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Internship and Field Placement Opportunities

Editorial Intern

Editorial interns work in CWLA's publications department and report to the Managing Editor. The intern would assist with our magazine Children's Voice, academic journal Child Welfare, and books. In addition to getting hands-on experience across the publications department, the intern will write a 2,500-word feature article, which will be published in our magazine. This is a great opportunity for students who already have some communications experience but are looking to have a solid writing piece published.

Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills are necessary. The ideal candidate will be a junior or senior undergraduate journalism student with an interest in editing. Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style or AP Style, and knowledge of APA style, is a plus. The internship is unpaid, with a possible stipend and a flexible work schedule. We are looking for a spring semester intern, starting in January, but will also accept applications on a rolling basis. To apply, e-mail a resume, cover letter, and two published writing samples to

Graphic Design Intern

Graphic design interns work in CWLA's publications department and report to Marlene Saulsbury, Art Director. The internship involves design and layout work for printed pieces and electronic media based on criteria from internal customers and/or previously developed materials. Design work includes advertisements, brochures, marketing pieces and website edits. Knowledge of Macintosh platform, hardware and software is necessary, including experience with QuarkXpress and the Adobe creative suite. Basic HTML experience is also needed. The internship start date is January 17, 2011. To apply, please email resume, cover letter, and two pdf design samples to Marlene Saulsbury at

Public Policy Internships and Field Placements

Public policy interns and field placement students work as part of the CWLA Government Affairs team under the direction of the Unit Director, on policy analysis, research, and other support for our legislative agenda. Tasks furthering our legislative agenda include attending Congressional hearings, markups, forums, briefings, and coalition meetings; writing articles for our weekly e-newsletter Children's Monitor; and preparing fact sheets and informational documents for our annual conference. Some interns and field placement students may take on special projects.; If applicable, applicants should indicate their interest in such projects in their cover letter, with the understanding that special project opportunities may not always be available.

Practice Standards Intern

Practice Standards interns and field placement students primarily help with CWLA's Child Welfare Standards of Excellence and report to the Director of Standards of Excellence. Tasks include researching a particular topic or program area to identify evidence-based programs and practices or key research related to the topic area; for example, the latest brain development research. Tasks might also include pulling together resources for fact sheets, Children's Voice articles, website updates, or presentations. At times, interns help with meeting logistics and are present at those meetings. At other times, they assist with topical Advisory Committees, composed of leaders in the field who inform the Child Welfare Standards of Excellence. Interns are also given the opportunity to attend Congressional hearings and briefings on relevant topic areas.

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