PICS Organization Name
Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Washington, District of Columbia
Micah Herskind '19, Pooja Patel '18
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, 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. PRRAC is a founding member of the National Coalition on School Diversity (NCSD), and helps to staff the coalition’s organizing, advocacy, and outreach.
Our organization has benefited greatly from the work of past Princeton interns. Summer interns provide valuable contributions to our research and writing activities. As a small organization with a staff of 8 individuals, hosting an intern allows us to expand our capacity.
PRRAC is currently seeking an undergraduate intern for the summer of 2018. The intern will work closely with staff in our work on housing, human rights, and education issues. Projects are likely to include: developing policy analysis of federal housing and education programs; helping to draft PRRAC advocacy letters, reports, and policy briefs; supporting legislative and regulatory advocacy; working with the PRRAC Social Science Advisory Board and tracking new social science research relevant to PRRAC policy goals; assisting with strategic communications and social media; and supporting PRRAC coalition work (including the National Coalition on School Diversity, www.school-diversity.org).
Candidates should have demonstrated commitment to public service. Some experience in civil rights law or policy advocacy is a plus.
**Writing sample required
Expected Start Time
Expected End Time
No earlier than May 30 - no later than August 23
Meets Certificate Requirement
Preliminary readings will be available if the student wishes to get a head start, but are not required.
Several universities in the area, including American University, George Washington University, the Catholic University of America and Georgetown University offer summer housing for interns visiting DC for the summer.
**Writing sample required: A writing sample of 5-10 pages is required.
As a sociology major who hopes to go to law school and pursue civil rights work, this internship was truly magical in combining all my interests. I was able to see social science research influence policymaking and advocacy, with tangible results of changes in housing mobility for families throughout the country.
—Pooja Patel '18
Toward the end of the internship, I got to sit through oral arguments in federal court arguing for a preliminary injunction that would reinstate HUD's AFFH rule. It was a wonderful culminating experience, as the much of the summer was spent related to the AFFH rule in some way. It was fascinating to see oral arguments, and inspired me to potentially do the same in my career. —Micah Herskind '19