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A key component to the success of any non-profit organization is its people. As such, it’s no surprise that interns are essential to the success of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), a leader in adoption and foster care policy on Capitol Hill and across the nation.

Come intern with CCAI, a leading non-profit organization that makes a national impact on adoption, foster care, and child welfare policy and advocacy on Capitol Hill and across the country. CCAI interns have the opportunity to work on projects that positively affect children in need of families all over the world. Whether through researching legislation and policy, engaging Members of Congress and their staff, organizing fundraising efforts, planning advocacy events, or leading social media campaigns, our interns leave CCAI knowing they were able to make a difference in furthering CCAI’s mission of children belonging in families.

Applications for the spring 2021 semester are now OPEN. Interviews are being scheduled on a rolling basis. Please note that as of fall 2020, all spring 2021 internships are anticiapted to be remote.

Spring 2021 Semester: mid-January through mid-May

To apply, submit the CCAI Internship Application Form and upload a (1) résumé, (2) cover letter, and (3) academic writing sample of two-to-three pages. Please direct any questions to Kate McLean at kate@ccainstitute.org.

Spring 2021 Internship Programs begin with an orientation in mid-January; however, alternative arrangements can be made – please bring to the attention of Kate McLean upon application submission. Further, CCAI can assist in arranging academic credit for your internship. CCAI also hosts fellows and graduate students and coordinates with schools for externship credits. For fall and spring internships, a minimum of 15 hours per week is required. For all summer internships, a full-time commitment is required.

We currently offer internships during the following three semesters:

• Spring: January – May                       

• Summer: May – August            

• Fall: August – December

Internship Positions Available

Internship Department Positions: Please note that while the organization has four departments, CCAI is highly collaborative and team-oriented, therefore interns will have frequent opportunities to work with all departments throughout the internship.  

Policy: Policy interns research and stay informed of the current adoption and foster care legislation, reports and studies; correspond with and support congressional staff; and assist CCAI’s Director of Policy in planning, outreach, and logistics for policy events and legislative briefings on Capitol Hill. Spring 2021 interns will have the opportunity to help the CCAI policy team engage with the 117th Congress and advocate for CCAI’s mission of children in families on Capitol Hill. NOTE: This position may work remotely and does not need to be based in D.C.

Programs: Programs interns help facilitate the advocacy and programmatic details of our five core programs: Angels in Adoption®, the Foster Youth Internship (FYI) Program®, National Adoption Day, 20/20 Vision, and Congressional Research Program in addition to various other projects. Responsibilities include communicating with congressional offices, assisting with program design and preparation, research, event coordination, and social media. Spring 2021 interns will be highly engaged in the planning and early execution of the Foster Youth Internship Program®. NOTE: This position may work remotely and does not need to be based in D.C.

Communications: Communications Interns help facilitate the communications details of our core programs, Angels in Adoption®, the Foster Youth Internship Program®, National Adoption Day, and other various projects. Responsibilities include assisting with graphic design and preparation, communicating with congressional offices, event coordination, live social media updates, crafting posts for all internet platforms, managing a social media calendar, and research. For this position, instead of a writing sample, please submit two different samples of a social media post for CCAI: one for Facebook and one for Instagram. NOTE: This position may work remotely and does not need to be based in D.C.

Development: Development interns work on donor development and outreach, grant writing, fundraising, social media, and research in supporting the Director of Development with special campaigns and events. Fall 2020 interns will help craft and facilitate fundraising strategies for the organization at-large with special emphasis on the 23rd Annual Angels in Adoption® Program and 2021 Foster Youth Internship Program®. NOTE: This position may work remotely and does not need to be based in D.C.

Administrative: Administrative interns help develop and maintain the excellent work environment and infrastructure at CCAI for current employees and interns, facilitate the recruitment and acquisition of the next class of interns, and work with the Executive Director on various projects, including those related to working with our Board of Directors, Advisory Council, financial audits and reporting, and more. 

Required Documents (submitted through application form)

  • Résumé
  • Cover Letter
  • Academic Writing Sample (two-to-three pages) 
  • Mock Social Media Posts (Communications ONLY)