Government Relations Internship

Deadline: December 18th
Duration: January 11th – May 7th

The Government Relations Intern for Minaret Foundation will provide research-level support for our organization’s advocacy, monitoring, and coalition-building efforts.

This internship will provide hands-on experience in policy and interaction between communities and government, on local, state, and federal levels. Our goal is to prepare and help place interns for a second internship or a part-time position within government or a campaign after the conclusion of our internship.

Relevant experience is not required.

We’ll prepare interns through hands-on involvement in relevant projects, one-on-one sessions with experts, and strong experiential learning.

Relevant majors: Political Science, History, Communications, Journalism, Social Work, International Relations, and Public Administration.

While the hours are flexible and the position is remote, our work is incredibly important and will serve as the building blocks for strategic community and organizational partnerships for years to come. There will be times where your attendance at an event or meeting is needed.

This position will report directly to our Director, Shariq Abdul Ghani, and you will be provided training with other interns to help you transition into this role.

A stipend is provided at program completion, all expenses incurred will be paid, and if available, we will work with your educational institution to provide credit towards your degree plan.

General Responsibilities:

  • Identify one passion or organizational project, and drive it to completion before the end of the program.
  • Provide research support for ongoing projects related to government, and prepare reports for working groups.
  • Monitor issues and potential regulations impacting Minaret Foundation’s current slate of collaborative policy projects.
  • Help coordinate research and messaging with domestic and international entities, community organizations, and Muslim leadership.
  • Assist in creating programming specific to policy issues and projects with faith and community centers, inside and outside the Muslim community.

Required Qualifications:

  • Respect, appreciation, and/or curiosity for ALL faith traditions, ideologies, and political leanings.
  • Exceptional research skills with demonstrated understanding of data and digital platforms.
  • Very basic understanding of local and federal structures, and legislative processes with a keen ability to learn and digest large amounts of complex information rapidly.
  • Ability to manage time with great efficiency, and can operate with little oversight and minimal direction.
  • Ability to provide the answer to two plus three in the first communication with our organization.
  • Ability to quickly adapt to new technology and programs.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint or Keynote.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Candidates should be working toward a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.

Compensation and Benefits

This position is part-time at 15 hours a week and a stipend is provided at program completion. All organizational expenses will be paid by Minaret Foundation.


Interested and want to help our city move forward? Send your resume to and use some elbow grease to set yourself apart.

Minaret Foundation is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.