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CWLA Internship Program

CWLA's Internship Program

CWLA is a national membership organization serving public and private nonprofit child welfare agencies. CWLA, as part of its mission, sets internationally recognized Standards of Excellence for child welfare practice, proposes national public policy initiatives, publishes innovative child welfare materials, and provides consultation, training and technical assistance to public and private child welfare agencies. CWLA is a premier national child welfare organization that can provide interns with a challenging educational experience.

Who Is Eligible For CWLA Internship?
Our internships are predominantly offered to college students, with a preference for graduate students, law students, and recent college graduates. Many of our interns are graduate students engaged in a field placement. CWLA has relationships with many schools of social work and has a long history of providing field placement and internships for macro MSW students (CWLA does not provide direct services and so we cannot offer direct practice field placements.). Others with interest or experience in the child welfare field, social policy, and social research are also encouraged to apply.

When Are CWLA Internships Available?
Internships and field placements are available during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. On average, they last between three to five months. Some however, are shorter or longer depending on assigned projects or school requirements.

Is The Internship Paid?
Currently, CWLA internships and field placements are not compensated.

What Types Of Projects Do CWLA Interns and Field Placement Students Work On?
Duties vary depending on the department and project. Most projects require a significant amount of research and writing. Interns and field placement students often help staff monitor legislation, design and conduct surveys, develop funding proposals, and write issue briefs and other publications. To maximize their professional and educational development, they are always encouraged to interact and work collaboratively with staff across CWLA's departments.

How Does The Application Process Work?
If you are interested in applying for a fall, spring, or summer internship or field placement, please click on this link and follow the directions on the application page.

Questions can be directed to:

CWLA Internship Program
1726 M St. NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC, 20036
Fax: 202-833-1689
Phone: 202-688-4200 or 202-688-4178

Once complete application packets are received, the Internship Coordinator will match candidates interests and experiences with our staff's project needs. The appropriate CWLA staff will then interview the selected applicants, and make selections. Candidates selected will be notified by telephone followed by an offer letter.

Deadlines For Internship Applicants:
Fall -- May 30
Spring -- November 1
Summer -- May 30
All materials must be received by the application deadline to be considered.

Summer Internship Housing Links

Student and University Housing

American University
Northwest Washington, DC
Spring housing is available on Tenley Campus for $248 per person/per week for double/shared occupancy, and $300 per week for single occupancy (extremely limited--most available May 20-July 28 on a first-come, first-assigned basis). The Tenley Campus also has triple occupancy rooms available for $212 per person/per week. There is a four-week minimum with all summer stays, from May 13 to August 12, 2007. A 14.5% occupancy tax will also be added to your total stay. Application is online; nonrefundable $200 deposit required with application (will be applied toward housing balance). American University also offers free parking, fitness center access, cable, and Internet at no additional cost to summer interns. Meal plans are also available.

Catholic University
Northeast, Washington D.C. (approx. 3 miles north of the U.S. Capitol)
202/319-5291 (Conferences and Event Planning Division)
Singles and doubles for $29-$35 per night, if stay is longer than two months, May 19-August 4, 2007. Subject to DC tax of 14.5%; seven consecutive nights' stay required unless noted otherwise; rooms/prices do not include linens.

A deposit is required with your application to secure your space at Catholic University. The deposit includes your key deposit of $50 (fully refundable with the return of your residence hall keys) and a room advance fee of $200, which will go toward the balance owed upon arrival to campus. Download application; fax or mail in (preferred) completed application.

George Washington University
Foggy Bottom
Northwest Washington, DC or
Summer Housing Services (no website available)
202/994-2552 or write to
GW Housing Programs, Summer & Conference Services
2129 Eye Street NW
Washington DC 20052
Housing is offered in late May 2007 through mid-August 2007.

Georgetown University
Northwest Washington, DC
Doubles in 4-7 person suites for $2,244 from June 2 to Aug 11, 2007. Application online. First-come, first-served. Gym access, kitchen, air conditioning.

Washington Internship Institute
Washington Internship Institute offers the following accommodations for students interning in Washington, DC. The apartment complex is located in Crystal City, Virginia, approximately five miles from downtown DC.

The accommodations include:
  • two bedrooms and two bathrooms shared by four students
  • basic furniture
  • television
  • utilities (gas, electric, water) included
  • laundry facilities in the building
  • kitchen with basic housewares
The apartment building also offers a modest exercise room, racquetball court, roof-top sun deck, and 24-hour front desk service. A limited number of parking spaces are available in the garage for an additional fee. For rates or more information, contact Washington Internship Institute at 800/435-0770, or by email at

Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH)
WISH provides historic Capitol Hill housing for hundreds of Washington, DC, interns each semester. View the website for details.

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