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Frequently Asked Questions

What topic should my writing sample address?

Though applicants may choose any essay topic, samples should demonstrate writing and reasoning skills. 

How long should my writing sample be?

The writing sample should not exceed 1,000 words.

What should I include in my cover letter?

The cover letter should address the following topics:

  • why you want to intern at CDF
  • a description of prior skills and experience that is relevant to CDF's work
  • insight on your experience in, or passion for, children's issuse and advocacy work
  • what you hope to gain from the experience

How long should my resume be and what should it include?

Your resume should be no longer than one page and should  include at least your education, work experience, extracurricular activities, and service experiences.

How should write my 2 reference letters?

One reference letter should be written by a professor at your most current college or university. Applicants may choose their second recommender. The chosen person should illustrate your qualifications, character, and commitment to servant leadership.

To whom should the reference letters be addressed?

"To Whom It May Concern" or "Children's Defense Fund's Internship Reviewing Committee"

Do I have to be in college to apply?

No. Current, recent and graduate students; along with professionals are eligible to apply.

Are Internship positions paid?

No. CDF Internship positions are unpaid. Applicants may contact educational and non-profit organizations to apply for funding assistance.

Is housing provided?

No. Applicants must arrange for their own housing. Some helpful housing sites are listed below:

Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH)

Capitol Hill Stay

The Washington Center

Trinity College

Catholic University

George Washington University

American University

Howard University