Summer 2015 Policy Intern

The Children’s Rights Policy Department seeks undergraduate and 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 and policy initiatives to create lasting improvement in child protection, foster care, and adoption, using the power of the courts and policy initiatives to achieve lasting reforms for children.

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 systems, assisting in trial preparation, and monitoring progress in jurisdictions in which we have secured court orders requiring that improvements are made and maintained. Locally, we are engaged in advocating for improvements within the New York City child welfare system and Family Court in order to improve permanency for children in foster care.


  • Must be in graduate school or entering senior year of college
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and internet research
  • Some knowledge of child welfare services is strongly desired, as is a beginning knowledge of statistics and statistical analysis

To apply, please e-mail resume and cover letter by February 27th to sreeves@childrensrights.org.  Due to the high volume of submissions, only applicants of interest will be contacted.  No telephone calls, please.

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