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Children's Defense Fund Texas Policy Intern - Application Deadline

Tue, April 30, 2013

About 15 undergraduate, graduate and recent graduates intern in CDF-Texas (Houston and Austin) offices each year and while a few of the internships give preference to certain majors, everyone with a strong interest in child advocacy is encouraged to apply. CDF interns gain knowledge, skills, and experience for a lifetime commitment as a child advocate and public policy leader. They also get an insider's view of non-profit advocacy. Additionally, former interns stay active in CDF's mission through the CDF Intern Alumni Action Network.


Internships usually last between 8-12 weeks, but some interns stay longer or leave earlier. There are no set start or end dates to internships and CDF accepts applications on a continuous basis. Typical internship timeframes and preferred deadlines are as follows:

Summer Semester (June-August) Due February 15
Fall Semester (September-December) Due August 16
Spring Semester (January-May) Due November 15

Applicants should submit the following items by email to and put the title of the desired internship position (ex: MEDIA AND PR INTERNSHIP) in the subject line of your email.

1. Cover Letter
The cover letter should address:
    -why you want to intern at CDF
    -skills, knowledge (including relevant course work) and work experience
    -experience (including research) relevant to an internship at CDF
    -experience in, or passion for, children's issues and advocacy
    -your immediate post-internship plans as well as longer term academic/career goals
    -what you hope to gain from your CDF internship experience

2. Resume

3. Writing Sample (no longer than 2,500 words)
Sample should demonstrate writing and reasoning skills.  It may be a paper completed for a class assignment.

Application Deadline - 4/30/2013.

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