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: Education and mobilization assistant
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The mission of the Education and Mobilization Assistant is to expand the base of support for religious liberty. Education is key to building a sustainable and ever-increasing core of religious liberty advocates who can inform themselves and others about religious liberty. Mobilization is key to providing opportunities for religious liberty advocates take timely action and play an active role in their communities and houses of worship. The Education and Mobilization Assistant supports the BJC’s education and mobilization work.
1. Coordinate logistics and travel for staff conference attendance and speaking engagements.
2. Coordinate the BJC’s Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest.
3. Provide administrative support to education and mobilization staff.
4. Provide training and day-to-day supervision of BJC Interns.
5. Manage database for education and mobilization efforts.
6. Other administrative tasks as assigned.
Required Skills and Experience
· Strong professional skills, including ability to prioritize and work with a team, verbal and written communication, and time management.
· Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
· Problem-solving skills with a demonstrated capacity to meet deadlines and a commitment to customer service.
· Strong technical skills, including mastery of Microsoft Office.
· Experience with databases a must; preference will be given to those with experience working with Raiser’s Edge.
· Excellent interpersonal skills.
· Demonstrated willingness to learn new skills.
· Self-starter with strong initiative.
· Dedication to building, improving and maintaining systems and keeping an organized office environment.
· Fundraising and event planning knowledge is a plus.
· Understanding of, or interest in and ability to learn about, different Baptist denominations and Baptist history.
This position works closely with staff members and reports to the Senior Director of Operations and Development.