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CAIR Internship To Focus On Diversity In Muslim Community

First-time award will assist research in field of intra-community outreach

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/8/07) – A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today announced the second annual joint internship designed to help increase appreciation for and understanding of the diversity within the American Muslim community.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is partnering with the Washington-based Qunoot Foundation to offer an internship position at CAIR’s Capitol Hill headquarters during the summer of 2007.

“We are pleased to be working with the Qunoot Foundation to explore issues relating to underrepresented and misunderstood segments of the American Muslim community,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad when the first joint internship was offered in 2006.

“The establishment of this internship provides a big step towards increasing tolerance and understanding within the American Muslim community,” said Qunoot Foundation Co-Director Mohamed Sabur. “We must continue to celebrate those ties that bind us together as Muslims while cherishing our differences,” said Sabur, a former CAIR intern.

The CAIR/Qunoot Foundation “Diversity and Intra-Community Outreach Internship” will be open to students who have shown commitment to the promotion of mutual understanding as well as those with experience in statistical and ethnographic research.

Applications are available at CAIR’s website,, and the Qunoot Foundation’s website,

Applicants should submit two copies of both the general CAIR internship application as well as the Diversity and Intra-Community Outreach Internship application. Both copies should be submitted, in entirety, to: The Qunoot Foundation, PO Box 15538, Washington, DC 20003.

The deadline for applications is April 13, 2007.

CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

The Qunoot Foundation is a Washington-based community education organization that seeks to provide a platform for Muslim youth to articulate their political, ideological, socioeconomic, ethnic, and gender-related perspectives on both the Shia community and the Muslim community at large.

CONTACT: CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787 or 202-744-7726, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Rabiah Ahmed, 202-488-8787 or 202-439-1441, E-Mail:; CAIR Communications Coordinator Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, E-Mail:; Mohamed H. Sabur, 763-442-4045, E-Mail:; Zahir Janmohamed, 202-368-8914, E-Mail:


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