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With typically more than 400 applications per year for about 70 internships, CDF's internship application process is highly selective. It is important to meet the application deadline and satisfy each of the application components.
CDF accepts applications on a continuous basis. However preferred deadline for each term are as follows:
|Term||Typical Months||Preferred Deadlines|
(Early Decision & Regular)
|Summer||June - August||February 15|
|Fall||September - December||August 7|
|Winter/Spring||January - April||November 15|
Each applicant must submit the following, either by mail, email, or fax:
Send your completed packet to:
Children's Defense Fund
25 E Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
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 phone interviews for those applicants under serious consideration for a CDF internship. Phone interviews will occur some time within the selection process.
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. Placement options are also determined by the length and hours of service you are available.