Why Intern with CRS?
Types of Internships
The Community Relations Service offers unpaid Summer, Fall and Spring internships in its 15 offices across the country.
Headquarters' Interns gain a unique and exciting view of the work and mission of CRS. Interns will assist senior leaders, including the Director, Deputy Director, Associate Director and Legal Counsel, in a variety of assignments. Intern tasks may involve conducting research related to Department initiatives and Director's proejcts, evaluating current CRS programs, reviewing regional casework summaries, participating in weekly Operational meetings, analyzing various mediation strategies and community dispute resolution techniques and attending meetings on behalf of CRS. Law students will have the additional opportunity to work with CRS Legal Counsel on drafting legal memoranda, reviewing Memoranda of Understanding and drafing Freedom of Information Act responses. Communications or Public Affaris students will be able to create website content, draft talking points for senior management and write press releases on CRS initiatives and activities. All interns will have the ability to attend events in the Department and around the District of Columbia to expand their knowledge of government and the field of conflict resolution.
Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students and submit a current official college or university transcript. Although all applicants will be considered, competitive candidates will have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, completed their sophomore year of college and exhibit excellent communication skills, computer proficiency, professionalism and dependability. Students should demonstrate an interest in alternative dispute resolution, mediation or conflict resolution studies, as well as civil rights issues. Law students must demonstrate skills in the use of Westlaw and/or LexisNexis legal research engines.
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 consultation. Interns in regional and field offices work alongside regional staff to plan and deliver these services to impacted communities. The duties of Regional and Field Office Interns will vary by location, but all interns will have the opportunity to participate in CRS casework in their area. Regional and Field Office Interns will leave their internship with a greater understanding of how the CRS conciliators and regional management provide conciliation services and how CRS successfully prevents, responds to and/or addresses difficulties and conflict relating to allegations of discrimination or hate crimes in inter-community conflicts.
Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students, and they must submit a current official college or university transcript. Although all applicants will be considered, competitive candidates will have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, completed their sophomore year in college and exhibit excellent communication skills, computer proficiency, professionalism and dependability.
Requirements for All Internships
Qualifications and Additional Information
- U.S. Citizen
- 18 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
Send a resume and brief cover letter explaining your interest, background, and dates of availability, as well as a current college or university transcript.
Applications are accepted 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:
|Fall Internship||Spring Internship||Summer Internship|
|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.