SDI/SDCN Graduate Fellowship

The Sustained Dialogue Institute (SDI) is a nonprofit organization in Washington D.C. seeking enthusiastic, engaged leaders for a hands-on, exceptional semester internship opportunity in Washington, D.C. Ideal candidates will be passionate about fields including: civic engagement, youth dialogue, diversity, inclusion, social enterprise, and conflict resolution.

Our mission is to develop everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to create more inclusive campuses, workplaces, and communities. We work primarily with U.S. college campuses, though we also partner periodically with corporate workplaces and DC-area nonprofits.

Our Process:  Rooted in the conflict resolution work of senior Middle East diplomat Hal Saunders — who served as Assistant Secretary of State to Henry Kissinger and as a key drafter of the Camp David Peace Accords — Sustained Dialogue® is a five-stage process that (1) transforms relationships in order to (2) design community change.

SDI offers an exceptional professional experience: interns work closely with upper-level staff to develop and carry out projects that contribute to their personal growth and development, as well as learn a great deal about the inner workings of creative and dynamic nonprofit organizations.

Responsibilities may include (tailored to the individual based on skills, interests, and organizational need):


  • Support SDI as we engage in organizational development and create new connections and opportunities to spread our mission of dialogue. This support may include: designing materials, supporting SDI’s fundraising initiatives, attending meetings with the President, and other administrative tasks
  • Write and develop new SDCN program materials and resources for students, including issue guides, manuals, and dialogue curriculums
  • Provide support for the National Dialogue Awards, Spring Conference, Moderator Workshops, and other events and trainings


  • Research potential areas of alignment with other related organizations
  • Explore potential grant and funding opportunities and assist with applications
  • Support data collection and analysis in documenting the outcomes of Sustained Dialogue on various campuses


  • Manage SDI social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and LinkedIn
  • Contribute to SDI’s online presence, including updating and writing articles for the website, blog, and newsletters
  • Create press releases, as needed
  • Maintain Salesforce, SDI’s customer relationship management platform

Job Qualifications:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to be creative when needed
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Energetic, self-motivated, and a positive attitude
  • Ability to adapt to changing plans and deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task with confidence and be highly organized
  • Interest in nonprofit development, millennial leadership development, civic engagement, and diversity, inclusion, and conflict resolution
  • Experience with HTML encoding; photo and video editing software; and/or Salesforce is a plus

Time Required: Part-time and full-time positions available.  Some remote work possible, but office time in Washington D.C. will be required.  A minimum of 20 hours per week commitment for the summer and a minimum of 10 hours per week commitment for the fall or spring semester is required.  Please note: this position is unpaid.
SDCN provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, religion, sex, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

No calls please. Due to the high volume of applications we unfortunately cannot respond to all submissions and only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

How to apply:

Please send your resume, cover letter, and a 2-page writing sample (preferably relevant to the style of writing required for the internship) to  Include “Graduate Fellowship” in the subject line. In your cover letter, specify where your interests, background, experience, and skills align with possible responsibilities and SDI’s mission, as well as how many hours per week you would be able to work with us. We review applications on a rolling basis for the summer, fall, and spring semesters.


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