Interested in a faith-based approach to global peace and justice issues? Consider an internship with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns in Washington, D.C.
As an intern at our Washington, D.C. office, you will
- Research current issues affecting countries where Maryknoll missioners live and work
- Participate in faith- , issue- and region-based coalitions
- Have the opportunity to write articles for NewsNotes, our bi-monthly journal, and for our website
- Gain first-hand understanding of decision-making processes in Washington, D.C.
For all positions, requirements include:
- Interest in and awareness of issues of global justice
- Understanding of/respect for Maryknoll's faith tradition
- Willingness to share office responsibilities
- Excellent spoken and written English
- Computer proficiency
- Excellent interpersonal and good writing skills
- Ability to work independently
- In most cases, an ability to work 15-25 hours/week
- Additional language skills a plus but not necessary
Class credit is available; we cannot provide housing; we cannot provide work visas for international students/workers. Interns/volunteers are also required to complete paperwork from the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers' human resources department.
In Washington, D.C., the MOGC is located on New York Avenue near the Convention Center. The Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street Convention Center (green/yellow lines) and the New York Avenue/Gallaudet University/NoMa (red line) metro stops are each about a 10-minute walk from our office.
This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a faith-based, nonprofit organization. Our office hours are 9 AM-5 PM Monday-Friday. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your possible start and end dates, and note if you are available particular days of the week.
Goal: Learn to conduct research, advocacy, and outreach to diverse constituencies on issues such as climate change, energy policy, trade policy, or agricultural policy that affect Maryknoll missioners, marginalized communities, and the environment. Explore these issues through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.
- Keep MOGC actively involved with Washington debate around economic and ecological impact of policy decisions developed by U.S. and international financial institutions on lives of marginalized communities.
- Develop advocacy materials for the office related to economic or environmental policies.
- Provide analysis to staff and MOGC website that adds possible solutions to issues such as climate change, natural resource depletion, food insecurity, corporate power, and global poverty.
- Research the best practices of Maryknollers in the field to implement sustainable solutions to environmental and economic injustices.
- Inform MOGC supporters about actions they can take to change policies.
- Research and report to staff on assigned ecological or economic issues, as determined by the FEE Program Director, on people and communities in the countries where Maryknollers live and work.
- Keep MOGC staff informed about initiatives, including action alerts, sign-on letters, meetings and conferences.
- Update MOGC website information on climate change and its economic and ecological effects on communities around the world.
- Help arrange Hill visits or other meetings with policy makers as appropriate.
- Write at least 2-3 700-word article for each issue of NewsNotes.
- Research or write a short 400-word brief for the online newsletter, Encounters: Where Faith, Economy, and Ecology Meet.
- Assist with note-taking and other meeting responsibilities for coalition meetings as determined by you and your supervisor.
- Write action alerts for email and website distribution, as appropriate.
- Attend briefings and hearings on Capitol Hill or organized by the NGO community related to the subject.
2) Sustainable Pathways to Peace & Security in Central America
This intern will represent the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC) in working groups focusing on addressing the root causes of conflict and promoting nonviolent solutions to violence and systemic injustice in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
- Keep MOGC actively involved with peace initiatives in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador through participation in working groups and coalitions
- Make visible MOGC support for diplomacy and peace-building strategies, and opposition to aggression and violence in Central America
- Inform MOGC constituents about peace efforts and the need for U.S. accountability in peace-building in communities in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, through analysis posted on the website, in NewsNotes articles, action alerts, etc.
- Research and reporting on human rights, violence, peace and security, current political situations, drug trafficking, gang and youth violence in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador
- Coordinating with MOGC’s Faith-Economy-Ecology project on crossover issues
- Keeping MOGC staff informed about relevant campaigns and initiatives, including action alerts, sign-on letters, meetings and conferences
- Updating the MOGC website on information about Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
- Write at least 2-3 700-word article for each issue of NewsNotes.
- Writing action alerts for email and website distribution, as appropriate
- Maintaining communication with Maryknoll missioners in the Central America region
- Attending events and briefings on relevant issues
3) Ending torture (currently recruiting)
Maryknoll strongly supports efforts to end the use of torture in all circumstances. (A call for the abolition of torture.) This internship position with the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC) helps the MOGC, as an organizational member of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), an organizational supporter of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) and an organizational supporter of Witness Against Torture (which focuses much of its work on Guantanamo), keep this office and our supporters informed of international concerns related to torture and to encourage action in response.
Major areas of responsibility:
- Keep MOGC actively involved with NRCAT
- Make visible MOGC support for survivors of torture (through efforts of TASSC)
- Make visible MOGC opposition to any form of torture by the U.S., including indefinite detention (through the activities of Witness Against Torture)
- Inform MOGC constituents about the practice of torture and the need for accountability through the website, NewsNotes articles, action alerts, and other outlets.
- Work with NRCAT and serve as MOGC representative to NRCAT for general membership meetings and activities
- Participate in NRCAT meetings and Washington-based activities (Capitol Hill/administration advocacy efforts), bringing Maryknoll leadership in by their signatures or in person as appropriate
- Work with TASSC, especially in June during their annual Torture Awareness Month events
- Support Witness Against Torture and its efforts to close Guantanamo
- Keep the MOGC website information up-to-date
- Write at least one NewsNotes article for each issue
- Write action alerts as appropriate
4) Social media/Marketing (currently recruiting)
Goal: To help maintain MOGC presence on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites; promote NewsNotes and other MOGC products with the aim of increasing subscriptions and connections.
- Organize a promotional effort to raise awareness of NewsNotes and the work of the MOGC
- Maintain the MOGC Facebook page and Twitter feed, promoting MOGC articles and statements
- Update the MOGC website
- Leverage social networks to strengthen relationships with existing supporters and increase the number of impressions from supporters
- Utilize various tools to raise our web presence and placement on web
- Build RSS to track MOGC’s presence on social media outlets
- Interact with supporters and others who contact us through social media outlets
- Research and report on new social media trends and services
- Find and cultivate social media contacts to promote the work of MOGC
- Research target markets to promote MOGC
For all positions, please contact email@example.com; send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and availability (start/end dates).