Human Rights Internships

AFT’s Human Rights and Community Relations Department Internship Program
Job Title: Advocacy and Social Justice Intern
Location: AFT Headquarters, Washington, DC
Term: Spring, two part-time interns
Start Date: April 7, 2017
Compensation: Paid Internship

AFT’s Human Rights and Community Relations Department Internship Program is a project-oriented internship coupled with the exposure to the roles that advocacy, communications, research, administrative and marketing functions play in the department’s daily operations. The Human Rights and Community Relations Department grapples with some of the leading public policy issues affecting working families which include education, immigration, civil, human and women’s rights, gender, LGBT, ELL instruction, achievement gap, and faith-based initiatives.  

The 2014 Spring interns will focus on immigration reform, and teacher diversity initiatives. Attending relevant Congressional briefings, policy seminars and meetings is an integral part of the internship program. This internship helps develop leadership skills such as communications, organizing, advocacy, and time management. Internship assignments vary in focus and design but are planned to provide the maximum exposure and learning experience for the interns.

Internship projects may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assisting department staff with research, single issue campaigns, initiatives and projects.
  • Writing, editing, tracking and collecting articles and pictures for the department's digital newsletter, “Human Rights News.”
  • Assisting in the development of training & educational materials assigned by the department staff.
  • Attending meetings to discuss policies that affect our members and all working families.

Excellent research and writing skills, knowledge of Microsoft office, self starter and able to work independently. Good academic performance, leadership abilities, strong interpersonal & communication skills, knowledge of unions and commitment to social justice will be a big plus. Candidates will be able to travel short distances within the city and attend meetings and congressional briefings. Applicants with an interest in immigration reform and teacher diversity are encouraged to apply.  

Please email your resume, cover letter,  two (2) letters of recommendation*  & writing sample to LaToia Jones, Assistant Director, Human Rights and Community Relations Department at

* We suggest at least one letter of recommendation be written by a dean, department chair, academic advisor, or employer. Letters must be on official letterhead, state the recommender's title, and provide contact information. Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline for your application to be considered complete.

Completed application must be submitted by COB on November 30, 2014.

AFT is an equal opportunity employer.

About the Human Rights and Community Relations Department:
The Human Rights and Community Relations Department monitors trends, publications, laws and federal regulations in the areas of civil and human rights. The department provides research and development support to the AFT executive committees on civil and human rights and women’s rights; assists local and state federations in the development, implementation and maintenance of state and local affiliates on civil, human, and women’s rights issues; develops and maintains a network with community-based organizations, national civil rights and women’s rights groups, interfaith organizations, and the AFL-CIO and its affiliates to ensure the AFT’s priorities are disseminated.

About the AFT:
The American Federation of Teachers is a national labor union representing more than 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators. The AFT is one of the leading unions in the country influencing policy and charting the course on public education.