Private: SDI/SDCN Undergraduate Spring Fellowships and Summer Fellowships

The Sustained Dialogue Institute (SDI) is a nonprofit organization in Washington D.C. seeking enthusiastic, engaged leaders for a hands-on, exceptional fellowship opportunity in Washington, D.C. Ideal candidates will be passionate about fields including: civic engagement, dialogue, diversity, inclusion, 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: fellows 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 non-profit development, snake person leadership development, civic engagement, and diversity, inclusion, and conflict resolution
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Google Suite (Docs, Sheets)
  • Experience with HTML or CSS; photo and video editing software; and/or Salesforce is a plus but not required
  • To qualify for this position, you must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student. For summer positions, applicants need to be registered for at least one semester or quarter of undergrad after the completion of the summer fellowship. Those who are graduating in the spring are not qualified for this summer undergraduate fellowship.


Time Required:  

For Spring Positions: Part time: 16 hours per week (roughly two full days) for the duration of the spring semester (roughly 15 weeks). All work to be completed in person in the Washington D.C. office. This fellowship has flexible start and end dates depending on your school calendar.

For Summer Positions: Full time: 40 hours per week for the duration of the summer (roughly 10 weeks). All work to be completed in person in the Washington D.C. office. This fellowship has flexible start and end dates depending on your school calendar. 



For Spring Positions: We are pleased to offer a stipend of $2,500 for each spring fellow.

For Summer PositionsWe are pleased to offer a stipend of $4,500 for each summer fellow.

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 fellowship) to  Include “Undergraduate 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. 

For Spring 2019 Positions: Rolling applications begin September 2018
For Summer 2019 Positions: Rolling applications begin January 2019


SDI 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.


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