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 Mobilization
Full details available on Idealist.org
The mission of the Associate Director of Mobilization is to expand the base of support for religious liberty. Mobilization is key to providing opportunities for religious liberty advocates to take timely action and play an active role in their communities and houses of worship. Engaging the next generation of religious liberty advocates is an essential goal of this position. This is a full-time position that works across the organization and reports to the Executive Director.
1. Develop a strategy to organize groups and individuals to take action by working across BJC departments and with key stakeholders to identify strategic priorities and audiences, including congregations, partners and thought leaders.
2. Cultivate partnerships, alliances, and other relationships to further engagement and mobilization goals of BJC. This includes developing co-branded materials and events with denominational, coalition, and interfaith partners.
3. In collaboration with other BJC staff, facilitate the BJC Fellows selection process and plan and carry out the BJC Fellows Seminar in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Develop an overall strategy and program to keep BJC Fellows engaged in our work post-seminar. Serve as the primary point of contact for BJC Fellows.
4. In conjunction with Legal Department, coordinate legislative advocacy activities that engage BJC supporters. Duties may include cultivating networks of religious liberty advocates; planning and assisting in executing training sessions for advocates; and facilitating advocacy efforts such as legislative visits, campaigns involving sending communications to legislators’ offices, and writing op-eds and letters to the editor.
5. Develop metrics and assessment tools to gauge the effectiveness of mobilization and advocacy efforts.
6. Develop a program to engage church pastors and congregations in the BJC’s work. Develop appropriate communications avenues, coordinate educational programs, and develop advocacy opportunities.
7. Other duties as assigned.
Required Skills and Experience:
1. Minimum 3-5 years of experience working in advocacy, community organizing, and/or legislative arenas. Bachelor’s degree required, and graduate degree in related field strongly preferred.
2. Personal dedication to religious liberty and church-state separation.
3. Commitment to and experience in ecumenical and interfaith work.
4. Superior verbal and written communication skills.
5. Strong professional skills, including ability to prioritize and work with a team, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
6. Excellent judgment and innovative problem-solving skills.
7. Confident self-starter who can create new strategies and manage multiple projects from inception to completion.
8. Stellar interpersonal skills.
9. Understanding of, or interest in and ability to learn about, different Baptist denominations and Baptist history.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to resumes@BJConline.org. The position is open until filled.