CCHD internships

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops.

Its mission is to address the root causes of poverty in America through promotion and support of community-controlled, self-help organizations and through transformative education.

Expanding community development and professional opportunities for Catholics in the United States!

CCHD funds a number of stipend-provided summer, semester, and year-long internships for Catholics in the United States to gain experience working with and on behalf of the poor. These internships occur in around thirty CCHD diocesan offices in the United States, as well as in the CCHD office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and the office of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) in Washington, DC.

CCHD internships combine practical work in carrying out the mandate of CCHD at the local level, opportunities to develop relationships with community leaders, reflection on Catholic social teaching, and opportunities for sharing the experience with other CCHD interns.

Who Should Apply?

CCHD internships are open to Catholics in the United States who have leadership abilities, community service experience, and effective writing/communication skills. Openness to the CCHD values of solidarity building, participation of the poor, and Catholic social teaching is essential.

Low-income people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

For Applicants Who Are In School

All majors, undergraduate and graduate, are encouraged to apply. Some particularly relevant areas of study include business, communications, community or organizational development, human services, journalism, law, liberal arts, marketing, peace studies, political science, public service, religious studies/theology, social work, and sociology.

Time Commitment

In general, internship funding is for approximately 10-20 hours/week during the school year and 20-40 hours/week during the summer. However, the actual number of hours funded varies by diocese.  Interns must also be available to attend an expenses-paid orientation in Washington, DC on May 30 to June 1, 2018.

Compensation Provided


Application Process

Applications for Summer '19, Fall '19, and Spring '20 internships received before March 1, 2019, will be given priority. Applications received after March 1 will be considered on an as-needed basis. Diocesan applicants should directly contact the diocesan office to which they applied to inquire about the status of applications. For additional questions, please contact us

  1. If you are applying to intern in a diocesan office, send materials to the diocesan CCHD office(s) where you would like to intern. Find diocesan CCHD office contact info at this link.  Please note that if you are applying at multiple offices, you must send your materials to each office separately.
  2. If you are applying for the USCCB internship in Washington, DC, send materials to Emily Schumacher-Novak.
  3. If you are applying for the ACCU internship in Washington, DC, send materials to Nadine Jalandoni.

Position 1: CCHD Diocesan Internships

In 2019-20, internship positions are being offered at the below CCHD diocesan offices across the country, as well as several national-level positions in Washington, DC.  Dioceses that do not appear on this list at that time will not be offering CCHD internships through our program. However, you may wish to contact your diocese directly to inquire about any other internships that might be offered there.

School Year Internships: will be updated when grants are awarded in mid-January.


Summer Internships: will be updated when grants are awarded in mid-January.



Position Description

Due to the diversity of placements that are available, specific duties for the internships will vary. The intern will work with the placement site to develop a work plan based on the needs of the CCHD office and the skills and interests of the intern.

Duties could include, but are not limited to

  • promotion of the CCHD Annual Collection
  • project monitoring and evaluation of CCHD grants
  • letter and article writing
  • parish education, training, and outreach projects
  • research, analysis, or feasibility studies
  • relationship-building with CCHD- funded groups and other community development projects.

Position 2: CCHD Internships at USCCB or ACCU in Washington, DC



Washington, DC (CCHD office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Summer or School Year (2 separate internship positions available)

Albany, NY
New Orleans, LA
Dallas, TX
California Catholic Conference
Davenport, IA
Santa Fe, NM
St. Cloud, MN
Wheeling-Charleston WV
St. Louis, MO
Hartford, CT
Nashville, TN
Chicago, IL
Indianaopolis, IN
Seattle, WA
Belleville, IL
Oakland, CA
Philadelphia, PA

School Year

Oklahoma City OK
Crookston MN,
Springfield IL


Internship Availability

Each year, there is one Summer Internship (35 hrs/week) and one School Year internship (15 hrs/week) available at the CCHD office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). There is also one internship position available for 14-15 hours/week during the School Year (fall and spring) with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU). Each year, preference is given to applications received by March 1. 

Position Descriptions

At the CCHD office of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the intern will assist the education unit with youth/young adult programs. The intern will have the opportunity to assist with other projects in the education, resource development, grants, and communication units as needed and as intern interests dictate. Work projects may entail phone interviews, research, and writing.

The CCHD intern at the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) assists in promoting CCHD and Catholic social teaching awareness at Catholic colleges and helping diocesan offices connect with contacts at Catholic colleges and universities in the United States.

Both internships are open to all U.S. Catholics.