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Interns are an important and valued part of the Children's Defense Fund team. CDF interns gain knowledge, skills, and experience in child policy and gain an insider's view of non-profit advocacy, all while working to achieve the CDF mission of ensuring that all children have a level playing field.

CDF-California offers internship opportunities in both the Los Angeles and Oakland offices.


We are now accepting application for two internship opportunities in Oakland. If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Michele Stillwell-Parvensky at

Policy Intern

The Policy Intern will support the policy work of CDF-CA on children’s health care coverage and dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline. Duties may include tracking legislation, note taking, policy research, and drafting and sending letters to policymakers. Interns will also have the option to attend key meetings, webinars, and hearings in Sacramento on policy issues.

Social Media and Communications Intern

The Social Media and Communications Intern will support the communications work of CDF-CA including writing first drafts of letters to the editor and web content; managing CDF-CA's social media presence; posting material to our website; and tracking media coverage and updating media lists. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in key meetings, webinars, and hearings in Sacramento on policy issues.

Internships are unpaid, but we will work with students to arrange academic credit and meet other requirements.

CDF-Los Angeles

Policy Internship: Juvenile Justice & Education

The Policy Intern will be based in Los Angeles and will help survey, identify and research promising policies and programs that create and maintain positive school climate, reduce the number of referrals of youth to law enforcement, and improve education outcomes and rehabilitative experiences for youth in the juvenile justice system. See full job description »

Administrative Intern

The Los Angeles Intern, while working independently, is a key member of the CDF-CA team, helping to build strong support for the work of CDF-CA and  dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline.  Specific job responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, administrative support to help improve the administrative operations of the office. This includes updating telephone intake, filing, faxing, mailing and general support of staff. The Intern will have the opportunity to participate in other CDF-CA activities throughout the internship.