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Economic Policy & Research Internship

Position Duration: 3 periods: Summer, Fall Semester or Spring Semester
Reporting to: Kelvin Lassiter, Income Policy Analyst
This is a non-compensated internship unless your college/university is offering fellowship assistance.

Internship Summary: The Economic Policy & Research Intern will work remotely or at the national headquarters of the Coalition in Washington, D.C. with the Economic Policy Analyst engaging in individual research, collective research, and data collection to advocate for ending homelessness. By tracking data across the country and at various locales fellows will be expected to produce reports on economic trends, summaries, articles on particular homelessness trends, and model programs for economic injustice eradication. These reports will be used by the organization for its own program development, but are often published in major media outlets and consulted by a wide range of individuals, organizations, social service providers and governmental entities.

Specific Position Activities:

  • Conduct factual research, including work on at least one major project in connection with a legislative or community organizing initiative (in some cases, interns can design their own projects)
  • Write summaries of economic model trends regarding racial inequality;
  • Contribute articles to the monthly newsletter, social media and website;
  • Respond to requests for information, answer inquiries with staff guidance
  • track local/state/federal legislation related to economic and racial injustice regarding homelessness and poverty.

Required Skills:

  • Superior research and written communication skills
  • Working in a diverse setting with all kinds of people

Preferred Experiences:

  • Direct service with homeless/low-income populations
  • Experience in writing high-level research papers

Application Process: Please send a resume or background information including the school you are enrolled in and a cover letter explaining why you would like to join the NCH team as well as if you will be receiving course credit for this internship. Please respond via email to

Mission Statement: The National Coalition for the Homeless, founded in 1982, is a national network of people who are currently experiencing homelessness or who were once homeless, activists and advocates, community and faith-based homeless service providers, and others committed to a single mission. That mission, our common bond, is to end homelessness. We are committed to creating the systemic and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness. At the same time, we work to meet the immediate needs of people who are either currently homeless or at risk of homelessness. We take as our first principle of practice that people who are currently experiencing homelessness or have formerly experienced homelessness must be actively involved in all of our work.

Organizational Goals: The National Coalition for the Homeless remains a substantive voice in the federal legislative process for people who are experiencing homelessness. In our policy advocacy, we work diligently to ensure that mainstream resources and opportunities are available to families and individuals who are either homeless or at risk of homelessness. To end homelessness in the U.S., we use the following strategies to accomplish our mission: lobbying, policy analysis, litigation, public education, community organizing, research and technical assistance.

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