Youth Civic Education and Engagement Intern (20 hrs/wk)

Offered By: 
Children's Defense Fund - Texas
Job Location: 
If "Paid", provide rate: 
$750 spring semester
Job Description: 
Job Description: The internship is based in Austin and provides general support for the CDF-TX Youth Civic Education and Engagement initiative. The intern works 20 hours/week supporting both our policy and organizing work to increase youth civic education and engagement. The intern is someone deeply committed to empowering young people to be actively engaged in their communities and to ensuring young people are represented in the decision-making process in their local and state government. The youth civic engagement intern provides substantive policy research and reports and monitors interim legislative committees and the State Board of Education on improving youth civic engagement and education in Texas. Additionally, the intern assists with outreach to partners and school districts on behalf of the Texas Civic Education Roundtable to support the prioritization of culturally sustaining civic education in Texas’ public school classrooms. The intern also supports outreach to young people statewide to support our high school voter registration campaign, as well as provides critical support in developing training curriculums to support young people’s knowledge of and engagement with state legislative and local civic processes. Primary Responsibilities: • Plans civic engagement opportunities with and for youth (ex: youth townhalls and youth voter registration drives) • Policy research, briefs and training material • Conducts research on public policy, media trends and other subjects as needed • Assists in the development and execution of special projects • Perform other division, department, and organization-wide special projects as needed and assigned • Assist in maintaining CDF’s social media platforms Job Requirements: • Ability to work effectively and calmly in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment and ability to multi-task • Strong organizational and execution skills • Attention to detail • Commitment to social advocacy and CDF’s mission to be a voice for all children • Ability to organize facts and present issues in a clear, concise and logical manner, both orally and in writing • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to interact diplomatically and professionally with CDF staff and external partners/contacts • Strong computer, Internet and research skills
Application Instructions: 
To apply, candidates should email a resume and a one-page cover letter to: Cheasty Anderson ( and type CIVIC ENGAGEMENT INTERN in the subject line.
Degree Status: 
Current Student
Experience Required: 
Contact Information: 
Contact: Dr. Cheasty Anderson, Senior Policy Associate Email: Website:
Type of Internship: 
Advocacy - State
Posted By: 
Children's Defense Fund - Texas
Expiration Date: 
Monday, December 10, 2018