Application Guidelines

With typically more than 400 applications per year for about 70 internships, CDF's internship application process is highly selective. For highest consideration, it is important to meet the application deadline and satisfy each of the application components.

Application Deadlines


Typical Months

For Best Consideration

Summer June - August February 1
Fall September - December July 1
Spring January - April November 1

Application Components

Each applicant must submit the following components on our online application:

  • CDF Internship Application Form
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Two References
  • Writing Sample

For any question or concerns, please contact the Internship Coordinator at

Internship Selection Process

CDF requires six to eight weeks from the application deadline to process applications. During that time, the Internship Coordinator will process and evaluate applications and then consult with specific divisions for their decisions. The Internship Coordinator and staff members from divisions will conduct interviews for those applicants under serious consideration for a CDF internship.

Highest consideration is given to those applicants who have demonstrated a strong interest in children and family issues through service, advocacy, or academic studies, and are also supportive of CDF's social policy agenda. The level of knowledge and skill an applicant brings to CDF is particularly important within the context of a specific internship position. Since your internship will be a serious investment of your time and energy, it is important to consider what you hope to gain. This will guide us in finding the best fit.

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