The African American Policy Forum (AAPF)--located in Columbia Law School’s Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies (CISPS)--is seeking a team of highly motivated interns for its 2020 Summer Internship program. 

AAPF advocates for frameworks and strategies that address a vision of racial justice that embraces the intersections of race, gender, class, and the array of barriers that disempower those who are marginalized. AAPF is dedicated to advancing and expanding racial justice, gender equality, and the indivisibility of all human rights, both in the U.S. and internationally. CISPS, the first such center of its kind, brings together scholars and practitioners from law, sociology, feminist and gender studies, human rights, social justice, and other fields to explore the relationship of intersectionality to their work, to shape more effective remedies, and to promote greater collaboration between and across social movements.

Internship Description:

The Summer Internship is an eight-week long remote internship starting Monday, June 8, 2020 and ending Friday, July 24, 2020. Interns will gain first-hand experience in a non-profit think tank operations, gaining insight into community organizing, research, and policy analysis. Interns will work full time (35-40hrs/wk) remotely. Supply stipend provided.

Primary responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Staying current with COVID related news and research

  • Providing support for current and upcoming programming 

  • Completing assigned research and writing tasks

  • Updating organization information such as publications or other materials

  • Reaching out to community organizations to build partnerships for events AAPF organizes

  • Researching racial and gender policies and analyzing their effectiveness

  • Assisting operations and development efforts

  • Contributing to ongoing projects as needed


We welcome higher education students of all years, degree programs, and majors to apply. While the internship will be a development opportunity, interns should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Office and basic proficiency in social media applications (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Due to the remote nature of this opportunity, interns must have their own computer and internet access. We seek persons with strong analytical and critical thinking skills, and communication and interpersonal skills. 

AAPF is particularly interested in interns who have experience and capabilities in the below-listed areas (applicants do not need working knowledge of all areas): 

  • Adobe Audition, Photoshop Editing, and Production, Premiere Pro

  • Graphic Design

  • Building Social Media footprints

  • Event Planning and Management 

  • Working in a legal and/or policy-driven environment

  • Undertaking Academic Research

  • Grant Writing, Journalism, Preparing Press Releases, and Op-Ed Writing

  • Foreign Language Fluency

We encourage interns to highlight these experiences as well as any others they would like to share to strengthen their application.

Submission Instructions:
Eligible candidates should access the application below. You will be prompted to provide your cover letter, a relevant writing sample of 3-5 pages (or relevant representation of your skill, ie. graphic, media work), a 250-word statement as to why you are interested in the work, and a personal reference. Applications are due by 6:00 p.m. PT (9:00 p.m. ET) Monday, May 25th.