Youth Leadership and Development Internship - Children's Defense Fund

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The Children's Defense Fund
25 E St. NW
Washington, DC
Application Deadline: Available Year-round
Position: 2 Part-time, Unpaid

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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 with the support of caring parents and nurturing communities. For 40 years, CDF has combined 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. Youth Leadership and Development is a dynamic team that focuses on building future child advocates and organizers throughout the nation.

How to Apply for the CDF Internship Program

Application Components Each applicant must submit the following:

CDF Internship Application
Cover Letter
Two (2) Recommendation Letters
Writing Sample

Please visit our website: to apply.

The Children's Defense Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Primary Responsibilities:
Preparation and delivery of training and technical assistance for local program staff

Outreach to current and prospective CDF Freedom Schools program sites

Developing training materials

Drafting correspondence and responding to site inquiries

Researching best practices in educational and cultural enrichment after-school and summer programs


Required Experience and Qualifications:
Verbal and written communications skills

Flexibility and work ethic

Ability to work alone or in groups to accomplish task

Experience in outreach efforts, such as campaigning or canvassing, preferred

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.

Ability to work effectively and calmly in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment with daily deadlines

Strong organizational and execution skills

Commitment to social advocacy and CDF's mission to be a voice for all children in America

Ability to organize facts and present issues in a clear, concise and logical manner, both orally and in writing

How To Apply

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