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About 70 undergraduate, graduate and recent graduates intern in the CDF Washington, D.C. office each year and while a few of the internships give preference to certain majors everyone with a strong interest in child advocacy is encouraged to apply. CDF interns gain knowledge, skills, and experience for a lifetime commitment as a child advocate and public policy leader. They also get an insider's view of non-profit advocacy. Additionally, former interns stay active in CDF's mission through the CDF Intern Alumni Action Network. Our state and regional offices also offer internships. Interested individuals should contact each office directly for more information. Apply for an internship today.
Internships usually last between 8-12 weeks, but some interns stay longer or leave earlier. There are no set start or end dates to internships. Typical internship timeframes:
CDF is not able to provide or arrange housing to interns, but the CDF Internship Program Office can offer assistance to students interested in information about affordable housing options and locations. When searching for housing, keep in mind proximity to public transportation and neighborhood safety.
CDF's Internships in Washington, D.C. are unpaid.
Applicants in need of financial aid to support their internship are encouraged to explore potential funding sources through the career services or alumni offices on their campus. Many colleges offer scholarships, stipends, or off-campus work-study to facilitate participation in public interest internships. It is wise to begin your search for an internship as early as possible if finances are a concern.
Educational and training programs highlight trends and issues in the child advocacy and public policy fields. These programs help CDF interns understand their role as servant leaders and advocates, and they equip interns to act in their communities after leaving CDF.
Children's Defense Fund
25 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001