PICS Organization Name
Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Washington, District of Columbia
Pooja Patel '18
The Poverty & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) is a civil rights policy organization based in Washington, DC, utilizing legal and social science research to inform our analysis of how federal programs impact low income families of color. Founded in 1989 by major national civil rights and poverty law organizations, PRRAC’s primary mission is to help connect advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues, and to develop innovative approaches to structural inequality issues.
Our current work is focused in the areas of housing, education, and environmental health, with a particular emphasis on the causes and consequences of housing and school segregation, and appropriate remedial strategies. PRRAC works closely with other national civil rights groups including the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the ACLU, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, the National Fair Housing Alliance, and others. We are also actively involved in the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the National Coalition on School Diversity.
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
May or June through August
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
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