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Internship Program

Since its inception, the Children's Defense Fund has welcomed hundreds of college students and recent graduates to participate as interns in CDF's Movement to Leave No Child Behind®. Whether at CDF's national office in Washington, DC, or at one of CDF’s state and regional offices, interns have proven vital to CDF's work. Interns provide administrative and program support to CDF's professional staff; draft memoranda on current and future policy issues, conduct research, track legislative activities, attend hearings and coalition meetings, and participate in a wide-range of other CDF activities.

CDF interns gain knowledge, skills and experience for a lifetime commitment as a child advocate and public policy leader; get an insider's view of non-profit advocacy and become a part of our strong network of servant leaders.

To apply for Children's Defense Fund's Internship Program, please see Apply Here.


Term Timeframe
Summer June-August
Fall September-December
Spring January-May

Though internships usually last between 8-12 weeks, there are no set start and end dates to internships.  

Contact Information

Internship Coordinator
Children's Defense Fund
25 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: 202-662-3507
Email: cdf_interns@childrensdefense.org