Project Code: STATE-USA-S-155
|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.|
|Agency||Department of State|
|Number of Interns||3|
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.
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.