The Community Relations Service (CRS), a component of the Department of Justice, works to resolve civil rights conflict arising out of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or disability. CRS does so by engaging communities in difficult conversations through peaceful dialogue.
We are currently looking for students from diverse academic backgrounds and experience who are interested in working with CRS to support communities across the country.
Through our internship program, students gain first-hand experience working for a federal component with nationwide impact. As America’s Peacemaker, CRS provides facilitation, mediation, training and consultation services to communities in conflict — enhancing their ability to independently prevent and resolve future conflicts.
Qualification for All Interns
- United States citizen.
- 18 years of age or older.
- Currently enrolled as a student working toward a degree at an accredited institution of higher learning.
- Excellent communication skills, professionalism and dependability.
- Passion for CRS’s mission and work.
How to Apply
To apply, please send the following documents as ONE combined PDF attachment to CRSInternCoordinator@usdoj.gov. In the subject line of your email, please include your full name and the term for which you are applying.
- Brief cover letter including 1) your interest in CRS, 2) dates of availability, 3) desired office location, and 4) where you learned about the CRS internship opportunity.
- Current official or unofficial academic transcript.
- References page with two academic or professional references (name, title, organization and email contact).
Applications should be submitted by the following deadlines:
Intern at Our Headquarters Office, Washington, D.C.
Headquarters interns gain a unique and exciting view of CRS’s work and mission. Interns help senior leaders with research and writing, program evaluation, regional casework review, operations, and analyzing strategies for community conflict resolution.
Students in specialized programs such as finance and communications have opportunities related to their fields in the headquarters office. Law students work with the CRS general counsel on drafting legal memoranda, reviewing memoranda of understanding related to casework and Freedom of Information Act responses, and conducting legal research.
All interns will have the ability to attend events at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to expand their knowledge of the government and the field of conflict resolution. In the past, interns have had the opportunity to meet the Attorney General, tour other government facilities, and connect with leaders from across different DOJ components.
CRS headquarters interns leave their internship with a greater understanding of how CRS works within DOJ and how the agency provides its services to communities.
Intern at Our Regional and Field Offices
The 10 regional offices and three field offices across the country work with diverse communities to prevent and resolve conflicts. Regional teams’ work falls into four categories — facilitated dialogue, mediation, training and consultation — which help communities’ abilities to alleviate tensions, resolve disputes, and prevent future conflicts more effectively. Interns in regional and field offices work alongside regional staff to plan and deliver CRS services in local communities to help ease tension stemming from bias-based incidents or hate crimes.
Regional and field office interns leave their internship with a greater understanding of how CRS conciliation specialists and regional directors provide dispute resolution services and how CRS successfully prevents and responds to tension and conflicts relating to allegations of discrimination, bias incidents, or hate crimes in communities.
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