ICRD is not currently accepting program internship applications. Historically, ICRD has looked for interns who have passion and experience in the fields of religion and conflict mitigation. Applicants should be interested in working within existing or potential program areas, such as:
- Salafism – Research about its rise and spread; peaceful Salafist beliefs versus violent Salafist action; methods to counter violent extremism in various countries, specifically Pakistan, Yemen, Morocco, and Tunisia.
- Yemen – Conflict management and resolution.
- Saudi Arabia – Textbook and educational reform and research on the global impact of the Saudi textbooks.
- Pakistan – Countering violent extremism through integrating religious women and building counter-narratives.
- Islamophobia in the U.S. – Addressing and countering Islamophobia within conservative Christian communities.
- Colombia – Training women and other faith leaders in reconciliation to support reintegration of former combatants.
Programs are at various stages of implementation, and all interns generally work closely with ICRD staff across multiple programs throughout the duration of the internship.
- We primarily need experience in written and spoken Arabic, Farsi, French, Spanish, Pashto and Urdu. Native speakers preferred although high-level non-Native proficiency is welcome as well.
- Monitoring news and preparing a news brief together with other interns on a daily basis;
- Participating in policy forums and other events as a representative of ICRD;
- Preparing event and meeting reports and memos for senior staff members;
- Conducting research on political and economic developments in countries that are relevant to the Center’s work;
- Maintaining accurate databases, conducting research on new funding opportunities and helping to develop effective fundraising and outreach strategies;
- Writing a blog post on a topic of personal interest that is related to ICRD’s mission;
- Updating the Center’s social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram);
- Assisting staff in preparing for our annual Faith-in-Action award dinner;
- Occasional administrative tasks as needed by the Center’s staff.
- An undergraduate or graduate student in good academic standing, or a recent graduate;
- A major in Political Science, International Relations, International Studies, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Conflict Studies, Area/Ethnic Studies or equivalent. Communications and Business majors will be considered for the Communications and Outreach Internship position;
- A commitment to religious pluralism and collaboration;
- Excellent writing and research skills;
- Relevant thematic knowledge (conflict transformation, conflict analysis, comparative religion, etc.) and regional experience (particularly Central & South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Horn of Africa & Sahel regions).
Duration and hours:
Internships will generally run from mid-January until early-May, but start and end dates are flexible. Full-time availability (40h per week) is preferable, but applications for part-time positions (ca. 20-24h per week) will also be considered. All internship positions are unpaid.
How to Apply:
To be considered, send the following items as a single Word or PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please label the attachment as “Last Name, First Name_ Program or Outreach Application”.
- Cover letter – Please indicate your date of availability.
- Resume – Please include your GPA, relevant work and extracurricular experience, language skills, academic major(s) and graduation year.
- References – Please include at least 2 references.
- Writing sample – Please submit a 1-3-page writing sample of your choice (may be excerpts from longer essays), or respond to the following question in 500 words or less (approx. 1 page): Where specifically in the world do you see religion having the greatest potential to resolve conflict, and why?
- Most recent academic transcript – You may attach them separately.
All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (202) 331-9404.