The Ansari Institute partners with Religions for Peace on a student internship program. Notre Dame undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to apply to intern with Religions for Peace for a semester or the summer and receive financial support from the institute. Religions for Peace (RfP) is a global interfaith peacebuilding coalition based in New York City that has been advancing peace for the past 50 years. RfP has six strategic priorities:
- Promote peaceful, just and inclusive societies
- Advance gender equality
- Nurture a sustainable environment
- Champion freedom of thought, conscience and religion
- Strengthen interreligious education
- Foster multi-religious collaboration and global partnerships
A variety of internship opportunities are available. For more information on open positions, please visit the careers page on the RfP website and scroll down to the internships section. In general, RfP will hire both undergraduate and graduate students, but all students must be interested in one RfP’s six strategic priorities. Prior experience in religious peacebuilding, interreligious work, and international studies is a plus. Successful applicants have usually been majoring or minoring in one of the following fields: Peace Studies, International Development Studies, Political Science, Theology, Global Affairs, or Communications.
Students will ideally intern full-time during the semester or the summer, though there are flexible options due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. At a minimum, students should be able to work 20 hours a week. Students interested in semester long internship opportunities can conduct those virtually and those interested in the summer internship program will ideally be interning in person in New York City.
Financial support and selection process
The Ansari Institute offers modest financial support to students who apply through our selection process. Students will be asked to submit a resume and respond to a few short answer questions. A committee from the Ansari Institute will then determine one or two students to nominate for an internship with RfP. The ultimate decision of internship office placement is at the discretion of RfP staff.
Students that are selected for an internship will be awarded up to $2,500 after completing their semester internship.
Interns are typically appointed three times a year in the summer, fall, and winter. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
The deadline to apply is August 14, 2022. If you have additional questions, please contact the Institute via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tinaishe Maramba is a master of global affairs student. He graduated with honors from the University of Zimbabwe with a degree in political science. Before coming to the Keough School, he worked for the International Organization for Migration, a UN-related organization, as a project field assistant, working with returnees affected by economic challenges related to the global pandemic. Previously, he worked with National AIDS Council Zimbabwe as a district youth facilitator. He also has served as a junior member of parliament in the city of Murewa, advocating for children’s rights policy.
Tinaishe was awarded the US government’s global UGRAD scholarship to study in the United States and is a graduate of the YALI Regional Leadership Center in Southern Africa, a US Department of State initiative to train the next generation of young African leaders. He is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.
Oneile Gorata Baitlotli is a University of Notre Dame senior from Molepolole, Botswana, who is passionate about finding sustainable solutions for access to quality education in Southern Africa. Her major in political science, as well as minors in international development and peace studies, have enabled her to deepen her knowledge on the subject.
Baitlotli interned for Afrika Tikkun in South Africa in the summer of her sophomore year and worked with The Rusalia Foundation in Kenya after her junior year. Both organizations are committed to improving access to education in underprivileged communities. She was attracted to peace studies because of her interest in peace-centered development that recognizes and prioritizes human dignity.
Interfaith Action (SW Michigan Peace & Justice Collaborative) is a coalition of over forty faith communities committed to justice and peace in local, national, and international contexts. Our current efforts revolve around three areas: Common Life, Common Home, and Common Good. In particular, our common efforts include advancing policies around the issues of migration, environmentalism, gun violence, inclusion, equity, and human rights.
Interfaith Action provides a wide array of opportunities for applied interfaith experiences yielding both knowledge and skill development. Internship possibilities include inter-religious programming, research, inter-religious spiritual development, social justice advocacy, facilitative work with small groups, independent projects of applied theology and public theology, etc.
An Interfaith Action intern can tailor the internship experience based on their passions, the learning goals of Ansari, and the strategic and annual plans of Interfaith Action. Interested applicants will have a preliminary conversation with Interfaith Action to discuss the variety of experiences available (social justice issue areas, communications, operations, etc.). Based on this information, the interested applicant will propose an area of focus, and work with Interfaith Action to develop a position description.
This is a paid internship opportunity, funded by the Ansari Institute. Students will average five hours of work per week for a three-month semester (60 hours total). Students will be paid $1,000 per semester, or $2,000 for the academic year.
Interested applicants should send inquiries to email@example.com. The deadline to apply is August 14, 2022.