Community Development Internship

  • Community Development
  • New York, United States

Community Development Internship

Job description

Position Summary: The Sikh Coalition is seeking a dynamic and detail-oriented intern to work with Community Development team on projects aimed at mobilizing and empowering the Sikh community nationally through overseeing grassroots engagement. An ideal candidate would possess skills and background in more than one of these areas: digital/social media, basic graphic design, journalism, or public relations. Strong writing and communication skills are a big plus!  

The internship will be managed by the Community Development team who will be sharing project management responsibilities on a variety of community development priorities that you will be working on. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in getting experience in grassroots community mobilization and engagement in addition to the hands-on experience in a non-profit setting that helps empower and educate.

Some responsibilities include:

  • Working on community focused initiatives such as the National Day of Seva

  • Drafting content as needed (presentations, resources etc)

  • Partnering with other teams to provide appropriate community support

  • Assist in arranging and/or conducting Sikh Awareness presentations

  • Assist in coordinating and providing resources for the community as needed

The summer internship is a full time commitment for 10 weeks. 


Qualifications:  The Sikh Coalition is looking for passionate individuals dedicated to protecting and advocating for the civil and human rights of all individuals.  

We are looking for someone who has:

  • A high level of attention to detail and organization.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including interviewing skills.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint preferred.

  • Demonstrated passion for community work and engagement.

  • Fluency in Punjabi strongly preferred, conversational Punjabi required.

  • A flexible work schedule and willingness for some travel (this position will require some weekend and evening hours to meet and/or work with community members).

  • Knowledge of the Sikh Coalition's mission and previous initiatives is a plus.

  • Applicants should either be pursuing or have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree.


This is a volunteer position. A stipend of up to $1000 covering transportation, meal, and other living related expenses will be provided.

Application Guidelines: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but applicants are encouraged to apply by March 31, 2018. Start & end dates can be discussed.

Please apply online email resume, cover letter, two references and a writing sample to: with the title Community Development Internship Summer 2018 in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

For further inquires, please contact

The Sikh Coalition is a community-based organization advocating for civil and human rights. In particular, we work towards a world where Sikhs may freely practice and enjoy their faith.

The Sikh Coalition is both a national and grassroots organization with our national office in New York City and remote staff across the country. We have talented staff that is committed to social justice and has a long record of achievement in pursuit of justice.

For more information about the Sikh Coalition, please visit