Community Change provides leadership training through its Internship Programs. Internships provide students in high school, college and graduate studies supervised practical training in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of doing antiracism education and organizing.

The purpose of CCI's Civil Rights Internship program is to enhance the disposition, knowledge, and skills of young activists and scholars who will be future leaders in the struggle against racism. At the end of their internship, they bring what they have learned from their experience at CCI back to their schools, work, and communities. The internship experience educates participants about the causes and effects of systemic racism, provides the interns with practical experience improving race relations through community organizing, strengthens their life commitment to racial justice, and motivates them to continue their education in preparation for careers in civil rights.

The challenge in evaluations is to define what success looks like, then attempt to measure or otherwise capture that success. In our program, the interns themselves contribute to defining their own success. The meaning of success varies for each intern and is adjusted according to his or her input. Our challenge is to articulate the goals of the program and to develop indicators of success while leaving room for each individual to work within them.

We are not accepting applications at this time for the Internship Program. We are in the process of revamping the program, please check back soon. 


Types of Internships

At the beginning of any internship, CCI staff works one-on-one with interns to establish learning goals and agreements that meet the particular needs of each intern.

  • Summer Civil Rights Internship: In 1989, CCI created the Civil Rights Internship program to engage high school, college, and graduate students in summer-long anti-racist work. Since then, scores of young scholars and activists have participated in the Internship Program. This is a 6-8 week fulltime program that is currently unfunded. If you are interested in a summer position with us please contact Shay Stewart-Bouley at or 617-523-0555. Applications are accepted in late winter and early spring.
  • Graduate Level Placement Internships: for students in such graduate fields as social work and intercultural studies who have a specific project in mind. Contact Shay Stewart-Bouley at or 617-523-0555 to set up an interview if you are interested in this possibility.
  • Academic Year Internships: During the academic year, we welcome students who are able to commit to a regular schedule and can continue to work over an extended period.
    • Students must be able to commit for a minimum of 10 hours a week.   If you are interested in an internship during the academic year, please contact or 617-523-0555.