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CDF Freedom Schools® Program Internships

The Children's Defense Fund is an organization deeply committed to our Leave No Child Behind mission and to ensure that every child has a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage into adulthood with caring families and communities. For 40 years, CDF has combined advocacy, public education, policy development, leadership training and other efforts to protect children and encourage preventive investment in children before they get sick, drop out of school, suffer family breakdown, or get into trouble.

CDF Freedom Schools programs are partnerships between CDF's Black Community Crusade for Children® (BCCC)® program and local community-based organizations, churches, public schools and colleges/universities to provide literacy-rich summer programs in communities where those opportunities are limited or nonexistent.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Preparation and delivery of training and technical assistance for local program staff.
  • Outreach to current and prospective CDF Freedom Schools program sites.
  • Maintaining outreach data base.
  • Compiling information packets.
  • Creating Power Points and other presentation materials.
  • Developing training materials.
  • Drafting correspondence.
  • Researching best practices in educational and cultural enrichment after-school and summer programs.
  • Create and maintain financial documents on behalf of the Freedom Schools department.

Preferred Experience/ Qualifications:

  • Excellent judgment and organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Courteous, supportive, and professional demeanor.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team or individually.
  • Ability to work effectively and calmly in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment with daily deadlines.
  • Strong organizational and analytical skills.
  • Ability to organize facts and present issues in a clear, concise, and logical manner, both orally and in writing.
  • Strong internet research skills.