Summer Fellow

NUFDI Summer Fellowship

NUFDI Summer Fellows will be invited to join the organization for the summer for an exciting introduction to advocacy work in Washington, DC. They will be given the opportunity to work directly with the NUFDI staff on our policy, advocacy, media, and human rights campaigns.

In addition to their responsibilities in the role, NUFDI Summer Fellows will have the opportunity to partake in a summer lunch speaker series. These intimate sessions will offer fellows the chance to connect with and learn directly from leaders in the human rights and advocacy space.

Joining NUFDI as a Summer Fellow will be a unique opportunity to join a tight-knit, growing organization and take on responsibilities and challenges far beyond a standard summer internship. They will also be given the opportunity to develop relationships across the Washington policy and advocacy community.

Responsibilities will vary depending on NUFDI’s developing program but specific responsibilities may include:

  • Summarizing Congressional and other government actions taken in relation to Iran and human rights

  • Draft articles, updates, and communications for NUFDI’s digital communication strategy

  • Summarize and analyze media coverage of Iran in the American press and provide reports and fact-checking, when necessary

  • Aid in event planning, day-to-day programming, and some administrative tasks

NUFDI Summer Fellows should meet the following qualifications:

  • Current university student (undergraduate or graduate)

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • A proven interest in human rights, Iran, international relations, politics, and media

  • Self-motivated and with superior attention to detail

Further qualifications:

  • Spoken and written Persian (Farsi) preferred but not required

  • Experience working on Iranian/Iranian-American issues

  • Experience working in fundraising and development


  • The Summer Fellowship will run from June to August and will be based in Washington, D.C.

  • Depending on the COVID-19 situation, remote work will be considered

  • Summer fellowships are unpaid but successful summer fellows will be considered for full time employment.

How to Apply

  • Send a resume and cover letter to with "Summer Fellow Application" in the subject line by April 8th.

NUFDI is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on account of race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion or otherwise as may be prohibited by federal and state law.