Programs & Events Intern

This job is no longer active.

OrganizationMind and Life Institute
TypePart Time
Application DeadlineAugust 30, 2019
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$12/hour
Phone(434) 338-7380


For over 30 years, the Mind & Life Institute has been the driving force in creating and growing the contemplative sciences field. Beginning as a series of dialogues between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and leading Western scientists and scholars, Mind & Life has since expanded to become the leading convener, catalyst, and community builder in supporting contemplative research and bridging practice and real world applications.

The mission of the Mind & Life Institute is to alleviate suffering and promote human flourishing by integrating science with contemplative practice and wisdom traditions.

Mind & Life is committed to building an inclusive community that integrates diversity of perspective and experience. We aim to maximize the benefits of diversity and to use diversity as a tool for enriching our organization and the field of contemplative research. We welcome candidates of all races, classes, genders, ages, religions, physical abilities, and sexual orientations.


Job Duties

Important/Critical Activities:

  • Work with the Programs & Events Team on a variety of operations to support Mind & Life dialogues, conferences, and events
  • Help to organize and standardize document templates and complete administrative tasks such as drafting letters and creating contact lists
  • Assist with data entry and compiling logistical reports for various programs
  • Support community building and research persons of interest for inclusion in future projects
  • Communicate with vendors and venues related to program events

Professional Development:

Programs & Events interns will have the opportunity to: 

  • Contribute to unique and engaging programs and events that are influential in promoting research, scholarship, and applications in the interdisciplinary field of contemplative sciences
  • Advance writing and communication skills
  • Gain experience in nonprofit program development and event planning
  • Form professional connections and learn from the dynamic Mind & Life staff and its global community of scholars, scientists and contemplatives, and be part of a four-person intern cohort
  • Develop database management skills and understanding of infrastructure that supports program management
  • Explore contemplative practice for personal and professional development

Skills Required


  • Excellent organizational and computer skills and attention to detail required
  • Experience working in Google Drive platform preferred
  • Experience in program/event planning preferred
  • Interest in contemplative science/research preferred
  • Excellent written communication skills preferred
  • Ability to work independently and on collaborative, team based projects


Additional Info

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to with subject heading “Programs & Events Intern.”