Internship Summary: The Racial Equity Intern will work remotely and report to the Executive Director and with a team of other fellows engaging in individual research, collective research, and data collection to advocate for ending homelessness through centering Racial Equity in the Homeless Delivery System. By tracking data across the country and at various locales fellows will be expected to produce reports, summaries, and articles on structural racism and inequality in communities across the country. The intern will work with people experiencing homelessness, service providers and rights organization to identify model programs for achieving equality in services for people of color. 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. The Racial Equity intern will also assist NCH with the development of the National Coalition Center on Lived Experience.
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, fellows can design their own projects);
- write summaries of model programs;
- contribute articles to the monthly newsletter, social media and website;
- respond to requests for information, answer inquiries with staff guidance, send out customized information packages; and
- track local/state/federal legislation related to homelessness and poverty.
- Superior research and written communication skills
- Working in a diverse setting with all kinds of people
- Direct service with homeless/low income populations
- Experience in writing high-level research papers
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.