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2804 Federal Policy Intern - Washington, DC

The Organization:

The Organization:
Self-Help is a leading national community development financial institution (CDFI) headquartered in Durham, NC. Founded in 1980, Self-Help has provided over $7 billion in financing to 131,000 families, individuals and businesses underserved by traditional financial institutions. It helps drive economic development and strengthen communities by financing hundreds of homebuyers each year, as well as nonprofits, child care centers, community health facilities, public charter schools, and residential and commercial real estate projects. The Self-Help family of non-profit organizations includes North Carolina’s Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, Self-Help Ventures Fund and the Center for Responsible Lending, a national policy and advocacy organization addressing abusive lending practices. Through its credit union network, Self-Help serves over 129,000 people in North Carolina, California, Chicago and Florida and offers a full range of financial products and services. Learn more at, and

Internship Program:
Self-Help/CRL offers a 10 week summer internship program that is designed to give students valuable experience in a professional setting while broadening their knowledge of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI’s). Along with each specific intern project, the intern will participate in a series of brownbag lunches to learn more about Self-Help and the Community Development industry as a whole. Interns will also be given the opportunity to network with one another and other Self-Helpers through a variety of planned events.

Internship Description:
Interns will have various responsibilities in assisting federal policy and advocacy staff with policy research and analysis as well as administrative tasks such as scheduling meetings and assisting with logistical and operational duties. This internship will offer interns an opportunity to understand the importance of consumer finance as a means to close the racial wealth gap and the impact that policy and advocacy at the federal level can have on middle to low income communities. Specifically, interns will have the opportunity to do legislative research and tracking as well as interface with the Hill and federal agencies that are responsible for consumer facing lending issues such as payday and small dollar loans, mortgage loans, and student loans.

Essential Responsibilities:
-Policy research and analysis
-Campaign Operations and Support
-Coordination of Hill and Agency Meetings

Minimum Qualifications:
-Ability to work 30-40 hours
-Exercise god judgement and organizational skills

Desired Qualifications:
-Candidates must exhibit strong writing, communications, research, and organizational skills with a strong interest in economic and racial justice.

Physical Requirements:
Frequently requires use of manual dexterity and repetitive motions, primarily with the wrists, hands, and/or fingers. Must be able to occasionally lift and exert force of up to 10 pounds.


Please submit a thoughtful cover letter describing why you are interested in this internship and a resume to  with the internship title as the subject by February 25, 2019.

Self-Help is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, class, age, gender, religion, disability that can be accommodated, marital status, ancestry, nationality, family status or sexual orientation.