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PAID Diversity Internship in Affordable Housing & Community Development

Are you community-minded? Passionate about making a positive impact in peoples’ lives? Would you like to learn and contribute to the work of nonprofit organizations building and providing dignified affordable housing in underserved communities? If so, this opportunity may be the right fit for you. Check our various internship locations. 
Linked HERE, you will find the student application. The deadline is April 7th, 2023, although early submittals are highly encouraged. Submittals require a completed application, a resume, a statement of purpose, a copy of unofficial transcripts, and two letters of recommendation, all in PDF summited HERE. Letters may take time to acquire, but if interested in the program, we encourage applicants to submit everything else at their earliest convenience and have the letters emailed to separately.  

The California Coalition for Rural Housing (CCRH) is proud to announce its 26th Annual Rural West Internship Program for Diversity in Nonprofit Housing and Community Development. The CCRH Internship Program is a one-year paid Internship designed to recruit, train, and retain housing development talent who enhance inclusion and racial equity within the Affordable Housing Development field. Selected interns are placed with CCRH members and partner organizations in CA, OR, HI, and WA state through the internship program. CCRH members and partner nonprofit organizations have responded to the need for affordable housing by building, maintaining, and rehabilitating affordable housing complexes in the rural West since the 1960s. 
For over 25 years, this Internship Program has bridged college students from historically underrepresented rural, farmworker, immigrant, Native American, and low-income communities to rewarding careers in the affordable housing and community development field. 
Interns learn the following leadership and technical skills that can help in their personal lives and prepare them to jumpstart a career in affordable housing: 
Assist with the financial applications and loan closings for housing developments; 
Coordinate meetings, activities, and operations related projects with property management, development, and resident services; 
Oversee project transition from construction completion to lease-up and operations; 
Review financial budget for project milestones and projections. 
Interns further develop their leadership skills and on-the-ground experience with their host agency through the program’s mandatory supplemental activities, depending on how the current pandemic progresses activity sessions may take place in person or over Zoom: 
Summer Training Institute 
Rural Housing Summit 
Mid-Winter Retreat  
Final Session/Project Presentations 

Self-motivated and interested in a career that entails using technical, qualitative, and communication skills in working for social change. Committed to community development, affordable housing, or impacting low-income and diverse communities. Must be very responsible, detailed oriented, and able to handle multiple tasks and responsibilities. 
Preference is given to those entering their last year of school -or- recent college graduates, who have an interest in learning about housing development, and want to pursue a career in the nonprofit housing field. Students who can demonstrate a commitment to improving the quality of life of low-income and underserved communities. A positive attitude, a strong commitment to affordable housing, and social justice are a must. Interns, who live or will be living within driving distance of the internship locations available. CCRH does not provide relocation or housing assistance. 
Historically underrepresented college students from rural, farmworker, American Indian Reservations/Rancherias , immigrant, or low-income backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. The program encourages applicants from all majors and students open to work with numbers, data, budgets, and Excel. Good college-level writing skills and attention to detail. 
The Internship Program begins in June 2023 and ends on May 31, 2024. Interns must commit to the following work schedule: full-time (40 hours a week) June – August 2023, part-time work (16 - 20 hrs. a week) during the academic year from September 2023 – May 2024 and be able to participate in a three-day in-person training at UC Davis and periodic online training between July - August 2023. Given the current pandemic, interns will engage in a hybrid model of remote and in-person day-to-day work at the host site. CCRH pays for all intern travel, lodging and meals associated with mandatory intern training activities and per CCRH guidelines. 
PAY RATE: The pay rate is $17 - $18 per hour depending on geographic location.  
Apply today to get a head-start on your career as you learn and gain invaluable experience in Affordable Housing and Real Estate Development. Download an application from our website, HERE. Email if you have any questions. Don't delay the review of application requirements.