As part of the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI)’s Center for Religious Freedom Education provides an opportunity for young people to learn, grow, and actively contribute to RFI’s efforts to secure religious freedom for everyone, everywhere.

Through the internship program, interns will participate in the work of the Religious Freedom Institute through its research, education, and policy programs, and gain experience in promoting religious freedom in the United States and around the world and in the operations of a nonprofit organization. Directed by the Center for Religious Freedom Education, the internship program enables students to be exposed to topics and focus areas of interest (geographic or thematic) in association with RFI’s action teams.

Job Description and Responsibilities

  • Support the work of RFI’s leadership team and program staff with research, writing, data collection, and program management tasks.

  • Assist in communications and digital media tasks, including drafting, reviewing, editing, and publishing of articles, reports, blog contributions, website posts, and social media posts.

  • Assist with logistical and administrative tasks related to events and other organizational activities.

Desired Experience and Background

  • Graduate student or junior or senior undergraduate student in Political Science, International Relations, Regional Studies, or related fields.

  • GPA of 3.5 or above (preferred)

  • Ideal candidates will have demonstrated interest and experience in religious freedom. A particular regional focus (South and Southeast Asia, Middle East, etc.) including understanding of political, religious, and cultural issues and / or proficiency in a regional language is a plus.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills are important.

Position Type

  • Flexible: Part-Time, approx. 10 hours / week or near full-time, approx. 30 hours / week

  • Term: 3 Months (flexible as needed based on program and availability )

  • Location: Washington, D.C.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume, writing sample, and a letter of recommendation from current academic adviser or dean to

Religious Freedom Institute (Washington, DC area)

The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) is committed to achieving broad acceptance of religious liberty as a fundamental human right, the cornerstone of a successful society, and a source of national and international security. It will achieve this goal by convincing stakeholders in select regions that religious freedom can help them achieve their own goals—political, economic, strategic, and religious. Action Teams will establish a presence in each region to build coalitions and work toward making religious freedom a priority for governments, civil society, religious communities, businesses, and the general public. (