Moral Injury Institute Internship

Moral Injury Institute Internship

About the Internship


This internship will contribute to the growing base of knowledge and practice applications related to the mission of the Moral Injury Institute: concepts, resources, and practices that pertain to military veterans and others who struggle with the effects of trauma-related moral injury, including families and caregivers. This information will be made available through the Moral Injury Institute to community networks and organizations.

Categories of research

May include the following:

  • Aging veterans
  • General veteran populations
  • Active military
  • Impact of moral injury and military deployment on families and caregivers
  • Churches and faith-based groups with services and programs for veterans/active military
  • Educational organizations and healthcare providers focused on hidden wounds of war and the overall wellness of veterans and their families
  • Identifying and interviewing military service persons/veterans and their support persons to capture their stories
  • Identify persons and organizations that wish to provide support and/or collaborate with Veterans Care Ministry at the organizational or community network levels
  • Create a digital matrix for recording all discoveries and relevant content
  • Generate a directory of persons and organizations to be networked for Veterans Care Ministry
  • Develop a digital repository for training, development, and research purposes

The selected candidate

The intern will work closely with Dr. Tommy Goode, who has decades of community advocacy, organizing, and nonprofit work.

This position is ideal for anyone with an interest in grass-roots efforts to learn, teach, and organize community responders to provide a holistic web of care for persons who struggle with the hidden injuries of war and those who live with and give support to them. We are looking for a flexible, detail-oriented, passionate, and personable candidate who is eager to learn and strengthen the work of development and implementation for the Moral Injury Institute.

Major responsibilities

The intern’s major responsibilities include: identify and catalog resources; identify statistical data related to veterans/military persons affected by hidden injuries of war and moral injury; capture stories of combat veterans; identify and interview family members, caregivers, and service organizations; identify and interview faith groups and organizations providing veteran care services, and profile the best practices among faith groups and community service organizations; help create presentation content to use in awareness-building events and training/networking events.


  • Interest in collaborative models for developing asset-based community networks
  • Interest in outcome-based holistic models of care that address a spectrum of woundedness affecting social, relational, and spiritual life categories
  • Interest in and capacity for participating in the collaboration between faith leaders and health care providers
  • Interest in community action networks
  • The ability to connect with diverse people groups
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills and ability to learn new software programs
  • Availability for occasional travel to events and meetings

To apply

Please submit the MSU Religious Studies internship application along with your cover letter and resume to the Religious Studies office, Strong 282, or to