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College Internship Program

Openings at NBCDI

Position Location: Washington, DC Metro Area

Available Internship Cycles: Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 (A Two-Month Commitment Minimum)

The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) is seeking driven, talented, and dynamic college students to intern at our National office.

For 50 years, NBCDI has been at the forefront of engaging leaders, policymakers, professionals and caregivers around critical and timely issues that directly impact Black children and families. We are a trusted partner in delivering culturally relevant resources that respond to the unique strengths and needs of Black children around issues, including early childhood education, health and wellness, child welfare, literacy and family engagement. With the support of our Affiliate network in communities across the country, we are committed to our mission “to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and families through education and advocacy.”

NBCDI offers an internship experience that provides college students interested in racial equity and education, policy and advocacy, and digital communications with valuable experience in the field of social justice and civil rights at the national level.

Candidates must be self-directed, detail-oriented, technologically savvy, and able to work within a complex, fast-paced organization while managing competing priorities and maintaining the confidentiality of our Affiliates and partners.

This internship is an unpaid position driven by our mission “to improve and advance the quality of life for Black children and families through education and advocacy.” Interns may be eligible to receive college credit according to the guidelines set forth by their college or university.

Our internship program cycles have been designed to reflect a semester system.

Program Cycle

Program Dates*

Application Deadline

Summer 2020

May – August

Friday, April 10, 2020

Fall 2020

September – November

Friday, August 28, 2020

Spring 2021

January – April

Friday, November 6, 2020

*These program dates are flexible based on the individual academic schedules of our prospective college interns.

Duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Track legislation related to key issues as it pertains to early care and education, health and wellness, family engagement, and child welfare.
  • Monitor media coverage on policy issues affecting Black children, families, and communities.
  • Assist with the planning and execution of national events, such as NBCDI’s Annual Conference and National Black Child Development Week (NBCDW).
  • Support the development and promotion of digital and print communications for NBCDI’s programs, special events, campaigns, and initiatives.
  • Conduct online and offline research to support NBCDI’s senior leadership team on various projects.
  • Complete administrative work, such as data entry, filing, and other duties.
  • Attend organizational and departmental meetings, as needed.
  • Perform other duties to support the effective operation of NBCDI, as assigned.

How to Apply

Each internship program cycle is about two to three months with a flexible start date to accommodate academic schedules. The actual dates of your internship will be discussed during the interview process and will be determined by your availability and the organization’s needs. NBCDI is regularly open on weekdays (Monday – Friday) from 9 AM – 5:30 PM.

Please email your completed application, resume, official or unofficial college transcript, and professional letter of recommendation to Danielle Adamson, NBCDI’s Senior Director of Programs, at dadamson@nbcdi.org. No phone calls, please.