International Center for Religion and Diplomacy Internship


The International Center for Religion and Diplomacy (ICRD) was formed in 1999 to facilitate increased understanding between policymakers and religious leaders in resolving differences between people, communities, and nation-states. The mission of ICRD is to bridge religious considerations and international politics in support of peacebuilding. ICRD serves as a bridge between policy-makers, peacebuilding practitioners and religious communities to support stability and social cohesion by:  

  • Decreasing religion’s role as a driver of conflict 
  • Increasing the capacity and number of religious peacemakers 
  • Increasing the role of religious clergy and laity in peacemaking 
  • Increasing policy-makers’ awareness of and receptivity to the potential contributions of religious peacemakers.  

Some of the strategic techniques the ICRD employs include:  

  • Identifying and applying faith doctrines that inspire empathy and reconciliation 
  • Engaging excluded and ideologically divided communities in constructive conversations 
  • Facilitating relationships of trust and identifying new areas for collaboration; 
  • Conducting conflict analysis, particularly where religious considerations are salient 
  • Reinforcing contemporary conflict resolution techniques with faith-based practices.  


Martine Miller, Vice President 


ICRD Interns engage across a range of the organization’s domestic and global programs/projects based on their knowledge, capacities, and professional growth interests. Depending on interests, an Intern may be engaged in assisting in the research and strategic development of ICRD’s regional engagement in the Middle East and North Africa, and/or South and Southeast Asia region. Interns may also be engaged in the organization's research and programming in, for instance: Cameroon and Chad, Mali; Ethiopia and Sudan; Lebanon and Jordan; Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Yemen; the Maldives; among others. ICRD receives requests for support in intense conflict settings, and actively designs support mechanisms, composes concept notes and proposals to provide the requested support, of which Interns are actively engaged. 


This internship will prepare interns for careers in any of the following: 

  • Faculty 
  • Government 
  • Non-profit 
  • Advocacy and Policy 
  • Consulting 
  • Communication, Outreach, and Publishing 
  • Data science 
  • Teaching 
  • International Affairs 
  • Mediation/Negotiation 


This internship will provide experiences to develop and polish the following skills: 

  • Communication to diverse audiences 
  • Interdisciplinary team collaboration 
  • Knowledge of sector and networking 
  • Problem-solving and analytical thinking 
  • Data literacy and fluency 
  • Project management and leadership 
  • Self and career management 
  • Teaching, mentoring and training 
  • Thought leadership and innovation 
  • Grant writing and funding development 
  • Marketing 


Interns/Fellows will have the opportunity to conduct intensive research, engaged in program designs, development and implementation. Interns/Fellows will be directly engaged in real time support to partners and key actors in a range of conflict contexts with a particular focus on supporting the evolution of regional strategies for the Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and US domestic. 


ICRD Interns/Fellows work closely with the organization’s program managers and partners to design and implement research, proposals and programs domestically and globally. The intern will also be mentored by Martine Miller throughout the internship.  


ICRD welcomes Interns/Fellows eager to engage as a team member, with a passion to share and gain new knowledge and skills. 


In order to meet the goals outlined above, this internship may span two consecutive terms. The internship can begin in either based on student's availability. 


PhD+ interns will be paid up to $5000 per semester ($25 per hour for 200 hours per semester). 

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