Poverty and Race Research Action Council

The Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) is a civil rights law and policy organization based in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to promote research-based advocacy strategies to address structural inequality and disrupt the systems that disadvantage low-income people of color. PRRAC was founded in 1989-1990, through an initiative of major civil rights, civil liberties, and anti-poverty groups seeking to connect advocates with social scientists working at the intersection of race and poverty. 

Our current work focuses on the areas of housing, education, and environmental justice, with a focus on developing actionable policies to overcome the mechanisms that continue to reproduce historical patterns of racial segregation. In addition to federal-level law and policy research and advocacy, we provide technical assistance and support for local partners working on innovative, inclusive policies. We also engage in a range of public education activities. We believe in strong coalition and partnership models, and our work is informed by an extensive national network of researchers, organizers, attorneys, educators, and public health and housing professionals. 

We are an organization with 8 staff members. As a small organization, our capacity is greatly enhanced by the presence of summer interns. Past Princeton interns have made enormous contributions to our work by conducting research and writing reports and briefs. We look forward to the opportunity to sponsor interns in the future.


Washington, DC

Internship Description 

The intern will work closely with the PRRAC staff on projects that could include: policy analysis of federal housing and education programs; helping to draft PRRAC reports and policy briefs; supporting legislative and regulatory advocacy; tracking new social science research relevant to PRRAC policy goals; and supporting PRRAC coalition work. 

Students will have a chance to learn about how civil rights policy is created, federal housing and education policy, and how nonprofit organizations operate. Additionally, students will gain research and writing experience.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transportation Housing  Format
10 Flexible 9:00am  5:00pm Yes No Hybrid

Housing Information

There are many summer housing opportunities for interns in DC. Several universities including George Washington, Georgetown, American, and Catholic offer housing for interns. Additionally, there are multiple companies offering housing for interns. Many short-term rental and sublet opportunities are also available through apartment and other housing websites.

Internship Qualifications

  • Students should have strong research and writing skills along with a commitment to racial justice/civil rights.

Additional qualifications:

  • Some knowledge about housing and/or education is useful but is not required.

Writing Sample Required

  • Writing sample should be 5-10 pages in length.

Special Requirements

  • Vaccinations