Poverty & Race Research Action Council

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Poverty & Race Research Action Council


Washington, District of Columbia

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Didi Anekwe '21

Organization Description
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.

Internship Description
The intern will work closely with staff in our work on housing and education work. 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).

Internship Qualifications

Candidates should have excellent research and writing skills.
Candidates should have demonstrated commitment to public service.

Some experience in civil rights law or policy advocacy is a plus.

**Writing sample required: A writing sample of 5-10 pages is required.

Expected Start Time
9:00 am

Expected End Time
5:00 pm

Required Dates
No earlier than May 28 - no later than August 28

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
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.

Evaluation Excerpt

My internship absolutely made me feel like I was positively impacting society. I wasn't given mundane office tasks, but was able to work on documents that will hopefully inform and change the ways people think about integration. --Didi Anekwe '21

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

Applications for Summer 2020 are now open. 


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program


Make sure to read the eligibility criteria and requirements prior to submitting an application. Here