Policy 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: Part-time, Unpaid

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Internship description

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 research team within CDF's policy unit supports the organization's policy efforts by analyzing data, preparing timely and pertinent reports and fact sheets, and conducting rapid response research for internal and external data requests. Policy research interns will work across all of CDF's issue areas, identifying federal and other data for use in fact sheets, reports, and other CDF publications. Policy research interns will also summarize new reports, attend briefings and hearings, and research issues areas to support the policy team's work. This opportunity is ideal for applicants seeking a broad exposure to all of CDF's policy issue areas.

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

Please visit our website: http://www.childrensdefense.org/about-us/join-our-team/internship-program/ to apply.


Primary Responsibilities:
Identifying and researching initiatives in health, early childhood development, education, poverty, child welfare, gun violence, juvenile and criminal justice to address the needs of children and families

Tracking and analyzing federal and state legislation

Monitoring, analyzing, and summarizing policy developments, the federal budget, research briefs and studies that relate to children, low income families, and other key issue areas

Attending hearings and briefings, both on and off Capitol Hill, that are relevant to CDF's work, and writing succinct summaries to share with the policy team

Contributing to the development of issue briefs, fact sheets, and other materials relevant to our work for publication or the website

Rapid response research for internal and external data requests

Participating in the educational component of the CDF internship program, including luncheons, seminars, and trips

Other duties and projects as assigned


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 Self-starter who is comfortable working independently

Demonstrated interest in learning about policies that affect children and low-income families

Commitment to social advocacy and CDF's mission to be a voice for all children in America For those interested in policy research, strong excel skills and ideally experience using a statistical software packaged (Stata or SPSS), and experience with federal data sources (census, NCHS, HHS, DOE, etc.)

How To Apply

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