Internship Opportunities

 

Why Intern with CRS?

Director Lum Addressing the 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 Office
Washington D.C.

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.

Director's Intern

Description:

The Director's Internship Program is a highly competitive opportunity to work closely with the Director of the Community Relations Service (CRS) and senior leadership of CRS. The Director's Intern will attend meetings with the Director and other senior leaders and participate in various events and projects as part of the Director's initiatives. Often, the Director's Intern will have the opportunity to research and evaluate current CRS programs.

Additional Requirements:

Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students and submit a current official university transcript. Although all applicants will be considered, competitive candidates will have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, completed at least their sophomore year in college, exhibit excellent communication skills, computer proficiency, professionalism, and dependability. Additionally, they must be highly motivated and willing to contribute where needed.

 

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.

Regional/Field Intern

Description:

Regional and Field Office Interns will get a firsthand look at the conflict resolution work the Community Relations Service does around the country. 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.

Additional Requirements:

Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students and submit a current official university transcript. Although all applicants will be considered, competitive candidates will have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0, completed at least their sophomore year in college, exhibit excellent communication skills, computer proficiency, professionalism, and dependability. Additionally, they must be highly motivated and willing to contribute where needed.

 

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.

 
Regional Offices Map

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:

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.