21Wilberforce is a Christian human rights organization dedicated to defending the universal rights of religion, belief, and conscience for all people. Our vision is to empower people to collaboratively support persecuted communities, challenge repression, and expand freedom of religion and belief globally. Our small team works to ensure that our associates are fully immersed in our team structure and are given many opportunities to develop their interests and skills. Our summer associates take an active role in shaping our programs to make a true impact in the world of international religious freedom policy and advocacy.
The associate will work to develop and implement 21Wilberforce’s international religious freedom and human rights government advocacy programs, research, and capacity-building initiatives. The associate will help advance the overall mission of the 21Wilberforce by engaging with faith communities, elected officials, and individual audiences. The associate will focus on tasks related to their interests, academic skills, and needs of the organization related to research, writing, and communicating positions on religious freedom, evaluating policy and legislative solutions that address issues of religious freedom, augmenting increased office efficiency and capacity efforts, use information systems and web-based form development, and supporting work to actively build coalitions with like-minded organizations to pursue strategic religious freedom initiatives. They will need to coordinate well with other staff and partners and steward their work time efficiently and display humility and a teachable attitude. Students should have a broad interest in human rights, justice, and human dignity. Applicants from diverse majors are encouraged.
Responsibilities will include selections from the following:
• Support government and legislative initiatives for the advancement of religious freedom under the priorities set by the organization
• Support 21Wilberforce’s efforts on liaising with governmental policy and non-governmental organizations for the advancement of religious freedom under the priorities set by the organization • Engage in active education endeavors that increase awareness about religious freedom among elected representatives and their staff, churches, faith streams, other NGOs and the public at large • Contribute to increasing organizational capacity to rapidly deploy various organizational functions by supporting office administration initiatives and using web-based basic graphics, form development, and content creation
• Engage in research related to religious freedom to be used in a variety of outlets: op-eds, speeches, Speak Freedom email alerts, appeals to donors, country or issue fact sheets, etc.
• Meet with staff from Congressional offices, Committees, State Department, USCIRF, etc in order to obtain a better understanding of how our government addresses issues related to religious freedom
• Update database of elected representatives and key staff as it pertains to engagement around the issue of religious freedom
• Research and frame legislative solutions that seek to advance issues of religious freedom while also considering appropriations processes, hearing schedules and other opportunities • Develop content for social media, particularly Twitter
• Participate in weekly Thursday morning staff meetings and other relevant scheduled meetings as assigned
• Support logistics and participate in hearings on the Hill, NGO partner meetings, and other events • Demonstrate an ability to clearly articulate, especially to outside partners, the 21CWI Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles
• Other duties as assigned by the associate’s supervisor