Religious Studies Student Events & Opportunities

Internship Opportunities

American Humanist Association Internships

“The American Humanist Association has internships available year-round for students, recent grads, and volunteers in Washington, DC. Interns will develop a more comprehensive understanding of how a progressive, national nonprofit organization works, while gaining valuable skills for the future.”

“An internship at the AHA will provide an opportunity to support the organization's current work: advancing Humanist values and progressive issue advocacy, focusing on church-state separation, civil liberties, reproductive freedom, human rights, and equality.”

“Internships are available in four areas: Communications and Advocacy, Editorial, Field, and Legal. 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. Modest stipends are available.”

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American Jewish Committee Goldman Fellowship

“The American Jewish Committee Goldman Fellowship Program is designed to develop future leaders in the areas of international and domestic politics, diplomacy, public relations, and management. This competitive Fellowship gives students the unique opportunity to work in offices throughout the world - from San Francisco to Geneva, Switzerland, and from New York to Melbourne, Australia.”

“Fellows work closely with supervisors in a mentor relationship to learn about strategy, advocacy, and the development and implementation of programming. Fellows may also spend part of their time developing an independent project with the AJC office to which they are assigned. Research and policy work span the range of AJC's interests - from international affairs and diplomacy to interethnic relations and non-profit management. Applicants are asked to select their preferred field(s) of interest from the following fields: Domestic and Legal Policy, International Policy and Diplomacy, Media Relations, Human Rights Advocacy, Global Jewish Affairs, Interreligious/Interethnic Relations, as well as any location preferences and AJC will seek to match requests with our needs. AJC Goldman Fellows receive $3,000 for the 9-week program plus major travel expenses.”

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American Medical Association: Ethics Group Internship Program

“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.”

“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.”

Application deadlines: summer internship: February; fall internship: mid July

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Hindu American Foundation

“The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is a human rights group whose purpose is to provide a voice for the 2 million strong Hindu American community. HAF interacts with and educates government, media, think tanks, academia and public fora about Hinduism and issues of concern to Hindus locally and globally. Promoting the Hindu and American ideals of understanding, tolerance and pluralism, HAF stands strong against hate, discrimination, defamation and terror.”

A variety of internships and volunteer positions, including political, marketing, and report writer positions, are available.

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Human Rights Campaign: Religion and Faith Program Internship

“As the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender political organization, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is dedicated to ending discrimination, securing equal rights and protecting the health and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. With a 100-person national staff and over 600,000 members throughout the country, HRC lobbies the federal government on LGBT legislative and regulatory matters, advocates before the courts as an amicus curiae, participates in the judicial nominations process, leads and/or actively works on national civil rights coalitions, educates the public, participates in elections, engages communities of faith in a meaningful dialogue on LGBT issues, and works at the grassroots level on civil rights and political matters of national importance.”

“The Human Rights Campaign Religion and Faith Program’s mission is to change the conversation in this country about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and faith. HRC is standing alongside religious people who have been speaking out for GLBT equality. Our approach is twofold: (1) to amplify the voices of faith leaders who are willing to speak out for GLBT equality (2) to equip GLBT people of faith and our allies to use faith language in advocacy.”

“While HRC is a political organization, we offer internships in nearly all of our departments and programs,” from Communities and Volunteer Relations, Diversity, Political, Youth & Campus Outreach, Consumer Marketing, among others.

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Institute for Women’s Policy Research

“The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is a non-profit, scientific research organization that works primarily on issues related to equal opportunity and economic and social justice for women. IWPR works with policymakers, scholars, and advocacy groups around the country to conduct research, disseminate its findings, and build a network of individuals and organizations concerned with policy issues for women.”

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The Interfaith Alliance Intern Program

“The Interfaith Alliance is equally committed to protecting the integrity of both religion and democracy in America. We champion religious freedom by respecting individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism and build common ground.”

“The Interfaith Alliance gives [interns] the unique opportunity to explore the various faith traditions represented in our diverse nation and to see first-hand the religious liberty at work. In addition, interns also work in a specific department, including development, program, or policy to learn about the specific rewards and challenges inherent in non-profit work. As full members of The Interfaith Alliance staff, interns are expected to contribute to the daily tasks and ongoing projects.” The Interfaith Alliance offers internships focused in the following areas: Communication, Development, and Field/Grassroots Organizing.

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Interfaith Worker Justice Summer Internship

“Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) calls upon our religious values in order to educate, organize, and mobilize the religious community in the U.S. on issues and campaigns that will improve wages, benefits, and working conditions for workers, especially low-wage workers.”

“The Interfaith Worker Justice Summer Internship is a 10-week program for undergraduate students who want to be active in the worker justice movement. Through hands-on experiences, interns advocate for the right of all people to be treated with dignity in their work. Interns are placed at interfaith committees or workers' centers across the country, where their responsibilities can include outreach to the religious community on labor issues, interviewing workers' and business leaders, participating in local and national campaigns, and working on public policy.”

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The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) Internship Program

“ISNA is an association of Muslim organizations and individuals that provides a common platform for presenting Islam, supporting Muslim communities, developing educational, social and outreach programs and fostering good relations with other religious communities, and civic and service organizations.”

“Since 1995, ISNA has been offering internships to students across North America. ISNA continues to offer internship opportunities to Muslims studying diverse subjects from colleges and universities across the United States. …Available positions include Leadership Training and Conflict Resolution, Youth Program Development, Interfaith Relations and Community Outreach, Convention and Conference Planning, Membership and Affiliation Promotion, Fundraising and Endowment Building, and Management Information Systems.”

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U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

“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.”

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Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)

“The Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) began in 1983 in response to the need for theological, ethical, and liturgical development for and by women. We are a feminist educational center, doing work locally, nationally and internationally organizing programs and projects, publications and workshops, counseling, spiritual direction and liturgical planning which help people actualize feminist religious values in the service of social change. WATER helps develop inclusive religious and social communities, and focuses feminist faith on bringing about social justice.”

“Interns engage in the full range of activities at WATER, from office work to program planning. They learn how a small non-profit is run and what it takes to nurture such an Alliance. Interns wishing to do their own research will have a chance to utilize WATER's constantly growing Resource Center as well as consult with our experienced staff through periodic in-house seminars. Interns must commit to a minimum of six weeks and can stay for as many as six months. Internships are unpaid. All participants are encouraged to apply for academic credit from their home institutions for their work at WATER.”

No application deadline listed on website.

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