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About the Undergraduate 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 undergraduate students 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.
Fall and winter semester interns will be paid an hourly rate of $16 per hour for a minimum of 24 hours per week, pending college or university approval. Summer interns will be paid an hourly rate of $16 per hour for a maximum of 40 hours per week.
What You Will Do
- Track legislation on a variety of core civil rights issues
- Monitor media coverage of policy issues
- Attend coalition meetings
- Help to coordinate grassroots events
- Attend congressional hearings and briefings
- Conduct on- and off-line research to support Leadership Conference/Education Fund staff
- Provide administrative support
- Plan and carry out an all-staff event with fellow interns
What You Will Bring to the Internship
- Strong writing skills
- Desire and ability to work with diverse groups of people
- The ability to work collaboratively
- The ability to multitask
- A strong commitment to social justice issues
Internships are for a length of one school semester. For the fall, we require a 24-hour minimum weekly commitment. The summer program is full-time (40 hours per week). We also strongly prefer that interns be able to work on Monday afternoons.
Fall internship: September 13 to December 10; Application Deadline: July 23, 2021
Spring internship: January 24 to April 22, 2022; Application Deadline: November 12, 2021
Summer internship: May to August 2022; Application Deadline: February 18, 2022
Note: 2021 fall and spring internships will be remote due to the ongoing public health crisis.
To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, two references, and a brief (1 to 3 pp.) writing sample to [email protected] with UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP in the subject line. Resumes are reviewed on a rolling basis. Only applications submitted by email will be considered. We cannot respond to telephone inquiries.
Who We Are:
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization, is the premier coalition of more than 200 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 United States. 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 United States. To learn more about The Education Fund, please visit www.civilrights.org/edfund.
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.