Internship Program

The CBE Internship Program is an opportunity designed for undergraduates and graduate-level students to learn about and contribute to the vision and mission of the CBE with respect to creating healthy Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities through individual and collective work, responsibility and self-determination.

CBE Interns will be assigned substantive projects and tasks providing research, administrative, programmatic and staff assistance to CBE executive team members, members of the Board of Directors, CBE staff members and CBE organizational members, partners and collaborators. Interns are also provided the opportunity to learn about careers in public administration, public health and nonprofit organizations, government, academia and other related public service areas. The CBE internship program will provide interns with dynamic work, learning and networking experiences while exposing participants to the diverse communities along with exposing them to the functions and operations of a Washington, DC based institution with local, regional, national and international reach. CBE Interns can have several backgrounds, including but not limited to: law, business/management, communications, public policy, public health, economics, finance, human resources, planning, social services, or public administration.

Students selected to be CBE Interns will reflect and have a commitment to the diversity of interests represented in the CBE mission and vision. Additionally, CBE Interns must meet all the academic requirements of their conferring institutions and present documentation to this affect. The CBE does discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, income, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability, socioeconomic status or any other protected classes and/or human rights protections.
Interns will work on a variety of projects/tasks and have the opportunity to work closely with a wide diversity of professionals.

Examples of potential tasks include:

  • Program planning
  • Research and analysis
  • Data compilation and entry
  • Communications/Social media
  • Member/Constituent services
  • Field work
  • Training and Capacity Building
  • Grant writing
  • Correspondence

CBE Internship Supervision

All CBE Interns will be supervised by a graduate level CBE employee with expertise in public administration, public health, public policy/advocacy, government relations, public relations, research, communications (including social media and new media), grassroots organizing, organizational development, capacity building and professional development (Expertise List Incomplete).

Further guidance for CBE Intern supervision will be established through written agreement with the conferring educational institutional.

Intellectual and Academic Property
All CBE directed internship work products and/or byproducts must properly site the Center for Black Equity and any other required contract funding entities as the intellectual owner(s) of all written and/or visual materials, including but not limited to publications, photographs, slides and/or video. This policy is inclusive of drafts and final work products.

Work products and/or byproducts directed by the conferring institution and/or intern must properly site the Center for Black Equity and any other required contract funding entities as institutional collaborators in the development of all written and/or visual materials, including but not limited to publications, photographs, slides and/or video. This policy is inclusive of drafts and final work products.

Any research involving human participants must be compliant with conferring institutions’ research standards and policy’s and must meet the requirements of the appropriate Institutional Review Board(s) (IRB). Additionally, such projects must receive prior written approval of the CBE Director of Policy and Programs. Research findings resulting in the publication must be reviewed and approved prior to publication by the CBE Director of Policy and Programs.

Appropriate language attesting to intellectual and academic property rights must be approved by the CBE in advance.

CBE Internship Application

Applicants must be undergraduates who would have completed their sophomore year by the start of the program and graduate-level students. CBE Internship program may cooperate with programs under which students earn academic credit or quality for work study (when that work study is fully subsidized by the college or university). Such agreements must be made in advance with the conferring institution and the CBE.

Applicants must submit all parts of the application (as detailed below). The CBE Internship Application is to be completed and submitted to All materials should be provided to the CBE at once (with the exception of recommendation letters) and all materials must be received no later than a month prior to a desired start date. The email subject should read, [First Name, Last Name] CBE Internship Program Application. All materials must be sent electronically (hard copy applications will not be considered).

The application consists of the following items:

  • A Resume
  • A Letter of Recommendation: Recommendations should be completed by individuals who can speak to an applicant’s academic or work/volunteer experience. Recommendations from a friend or family member will not be accepted. All recommendations must be sent via email and may be sent separately from the rest of the application.
  • A 500 word essay that responds to the following questions:
    – Why do you want to participate in the CBE Internship Program?
    – What areas of the public service are you most interested in working in?
    – What skills or qualities will you bring as a CBE Intern?

Upon receipt of your application materials, the Director of Policy and Programs will contact you to conduct an initial phone screening interview. Selected applicants will then participate in second round interviews with CBE Board of Directors, CBE executive team members, staff, member organizations and/or partners/collaborators.

Candidates will be notified in writing if they have been selected to participate in the CBE Internship Program.