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We are hiring for the following positions: 

Director of Development


A key component to the success of any non-profit organization is its people. As such, it’s no surprise that interns are essential to the success of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), a leader in adoption and foster care policy on Capitol Hill and across the nation.

Come intern with CCAI, a leading non-profit organization that makes a national impact on adoption, foster care, and child welfare policy and advocacy on Capitol Hill and across the country. CCAI interns have the opportunity to work on projects that positively affect children in need of families all over the world. Whether through researching legislation and policy, engaging Members of Congress and their staff, organizing fundraising efforts, planning advocacy events, or leading social media campaigns, our interns leave CCAI knowing they were able to make a difference in furthering CCAI’s mission of children belonging in families.

Spring 2019 Semester: Mid-January through late-May Application

Deadline: November 12, 2018 at 12PM EST

To apply, please send a (1) résumé, (2) cover letter, and (3) academic writing sample of two-to-three pages  to CCAI Operations Manager, Carly Wortham, at carly@ccainstitute.org by November 12 at 12PM EST.

Spring 2019 Internship Programs begin with Orientation on January 14, 2019; however, alternative arrangements can be made – please bring to the attention of Carly Wortham upon application submission. Further, CCAI can assist in arranging academic credit for your internship. CCAI also hosts fellows and graduate students and coordinates with schools for externship credits. For all internships, at least a 15-hour commitment per week is required.  

We currently offer internships during the following three semesters:

• Spring: January – May                       

• Summer: May – August            

• Fall: August – December

The Spring 2019 internship begins with Orientation on January 14, 2019. CCAI can assist in arranging academic credit for your internship. CCAI also hosts fellows and graduate students and coordinates with schools for externship credits. We require at least a 15-20 hour commitment per week.

Internship Positions Available

Internship Department Positions   Please note that while the organization has four departments, CCAI is highly collaborative and team-oriented, therefore interns will have frequent opportunities to work with all departments throughout the internship.  

Policy: Policy interns research and stay informed of the current adoption and foster care legislation, reports and studies; correspond with and support congressional staff; and assist CCAI’s Director of Policy in planning, outreach and logistics for policy events and legislative briefings on Capitol Hill. Spring 2019 interns will have the opportunity to help the CCAI policy team engage with the new 116th Congress and advocate for CCAI’s mission of children in families on Capitol Hill.  

Programs: Programs interns help facilitate the advocacy and programmatic details of our five core programs: Angels in Adoption®, the Foster Youth Internship (FYI) Program®, National Adoption Day, 20/20 Vision, and Congressional Research Program in addition to various other projects. Responsibilities include communicating with congressional offices, assisting with program design and preparation, research, event coordination, and social media. Spring 2019 interns will be highly engaged in the FYI program preparation processes.   

Development: Development interns work on donor development and outreach, grant writing, fundraising, social media, and research in supporting the Director of Development with special campaigns and events. Spring 2019 interns will help craft and facilitate fundraising strategies for the organization at-large with special emphasis on the 16th Anniversary Foster Youth Internship Program® in Summer 2019. 

Administrative: Administrative interns help develop and maintain the excellent work environment and infrastructure at CCAI for current employees and interns, facilitate the recruitment and acquisition of the next class of interns, and work with the Executive Director and Director of Operations on various projects, including those related to working with our Board of Directors, Advisory Council, financial audits and reporting, and more. 

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample (if applying for Policy)

Please send all application materials to CCAI's Operations Manager, Carly Wortham, at carly@ccainstitute.org.