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Summer 2016 Internship Opportunities

Internship seekers: In addition to our own internship program, Pluralism Project staff have compiled a list of internship opportunities for Summer 2016. For more information about a particular organization or program, please contact the sponsoring organization directly.

Employers: If your organization or research program would like to have your available internships considered for posting on this page, please send an e-mail to and include the 1) Name of the Organization, 2) Location, 3) Website, 3) Brief Description, 4) Brief Instructions to Applicants, and 5) Relevant Dates and Deadlines for Applications.


2016 Summer Internships with the Pluralism Project

Location: Nationwide (United States)

The Pluralism Project at Harvard University is seeking applications for research associate positions for Summer 2016. Preference will be given to current Harvard Divinity School and Harvard College students.

Research Associates will work closely with Pluralism Project senior staff throughout the internship and be expected to assist in preparations for the Pluralism Project’s 25th anniversary events in September 2016 (see below for more information on dates). Students may also participate in field research, which may be published as a part of On Common Ground: World Religions in America or elsewhere on the Pluralism Project’s website, pluralism.org. Up to 2 paid positions are available. We are also happy to work with candidates who, if not offered a paid position through the Pluralism Project, are able to secure academic credit or internship compensation through their home institution.

Qualifications: Applications are sought from current undergraduate and graduate students with excellent writing and oral communication skills. As noted above, preference will be given to current Harvard Divinity School and Harvard College students. For paid positions, work study eligibility is preferred but not required. We invite students from all majors to apply. Previous work with research, event planning, databases and/or archival projects, and experience in photography and multimedia creation are also helpful. Respect for diverse religious communities and professionalism are a must.

To apply: Please send to (attn: Whittney Barth, Assistant Director):

  • a letter of interest, including notice of any schedule conflicts for participation during the summer program (June 6-August 19, flexible)
  • current resume/CV
  • a short (2-3 pages) writing sample (excerpt from a larger work is fine) and
  • contact information for three references (at least two of which should be able to speak to the candidates academic ability and potential)

Important dates: Deadline for applications is 5pm EST on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The program is slated to begin Monday, June 6th and conclude Friday, August 19th. Research associates are expected to be in the office for 10-20 hours/week during this time, although some flexibility is possible. Availability to be assist with onsite logistics during the Pluralism Project’s 25th anniversary event on September 22-23, 2016 is a plus.

About the Pluralism Project: Since 1991 the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, under the direction of Dr. Diana Eck, has been researching the changing religious landscape of America. The Pluralism Project’s mission is to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources. More at pluralism.org.

Mailing list - pluralism.org/connect
Twitter - twitter.com/pluralismproj
Facebook - The Pluralism Project at Harvard University


In addition to our own internships, the Pluralism Project staff have compiled a list of organizations offering (or who have in recent years offered) summer internship opportunities to students. Below is a list of those organizations and information about their internships. Please note: not all information for summer 2016 internships is available at the time of this posting. We strongly recommend visiting the organization’s website for the most up-to-date information about their programs.

Atheism/Humanism

American Humanist Association
Location: Washington DC
Website: americanhumanist.org/AHA/opportunities
Description: Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Communications and Advocacy: The intern will track key issues and specific legislative developments, attend coalition meetings and briefings, draft action alerts, fact sheets, and articles for our membership newsletter, Free Mind, and assist in implementing our organization’s media strategy. Specific duties include drafting press releases, letters to the editor, and opinion pieces, along with maintaining a media contact list and communicating AHA’s message to the press.
  • Editorial: The intern will assist the editorial staff of our national award-winning magazine, the Humanist. Tasks include reviewing submissions, fact-checking manuscripts and magazine articles, proofreading, assisting in managing the online magazine, and potentially writing editorials, book reviews, or articles.
  • Field: The intern will assist in providing support for the AHA’s 120 chapters and affiliates across the U.S., as well as providing support for the Humanist Celebrant program. Specific duties include contacting chapter leaders for updates, preparing mailings and providing other services for chapters, draft articles for Grass Roots News, the local group’s newsletter, assisting with content for and mailing of Action Packets and assisting with other tasks as needed for the field.
  • Legal: The AHA’s legal center, the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, is looking to hire legal interns (and externs) for the Summer 2016 and for the Fall 2016 semester. The legal center has offices in Washington, D.C. and in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Our non-profit firm handles constitutional litigation and separation of church and state cases specifically. Our clients range from parents and students to federal inmates. All of our cases are pro bono. The legal intern is primarily responsible for researching and writing legal memoranda and assisting in litigation under the supervision of the legal center’s attorneys. The intern may also be assigned the task of investigating new complaints, maintaining case files and submitting public records requests. Preference is given to 2nd and 3rd year law students who have completed course work in legal research and writing. Applicants should have a background or strong interest in research, law, and advocacy. They should be enthusiastic, organized, self-motivated, and reliable, and have an interest in humanism and progressive issues. Interns' work schedules can range from part-time to full-time. Internships are unpaid. (See listing on idealist.org)
Qualifications: Applicants should have a background or strong interest in one or more of the four areas. They should be enthusiastic, organized, self-motivated, and reliable, and have an interest in humanism and progressive issues. Interns' work schedules can range from part-time to full-time. Internships are unpaid.
Application dates and deadlines: The American Humanist Association is currently accepting applications. Applicants can submit a current resume and cover letter, including your area(s) of interest and availability, to or fax to 202-238-9003, Attn: Intern Program. (Please see the Legal Intern description above for application information)

Secular Coalition for America (SCA)
Location: Washington DC
Website: secular.org/careers
Description: The Secular Coalition for America is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.
Internships for Spring 2016 are available in the following areas:

  • Communications: Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Familiarity with Wordpress, the Adobe Suite, graphic design software or video editing are strongly preferred. Duties include but are not limited to: writing press releases and blog posts, posting the SCA Morning Read to social media platforms, updating the SCA website, researching and updating media contact lists, developing SCA’s social media presence by promoting SCA content, expanding the SCA base of followers and managing interaction with current followers.
  • State Chapter and Outreach: The State Chapter Intern will work directly with the SCA Legislative Associate, Sarah Levin. Duties include but are not limited to, periodically checking and posting state and local news (primarily relevant legislation and court cases), updating state chapter websites, producing and monitoring content on state chapter social media platforms, researching local and national secular community events, updating the SCA calendar, taking regular inventory of outreach materials, assisting in event planning for outreach events.
  • Legal (Current Law Students Only): The SCA is seeking a current law student to directly assist the Legislative Manager, Diana Castillo. This internship is ideal for first or second year law students seeking substantive, hands-on experience in the field of public policy. Applicants for this position must submit a writing sample. Duties include but are not limited to: drafting memoranda, analyzing statutes, writing policy papers, attending Hill meetings, researching case law and precedent.
  • Operations and Development: The Operations and Development Intern will work directly with the SCA Director of Operations, Austin Cooper. This internship is ideal for students interested in learning about the day-to-day inner workings of a non-profit organization and students of business and accounting seeking hands-on experience. Duties include but are not limited to: working with Quickbooks, drafting year-end tax letters for donors, receive training to assist the Director of Operations in accounting for both (c)3 and (c)4 operations, receive training to assist Director of Operations in database management, specifically CiviCRM, maintaining relationships with small and mid-level donor base, tracking progress of fundraising campaigns.
Qualifications: The Secular Coalition for America is seeking highly motivated undergraduate, graduate, or law students for unpaid internship positions in the summer 2014 semester. As a small non-profit, this internship will provide ample opportunities to take on responsibility and produce work samples for addition to a portfolio. Interns work directly with SCA staff and have the opportunity to learn and assist in the four main departments of the office: lobbying and advocacy; research and outreach; development and fundraising; and communications through traditional and new media.
Application dates and deadlines: The internship is flexible, but generally will run from Monday, January 18, 2016 through Friday, May 20, 2016. Interns must be available a minimum of 15 hours per week between 10 am and 6 pm, although full-time availability of 40 hours per week is preferred. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be expected. Transportation costs to and from Washington, D.C. will not be provided. To apply for the Secular Coalition for America Spring 2015 Internship Program, please submit a resume and cover letter to by Monday, January 11, 2016. Students are encouraged to apply earlier, as positions may be filled and accepted candidates notified prior to the January 11 deadline. Students applying for the Legislative Internship must also submit a writing sample.


Bahá’í

Baha’i International Community at the United Nations
Location: New York City
Website: bic.org/Internships
Description: The Baha'i International Community’s United Nations Office offers internship opportunities throughout the year on both full-time and part-time bases, depending on the project and availability of the candidate. Working with the Office’s research staff and/or one of our Representatives to the UN, interns typically focus on a particular discourse the Office is engaged with, such as peace and security, human rights, the equality of women and men, social development, and sustainable development. Interns may be asked to assist in a variety of capacities. These include conducting background research to support the Office’s policy and programmatic work; attending and briefing staff on relevant meetings at the UN and in the NGO community; assisting with preparation of documents for UN Commissions and major events; assisting with Representatives’ work on NGO Committees; translating and editing documents; developing website content; and carrying out administrative tasks.
Application dates and deadlines: While we are not able to provide financial remuneration, candidates with visas permitting them to work in the United States receive a lunch stipend and reimbursement for commuting expenses. Please email your Internship application (Word fillable format), resume and cover letter to Ms. Dorothy Longo, Operations Officer, at . Subject line should state: “Application for internship.” Internships are available all year round. Application deadlines open.


Christianity

Church World Service - Immigration and Refugee Program
Location: Washington, D.C.
Website: cwsglobal.org/about/employment
Description: Church World Service is a not-for-profit, international humanitarian assistance organization comprised of 37 protestant denominations. The CWS Immigration and Refugee Program provides assistance to displaced persons abroad and works with the State Department and our 36 local offices and affiliates across the United States to resettle refugees fleeing persecution. The Washington, DC office of CWS advocates for improvements in humanitarian assistance funding, protection mechanisms, and the U.S. refugee resettlement program.
Application information for summer 2016 not yet available at time of this posting. Check organization website for updates or contact the organization directly.

Sojourners
Location: Washington DC
Website: sojo.net/about-us/who-we-are/internships
Description: Sojourners’ yearlong program combines full-time jobs in our nonprofit office with an opportunity to live in an intentional Christian community. Between seven and 10 interns are selected into the program each year. Sojourners’ internship program is one of Christian discipleship, with an integrated focus on: Life and Faith, Prayer and Formation, and Work and Mission. Participants live in a shared household in Washington, D.C. Together, interns worship, share meals, manage a common budget, engage in weekly house meetings, pray, and experience life as an intentional Christian community. Sojourners’ interns participate in educational seminars, spiritual retreats, and mentorship. Interns work full-time in the ministry of Sojourners. Each participant is placed in an entry-level position in one of our departments. Sojourners seeks to inspire hope and build a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. With a 40-year history, Sojourners is a nonpartisan leader that convenes, builds alliances among, and mobilizes people of faith, focusing on racial and social justice, life and peace, and environmental stewardship.
Applicants: Sojourners Internship Program is open to anyone 21 years or older who is single or married without dependents (you must have a Social Security number). Sojourners is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.
Application dates and deadlines: Sojourners covers the costs for the community to live a simplified lifestyle, including housing, meals, local transportation, and health insurance. Each individual also receives a $100 monthly stipend. Sojourners interns commit themselves to serve the entire program year. The application deadline is March 1, 2016. The selection process includes a review of your application, a telephone interview, and an offer of a specific position in the program. The application has four parts: 1. Individual application (Download Sojourners Internship Application [PDF]) (Online web application form), 2. Personal Essay, 3. Resume (cover letter is not needed), 4. Three (3) Recommendation Forms: peer reference, clergy/faith leader reference, and employer reference. References must be received by March 1, 2016— the same day as the application deadline. Therefore, it is recommended that you notify your references as soon as possible to allow adequate time for your references to meet his/her deadline. Only completed application packets will be considered.


Hinduism

Hindu American Foundation
Location: Washington DC
Website: hafsite.org/media/pr/hindu-american-congressional-advocacy-internship-2016
Description: The Hindu American Congressional & Advocacy Internship is an opportunity for select undergraduate and graduate students to spend a summer in our nation’s capital working for either Congressional offices or the HAF office. The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is an advocacy organization for the Hindu American community. The Foundation educates the public about Hinduism, speaks out about issues affecting Hindus worldwide, and builds bridges with institutions and individuals whose work aligns with HAF’s objectives. HAF focuses on human and civil rights, public policy, media, academia, and interfaith relations.
Applicants: HAF is offering two tracks for the internship: Congressional Intern Track and Advocacy Intern Track. The Congressional track has four (4) intern spots and the Advocacy track has two (2) intern spots, for a total of six (6) interns. All interns will spend approximately eight weeks between June and August 2016 in Washington, D.C and will be invited to events organized by HAF, such as DC Advocacy Days, Friday lunches, and sponsored briefings.

  • Congressional Intern Track: This position is geared towards applicants who are primarily interested in representing the Hindu American community by working in a Congressional office.
  • Advocacy Intern Track: This position is geared towards applicants who are interested in the full scope of Hindu American advocacy and will spend their summer working on ongoing initiatives from public policy to fundraising and development to marketing to accounting to human rights.
Qualifications: Applicants must be US Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents, at least 18 years old, enrolled in good standing at an accredited university or college, and have a minimum GPA of 3.2. Basic qualifications include a solid knowledge base of Hinduism and its practice, strong interest in Hindu American advocacy, outstanding networking skills, strong organizational skills with ability to multi-task, strong team player, and excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
Application dates and deadlines: Click here to download the 2016 application and learn more about the application process and its timeline. Applications must be typed and emailed to by Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Transcripts and Letters of Recommendations that are mailed to HAF’s office must be postmarked by Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Important Note for Congressional Intern Track Applicants: Congressional offices tend to finalize their summer interns earlier in the year than many private sector firms. Due to the Congressional timeline, HAF requires selected candidates to accept or reject the offer by mid-February. Please note that that deadline is non-negotiable and will not be extended.


Interfaith

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries - Interfaith Youth Initiative
Location: Boston
Website: coopmet.org/IFYI.html
Description: IFYI is a unique experience in youth empowerment, leadership development, interfaith education, and peacemaker training. Coming together as an interfaith group for ten days (July 22 – July 31) holds many blessings and challenges as youth and staff participants work to live together harmoniously in a world of infinite differences. The IFYI experience is not only a transformational one, but also an intense one! As staff, be prepared for eight intense days of service to the youth participants of this program. Though IFYI incorporate staff reflection into IFYI in order to make the experience valuable for mentors, know from the onset that staffs are “on” for most of the 10-day experience. The IFYI experience is one of “immersion” into the world of youth work, interfaith dialogue, service, and peacemaking.
Applicants: IFYI staff mentorship positions available for qualified candidates, including relevant degree path and professional experience.
Application dates and deadlines: Application information for summer 2016 not yet available at time of this posting. Check organization website for updates or contact the organization directly.

Interfaith Alliance
Location: Washington DC
Website: interfaithalliance.org/about/jobs-and-internships/intern-opportunities
Description: Interning at Interfaith Alliance provides the unique opportunity to explore the various faith traditions represented in our diverse nation and to see first-hand the religious liberty at work. Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Interfaith Alliance offers key internship positions in three target areas: public policy, development, and field work.
Applicants: All qualifications must include strong interpersonal, writing, and computer skills; the ability to manage multiple tasks and take initiative; and, a significant degree of organization. While most applicants demonstrate an on-going interest in pursuing collegiate studies in issues concerning religion and public policy, Interfaith Alliance also encourages those studying non-profit management and marketing.

  • Public policy interns research core issues and update website information, create policy pages and spreadsheets, attend policy meetings with affiliate organizations, assist with ongoing policy projects and initiatives, and comment on relevant news for regular blog entries.
  • Development interns assist in outreach and logistics planning for major fundraising events, conduct research on prospective individual, corporate, and foundation donors, write letters to donors in response to their questions about our issue positions; develop promotional materials for donor outreach, and write and edit mailings that will reach thousands of members.
  • Field/Organizing interns assist in maintaining contact with local Interfaith Alliances across the country, which includes maintaining records that relate to events and activities, research and develop resources for activist use, assist with coordination of LEADD (high school leadership program), and comment on relevant news for regular blog entries.
Application dates and deadlines: Information for summer 2016 not yet available at time of this posting. Check organization website for updates or contact the organization directly.

North American Interfaith Network (NAIN)
Location: Toronto, Canada/Guadalajara, Mexico
Website: nain.org/connect/young
Description: The North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) is a network of young leaders who are passionate about interfaith engagement. By attending the annual NAIN Connect, participants gather to share with and learn from our peers. In between these gatherings, attendees are connected via social networks, a mailing list, and an on-going series of educational conference calls. This year’s NAINConnect will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico, July 10-13, 2016. In past years, NAIN has offered scholarship opportunities for young representatives to attend NAINConnect.
Application dates and deadlines: Information for summer 2016 not yet available at time of this posting. Check organization website for updates or contact the organization directly.

Stony Point Community of Living Traditions Young Adult Summer Institute Program
Location: Stony Point Community of Living Traditions, Stony Point NY
Website: stonypointcenter.org/multifaith-community/flgs#.Vo6dOkUS6J0
Description: The Stony Point Center Summer Institute offers a rich opportunity to live in a supportive community with peers from different faiths and with similar interests. Together we will study and share the three Abrahamic traditions, what they teach about social activism, nonviolence and justice, and apply them to personal and social transformation as we strengthen our relationship to the earth. This year the Institute will include the Muslim observance of Ramadan and the Jewish observance of Shavuot. Institute students will have the opportunity both to learn and to share in these experiences, while having the opportunity to practice and share their traditions as well. Most weekday mornings, students will work together in the Stony Point vegetable gardens growing their relationship to the land. Additional projects include sacred text study, social change practices, and intentional living. Together participants will study the wisdom of the three Abrahamic traditions and develop practices for faith-based personal and social transformation as we strengthen our relationship to the earth. Students may attend one session only or both, but are encouraged to come for both. You may leave or stay on campus during the break, where there will be celebrations and free time.
Applicants: The Stony Point Center Summer Institute is seeking Jewish, Christian and Muslim young adults, ages 19-29, who are grounded in their religious tradition, serious about spirituality and the state of the planet, and excited by social activism in a multireligious context. If you are accepted into the Summer Institute, there is no charge beyond the cost of travel and personal expenses. Travel scholarships may be available once a student is accepted. Room, meals, Institute transportation, and laundry are covered. At the end of the program each student will receive a certificate of completion. If you are enrolled in an academic institution, you are encouraged to seek academic credit for participating in the Institute. Some academic institutions offer money to students for undertaking summer experiences. The Summer Institute leadership is happy to work with you to apply for such money or academic credit.
Application dates and deadlines: Program dates for Session 1: May 31-July 3, Session 2: July 10-August 7. Click here to go to the online application. The Application deadline is February 15. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline. Only completed applications (including one letter of reference) will be considered.

Interfaith Worker Justice
Location: Chicago
Website: iwj.org/network/students
Description: Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) is a network of people of faith that calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the United States on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits and conditions for workers, and give voice to workers, especially low‐wage workers. We partner closely with leaders in the labor movement as well as labor‐friendly community organizations. We welcome people of good will from every faith traditions who are committed to proclaiming the dignity of every working person and securing the well‐being of all working people. IWJ interns will provide general support to our workers’ rights campaigns, helping mobilize religious leaders and faith‐based activists for timely actions to help janitors, hotel workers, farm workers, and security guards. This work will take the form of making phone calls, crafting emails or literature, engaging in one on one meetings with community and religious leaders, meeting with local union representatives, organizing events and attending meetings as a member of Interfaith Worker Justice. The intern will be supervised directly by an organizer on site as well as receive support and coaching from a IJW’s National staff member.
Applicants: The student must be a person of faith or interested in working closely and respectfully with persons of faith. Familiarity and comfort with religious practices outside of one’s tradition is essential. We desire a student who is well‐versed in politics, history, and economics and is capable of interpreting public affairs theologically. Prior experience in community organizing is preferred but not required. Familiarity with the history of the U.S. labor movement is recommended but by no means required. The student must show strong interest in forging an understanding of social and economic justice from a theological perspective and in learning to analyze economic and political realities as viewed through the lens of faith. The student must have an inquisitive nature and an open curiosity about how religious practice informs and supports the direct action organizing we do. There is no qualifying “religious test,” nor expectation of orthodoxy to any particular tradition.
Application dates and deadlines: Information for summer 2016 not yet available at time of this posting. Check organization website for updates or contact the organization directly. Applications typically due in March.

Religions for Peace
Location: New York City
Website: rfp.org/employment
Description: Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action among the religious communities for peace. Headquartered in New York and accredited to the United Nations, Religions for Peace works through more than seventy inter-religious councils and groups, networks of religious youth and women of faith, and a World Council of religious leaders. Religions for Peace creates effective multi-religious partnerships to transform violent conflict, eradicate poverty, promote just and harmonious societies, and protect the earth. The Internship Program provides important practical work experience to those interested in gaining experience in multi-faith common action for peace. The internship is intended to provide students with experience in an international and non-governmental organization setting. Our proximity to the United Nations Secretariat offer unparalleled opportunities for students to attend lectures, panels, and roundtables as appropriate. Internship opportunities are available in several areas, including research and analysis, communications and multimedia, programs, women and youth, fundraising and event production and logistics. All internship duties generally consist of coordination, research, editing, and writing.
Applicants: Internships are for college students, graduate students, and graduates. Interns should be proficient in Microsoft Office, especially Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Interns should display advanced intercultural communication skills in addition to the ability to analyze and evaluate information quickly and thoroughly. A strong interest or background in inter-faith work, strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work efficiently in a multi-cultural environment, enthusiasm for learning and reliability are pluses.
Application dates and deadlines: Kindly submit your resume, a cover letter detailing your interests and any special knowledge [e.g. languages, computer programs, etc.], and a writing sample. Applications are accepted on rolling basis. Email to:

Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding
Location: New York City
Website: tanenbaum.org/about-us/careers
Description: The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding promotes mutual respect with practical programs that bridge religious difference and combat prejudice in areas of armed conflict, schools, workplaces, and health care settings. Tanenbaum confronts religious ignorance and violence head-on with results-oriented programs that reduce hatred and produce real change in the way people think and act. Internships are offered in communications, health care, workplace, education and conflict resolution.
Applicants: Each internship is available for qualified applicants, including relevant degree path and professional experience.
Application dates and deadlines: Available on a rolling basis. Application deadline open.


Judaism

Adamah: The Jewish Environmental Fellowship
Location: Falls Village, CT or Urban Adamah in Berkeley, CA
Website: hazon.org/adamah/adamah-fellowship
Description: Adamah: The Jewish Environmental Fellowship is a three-month leadership training program in Falls Village, CT for Jewish adults ages 20-32 that integrates organic agriculture, farm-to-table living, Jewish learning, community building, and spiritual practice. A typical day is spent on our six-acre farm, in our commercial kitchen and on our goat pasture, helping to create a sustainable business that models ecological design, financial viability and social responsibility. Evenings are spent learning about Judaism and sustainability, building community and cultivating leadership skills. Our amazing staff and assortment of visiting faculty will help you listen to and follow your soul’s yearning for ecological and spiritual wholeness, recraft a Jewish identity that sings to you, and build relationships and skills that will sustain you for the rest of your life.
Applicants: Fellows are drawn to the Adamah program to learn more about Judaism, hands-on farming and sustainability skills, participating in and advancing small-scale sustainable food businesses, living in an intentional Jewish spiritual community, and be exposed to ecological, social-justice oriented, spiritual Judaism.
Application dates and deadlines: Available on a rolling basis. Application deadline open.
2016 Fellowship Dates:

  • Spring 2016: April 10th–June 19th
  • Summer 2016: June 15th–August 21st
  • Fall 2016: August 17th–November 20th

Bend the Arc
Location: Southern California, Los Angeles
Website: bendthearc.us/jobs
Description: Bend the Arc is a nonprofit, grassroots lobby, and will soon have a political action committee. An internship with Bend the Arc is a great opportunity for anyone interested in social justice and Jewish tradition. Bend the Arc is organizing the Jewish community, meaning people and resources, to move progressive policy forward. Tasks may include planning and attending community meetings, event planning, research, outreach and base-building, and data-entry. While some tasks will be administrative, we aim to balance our current project needs with your interests. Possible areas of focus may include food justice, criminal justice reform, economic inequality, Jewish underpinnings of social justice work, LGBT rights, fundraising and more.
Applicants: We seek creative, committed, organized, and energetic self-starters. Writing and verbal communication skills highly desired. School credit may be available.
Application dates and deadlines: Start and end dates, as well as hours per week, are flexible. No compensation is available. Information for summer 2016 not yet available at time of this posting. Check organization website for updates or contact the organization directly.

The American Jewish Committee - Helen and Martin Kimmel Internship Program
Location: Boston, New York, Washington DC
Website: ajc.org/site/c.7oJILSPwFfJSG/b.8467179/k.9DC6/Internships.htm
Description: AJC designed its internship program to allow students to gain industry exposure and apply classroom knowledge to real-world work in a mentored environment. AJC offers selected undergraduate and graduate level college students fellowship and internship opportunities at many of its global locations. This program allows fellows and interns to make important contributions while participating in a challenging and rewarding work environment. Internship availability is based on the special project needs of the organization.
Applicants: College and graduate students are encouraged to apply for volunteer internships year-round at The American Jewish Committee. Each internship is available for qualified candidates, including relevant degree path and professional experience.
Application dates and deadlines: Available in fall, spring, and summer. Application deadlines open.

Americans for Peace Now
Location: Washington DC
Website: peacenow.org/page.php?name=internship
Description: APN is seeking interns to work in our Washington, DC office for Spring 2016. Intern duties may include the following: Organizing events to reach out to interns at other organizations, tracking coverage of the peace process in Jewish and other major news outlets, conducting legislative research, utilizing new media tools to publicize APN's message, research and writing opportunities (based on experience), and assisting in administrative work.
Applicants: Are you passionate about achieving Middle East peace? Are you ready to take your activism to the next level? Are you a college student who is looking to get work experience? Qualifications include: strong written and communication skills; computer and internet research skills; knowledge of the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli relations; experience in film editing, graphic design, social media, or web development a plus. A special effort will be made to find projects for interns within their field of interest. Interns will be exposed to legislative strategy and the day-to-day workings of efforts to advance Middle East peace. Candidates who can commit to working at least 20 hours per week are preferred. This is an unpaid position. Application dates and deadlines: Available on a rolling basis. Application deadlines open. Specific information for summer 2016 not yet available at time of this posting. Check organization website for updates or contact the organization directly.

AVODAH Jewish Service Corps
Location: Chicago, New Orleans, New York, Washington DC
Website: avodah.net
Description: Service Corps members will work with some of the most effective non-profit organizations dealing with poverty in Chicago, New Orleans, New York City, and Washington, DC. These organizations all have a long-term commitment to working on urban poverty issues from a variety of different perspectives, including housing, healthcare, education, and hunger. Jobs range from direct service (case management, teaching, staffing medical clinics, etc.) to direct advocacy (legal services) to community organizing (for workers' rights, tenants’ rights, etc.). While the issues and methods of our placements vary, each position is designed to allow you to work directly with the people served by the organization. AVODAH matches you with placements based on your interests and skills. While we can’t guarantee a particular placement, we work hard to find you the right match.
Applicants: Each match incorporates relevant degree path and professional experience. Participants are able to rank their top three placements and are interviewed with these placement agencies.
Application dates and deadlines: AVODAH requires a firm year-long time commitment from all its participants. The program year starts in August and ends in August a year later. You must commit to the entire year in order to join the program.

Jewish Women International (JWI)
Location: Washington DC
Website: jwi.org/page.aspx?pid=299#prgintern
Description: Jewish Women International (JWI) works to ensure that all women and girls thrive in healthy relationships, control their financial futures and realize the full potential of their personal strength. JWI is offering internships in programming, development, marketing and magazine. Most internships require work in the office 2-3 days per week.
Applicants: Each internship is available for qualified candidates, including relevant degree path and professional experience.

  • Program interns will be responsible for updating web content, writing blog posts, conducting research on pending legislation, marketing JWI’s programs, and special projects.
  • Development interns work on a variety of fundraising projects and activities, including JWI’s annual Women to Watch gala, the National Library Initiative, Mother’s Day Flower Project, and social media planning.
  • Marketing intern duties include writing and editing for our website and newsletters, drafting press releases, and event promotion and marketing.
  • Magazine interns assist with its premier publication, Jewish Woman magazine.
Application dates and deadlines: Application deadlines open.

Project Interchange
Location: Washington DC
Website: projectinterchange.org/?page_id=566
Description: Project Interchange, an educational institute of the American Jewish Committee, develops and conducts educational seminars in Israel for current and emerging United States and international leaders. Participants experience Israeli society, connect with their Israeli counterparts and learn about Israel’s extensive contributions in their fields. PI is offering internships in Media Relations, International Programs, and United States Programs.
Applicants: Candidates should be detail-oriented, demonstrate stellar written communication skills, enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, and be knowledgeable about international relations and the Middle East. This internship requires diligence and the ability to handle multiple projects. Interns are expected to work at least 10 hours per week, for at least one semester (approximately 4-5 months). Summer internships are available as well.
Application dates and deadline: Information for summer 2016 not yet available at time of this posting. Check organization website for updates or contact the organization directly.

Reform Action Center (RAC) - Machon Kaplan Summer Social Action Internship
Location: Washington DC
Website: rac.org/confprog/machon
Description: Based in Washington, D.C., the Reform Action Center provides students with housing, a meaningful social justice internship, the opportunity to engage in academic study related to their internships, and a community of like-minded students with whom to share their experience. Students learn, through study and action, the interrelationship of Judaism and American democratic ideals, as well as the political interaction of the organized American Jewish community and the U.S. government.
Applicants: Machon Kaplan is an internship program for undergraduate students interested in Judaism and social justice. The Machon Kaplan program is open to students currently enrolled in and attending college. Prior to the start of the program, students must have completed one year of college.
Application dates and deadline: Available June 5–July 17, 2016. Application deadline: February 1, 2016. This includes all supporting material, letters of recommendation, resume, and essay.

Washington DC Jewish Community Center (DCJCC)
Location: Washington DC
Website: washingtondcjcc.org/jwork/internships.html
Description: DCJJ is offering internships in community service; theater; literature and music; the Washington Film Festival.
Applicants: Each internship is available for qualified candidates, including relevant degree path and professional experience. Candidates of all backgrounds and abilities are welcome to apply.
Application dates and deadline: Available on a rolling basis. Application deadlines open.


Islam

American Islamic College
Location: Chicago
Website: aicusa.edu/about-aic/56-2
Description: Interns will receive invaluable experiences and develop exceptional skills, which will benefit them as marketable applicants with distinguished resumes. Their contributions will aide the college’s advancement instrumentally, as the AIC intends on serving Chicago in particular, and the world in general, with superior coursework, insightful lecture series, and constructive dialogue initiatives. Interns will be exposed to the workings of a not-for-profit institution, and the projects that are undergone to create for a successful educational institution. They will receive the opportunity to be innovative and to cultivate leadership qualities. Interns will gain hands-on learning experiences in a friendly and diverse environment. All internships are unpaid. Interns are eligible to take a Free course at the AIC upon completing the internship term. Students may receive Academic Credit. Internships available in communications, multimedia, operations, library, and outreach.
Applicants: The American Islamic College offers a selective internship program to qualified undergraduate and graduate students, as well as, recent graduates, and professionals. Candidates must exhibit self-motivation, reliability, and resourcefulness. Candidates must be highly organized, punctual, and maintain consistency in their work ethic. Candidates must have the ability to work well with others in a team setting, as well as, the ability to work alone on an assigned project. Candidates must have a working knowledge with basic computer functions, such as excel, word, ppt, etc. Candidates must be familiar with common social media outlets, and basic internet browsing, in order to perform research when necessary. Candidates must be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Candidates are expected to attend AIC events. Candidates are required to bring their laptops. Additional qualifications may be required depending on the internship of interest.
Application dates and deadline: Spring Term (Jan.-May) Application Deadline: Dec. 1st
Summer Term (June-Sept) Application Deadline: June 1st
Fall Term (Sept.-Dec) Application Deadline: Aug. 1st

American Islamic Congress (AIC)
Location: Washington DC
Website: aicongress.org/aboutaic/careers-and-internships
Description: The American Islamic Congress (AIC) is a civil rights organization promoting tolerance and the exchange of ideas among Muslims and between other peoples. AIC a non-religious civic initiative is challenging increasingly negative perceptions of Muslims by advocating responsible leadership and ‘two-way’ interfaith understanding. AIC is always looking for passionate, qualified candidates to join its staff. AIC and Project Nur have a strong and long-standing internship program in Washington, D.C. Several of our student interns have gone one to become full-time staff at AIC or taken positions with non-profits, public policy institutions, and the U.S. government. Internships available in: Development, Marketing & Communications, and local Chapter development and human rights advocacy.
Applicants: Candidates interested in promoting civil rights, civic engagement, and interfaith understanding as well as have experience in international relations, intercultural studies, or civil rights program management are encouraged to apply. Each internship is available for qualified candidates, including relevant degree path and professional experience.
Application dates and deadline: Available on a rolling basis. Application deadlines open.

American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA)
Location: New York City
Website: asmasociety.org/internships
Description: ASMA is a New York based nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to elevate the discourse on Islam and foster environments in which Muslims thrive. We are dedicated to strengthening an authentic expression of Islam based on cultural and religious harmony through interfaith collaboration, youth and women’s empowerment, and arts and cultural exchange. The ASMA internship program provides young professionals with the opportunity to gain substantive work experience in a fast-paced, high-profile NGO. At the very start of their tenure with ASMA, interns will be given serious responsibilities, and immediately begin to participate in tasks that require collaborative efforts across the selected intern group as well as full-time employees. Internships are available in the Office of the Executive Director, the Islamic Law program, Women’s Islamic Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE), and focus-areas of Media/Communications and Information Technology.
Applicants: The American Society for Muslim Advancement (ASMA) is currently offering internship opportunities for undergraduate, graduate students, and recently graduated students. Specific qualifications vary by position, but interns should be registered at an undergraduate institution, enrolled in a graduate program, or be a recent college graduate. Internships are offered at ASMA during the fall, spring, and summer semesters and last for roughly 10 weeks (though they can be extended further). Academic credit may be awarded only if an agreement has been made between the organizations and the intern’s college or university. All interns are subject to the applicable ASMA organizational policies. All internships are unpaid.
Application dates and deadline: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. However, it is suggested that applications be submitted no later than September 1st for the Fall Internship, January 13th for the Spring Internship, and April 15th for the Summer Internship.

The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL
Website: ciogc.org/index.php/about/volunteer-intern
Description: TThe Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (the Council) is the unifying force that brings together a wonderfully diverse American Muslim community in the greater Chicago region, Northern Illinois, and now increasingly, all of Illinois! Through the Council, American Muslims from varying backgrounds and from across the region join hands to work on projects that positively impact the Muslim community and the broader Illinois and American communities as well. Our interns advance their knowledge and skills by working closely with local and state government, getting published (online and in print), fostering the healthy growth of the Chicagoland Muslim community, and making invaluable connections with our partners of other-faith based communities through great networking events. Current internships offered in Communications and Community Organizing.
Applicants: Interns must be at least 18 years of age, have a desire to develop or enhance skills in any of the following areas: writing/journalism, graphic design, web and social media management, and audio/video production; be well-organized, have the ability to multitask, prioritize, and meet deadlines, as well as familiarity with Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, Audition, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and ProTools are preferred but are not required.
Application dates and deadlines: Application dates are flexible. Application deadline rolling.

Council on American/Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Location: Washington DC
Website: cair.com/about-us/internships.html
Description: At CAIR’s headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., CAIR interns work closely with staff on substantive projects that lay the foundation for a fair and more inclusive America. Interns develop professional skills, gain insight into the societal impact of public service, and have the opportunity to work with different departments so they might holistically understand the daily operations of a nonprofit civil rights organization. Internships are currently available in the following departments: Law Clerk, government affairs, Islamophobia watch, local outreach, graphic design, and IT.
Applicants: Summer interns work a full-time schedule—Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a lunch break. Internships are approximately 10 weeks long but can be longer depending on the intern’s availability. Internships are offered throughout the year as well, and can be arranged to accommodate academic schedules based on the student’s availability. Interns may receive academic credit if arrangements are made between CAIR and the intern’s college or university. It is the student’s responsibility to research the requirements, work with the supervising director to tailor the internship, and ensure that appropriate forms are completed if they wish to receive academic credits from their respective institutions. Opportunities are available throughout the year for all students to apply—full-time or part-time, undergraduate or graduate, all majors, and even high school students.
Application dates and deadline: CAIR’s internship and externship program is open throughout the year, offering a variety of specialties to cultivate young professionals and activists. Considering high school and college academic calendars, each session generally runs between the following months, though this may be adjusted depending on your availability:

  • Winter/spring: January - May (Suggested deadline: December 15)
  • Summer: May - September (Suggested deadline: April 15)
  • Fall: September - December (Suggested deadline: August 15)

Due to the high volume of applicants, it is recommended that you send in your application as soon as possible.

Inner City Muslim Action Network (IMAN)
Location: Chicago
Website: imancentral.org/join/internships-2
Description: The Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) Internship Program is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of the organization’s holistic approach to social justice and grassroots community work. Interns will have an opportunity to work with non-profit professionals on a range of community issues and projects.
Applicants: Positions are open to students currently enrolled in undergraduate and graduate studies or recent graduates. IMAN seeks to train and cultivate dynamic and talented individuals who are committed to social change and service in the inner city. All interns receive ongoing mentorship and training throughout their program at IMAN. Your supervisor will oversee your work, help identify project goals, and support your professional development. Additionally, we offer a series of training for your continued education. You also have the opportunity to attend weekly staff and community meetings where you will be introduced to people and programs across the community to understand how IMAN is organizing and creating change.
Application dates and deadline: Information for summer 2016 not yet available at time of this posting. Check organization website for updates or contact the organization directly.

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)
Location: Plainfield, IN and Washington DC
Website: isna.net/internships.html
Description: The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) seeks to foster the development of the Muslim community, interfaith relations, civic engagement, and better understanding of Islam. Since 1995, ISNA has been offering internships to students across North America. Internship areas include: youth program development, interfaith relations, convention and conference planning, membership development and outreach, fundraising and endowment, and management.
Applicants: ISNA continues to offer internship opportunities to Muslims studying diverse subjects from colleges and universities across the United States. Applicants must have completed at least one year of college from an American university and be eligible to live and work in the United States. Interns must be available to assist with work during the ISNA Annual Convention.
Application dates and deadline: Available on a rolling basis. Application deadlines open.

KARAMAH - Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights
Location: Washington DC
Website: karamah.org/about/careers/internships
Description: KARAMAH seeks to create a global network of advocates for the rights of Muslim women, who are knowledgeable about the gender-equitable principles of Islam, possess the capacity to share this information with others, and are able to advance the cause of Muslim women’s rights in legal and social environments. Our internship program is designed to give interns full access to the creative and administrative operations at KARAMAH.
Applicants: KARAMAH offers three types of internships. Undergraduate/Graduate interns will have the opportunity to be involved in every department of our organization, gaining valuable experience and skills in program development and execution, research development, fundraising, communications, and operations. Family Law Legal interns will work under the supervision of a KARAMAH staff attorney on a full range of family law matters including divorce, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and protective orders. In addition legal interns will help develop introductory legal curricula for specific programs, and provide support on many of KARAMAH’s programs and initiatives. Communications interns assists in writing press releases, media advisories, stories for the KARAMAH website and other publications. Each internship is available for qualified candidates, including relevant degree path and professional experience.
Application dates and deadline:

  • Spring internship (March- May): January 15
  • Summer internships (June–August): March 15
  • Fall internships (September–December): August 15

Muslim Consultative Network
Location: New York City
Website: mcnny.org/2015/08/internvolunteer-with-mcn/
Description: Muslim Community Network develops the capacity of Muslim New Yorkers and their allies to fully participate in the social and political landscape of New York City. MCN’s strategies include creating strong relationships with other faith-based communities; articulating and advancing an understanding of the need for citizen engagement; developing the skills and ability of our community to affect change, and building the next generation’s identity and capacity as leaders. Interns have the opportunity to develop their professional skills and work with New York City’s diverse Muslim community through our program areas: Youth Leadership Development, Community Education, Civic Engagement, and Cross-Cultural Education.
Applicants: Interns should be: currently enrolled in or recently completed university (MA applicants welcome); have experience coordinating or planning program activities, be proficient in MS Office, Facebook, Twitter and other social media, previous experience in event coordination preferred but not required, have excellent written and oral communication skills; be able to work independently or as part of a team; have excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines; and have a commitment to social justice and interfaith dialogue.
Application dates and deadline: Information for summer 2016 not yet available at time of this posting. Check organization website for updates or contact the organization directly.

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
Location: Washington DC, Los Angeles
Website: mpac.org/programs/internships1.php
Description: The Muslim Public Affairs Council is an American institution that improves public understanding of Islam and shapes policies that impact American Muslims by engaging our government, media and communities. Our policy work focuses on reforming national security; upholding religious freedom and civil liberties; and creating an American Muslim voice for human rights. We improve public understanding by engaging media producers from film, television, news and popular culture to provide authentic and humanizing portrayals of Islam and Muslims. MPAC interns and fellows gain hands-on education, experience and skills in media, community, and government relations. We provide interns with the opportunity to develop their leadership, communication, and critical analysis skills. Interns will gain hands-on experience in policy, media, Hollywood and community organizing. Our internship program helps develop aspiring leaders who are committed to enriching America through the vital contributions of American Muslims.
Applicants: Part-time and full-time available. If you are a student, we will work with your school to receive academic credit or work study pay. We have flexible hours, including occasional weekend and evening availability.
Application dates and deadline: Applications for Spring 2015 due January 5, 2014. Summer 2015 applications deadline: Information for summer 2016 not yet available at time of this posting. Check organization website for updates or contact the organization directly.

Washington Center and Center for Global Understanding
Location: Washington DC
Website: centerforglobalunderstanding.org/how_to_apply.php
Description: The Center for Global Understanding (CFGU) has partnered with The Washington Center (TWC) to administer our Washington D.C. internship program. There will be two stages to the application process for students who are interested in receiving the CFGU scholarship, which will satisfy both the TWC and CFGU application requirements. CFGU has developed a separate, more intimate program for underrepresented minorities, particularly Muslim students. This program includes a public affairs series bringing in well represented leaders from government agencies, private organizations, NGOs, non-profit & international organizations to meet with CFGU students.
Applicants: Underrepresented minorities and Muslim students encouraged to apply. Security clearance possibly required.
Application dates and deadline: Application dates and deadlines dependent on university calendars. Priority Deadline typically in February; program dates: June to August. Information for summer 2016 not yet available at time of this posting. Check organization website for updates or contact the organization.


Paganism

Cauldron Farm
Location: Cauldron Farm, Hubbardston, MA
Website: cauldronfarm.com
Description: Nestled in the shadow of Mount Wachusett in central Massachusetts, Cauldron Farm is an organic pagan-owned farm and homestead on 18 acres of densely wooded swamp. Raven, Bella, Josh, Julie, Elizabeth, and various and sundry other visitors/family/animals, run this place on very little money and a whole lot of love and faith. We keep goats, sheep, chickens, and rabbits. We experiment with alternative energy; and host retreats. We are activists for the transgender and intersex communities. We do handcrafts of various kinds, and make pagan prayer beads. Cauldron Farm hosts several retreats every year for various groups. We have a large ritual field out back with a laid stone labyrinth, a large fire pit, and primitive camping for around 80. Cauldron Farm is the centerpoint of the First Kingdom Church of Asphodel, an eclectic neo-pagan group that holds regular open ceremonies and rituals in central Massachusetts. We also run Asphodel Press, a publishing collective for small-market pagan books and religious devotionals.
Applicants: Cauldron Farm occasionally takes interns in the spring-to-fall season. Interns will help with chores and handcrafts such as soapmaking, dyeing, butchering, herbalism and spinning, and facilitate retreats and rituals. The only limitations are the Cauldron Farm House Rules, available on the Cauldron Farm website.
Application dates and deadlines: Available on a rolling basis. Application deadline open.


Sikhism

SikhLEAD
Location: Washington DC, New Jersey
Website: saldef.org/about-us/internships
Description: The purpose of SikhLEAD is to inspire, train, and support a diverse, motivated and entrepreneurial group of young Sikh Americans as they prepare for a lifetime of community engagement and community leadership. SikhLEAD is an initiative of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF). The SikhLEAD Internship Program partners with congressional offices, federal agencies, and DC-based host organizations to provide Sikh American college, graduate, and law students with enriching internships. Through this program, students are afforded first-hand perspective into the functioning of the federal government and legislative process.
Applicants: SikhLEAD Internships develop leadership skills, encourage political and civic engagement, and foster interest in public service careers by providing an unparalleled experience of interning in a congressional office, federal agency, or another political social-profit organization. Internships will allow students to explore a potential career track, create a network of professional and personal contacts, develop real-world skills, and build confidence. SikhLEAD also hosts a New Jersey specific Internship Program with the New Jersey State Assembly and State senate. All applicants to the NJ program must be residents of New Jersey or attend a university in NJ.
Application dates and deadline: Application deadline January 31, 2016 for Washington DC, and March 7, 2016 for New Jersey.


Other (Non-tradition specific, Advocacy, Civic)

American Medical Association Ethics Group Internship
Location: Chicago
Website: ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/medical-ethics/ethics-group-internship-program.page
Description: Interns provide support for ongoing projects and initiatives in the Ethics Group. Interns are asked to conduct research on a wide variety of medical ethics issues which contribute to the formation of AMA ethics policy and other research projects related to the Code of Medical Ethics. Work may include researching legal, medical, or ethics literature and other resources; organizing and summarizing research material; and handling telephone inquiries or written correspondence. Interns also have the opportunity to attend faculty seminars and interact with a diverse range of professionals working in bioethics at a professional medical association. Past interns have obtained positions in private health law firms, healthcare consulting firms, and health related graduate programs.
Applicants: Program specifications require candidates be enrolled in academic coursework, receiving academic credit, at the time they serve as an intern. The Ethics Group recruits undergraduate and graduate student interns to work at the AMA Headquarters in Chicago on an ongoing basis for summer, fall, and winter/spring semesters. Internships are unpaid but participants will receive course credit for their work in accordance with the requirements of their academic program. Past interns have typically been law students, medical students, and undergraduates with an interest in bioethics, philosophy, religion, biology, or other life sciences.
Application dates and deadlines: Fall internship: Applications due early July, Fall Term dates: early September through mid December. Winter/Spring internship: Applications due early November, Spring Term dates: mid January through late April. Summer internship: Applications due: late February, Summer Term dates: early May through mid August.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Location: Washington DC
Website: hrc.org/the-hrc-story/internships
Description: The HRC Internship Program has opportunities in one of 25 program areas, ranging from political to development to communications to youth and campus outreach to education. Interns can gain valuable professional skills while developing their voice as an LGBT advocate and leader, play an active role in the nation’s largest LGBT equality organization and connect with some of the foremost LGBT and allied leaders through educational brown bag seminars and other events.
Applicants: Interns in each department or program undertake different tasks, so each internship requires a different level of skills, demonstrated interests and prior experience. The internship description for each program area lists the specific qualifications for that position. In general, HRC looks for demonstrated interest and enthusiasm in the role of policy and advocacy around LGBT issues; ability to work in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment; and experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and Outlook).
Application dates and deadlines: HRC offers Fall, Spring and Summer internships. Each of these three internship semesters corresponds to the most widely-used academic calendar for college and university students. Please note that these dates are guidelines; interns and their respective supervisors will work to set a mutually acceptable start and end date. Fall Application available in June, Spring Application available in the fall. Summer Application available in February. Apply early for need-based scholarship opportunities. Applications are accepted until all positions have been filled.

United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
Location: Washington DC
Website: uscirf.gov/about-uscirf/employment-internships.html
Description: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to monitor the status of freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief abroad, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related international instruments, and to give independent policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. Internships available include: Administrative, Communications, Government Relations, Office of Legal Counsel, Policy: Legal Research, Policy: Regional Policy Analysis (Africa; East Asia; Europe and Central Asia; Middle East; South Asia)
Applicants: Only currently enrolled students are eligible for internships with USCIRF. Internships can be full-time (40 hours a week) or part-time (20-30 hours a week) for a minimum of 8 weeks. All are paid. Course credit may be available. USCIRF does not provide housing or moving expenses; however, interns using DC-area public transportation may be entitled to a monthly, non-cash, tax-free transportation subsidy.
Application dates and deadlines: Internships are available year-round, and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, given the number of applications received, the following are recommended application deadlines: Fall Semester (September - December) Application Deadline, July 20. Spring Semester (January - May) Application Deadline, November 1. Summer Semester (June - August) Application Deadline, April 1.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Location: Washington DC
Website: iwpr.org/about/internships
Description: The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR is committed to assisting the professional development of students and graduates interested in economic justice for women. IWPR’s internship program is designed to provide participants with challenging work experiences under the guidance and supervision of researchers with extensive knowledge of women’s policy issues and social science research. Internships available in: research, communications and online communications, and development. All internships are unpaid.
Applicants: Each internship is available for qualified applicants, including relevant degree path and professional experience. All IWPR interns must have good computer skills, excellent writing and communication skills, and an interest in women’s issues.
Research interns will provide administrative and research support to researchers. Duties include: assisting with literature reviews and data collection; designing charts, graphs and tables; answering phones; and filing. Communications and online communications interns will provide administrative and editorial support to the communications team, with an emphasis on web and online communications. Duties include: drafting, maintaining, and organizing web content; producing and editing e-mail campaigns, blog posts, and digital content; analyzing online engagement and web traffic; assisting with strategy to drive traffic to IWPR’s website and online products; monitoring traditional and social media; answering phones; filing and other duties. Development interns help the development team with direct mail, grant-management, funder research, and other elements of nonprofit fundraising. IWPR receives support from foundations and government agencies, as well as individual and organizational supporters. Accounting Interns will provide support to the Director of Finance and Administration. Duties include: payroll and credit card expense allocations and related data entry; accounts payable tasks; bank reconciliations; creating and maintaining spreadsheets; generating and compiling IRS Form 990 and annual audit records; and preparing budget-to-actual reports.
Application dates and deadlines: Applications for Spring 2016 internships will be accepted until January 15, 2016. Information for summer 2016 not yet available at time of this posting. Check organization website for updates or contact the organization directly.

People for the American Way
Location: Washington DC, New York City, Florida
Website: pfaw.org/about-us/employment-internship-and-volunteer-opportunities
Description: People For the American Way is a nationwide advocacy organization that mobilizes its members and activists to fight for public policies that reflect the values of freedom, fairness, and equal opportunity; to champion constitutional protections and civil rights; to hold public officials accountable to those standards; and to promote strong democratic institutions, including a federal judiciary that upholds individual rights. The affiliated People For the American Way Foundation conducts research, legal, and education work on behalf of First Amendment freedoms and democratic values; monitors, exposes, and challenges the Religious Right movement and its political allies; identifies, trains, and supports the next generation of progressive leaders through its Young People For youth leadership programs and its Young Elected Officials Network; and carries out nonpartisan voter education, registration, civic participation, and election protection activities. Internships available in: public policy, fellowship, advanced leadership training, alumni programs, Young Elected Officials Network Policy, African-American religious affairs, communications, development, and web.
Applicants: Each internship is available for qualified applicants, including relevant degree path and professional experience.
Application dates and deadlines: Available on a rolling basis. Application deadline open.