Grants for Harvard Students

Greeley International Internship

The Greeley International Internship honors the Rev. Dana McLean Greeley, AB '31, STB '33, who believed that people of all backgrounds and faiths are deeply connected to one another and should work together for positive social change. The internship is intended to support interreligious understanding.

Beginning in November, applications for one summer internship will be accepted from HDS students who wish to intern with an organization outside of the United States that is dedicated to the promotion of interreligious understanding, peace, and social justice. It is expected that the summer internship will last a minimum of eight weeks. The deadline for internship applications is March 1.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Greeley internship, a student must have completed his or her first year at HDS by June and be continuing studies at HDS in the next academic year in either the MDiv or the MTS program. Preference will be given to students who have exhibited financial need (indicated by receipt of institutional aid at HDS).

Selection and Award

The selection committee will award one $4,000 stipend to cover costs associated with the summer internship, including airfare, meals, and living expenses. Any costs beyond that amount are the student's responsibility.

Applications will be judged on the basis of the student's interest in interreligious understanding, peace, and social justice; the strength of the internship proposal; the student's financial need (indicated by receipt of institutional aid at HDS); and the student's academic performance.

Finalists will be expected to sign an Acknowledgment of Risk and General Release Form.

Application Requirements and Deadlines

The deadline for internship applications is March 1.

All applicants must submit:

  • A completed CSWR/HDS Greely International Internship Application form;
  • Two recommendation letters from Harvard faculty members in support of his/her proposed plans for the summer (to be sent directly to the CSWR by the faculty members);
  • A copy of the applicant's most recent Harvard grade report (a printout is acceptable);
  • A letter from the host organization documenting approval/support of the applicant as an intern;
  • A curriculum vitae or résumé;
  • A statement of purpose (not to exceed three pages) written by the applicant, describing the proposed internship (the proposed plan of work, including objectives, activities, location, dates, rough budget; how it relates to interreligious understanding, peace, and justice; how your experience has prepared you for this internship; how the internship relates to your vocational/professional goals; and how the project will contribute to your learning as a part of your academic program at HDS).

Email applications with PDF attachments are preferred. Faculty recommendations should be sent separately to the CSWR by the recommending faculty members (email is acceptable). Applications should be submitted by email (preferred) to cswr@hds.harvard.edu, or by mail or fax to:

Greeley International Internship
Center for the Study of World Religions,
42 Francis Avenue, Cambridge 02138
Fax: 617.496.5411

Internship Sites

Students may design their own internships in cooperation with any host organization, as long as the internship contributes to interreligious understanding. The CSWR has begun to compile a list of organizations appropriate to the goals of the Greeley International Internship that have indicated willingness to accept an intern. These organizations are:

Students wishing to intern with an organization not on the above list should also provide background information about the host organization adequate to evaluate its appropriateness and an explanation of how the organization's work and the proposed internship relate to the goals of the Greeley internship.

The Pluralism Project's International Resources for Religious Pluralism provides information about several international interfaith organizations, as well as some helpful background. The Human Rights Resources page of Harvard's Committee on Human Rights has listings of organizations working in human rights internationally and links to several websites that may be of interest. The Religions for Peace affiliates page lists many interfaith organizations outside the United States.

Post-Internship Obligations

Within one month of returning to the U.S., Greeley Fellows must submit a written report (not to exceed 10 pages) on their summer experience to the CSWR. In the fall, the Greeley Fellow must present that report orally in two settings: to the CSWR Associate Director (in September) and to the HDS community (in October).

Recent Recipients

Summer 2013: Johannah Murphy interned at the Asha Institute in New Delhi, India. Her project was titled "Building One's Own: Creating Self-Sustaining Women's Networks in New Delhi." Jared Oubre interned at the ProNica Organization in San Marcos, Nicaragua. Oubre worked with the children of the Los Quinchos orphanage outside the capital city of Managua. The title of his project was "Humbling Myself: Learning from Nicaraguan Street Children."

Summer 2012: Melissa Nozell worked with the Jordanian Interfaith Coexistence Research Center in Amman, Jordan, while Zachary Kerzee worked with the Daya Center in Hyderabad, India.

Summer 2011: Sierra Fleenor worked with the East of England Faiths Council in Cambridge, England, an organization that works regionally to increase communication and understanding in faith communities, while Emily Clawson traveled to Hyderabad, India, to work with the Henry Martyn Institute, International Center for Research, Interfaith Relations, and Reconciliation, in Hyderabad, India.

Summer 2010: Adam Ortman spent the summer with Sarvodoya, an organization in Sri Lanka with an interfaith perspective that works for peace and in community building. Maytal Saltiel worked at the Henry Martyn Institute, International Center for Research, Interfaith Relations, and Reconciliation, in Hyderabad, India.

Summer 2009: Charles Carstens worked with the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Peace at Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Summer 2008: Stephanie Almozara received the first Greeley International Internship, working at the Henry Martyn Institute, International Center for Research, Interfaith Relations, and Reconciliation, in Hyderabad, India.