USCIRF Internships (United States Commission on International Religious Freedom)



Location (s):

  • United States of America
Washington, D.C.


The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is a bipartisan independent federal commission that monitors and seeks to advance the internationally recognized freedom of thought, conscience, religion, or belief and related human rights.


Available Internships

Communications Intern

  • Maintain and expand database of media, NGO, think tank, academia, and religious contacts.
  • Post on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
  • Help update website.
  • Help prepare materials for distribution to the public and press, including press releases, policy briefs, newsletters, and reports.
  • Create daily press clips for distribution.
  • Help organize and provide logistical support for events such as press conferences, public hearings, and speaking engagements.
  • Provide general administrative support as needed.

Government Relations Intern

  • Track foreign policystatements, religious freedom, human rights and related legislation, and relevant policy publications.
  • Attendand report on Congressional hearings.
  • Review relevant government agency websites and publications daily.
  • Research positions and actions taken by Members of Congress and Congressional committees and organizations.
  • Undertake other research as needed.
  • Provide general administrative support as needed.

Policy Department: Legal Research Intern (open to current 2L, 3L, and LLM students)

  • Conduct research on a variety ofinternational human rights and comparative law topics, as assigned.

Policy Department: Regional Policy Analysis Intern

  • Research a variety of international religious freedom and human rights issues, with a focus in one or more of the following world regions:
    • Africa,
    • East Asia,
    • Europe and Central Asia,
    • Middle East,
    • South Asia.
  • Assist with preparations for meetings, roundtables, Commission travel, and other events.
  • Attend meetings at USCIRF with international visitors and other groups interested in USCIRF's work.
  • Attend and report on public hearings and other events in the DC area on issues relevant to USCIRF’s work.
  • Provide general administrative support as needed.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Currently enrolled undergraduates (sophomores, juniors and seniors) and graduate students (including JD and LLM candidates)
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Successful completion of a background check


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

  • All USCIRF internships are paid; course credit may be available.
  • USCIRF does not provide housing or moving expenses.
  • Internships can be full-time (40 hours a week) or part-time (20-30 hours a week) for a minimum of 8 weeks, but not to exceed 16 weeks.
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