Interns are an important and valued part of the Voices team. With members in nearly every state, Voices for America’s Children serves as a catalyst for action and a source of leadership for multi-issue child advocacy organizations at the state and local levels. Interns contribute substantially to this effort, and we in turn work to ensure that the intern will have a valuable learning experience. The majority of intern work is substantive, involving research, writing, attendance at professional meetings, and other tasks related to our mission.
Listen to what our past interns have had to say:
Applications are now being accepted for the fall 2013.
Applicants from multiple disciplines are encouraged to apply. For example, a Policy intern may be studying public policy, social sciences, law, or social work, while a Membership intern may be studying communications, psychology, business, nonprofit management, technology or sales. Where the student has a particular area of experience or interest, it may be possible to tailor the internship to the student’s particular interests. (This is especially true in the Membership internship, where a student may wish to focus on public relations, membership work, fundraising, or use of technology.) Application Information and Funding or Credit Options appear below.
Applicants must possess excellent research, analytical, organizational, writing, and communication skills. They must be team players and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. The ideal applicant is skilled at on-line research and familiar with the Microsoft Office Suite.
To apply for an internship, send a resume, cover letter, a 2-3 page writing sample (excerpt is fine, any subject), and either letters of recommendation or the names and phone numbers of at least two references either in hard copy by mailing it to Voices for America’s Children, 1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005 or via E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 202-289-0776.
Please indicate the position for which you are applying and the dates and number of days per week you will be available. Our available positions are as follows:
- Communications Internships (including Web/Database, Online Communications and Media Communications)
The use of strategic communications is integral in carrying out effective child advocacy. Voices’ communications team supports the organization’s many efforts to improve the lives of children through strategic media relations, enhanced Member communications and purposeful internal communications. This comprehensive communications approach is designed to motivate positive change in those three areas.
- Policy Internships
The Policy Team supports state child advocates in their work in a variety of issue areas, including income supports (including welfare reform), child welfare (including protective services, foster care, and adoption), early care and education, and children’s health. The Policy Team also provides training and technical assistance on advocacy skills and supports members’ strategic advocacy activities.
- Membership Internships
Voices’ Membership staff works to strengthen and fund the basic organizational structure, daily operations, and planning work of Voices’ members. This internship is a terrific opportunity to gain greater knowledge and skill in organizational development, communications, and fundraising in the pursuit of better public policy for children and their families.
- Executive Office Internships
The CEO/President and Deputy CEO make up the executive office at VOICES and serves as the ultimate decision making body of the organization. Interns who work in the EO will gain firsthand experience in nonprofit management and fund development.
Funding or Academic Credit Options
Although Voices does not currently have funding available to pay interns, many students arrange academic credit or financial stipends through their schools– or through corporate foundation’s internship programs. Please let us know if you have such an arrangement available, and we will assist with whatever formalities are required.