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.
The Communications Associate works alongside the Director of Communications in implementing the strategic communications program of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty to convey the importance of religious liberty for all people and the separation of church and state.
- Provide daily editing, content production and maintenance of the BJC websites and social media outlets; also work to expand the organization’s web presence and reach.
- Serve as associate editor and designer of the BJC’s magazine, Report from the Capital, providing constituents with religious liberty news and analysis. This includes responsibilities to generate story ideas; gather information; write, edit and proofread stories; provide design work.
- Create and prepare fliers, brochures, graphics and other materials that effectively communicate and increase understanding of religious liberty principles and church-state issues.
- Develop, write and manage regular and targeted email updates to BJC constituents to connect others to our work and promote upcoming events.
- Develop dynamic multimedia content for websites, social media platforms and staff presentations.
- Take quality photographs and video of events and curate albums.
- Work with the Director of Communications to strengthen contact with editors and reporters in religious and secular media.
- Write articles and analyses on church-state issues for the BJC and other publications.
- Other duties as assigned.
Required skills and experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, marketing, public relations, or related field
- Demonstrated writing and editing experience
- Ability to process complicated and nuanced messages for digital media
- Excellent oral and written communication skills with attention to detail
- Ability to multi-task and manage projects from inception to completion
- Experience with website content management systems, preferably WordPress and additional platforms
- Experience with and working knowledge of design software, preferably Adobe InDesign and Photoshop
- Experience shooting video and editing with Adobe Premiere is preferred
- Social media management experience and vision
- The ideal candidate will have experience working with the press and contacts in the media
- Ability to tell compelling stories through various platforms
- 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 Director of Communications.
To apply, please send the following to resumes@BJConline.org:
- Cover letter
- Three samples of work, including at least one writing sample
The position is open until filled.