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Interns are a vital part of the Children's Defense Fund - California's team. Our interns gain knowledge, skills, and experience in the most critical public policy issues facing children and develop a unique insider's view of non-profit advocacy, all while helping to make a difference in the lives of children and youth in California.


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.

Los Angeles

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