Salam Institute for Peace and Justice Spring, Summer and Fall Internships


Salam Institute for Peace and Justice is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering research, dialogue, tolerance and understanding between peoples of deeply divided societies,  particularly between Muslim and non-Muslim communities.  Through its research, educational trainings and practice on issues related to conflict resolution, nonviolence, human rights and development, Salam Institute for Peace and Justice plays a key role in helping communities to bridge sensitive cultural, historical and religious divides and to find innovative ways to form and build on consensus.  The Institute has extensive experience conducting educational trainings, hosting international conferences, publishing dynamic manuals, guides and reports and directing innovative projects focused on interfaith and intercultural dialogue, peacebuilding, conflict resolution, sustainable development, conflict resolution and community development in predominantly Muslim countries. 

Project Example: 

One of the recent initiatives that Salam Institute is involved in is the USAID supported Peace through Development and Expanded Regional Stability (PEDERS) project which aims to improve youth engagement, widen access to credible information sources, and improve local and community governance in the Sahel region of Africa over the next five years.  Salam Institute works with PEDERS and local organizations in Chad, Niger and Burkina Faso to support the modernization of Quranic schools and the training of religious leaders. Additionally, Salam Institute will develop a series of trainings to introduce civic education through certification institutions in Chad, initiate a pilot project to convene a rapid response clergy council in Chad, and introduce interfaith and intrafaith programs in Niger and Burkina Faso.  Added to this, as a regional project design, the Salam Institute is initiating and managing an Islamic Peacebuilding Network that will be utilized by local organizations in the Sahel region.


Salam Institute for Peace and Justice offers part-time and full-time Spring, Summer and Fall internships which provide qualified individuals with dynamic opportunities to learn about and work within the field of Islamic peace and conflict resolution. As a small non-profit organization, the Salam Institute offers interns the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience in nonprofit management, communications and marketing, development and program management and to participate in a variety of activities including grant and report writing, website development, public outreach, report writing, and conducting research.

Salam Institute is currently accepting applications for three internship positions:

1)     Communications and Marketing Intern

2)     Development and  Outreach Intern

3)     Nonprofit Management and M&E Intern


These are hands-on positions that require a commitment from the successful candidates. Preference will be given to students or recent graduates who are able to make a six month commitment of at least 15-20 hours per week.  Three month commitments are also considered depending on the suitability of the candidate and the timing of the internship.  Preference will be given to graduate level students pursuing relevant degrees; however, candidates from other relevant fields will be considered, as will highly qualified senior level undergraduate students with relevant experience and interests. Students interested in nonprofit management and international peacebuilding are strongly encouraged to apply.


Interns work under the general supervision of the Program Coordinator and Senior Director, in collaboration with the other program staff internationally.   These positions require the ability to multi-task and work independently.


  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills a must
  • Must speak, read, and write English fluently and at a university level
  • Must have excellent organizational, time-management, follow-up, and administrative skills with a strong attention to detail
  • Must have the ability to incorporate suggestions and to manage/meet deadlines in a multicultural international environment
  • Must have excellent communication skills on telephone, via email, and in person
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and other Windows applications and have experience with Internet research and databases
  • A creative outlook and enthusiasm
  • Applicant should have a peace and conflict resolution background and/or a familiarity and interest in international development
  • Personal laptop (not required but preferable)
  • Proficiency in French and/or Arabic  a plus (not required but preferable)


TO APPLY:  To apply to an internship position at Salam Institute, please submit a cover letter including your availability, a CV and a 3-5 page writing sample to .  Please note in the subject what position you are applying for. Currently, there is no set deadline for applications; the positions will be filled when we find the right candidates!  We look forward to hearing from you!


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1)     Communications and Marketing Intern- Salam Institute seeks an intern to assist in the total development, implementation and execution of an organization marketing and communication plan. The intern will work directly with the Program Coordinator and the Senior Director to ensure the development plan identifies key goals and messages, target audiences, as well as strategies and tactics for successful implementation using limited resources. In addition, the successful candidate will assist with website updates, design collateral materials, integrating social media, information and knowledge management, administrative tasks, as well as drafting and distributing media releases.   This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to develop their communications and marketing skills in an international non-profit setting!  Students who have a background in communications and/or marketing with an emphasis on international development or peacebuilding are strongly encouraged to apply.


2)     Development and Outreach Intern- Salam Institute seeks an intern to assist in new business development and community outreach efforts.  The intern will work directly with the Program Coordinator and Senior Director to undertake development research, develop appropriate systems and cultivate contacts to promote the work of the Salam Institute for Peace and Justice.  As a small nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington DC, Salam Institute is in an exciting position to tap into the many networks and forums of professional and academic entities who are undertaking likeminded work.  The successful candidate will be involved in development research, grant writing and the development of a contacts/donor database, as well as various aspects of nonprofit administration and community engagement and outreach.  This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to develop their new business development and community outreach skills, to learn about the various international development actors in Washington, DC  and globally, and to engage in various academic, policy and development forums in the context of peacebuilding and conflict resolution.  Students who have a background in new business development with an emphasis on international development and/or peacebuilding are strongly encouraged to apply.


3)     Nonprofit Management and M&E Intern Salam Institute seeks an intern to assist in research, nonprofit management and monitoring & evaluation efforts.  The intern will work directly with the Program Coordinator and Senior Director to establish and implement a range of organization systems  as the organization goes through many important and new processes for a growing nonprofit- including, the NICRA process, an external audit and preparation for an eventual A-133 audit.  Additionally, the intern will work closely with the Program Coordinator to undertake research on M&E models and to develop and implement a global monitoring and evaluation plan.  The Salam Institute is in a period of transformative organizational growth and the successful candidate’s roles will be somewhat flexible as the needs of the organization are further defined, in conjunction with the intern’s personal interests.  The successful candidate will be involved in research, developing processes and indicators etc., outreach and networking in the M&E field and working to ensure that the Salam Institute is continually improving in its ability to define, measure and report on the impact of its programming.  This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate (who is passionate about effective nonprofit management and/or innovative M&E) to further their international public administration and M&E skills.  Students who have a background in public administration and/or  M&E are strongly encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate will likely have experience with problem trees, logical frameworks, and indicator development, etc.

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