Paid Internship: Project Coordinator and Research Fellow

Location: Head Office, Central London

Contract Type: Paid Internship. Minimum 6 months, full-time. Will lead to permanent full employment depending on performance.

Job Description:

Registered charity the Dialogue Society is seeking a Project Coordinator and Research Fellow for a varied and stimulating role at this dynamic dialogue organisation. In line with the organisation’s conviction of the importance of the connection of theory and practice in this field, you will have responsibilities in both areas.

In your capacity as Research Fellow you will be expected to support the academic work and projects of the Dialogue Society such as the Journal of Dialogue Studies, academic workshops, etc. You will also be expected to carry out independent research into a dialogue topic (with appropriate support from Dialogue Society academic supporters).

In your capacity as Project Coordinator you will be expected to organise grassroots dialogue projects, potentially including community gatherings, public discussion forums and/or educational dialogue projects. You will be expected to take a leading role in certain projects and to support colleagues in the organisation and delivery of others.

Your role will also include:

  • drafting documents and publicity materials
  • assisting with the editing of documents and corporate material
  • assisting with fundraising research and applications

Person Specification:

To be suitable for the role you will need:

  • strong skills in written and oral communication
  • strong research skills
  • strong time management skills
  • an ability both to work autonomously and take responsibility for managing projects and to work well as part of a team
  • motivation and dynamism
  • an open mind and non-judgemental attitude
  • a strong interest in the meaning, mechanics and potential of dialogue
  • a commitment to finding effective ways to help build a more connected and resilient society
  • curiosity about cultural, ideological and religious difference
  • at least a good undergraduate degree, preferably in social science, peace studies, religious studies, anthropology, politics or another relevant field
  • competency in IT (word processing, spread sheets etc)
  • some experience in facilitating or participating in community dialogue

The Dialogue Society:

The Dialogue Society a registered charity, founded in 1999, which aims to contribute to a more connected, harmonious society by bringing people together through all kinds of dialogue. It runs diverse kinds of discussion forums, from academic workshops to intimate 'community circles'. It publishes both community resources and more academic dialogue-related publications, including academic workshop proceedings and the Journal of Dialogue Studies.

To apply: please email , with your CV and a covering letter explaining your interest in and suitability for this role.

If you have any questions, please email us using the address given above.

Pay: 14-15k pa depending on the experience
Closing date: 30th September 2019
Interviews: Week commencing 7th of October 2019

Unpaid Internship

The Dialogue Society is currently offering volunteering placement opportunities for candidates from all backgrounds and interests. We provide a unique, dynamic and stimulating work experience where volunteers are encouraged to plan, build and deliver their own projects whilst contributing to other ongoing projects and tasks.

We take particular care to provide work experience that helps develop:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Team working skills
  • Research skills
  • Drafting skills

And enables volunteers to:

  • Network with other
  • Build self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Develop CV's
  • Gain good references and support
  • Improve job prospect and employability
  • Understand and learn about other faiths and cultures in Britain
    • Interested candidates should apply to


      I was in the first year of my undergraduate degree studying Sociology at UCL and I was actively searching for an internship where I could apply the knowledge I have learned into a role, as well as gaining experience at a non-profit organisation where I could develop upon transferable skills. I had noticed Dialogue Society offered 6-month internships and was immediately intrigued by this charity and its values.

      Working for Dialogue Society over the 6 months was an immensely rewarding experience where I had the pleasure of meeting hard-working and supportive team members who made working enjoyable and memorable. In addition to the fact that I was able to take part in new experiences such as organising Dialogue Society’s annual Iftar events. What was great was that I had opportunities to go outside of my comfort zone. For example, I had hosted Dialogue Society’s Iftar event for their Cardiff branch which I believe is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. These were the experiences that I was seeking as it provided me insight into behind the scenes of working at a non-profit organisation.

      Furthermore, many of my other tasks included sending email invitations to the guests of our events, creating abstracts, and regularly updating Dialogue Society’s Social Media Manager with upcoming social media content that were to be posted. Completing these tasks enabled me to develop skills such as delivering at pace and juggling multiple responsibilities. Which is just one example of a skill I know I can apply to other settings including, work, education, and life.

      Despite the fact that my internship was completed during the COVID-19 pandemic and the national lockdown, I felt very much connected to Dialogue Society and the individuals I worked with. One of the biggest takeaways was the importance of social cohesion and strengthening community bonds, especially during this difficult and unpredictable time we are in. I believe working for Dialogue Society is a worthwhile experience which will give you insight into the diverse and meaningful work which they conduct as well as how socially conscious organisations such as Dialogue Society operate.

      ~ Nishat Uddin, Studying Sociology at University College London

      I joined the Dialogue Society as a scholarship holder of the European Programme Leonardo da Vinci. After completing my undergraduate degree in General History and Human Geography in Switzerland, where I come from, I decided to spend a year in the UK in order to improve my English and gain some professional experience in the think tank/NGO sector. My aim was to work in a dynamic, stimulating and multicultural environment and to eventually put into practice what I had learned so far at university. I found at the Dialogue Society all I was looking for and much more.

      My full-time internship lasted for six months, from January to June 2013, and this allowed me to follow several projects of the Dialogue Society from the very beginning of the planning to the delivery and final evaluation phases. I assisted in the project management of the Success School and many other events at the Head Office in London, alongside the branches of Oxford and Southampton. I carried out administrative tasks like answering the phone, writing emails and correspondence, welcoming guests and attending events on behalf of the Dialogue Society; all of which contributed to develop my confidence and improve my language skills.

      I also had the incredible and unexpected chance to join the Dialogue School 2013 and learn a great deal about dialogue theory and practice, facilitation skills, networking, public speaking and project management as well as discovering with the MA students in Dialogue Studies fascinating places in London.

      What I particularly enjoyed about my internship was the team’s positive and encouraging attitude towards me. My ideas and initiative were appreciated and there was room for me to independently organise my work, knowing that I just needed to ask for support. The atmosphere of the office was extremely friendly and my colleagues made me feel very quickly part of the group. Leaving them to come back to my home country was certainly difficult, but I have now experience, skills and knowledge that will make the difference for my studies and future working life. In general, my internship at the Dialogue Society helped me have a clearer idea about what I would like to be as a professional and, more essentially, as a person. I would like to thank you all once again for the incredible experience I had at the Dialogue Society! I hope to be able to come and visit you soon.

      ~ Elisa Conti, 2013

      I am a student at Queen Mary, University of London doing a Masters degree in Public Policy. As a part of my course I had a chance to do an internship with the Dialogue Society which was a really great experience.

      My internship lasted for four weeks and included a wide range of tasks. I was conducting some Internet research, looking for speakers for various events organised by the Dialogue Society or searching for possible funding opportunities. I was also preparing databases, drafting emails and writing news digests.

      This internship was a great opportunity for me to see and experience from the inside how a nonprofit organisation works and learn a lot about the issues that the Dialogue Society deals with (i.a. networking, interfaith dialogue, social cohesion).

      The Dialogue Society’s team is extremely passionate and expert at what they do - I was able to observe them and learn from their experience. Moreover, they are a very friendly group which made every day in the office quite amusing.

      I think that an internship with the Dialogue Society is a perfect option for someone interested in the issues of multicultural dialogue, integration, community cohesion, to further develop their knowledge and research, organisational and interpersonal skills.

      ~ Celina Kretkowska, 2012

      I joined the Dialogue Society as an intern after completing my MSt in the Study of Religions at the University of Oxford. The Master’s course had allowed me to learn about religions other than my own (Christianity) and had fed my interest in interfaith and intercultural relations and in initiatives to improve them. An internship at the Dialogue Society offered me the chance to explore and work on just these kinds of initiatives.

      I found the internship hugely stimulating and rewarding. The office environment was enormously welcoming and I very quickly felt part of the team, enjoying team lunches and attending office meetings.

      My existing skills were quickly identified and I had the chance to put them to good use in projects that I found really exciting, like the drafting of the Community Dialogue Manuals. I helped with drafting and proofreading newsletters and website materials and took minutes at meetings. However, one of the things I really enjoyed about the internship was the variety of experience I gained. I helped with the planning and running of public events, participated in roundtable discussions with ambassadors and attended a briefing with a minister at the FCO. I was even lucky enough to join a fascinating intercultural trip to Turkey.

      I learnt a great deal about grassroots dialogue, minority communities in London, charity administration and cross-sector partnerships, Islam, Turkey and the Gulen Movement. I gained experience in writing for different audiences and in events planning and management. I built on existing abilities and also stepped outside my comfort zone. I gained new skills in oral presentation, team work and networking.

      Perhaps most importantly, I learnt a lot about compassion, hospitality, vision, faith and friendship from the Dialogue Society team. I am still working with them, having accepted a job at the Dialogue Society at the end of my internship, and I’m still learning.

      ~ Frances Sleap, 2010

      I finished my degree in Modern Languages in Oxford in 2008, and applied for an internship with the Dialogue Society because of my interest in the complex issues and debates surrounding interfaith relations in London, the UK and abroad. As a Catholic, I also wanted to deepen my understanding of the Muslim faith, partly because of the urgent importance of good relations between Muslim and non-Muslim communities on the world stage.

      My internship lasted for two months, during which I was principally responsible for a variety of research tasks and document drafting. This included drafting anything from emails to local institutions to encourage them to support our work, to helping to prepare policy recommendations for the UK government, to a speech for Ozcan, our Director, to present to policemen in Hull about engaging with the Muslim community.

      As well as writing and research, I helped plan and prepare for the weekly seminars held on the Dialogue Society premises, which involved everything from publicity to preparing food.

      I have learnt a huge amount from this internship – about networking at the local and national level, about some of the strategies for promoting interfaith relations, about Islam and the Fetullah Gulen movement, and about Turkey. The Dialogue Society team includes people of all sorts of professions and backgrounds, which makes work fun and varied. I’d recommend this internship to anyone with enthusiasm for the promotion of community and faith integration and large doses of curiosity.

      ~ Daisy Bland, 2008