Part B. Internship Positions
Interns will receive basic training in all aspects of CAIR’s work, but will be assigned a focus project in one of the following areas:
Youth Empowerment: Interns assist with implementing CAIR’s youth programming which engages K-12 and college students/young professionals around the issues of identity, civil rights, civic engagement and social justice. Responsibilities include research on a wide range of issues affecting Muslim youth, developing curriculum materials, program planning, outreach and recruitment, and delivering workshops and presentations as needed.
Community Organizing: Interns assist with the coalition building and community organizing aimed at challenging Islamophobia and violence in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Interns will be required to attend coalition meetings, assist with the development of a strategic plan, provide outreach and communications support and organize direct actions. Students interested in grassroots community organizing, challenging systemic oppression and building authentic relationships with communities of resilience are highly encouraged to apply.
Civil Rights: Interns are the first point of contact for community members reporting incidents and seeking assistance. Interns typically spend most of their time working with community members, documenting, and conducting research to assist with resolution of cases. Interns assist the civil rights department with all of the case management process. There is occasional local travel required for event participation and meetings with clients or partner agencies. Individuals fluent in Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu would be especially helpful; however it is not a requirement. An ability to confidently communicate and ask questions is essential to successfully advocate on behalf of the community- without effective communication, there is no effective advocacy. Strong organizational and research skills are desired.
Development: Intern will assist in creating and implementing grants calendar, researching methods to introduce mobile fundraising for CAIR-LA. Applicant must have excellent research skills to seek out foundation grants, potential donors, and anything related to nonprofit capacity building. Use Raisers Edge software to track donor profiles, and assist in stewardship (Thank You cards and letters).
Policy & Advocacy: The Policy & Advocacy internship provides students with an opportunity for community engagement around issues related to civic engagement. Interns can expect to learn about the legislative process and the intersection of the public policy process and grass roots advocacy. Interns can expect to research current policy topics, develop fact sheets, action alerts and other advocacy materials, draft memos and letters to federal, state, and local policymakers, plan events and potentially attend meetings and legislative visits. Some understanding of the legislative process is preferred.
Outreach: Responsibilities include organizing events sponsored by CAIR, assisting with inquiries by members and guests, planning workshops, talks, forums, sensitivity trainings, and civic and educational campaigns. Other responsibilities may include acting as a liaison between CAIR and local Muslim and other faith and ethnic communities, organizing outreach programs with Islamic centers, local universities and volunteers, and developing and implementing strategies to attract individuals to become involved with CAIR. Interest in event planning is encouraged.
Media Relations: Responsibilities include assisting with media requests, keeping track of positive and negative coverage of Islam and Muslims in local media, and writing letters and opinion pieces. Interns will develop skills for writing in a journalistic style and effectively responding to media requests. Intern will also learn the role of media, how to develop press releases and media packets, and hold press conferences. An interest in media and communications is recommended.
Non-Profit Administration: Interns assist with daily operations such as coordination of staff meetings, trainings, and activities; greeting guests and interacting with patrons; and assisting with office organization projects. The internship will also include a membership component with responsibilities such as donor and community outreach, development of membership program, and more. Intern will be encouraged to explore and present ideas for improving overall office efficiency.
Graphic and Web Design: Responsibilities may include webpage, brochure, poster, multimedia illustration and design for CAIR-LA and other chapters. Intern must develop and maintain the CAIR-CA website to ensure timeliness, accuracy and consistency of site; develop and maintain databases; create designs, concepts, layouts for publication of advertisements and other printed and graphic materials. Proficient in Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign; and knowledgeable in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Access; comfort with developing/designing visual interface and coding in HTML and CSS preferred.