Why Intern with CRS?
View the Director's Message to Interns
The Community Relations Service staff welcomes motivated and creative undergraduate, graduate, and law students to help serve communities in conflict by interning during the fall, spring, or summer semesters. As "America's Peacemaker" for the Department of Justice, CRS works across the country to respond to tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin. CRS also works with communities to employ strategies to prevent and respond to alleged violent hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.
Types of Internships
The Community Relations Service offers unpaid Summer, Fall, and Spring internships in its 15 offices across the nation. Interns have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of key projects. Duties may include: researching discriminatory practices and race relations; monitoring breaking civil-rights developments; helping coordinate and analyze community conflict-resolution programs; planning community-engagement efforts and events; developing and updating CRS training programs; generating website projects; archiving historical artifacts; and performing general administrative duties.
Headquarters interns work on a variety of projects witht he Director and the national management staff to provide operational and logistical support ot the regional conflict resolution teams located across the country.
Regional and Field Offices
Boston | New York | Philadelphia | Atlanta | Chicago | Dallas | Kansas City Denver | Los Angeles | Seattle | Miami | Detroit | Houston | San Francisco
The 10 regional offices and four field offices across the country work with diverse communities to prevent and resolve community conflicts. Regional teams deliver four services; mediation of disputes, facilitation of dialogue, training, and consulting. Interns in regional and field offices work alongside regional staff to plan and deliver these services to impacted communities.
Requirements for All Internships
Qualifications and Additional Information
- U.S. Citizen
- Eighteen years of age or older
- Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or post-graduate student
- Competitive candidates hold at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Must pass a security background check before final approval (security checks can take up to 6 months)
- Nominal fee may be required for fingerprints
- Relocation, housing, and transportation assistance not included; public transit subsidies may be available.
How to Apply
Apply directly to the Headquarters, Regional, or Field Office where you wish to work. Send a resume and brief cover letter explaining your interest, background, and dates of availability. Click on a location on the map below to submit your application online.
Applications are accepting on a rolling basis, however due to the security clearance process, we strongly suggest that you submit your application four months prior to your anticipated start date and follow the deadline schedule below in order to receive school credit. Applicants who are accepted into the program must immediately complete and return a security packet in order to expedite the background clearance process and ensure a timely start date.
Suggested Deadline Schedule:
|Deadline: April 1
||Deadline: August 1
||Deadline: January 1
Additional Student Opportunities in DoJ
Department of Justice Pathways Program
The Department of Justice Pathways (DOH) Programs provide clear pathes to Federal employment for students and recent graduates. The Pathways Programs consist of three major subprograms: the Internship Program, the Recent Graduates Program (RGP), and the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. For additional information on the DOJ Pathways programs, please visit the DOJ Pathways Programs.