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About Children's Defense Fund

The Children’s Defense Fund was founded by current president Marian Wright Edelman in 1973. Today, the main office of the nonprofit organization staffs about 100 workers whose aim is to speak for the underrepresented children of America. CDF has become one of the nation’s most vocal advocates for children and families, and strives to ensure that all American children who need it gain access to immunizations, health care, child care, Head Start programs, education, adoption, mental health attention, protection in the juvenile justice systems and welfare programs, as well as a chance to escape poverty.

CDF interns gain knowledge, skills and experience for a career in child advocacy and public policy. Interns support professional staff by conducting research, analyzing issues, event planning and tracking relevant legislation, among other tasks.


Open to current college students and recent grads, as well as graduate and law students. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible.

Children's Defense Fund

Internship Coordinator
Children's Defense Fund
Children?s Defense Fund
25 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 662-3572


Number of Interns: 51 to 100
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Washington, DC