Policy and Advocacy Internship

Part-time, 20-24 hours per week 

Washington, DC (Chinatown) 


DC Action for Children provides internships for current or recent undergraduate or graduate students; and older adults looking for encore careers in public policy. The Policy and Advocacy Intern will support DC Action’s mission to advance public policies that improve the well-being of children, especially those most affected by poverty and racism. 



We're shaping fair and equitable public policy for all of DC's children and youth to grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard.   

DC Action for Children was founded in 1992 by six women concerned about the deteriorating conditions for children in the city. Together, they established a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. This group transformed an organization into an independent voice for kids to advance public policies that improve the well-being of children, especially those most affected by poverty and racism.  

With the support of individuals and private foundations, DC Action for Children uses research, data, and a focus on race equity to break down barriers that stand in the way of all kids reaching their full potential. Our collaborative advocacy campaigns empower young people and all residents to raise their voices to create change. 



  • Managing a project from start to finish 

  • Meaningful work under the direct supervision of an experienced DC Action leader

  • Working with highly collaborative and innovative teams

  • Policy and budget analysis 

  • Writing for policy and advocacy  



  • Contribute to information gathering, research, and analysis in relation to child well-being.

  • Assist in conducting research on priorities and interests of key decision-makers, such as members of the DC Council and their staff, and agency directors.

  • Write data snapshots, talking points, fact sheets, policy briefs, and communications materials, including social media content.

  • Assist in the preparation and execution of strategic events, including internal and external workshops and meetings, related to DC Action’s public policy and advocacy priorities

  • Attend both internal and external meetings and events and assist in note-taking and follow up of action points

  • Support fundraising events

  • Provide administrative support as needed (scanning, mailing, copying, etc.)



  • Has a passion for economic, racial, and social justice 

  • Is a current or recent undergraduate or graduate student; or older adult looking for an encore career in public policy

  • Has demonstrated interest, experience, and/or academic training in one or more of the following areas: health or education policy, economic security, race equity, child psychology, child development

  • Has strong research, writing, and analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize and report on large amounts of information quickly and accurately

  • Has experience in organizing and executing events, including logistics and promotion

  • Is a quick learner, able to multitask, switch gears easily, and able to prioritize to meet deadlines

  • Has excellent project management and organizational skills, creativity, flexibility, and self-motivation; able to work both independently and part of a team

  • Displays a positive, can-do attitude and good judgement

  • Is proficient with Microsoft Office suite

  • Is currently eligible to work in the U.S.

  • Values and contributes to a culture of diversity and inclusion 

  • Thrives in working in a small, fast-paced, entrepreneurial organization committed to the well-being of children and youth 


DC Action for Children internships are unpaid and we are not able to offer housing/assistance at this time. Applicants may contact educational and non-profit organizations to apply for funding assistance. DC Action for Children offers a structured learning and development program, and a great team and working environment committed to fostering growth and leadership. 


  • A structured program with professional development opportunities, including citywide educational brown bag seminars.

  • Monthly team lunches

  • Ongoing feedback

  • Casual work attire

  • We have the pleasure of working inside the Chinatown WeWork, which offers weekly snacks, events and happy hours! We love the free cold brews :)


Fall: September 24, 2019 to December 6, 2019, negotiable

Spring: January - April, 2020

Summer: June - August, 2020



To apply, please complete the DC Action for Children Internship Application Form and upload your resume along with a writing sample.  

Highest consideration is given to applicants who have demonstrated a strong interest in issues affecting children and families through their academic, extracurricular, professional or service experiences.  No phone calls please.   


DC Action for Children recognizes and honors diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, age, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, and places where people live. We seek to reflect this diversity in all aspects of our work, including the composition of our board, staff, and volunteers. Further, DC Action for Children seeks to be a multicultural and culturally competent organization that works for equity among all people. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups.