Regional Policy Analysis Intern

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United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
732 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 7 Part-time, Unpaid

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The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan, U.S. federal government advisory commission – the first of its kind in the world – that monitors the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad. USCIRF reviews the facts and circumstances of religious freedom violations and makes policy recommendations to the President, Secretary of State, and Congress. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and Congressional leadership of both political parties.

(1) Cover letter explaining your qualifications and why you would you like to intern at USCIRF
(2) Resume
(3) Writing sample (3-5 pages)
(4) Letters of reference (at least 2)

E-mail, fax, or mail your application materials to:
USCIRF Internship Program
732 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite A714
Washington, DC 20401
202-523-3240 (phone)
202-523-5020 (fax)

Please specify the internship and semester you are applying for in your cover letter and the subject line of an e-mailed application.


- Research a variety of international religious freedom and human rights issues, with a focus in one or more of the following world regions: Africa; East Asia; Europe and Central Asia; Middle East; and South Asia (please specify which region you are applying for in your cover letter and the subject line of an e-mailed application)
- Assist with preparations for meetings, roundtables, Commission travel, and other events
- Attend meetings at USCIRF with international visitors and other groups interested in USCIRF's work
- Attend and report on public hearings and other events in the DC area on issues relevant to USCIRF’s work
- Provide general administrative support as needed


Eligible candidates should be:
- U.S. citizens (or otherwise authorized to intern with the U.S. government);
- currently enrolled undergraduates or graduate students (including JD and LLM candidates); and
- able to successfully complete a background check.

Eligible candidates should have:
- a minimum 2.5 GPA;
- demonstrable knowledge, including academic background, of a particular world region;
- completed coursework (or have experience) in public policy, international affairs, political science, human rights, religious affairs, government affairs, or a related field;
- a willingness to perform administrative tasks;
- familiarity with the full Microsoft Office suite.

Fluency in a foreign language (particularly Mandarin Chinese, Russian, or Arabic) is preferred, but not required.

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