Internships–whether paid or unpaid–are a great way of gaining on-the-job experience while you’re still working on your degree. In some cases, students can get course credit for an internship (particularly if it is part of a research project).
The Twin Cities is a great place to find internships that draw directly upon students’ knowledge about diverse religious groups and will, in turn, deepen students’ ability to engage with people from diverse religious backgrounds.
Saint Paul Interfaith Network (SPIN) Internship
SPIN (Saint Paul Interfaith Network) is a network of people from a variety of religious traditions and perspectives seeking to strengthen a culture of engaged interfaith dialogue in the St. Paul area. SPIN has been active for over four years and is hosted by the Saint Paul Area Council of Churches (SPACC), which serves as its fiscal sponsor. SPIN is a member of the North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) and the Twin Cities Interfaith Network.
SPIN hosts a number of events throughout the year, including a fall educational series, a variety of monthly meetings and dialogues, and other periodic programs such as an interfaith Passover Seder and a Ramadan Iftar dinner. SPIN is current developing an Institutional Change Task Force-addressing anti-Judaism in Christian texts.
Through SPIN, various networking, interviewing and research opportunities exist for internships, including projects related to different religious communities and how congregations, clergy, and groups deal with the increasing pluralism in our communities.
Undergraduate and graduate students interested in working in an internship capacity with SPIN should contact Tom Duke at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-263-7031.
Minnesota Historical Society Internships
Several historically-minded religious studies majors and minors have landed internships with the Minnesota Historical Society. Some have served as docents at historical sites, while others have researched historical events, curated exhibits, and developed programs. These real-world experiences have helped prepare them for careers in areas such as public interpretation/interface, policy development, and non-profit work.