Children’s Rights Policy Internship

Children’s Rights Policy Internship, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), NYC

Department: Policy, Advocacy and Research (PAR)

Organization Description:   The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) is a membership organization with almost 300 community based social service agencies and church-based human service programs in its network.  FPWA’s substantial team of expert policy analysts work closely with our member agencies and in numerous strategic collaborations to influence budget and legislative outcomes that positively impact human services organizations and the children, families and individuals they serve.  Throughout the year, FPWA issues action alerts, policy briefs, advocacy agendas and research reports to inform and shape the opinions of the public, the media and decision makers, and to activate our members and network.  We also sponsor a variety of leading-edge policy forums and networking opportunities that strengthen relationships among our members and coalition partners and build their capacity for effective collaboration across social service issues.

Qualifications:   The Policy, Advocacy and Research Department is interns who are interested in children’s issues and/or social services, and are committed to reform on behalf of abused and neglected children.  Interns should be detail oriented and well organized, with strong writing and critical thinking skills.  Candidates must demonstrate a desire to learn about public policy. Some prior experience in community organizing or policy advocacy and research is preferred but not necessary. Proficiency with Microsoft Office. Self-motivated, determined and able to work independently, as well as collaboratively.

Responsibilities: The Policy, Advocacy and Research Department is looking for interns for the fall to assist with research, policy analysis, and advocacy projects pertaining to children who may have been abused and neglect, and are now in the foster care system. Interns will have the opportunity to collect data, research and analyze key policy issues, and assist with the preparation of reports, and help organize policy forums. Interns will become familiar with the problems and challenges facing city and state child welfare systems, and the impact on the children served by those systems. Since interns will interact with policy analysts on a daily basis, they will also learn about various career paths in the fields of child welfare, public interest law and professional advocacy. Students interested in interest in the child welfare field, public policy, public interest law, the legal system, social policy, and social research are encouraged to apply.

How to contact: Email cover letter, resume and writing sample to

Pay: This is an unpaid internship position.  Though there is no salary, interns will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of NYC organizations and obtain experience with high-level policy advocacy work. In addition, we are willing to complete paperwork necessary for students to receive available college academic credits.

Duration: From September 9 to December 13, 2013
Hours:  Must be able to work a minimum of 12 hours per week

When to post: 8/21/13
Deadline: 9/27/2013
Employment Start Date: 9/9/2013
Employment End Date: 12/13/2013

Name: Noah Franklin
Title: Senior Policy Analyst
Address: 281 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10010-6102
Phone: 212-801-1376

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