CAIR-Houston Internship Application
At CAIR-Houston we are convinced that the best way to secure a better future for all of us is to empower young Americans with the skills they need to make a difference. There is no better teacher than experience. Interns will work with leaders on substantive projects that lay the foundation for a fair and more inclusive America. Interns develop professional skills, gain insight into the societal impact of public service, and have the opportunity to work with different departments so they might holistically understand the daily operations of a non-profit civil rights organization.
Interns gain hands-on experience in one of the following departments (click each title to read more about the position):
Civic engagement/government: Responsibilities include organizing meetings with local elected officials to discuss issues affecting the Muslim community, assisting with voter registration campaigns, as well acting as a liaison between CAIR and public officials. An interest in political science is desirable.
Responsibilities include informing the media about Islamic activities and practices, monitoring the local media, writing editorials, and assisting in issuing the CAIR-California newsletter. Interns will develop their skills for writing in a journalistic style. Interns will also learn how to effectively engage the community through social media and be responsible for creating posts, updates, tweets, and more to promote and enhance CAIR-Houston’s image through said mediums. They will also learn how the media works and how to develop press releases and media packets. An interest in media and communications is desirable.
Responsibilities include organizing events sponsored by CAIR, such as the Muslim Day at the Capitol, proposing & creating new material to promote CAIR, preparing an exhibit, and helping out with inquiries by members and guests. Other responsibilities may include acting as a liaison between CAIR and the local Muslim and non-Muslim communities, organizing outreach programs with Islamic centers, and developing and implementing strategies to attract individuals to become involved with CAIR. An interest in marketing, public relation, and graphic design is desirable.
The Operations intern will work closely with the Operations Manager to maintain office productivity. Interns assist with daily operations such as coordination of staff meetings, trainings, and activities; greeting guests and interacting with patrons; and assisting with office organization projects. The internship will also include a membership component with responsibilities such as donor and community outreach, development of membership program, and more.
Responsibilities include implementing CAIR’s youth programming which engages High School and college students around issues of identity, leadership development, civil rights, civic engagement, and social justice. Programs include the Muslim Youth Leadership Program, Muslim Gamechangers Network, Bridging Communities Program, and Muslim Day at the Capitol. Interns will research a wide range of issues affecting the Muslim community in order to develop relevant and engaging curriculum and program content. Interns will work on all aspects of program planning including, but not limited to: marketing, outreach and recruitment, program execution, and evaluation.
Candidates must be college students pursuing a bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree, or recent graduates
Passion and familiarity with the work that CAIR does
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Office platforms
Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills
HOW TO APPLY:
- Complete form and email the following: (Cover letter, resume, class/work schedule, three references)
Once your application is received, you may be contacted for a telephone or in-person interview. For questions or concerns, please contact CAIR-Houston’s Executive Director at
Our office handles a wide range of cases and we serve clients from diverse backgrounds. Law clerks will assist in providing direct services to community members and will work on projects that highlight distinct civil rights issues that range from interacting with local and federal law enforcement to securing the rights of Muslims to practice their religion freely in the public sphere, schools, places of employment, prisons, and other institutions. Law clerks will also work closely with CAIR staff on resolving cases of discrimination reported to the office.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Conduct intakes by communicating with and counseling a diverse group of community members and maintain detailed records of all communications
- Research discrimination, constitutional, employment, immigration, and national security laws to support representation of and advocacy for clients.
- Legal writing including, but not limited to, drafting complaints, letters, and memos
- Communicate with administrative agencies, attorneys, employers, and others
- Participate in outreach efforts to community members during religious services and at events, including Know - - Your Rights workshops and Citizenship Clinics
- Undertake term-long research and advocacy projects focusing on a host of issues such as prisoners’ rights, student bullying, law enforcement surveillance and immigration reform
- Compile data for civil rights department projects
- CAIR law clerks are required to assist in general duties such as outreach, answering phones, and other office tasks. CAIR law clerks may be asked to participate in events outside of normal business hours.
- Current law students enrolled in a J.D./L.L.M. program, or those who have completed one of these programs and are looking for a post-bar opportunity
- Past experience or interest in working with diverse clients who have faced discrimination
- Sound legal research, analytical, and writing skills. One semester of legal research and writing preferred
- Demonstrated time management and multitasking abilities
- Proactive disposition showing interpersonal skills
- Ability to work independently, handle concurrent assignments, and meet deadlines
- Supportive of CAIR’s mission
While CAIR-Houston does not compensate law clerks, we encourage candidates to apply for funding through scholarships and/or fellowships. For more information, contact your law school career services office.
Clerkships typically last from 10-12 weeks depending on the student’s academic calendar. Hours for an academic term clerkship are 10-15 hours per week (Fall/Spring) and 30-35 hours for a summer clerkship.
QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS
For general inquiries, email
or call 832-962-7974
Highest Education Completed
Expected Graduation Date
Additional language(s) spoken (Please specify each language, and indicate level of verbal and written fluency):
Emergency contact name
Emergency contact phone
Have you volunteered for CAIR before?
If yes, when and what did you do?
Area of Internship (Select your areas of interest)
Date Available to Start
Desired Internship Term
How Did you Hear About Us?
CAIR-Houston Event or Program
Please provide the full names, phone numbers, and email addresses for three personal references.
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