Internships & Fellowships at CDF2023-12-18T18:10:28-05:00
Internships and Fellowships at CDF


Over the years, Children’s Defense Fund has welcomed hundreds of college students and recent graduates to serve as interns and join our work toward building communities where young people grow up with dignity, hope, and joy.

Our Internships

We offer internships in four core areas:

  1. Policy and Research
  2. Programs
  3. Communications
  4. Fundraising and Marketing

Our interns gain an insider’s view of the role of public interest groups in the policy process and enjoy unparalleled access to practitioners, experts and leaders in child advocacy. As an intern at CDF, you’ll get the critical knowledge, skills and experience you need to pursue an active life of leadership and service.

Application Guidelines

CDF is currently accepting applications for our NBA HBCU Fellowship Program. For more information about recruitment for 2024, visit our NBA HBCU homepage.

CDF Fellowships

CDF happily considers requests to host individuals for fellowships, where the projects align with our areas of expertise and the fellow can identify their own outside source of funding. This includes current law students from any ABA-accredited law school seeking a postgraduate fellowship that is partially or fully funded by an external source, such as a Skadden fellowship, Equal Justice Works, Justice Catalyst, Soros, or a program funded by your school. If you would like to explore potential opportunities, please contact:

Rexanah Wyse Morrissette, Esq. (she/her/hers)
Director, Executive Office and Strategic Initiatives
o 202-662-3568

Join Us

View our internship openings and apply.



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Contact Us

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