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Income Policy 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.

How to Respond: 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 send your information to klassiter at nationalhomeless dot org.

Internship Summary: This intern will be assigned the area of looking at disparity in income and how that contributes to homelessness. Guaranteed Income is a proven philosophical progressive method that targets a particular income group used to end poverty. This financial assistance serves as a supplement to existing social services provided by city, state, and federal governments. The duration of time, and amount of assistance is determined by the social context of each individual, government, and geographical area. This position is one of research and gathering information on programs that work in the world to lift people out of poverty. This intern may assist with implementation of demonstration projects to show the success of guaranteed income to certain sub populations and to pitch the idea to potential funds.

Specific Position Activities:

  • Attend weekly staff meetings, and organization meetings regarding income
  • Collect news stories from around the county about income, and how the lack of it determines the ability to secure housing
  • Contribute articles to the monthly newsletter, and weekly postings on NCH social media and website pages
  • Gather information for a yearly report on income
  • Track local/state/federal legislation related to income.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to juggle multiple projects
  • Superior research and written communication skills
  • Working in a diverse setting with all kinds of people
  • Ability to work remotely and without daily supervision
  • Ability to research news and interview individuals

Preferred Experience or Skills that will be developed as part of the internship:

  • Direct service with homeless/low income populations
  • Experience in writing promotional materials
  • Experience in writing up policy briefs
  • Experience in digital and social media writing.

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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