The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC) offers fall, spring and summer internships to undergraduate and graduate students as well as individuals who have completed a degree program.
Interns work alongside legal, communications and development staff at the BJC’s Center for Religious Liberty, which is located two blocks from the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the U.S. Supreme Court. Interns perform clerical duties and help provide constituent services. There is also ample opportunity to explore interests and cultivate skills through writing, conducting research, engaging in multimedia projects, and assisting with coalition work and advocacy outreach.
BJC interns gain firsthand exposure to current issues concerning religious freedom and the separation of church and state. They also have the chance to make meaningful contributions to the important work of defending and extending religious liberty for all.
In addition to a monthly stipend, BJC interns receive free housing on Capitol Hill. Interns typically work 35-40 hours per week, but part-time scheduling needs may be accommodated.
The internship selection process is competitive. A demonstrated interest in religious liberty matters is desirable but not required. To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter describing your interest in a BJC internship to internships@BJConline.org.
Fall semester internships: June 30
Spring semester internships: October 15
Summer internships: March 1
BJC Fellows Program
The inaugural Baptist Joint Committee Fellows Program took place in 2015, created to equip young professionals for religious liberty advocacy. Each year, ten BJC Fellows are selected from from diverse educational, professional and religious backgrounds. They commit to being advocates for religious liberty in their houses of worship and communities, and they attend the BJC Fellows Seminar at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. Visit BJConline.org/Fellows for more information.
Moyers Scholar Program
Since 2006, graduate students at Wake Forest University School of Divinity in Winston-Salem, N.C., have the opportunity to apply for the Moyers Scholar program, which entitles one recipient per year to a semester internship at the BJC in Washington, D.C. In July 2005, James and Marilyn Dunn donated $100,000 to the endowment fund, and their gift is managed by the Wake Forest University School of Divinity with the proceeds going to the scholar program at the BJC.
There are no current job openings at the Baptist Joint Committee.