Policy Internship (Summer 2020)

Children’s Rights is a national advocacy group that uses policy initiatives and the power of the courts to achieve lasting reforms for children involved with child welfare and other failing state systems.

The Children’s Rights Policy Department seeks graduate-level summer interns to assist with various research, policy analysis, and advocacy projects pertaining to child abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption, and child welfare system performance.  Interns will have the opportunity to collect data, research and analyze key policy issues, and assist with the preparation of reports, articles and other written materials.  The summer internship is 3-5 days per week; selection of days is flexible.  It is a non-paid position.

Children’s Rights is an exciting, dynamic organization working to improve public child welfare systems across the United States.  Since 1995, Children’s Rights has used legal action complemented by substantive policy expertise to create improvement in child protection, foster care, adoption, and juvenile justice. For more information, please visit our website at www.childrensrights.org.

The Children’s Rights Policy Department has developed a reputation for producing careful research and policy analysis on pressing issues pertaining to the care of abused and neglected children in public child welfare systems.  We work in partnership with our staff attorneys as well as other advocates, experts, policy analysts, and government officials.  On a national level, we are working with our litigation teams to investigate states with poorly functioning child welfare and juvenile justice systems, assisting in trial preparation, and monitoring progress in jurisdictions in which we have secured court orders requiring that improvements are made and maintained.


  • Must be in graduate school (MSW, MPP, MPA, or comparable graduate program)
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Proficiency in word processing, Excel, and internet research
  • Some knowledge of the child welfare system is strongly desired, as is a beginning knowledge of statistics and statistical analysis

To apply, please e-mail resume and cover letter by March 2nd to crhoney@childrensrights.org.  Due to the high volume of submissions, only applicants of interest will be contacted.  No telephone calls, please.

Children’s Rights is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and women, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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