Employment/Internship Opportunities


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CCAI has internships for the summer, fall and spring.  Internship start and end dates can be adjusted to fit your schedule.  In addition, CCAI can assist in arranging academic credit for your internship.  We require a 15-40 hour commitment per week during the fall and spring internship, and a 30-40 hour commitment per week during the summer.  CCAI offers multiple positions during each session, so we encourage all to apply!

Interns have the chance to work closely with all departments during their time with CCAI, while gaining valuable experience working on Capitol Hill.  There will be opportunities to work on program management, events planning, fundraising/development and grant-writing, donor outreach and fulfillment, administration, and policy and research.  

Program Internship
Program interns are primary responsible for assisting in planning and executing our Angels in Adoption program, Foster Youth Internship program, and National Adoption Day.  Interns work closely with Congressional offices and offices of elected officials across the country to engage them in CCAI's program and the overal issues of foster care and adoption.  Interns create communication materials, research program partners, assist in event planning, manage contact databases, as well as learn about marketing, fundraising, and media relations.  Visit the Our Programs section of this website to learn more about CCAI's work. For more information click here.


Policy Internship

Policy interns research and write about issues related to domestic and international adoption, as well as other related child welfare policies.  Policy interns work alongside CCAI’s Director of Policy to assist in educating Members of Congress about the barriers to adoption both domestically and internationally.  Interns research and stay informed on the reports and studies on current adoption issues, correspond to Congressional staff, assist in planning policy summits and legislative briefings for federal policymakers and advocates.  Ideal candidates have a passion for children’s issues and policy; excellent writing, researching, editing, and analytical skills; and the capability of handling multiple tasks successfully in a fast-paced professional environment.  These positions are usually filled by current law school students. For more information click here.


External Relations Internship

The External Relations Intern will work closely with the Director of External Relations to help develop and implement CCAI’s communications, marketing and development plan. They will participate in media outreach and engagement, assist in executing CCAI’s social media strategy and work with the Director to develop communications materials.

The External Relations Intern will work with members of the media to increase awareness of CCAI’s core programs, create communication materials, research program partners, and assist in event planning. Other duties include media monitoring, in addition to researching the latest reports and studies on domestic and international adoption and child welfare issues. The External Relations Intern will also have the chance to attend policy briefings and congressional hearings. Prospective candidates should be undergraduate or graduate students who share an interest in the CCAI’s goals and objectives. Ideal candidates have a passion for children’s issues; excellent academic standing; outstanding writing, researching and editing skills; the ability to coordinate logistics and handle multiple tasks successfully in a fast-paced professional environment. Ideal candidates should possess experience in and knowledge of public relations and communication practices. Individuals should have a thirst for knowledge, be self-motivated, and have a passion for advocating for children living outside of family care.



Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Attire: Business Casual
Commuter Information: CCAI is conveniently located on Capitol Hill, three blocks from the Union Station Metro stop on the Red Line.

Stipend Information: The internship is unpaid; however, we do provide a travel stipend of $7.00 per day.