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Office of the President 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.

The Office of the President is staffed by a team of individuals responsible for coordinating special initiatives and projects and providing administrative and program support to CDF’s founder and President Marian Wright Edelman. Interns assigned to this office work directly under the supervision of the Special Assistant to the President to carry out a variety of tasks needed.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist President’s staff with special projects.
  • Develop and maintain President’s database.
  • Web-Based research.
  • Drafting of correspondence.
  • Assist with mailings and phone banking.
  • Faxing, scanning, photocopying, answering phones, and other administrative duties as assigned.

Preferred Experience/ Qualifications:

  • Excellent judgment and organizational skills with attention to detail.
  • Capable of working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Courteous, supportive, and professional demeanor.
  • Ability to interact effectively with people at all levels.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a team or individually.
  • Commitment to social advocacy and CDF’s mission to be a voice for all children in America.
  • Must display incentive to take the lead on various outreach efforts to expose a large number of people to the work of CDF. A sense of creativity encouraged.
  • A required commitment of approximately 15 hours per week.