Internships and careers at the Baptist Joint Committee
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.
Job opening: Associate Director of Communications
Also posted on Idealist.org
The mission of the Associate Director of Communications is to expand the base of support for religious liberty by engaging key constituencies through traditional and digital media. The Associate Director works alongside the Director of Communications in developing and implementing the BJC’s strategic communications program to convey the importance of religious liberty for all people and the separation of church and state.
- Serve as associate editor of the BJC’s printed magazine, Report from the Capital.
- Generate story ideas, gather information and organize content
- Write, edit and proofread stories
- Provide design work
- Ensure the magazine is digitally accessible
- Create compelling website content and maintain website consistency and accuracy.
- Create fliers, brochures, graphics and other materials that explain complicated and nuanced messages to increase understanding of religious liberty principles.
- Draft and develop op-eds and other materials in the appropriate voice to communicate the BJC’s position and connect with new audiences.
- Ensure our online and print presences are visually compelling and consistent.
- Create or oversee the development of visual content used on our digital platforms.
- Plan and execute video content for a variety of platforms.
- Take quality photographs and video of events and curate albums.
- Develop dynamic multimedia content for websites, social media platforms and staff presentations.
- Develop and execute goal-oriented social media strategies and campaigns to inspire action and increase our audience.
- Create (and curate) digital and social content that translates the BJC’s nuanced messages and engages people in our mission.
- Be the BJC’s expert on all things social, staying up-to-date on the latest trends and sharing recommendations for optimization.
- Develop an email marketing strategy and manage daily operations to support organizational objectives, promote events, drive website traffic and build loyalty. This includes designing communication and measuring analytics.
- Support development of print ads for denominational partners and other campaigns that promote the BJC to external audiences.
- Work with the Director of Communications in developing and implementing a media strategy that increases brand awareness through various interviews, op-eds, events, engagements and public-facing opportunities.
- Draft and develop various forms of media correspondence, including statements, press releases, media kits, op-eds, blogs and other commentary.
- Pitch BJC stories to media at the local, regional and national level.
- Field incoming media requests and develop relationships in both traditional and digital media and with other influencers critical to our mission.
- Prepare briefing materials for media interviews with BJC staff.
Required Skills and Experience:
- Minimum 3-5 years of experience in communications, media relations, public relations or journalism, and a bachelor’s degree in related field.
- Demonstrated writing and editing experience with proven attention to detail in a rapid-response environment.
- Excellent judgement and innovative problem-solving skills.
- Confident self-starter who can create new strategies, prioritize and manage multiple projects from inception to completion.
- Articulate and compelling written and verbal communicator.
- Ability to adapt quickly to shifting priorities and urgent tasks.
- Understanding of, or interest in and ability to learn about, different Baptist denominations and Baptist history.
Desired Technical Skills:
- Website content management systems (WordPress preferred)
- Design software (Adobe InDesign and Photoshop preferred)
- Shooting and editing video (Adobe Premiere preferred)
To apply, please send the following to resumes@BJConline.org:
- Cover letter
- Three samples of previous work:
- One journalistic or op-ed article
- Samples from two of the following four categories:
- Social media posts/campaign
- Press release
- Graphic design – magazine layout, flyer, or similar example
The position is open until filled.