Intern in Washington DC

Spend a semester with the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach.

Learn how to advocate for social and structural change through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching and the Columban mission. Interns specialize in one of our advocacy issues and learn how policies in the United States affect the poor and vulnerable populations Columbans live with and serve around the world.


Summer Internship Program

Summer interns work full time, 40 hours per week, and are paid Washington D.C. minimum wage. Summer interns are set-up with housing in an intentional community, called Casa San Salvador, which is a ten minute walk from the office. The summer internship is especially geared towards students outside of the Washington, D.C. area, but all students are welcome to apply.

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines:

Summer 2017 Internship:

  • Application Deadline: April 15, 2017
  • Program Length: June 5, 2017 — July 28, 2017
  • *Border Immersion Trip: June 25, 2017 — June 30, 2017

*During the second week of the Summer Internship Program, summer interns are invited, and strongly encouraged, to participate in an immersion trip to the United States-Mexico Border where Columbans live and work. This immersion experience is meant to provide insight into Columban mission and exposure to populations Columbans work with. Summer interns then use this experience to fuel their advocacy work upon returning to D.C.


Fall and Spring Internship Program

Fall and Spring interns work part time, 12 to 15 hours per week, and are unpaid. These internships are one semester long. We encourage students in the D.C. area to apply.

Upcoming Dates & Deadlines:

Fall 2017 Internship:

  • Application Deadline: July 1, 2017
  • Program Length: August 21, 2017 — December 8, 2017


Internships are available in the following subject areas:

Migration—Advocate for the rights of temporary workers, domestic workers, victims of trafficking, and for comprehensive immigration reform and human rights.

Environmental Justice—Advocate for legislation to protect the environment, including climate change adaptation funding, sustainable living, access to clean water, use of renewable energy, reduction of carbon emissions, and rejection of GMOs.

Economic Justice—Advocate for an economic model for the common good, including sustainable local growth and development, just trade agreements which allow for meaningful participation of all sectors of society and debt cancellation for the poorest countries, and increased foreign aid for ecologically sustainable development and food security.

Communications—Assist in developing social media content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and increasing engagement. Assist with creating marketing material and resources.


Typical Projects: 

  • Monitor current events and important legislation. Complete issue-area summaries and legislative summaries.
  • Attend meetings and events on Capitol Hill. Represent organization at various coalition meetings. Write reports on meetings and events attended.
  • Meet with members of Congress and their staff to advocate for the vulnerable populations Columbans work with around the world.
  • Assist with communications including creating social media content, website content and other marketing material. Develop educational material.
  • Research and write blogposts, newsletter articles, action alerts, and other electronic media articles, on issues related to one of our four social justice priorities.
  • Complete special projects related to subject area focus.

Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of the U.S. political system.
  • Interest in and awareness of issues of global justice and U.S. public policy.
  • Understanding of Catholic Social Teaching.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Ability to work independently.

Why you should Intern with us:

  • Learn effective skills and tools to advocate for social change.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the national and international political system.
  • Network with other NGO professionals and government officials in the field.
  • Learn writing skills for our blog, monthly newsletter, action alert emails, and social media.
  • Learn public speaking skills for lobby visits, coalition meetings, and public events.


How to apply

Follow the links below to fill out our online application in either English or Spanish.

Apply in English       Apply in Spanish

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