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OrganizationTess Ortega
TypePart Time
Application DeadlineSeptember 15, 2018
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$12/hr
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.

Mind & Life’s signature programs and events serve as a framework for inquiry in alignment with the evolving priorities and needs of the contemplative studies academic community and the standards of scientific and scholarly rigor.  The Programs & Events Intern will provide support to the Programs & Events Team during the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the following programs:

  • International Symposium: An academic conference that seeks to encourage and help shape a cohesive interdisciplinary field in which basic and applied science, scholarship, education, the arts, and contemplative traditions collaboratively develop an integrated way of knowing.
  • Research Institutes: A week-long immersive experience designed to foster collaborative research in behavioral science, neuroscience, clinical science and the humanities, based on a process of inquiry, dialogue and collaboration with contemplative practitioners and scholars. We host research institutes in the U.S. as well as international research institutes every 12 – 18 months.

Job Duties

  • Work with the Programs & Events Team on a variety of operations to support Mind & Life 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.

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

Work Schedule

Up to 10 hours/week for the fall or academic year.

Additional Info

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