Project Code: STATE-USA-S-155

Religious Engagement and American Foreign Policy

Project Title Religious Engagement and American Foreign Policy
Project Summary Providing descriptive analyses of religious activity in foreign countries to help Department officials make foreign policy decisions.
Country United States
Agency Department of State
DoS Office S/RGA
Post N/A
Section N/A
Number of Interns 3
Project Description

The Office of Religion and Global Affairs provides analysis of religion’s role in foreign affairs and strives to
educate American foreign policy actors on the importance of engaging international religious actors and
communities in making foreign policy. VSFS interns will work directly with policy advisers to research and
write cogent analyses of the religious environment in a specific country(s). Analyses may take on a broader
scope to look at cross-national issues as well as narrow in on issues in the corner of an individual country. The
goal is to develop up-to-date resources for use by regional policy advisers as well as Department staff working
in those regions.

Required Skills or Interests
Skill(s)
Analytical writing
Research
Additional Information

Interns may be working with several policy advisers to address their needs in preparing assessments of the
religious landscapes of countries of need, even looking at very narrow issues involving religious communities
(i.e. elections and the Catholic Church in Nicaragua). Other assignments in this broad topic may arise as the group is involved in a variety of projects (training preparation, developing news feeds, and more). As such, activities may vary.