Human Needs Jobs and Internships

CHN’s Job Announcements page features announcements from our members about employment opportunities relating to a wide range of fields, including public policy, congressional relations, communications, research, advocacy, law, and community organizing.

To Post an Announcement: Email a link to the webpage with the job description on it to Joanna Sandager at Jobs will be removed after a period of 90 days, so please remember to renew your job posting if it is available for longer than this time.

Positions Currently Available

Alliance for Children and Families
Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst for Education and Finance (May 2014)

Americans for Tax Fairness
Communications Director (January 2015)

Center for American Progress
Coordinator, Field Outreach and Advocacy (November 2014)

Center for Community Change
Senior Policy Advisor  (October 2014)

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
State Communications Associate (February 2015)
Policy Analyst: State Fiscal Policy (December 2014)
Research Assistant – State Fiscal Project (December 2014)
State Strategies Manager – Federal (November 2014)
State Strategies Manager — State (November 2014)

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP)
Senior Analyst, Federal Tax Policy (December 2014)

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights/The Leadership Conference Education Fund
Policy Analyst–Education Project

Minnesota Budget Project
Senior Policy Advocate (May 2014)

National Council of Jewish Women
Grassroots Associate (July 2014)

National Employment Law Project
Campaign Coordinator (Home Care Fair Pay) New York, NY or Washington, D.C. (December 2014)

National Health Care for the Homeless Council
National Health Policy Organizer (January 2015)

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
Advocacy Director (January 2015)

National Low Income Housing Coalition
Chief Operating Officer (April 2014)

National Partnership for Women and Families
Health Communications Manager (September 2014)

NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby
Membership Coordinator (November 2014)

Oregon Coast Community Action
CASA Program Director (January 2015)

Internships at CHN

Summer  2015 Internship

The Coalition on Human Needs is seeking highly motivated, organized, and energetic individuals for full-time internships. The Coalition on Human Needs is an alliance of national organizations working together to promote public policies that address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations.

Interns will be involved in all aspects of the work of the Coalition including development of research information and data, preparation for coalition meetings, frequent updates and development of website, disseminating member information, announcements, research studies, and legislative updates through multiple listservs, development of briefing materials for members and Congressional staff, attending and monitoring Congressional committee hearings and advocacy briefings, providing program assistance for special projects and administrative support of staff.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to learn about national advocacy organizations, nonprofit program management and coalition building, public interest advocacy and development of public policy, and all aspects of the Congressional, budgetary and legislative process. It will give the intern the chance to interact daily with a large number of advocates in Washington DC who promote the protection, support, and well being of our society’s most voiceless and vulnerable people. A $150 bi-weekly stipend will be given to aide with living and transportation costs during the duration of the internship.


  • Excellent writing, editing, research, and organizational skills
  • Commitment to public interest advocacy, organizing, and social justice
  • Ideal candidates are detail-oriented, creative, enthusiastic, able to balance multiple priorities simultaneously and often work individually and unsupervised.
  • Experience with economics, statistics, and analysis is a plus

The Organization

The Coalition on Human Needs was founded in 1981 to bring together organizations and advocates who promote policies that support and enrich the lives of low-income and vulnerable families and individuals throughout the United States. CHN’s members include civil rights, religious, labor, and advocacy organizations concerned with the well being of low-income individuals, children, women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. CHN helps more than 200 national and grassroots organizations work together to raise awareness about and support for issues affecting poor and vulnerable populations in our country. Staff members track dozens of issues and help other organizations stay on top of new developments in public policy.

To Apply

Internships are offered in three terms:

Term Dates of Internship Application Deadline
Spring January – May November 30
Summer May – August March 31
Fall September – December July 31


Internships of longer periods (six or 12 months) are available in certain circumstances.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (2-3 pages) and 3 references to Joanna Sandager at