High School Internship

Who We Are:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the premier coalition of more than 230 organizations that promotes and protects civil and human rights in America.  The Leadership Conference has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.  To learn more about The Leadership Conference, please visit www.civilrights.org.

The Leadership Conference Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, builds public will for federal policies that promote and protect civil and human rights in the US.  Founded in 1969 as the education and research arm of The Leadership Conference, the Education Fund’s campaigns empower advocates to push for progressive change in the US.  To learn more about the Education Fund, please visit www.leadershipconferenceedfund.org.

About the Internship:

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund offer a substantive, fast-paced internship program designed to give graduating high school seniors interested in real-world work experience in the civil and human rights policy arena. The program provides interns the chance to increase their knowledge and awareness of civil and human rights issues, enhance their understanding of working in coalition and observe the legislative process of our federal government. Our internship program is designed to foster the next generation of civil rights leaders through civil rights-related education, career development, and networking. Interns are fully integrated into staff activities and involved in communications, development, operations, field, and policy work.

This internship is unpaid, and you are eligible to receive community service hours. This internship will last at least two weeks and up to two months.

What you will do:

  • Attend staff/coalition meetings
  • Assist in updating listserves
  • Assist with historical record-keeping
  • Help to coordinate grassroots events
  • Conduct on- and off-line research to support The Leadership Conference/Education Fund staff
  • Provide administrative support
  • Work with undergraduate interns to get a better understanding of civil/human rights in preparation for higher education
  • Perform other duties as assigned

What you will bring:

  • A high school senior on track to graduate
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Desire and ability to work with diverse communities
  • The ability to work collaboratively
  • The ability to multitask
  • A passion for social justice issues

Internship Schedule:

High school internships are for two weeks and up to two months.

To apply, please visit our Career Center and submit your resume and cover letter. Cover letters are required and should be attached.

Office Re-opening Statement

Currently, staff has the option to work from the office or home while we determine our long-term policy on remote and hybrid work. Please note this position is not permanently remote and over time the person filling this role may be required to work on occasion or regularly from the Washington, DC-based office.

Our Commitment to an Inclusive Workplace

The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

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