NLIHC Internship Opportunities

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is a national nonprofit dedicated to achieving socially just public policy that ensures the lowest-income people in the U.S. have decent, affordable homes. Join NLIHC’s efforts to end homelessness and housing poverty in America!

NLIHC accepts applications for our internships on a rolling basis throughout the year. Interns are highly valued and fully integrated into our staff work. We seek students passionate about social justice issues, with excellent writing and interpersonal skills. We host interns for each semester – fall, winter/spring, and summer. 

The available positions are:

  • NLIHC's Field/Organizing Interns assist the NLIHC Field team in creating email campaigns focused on important federal housing policies, writing articles for our Memo to Members and Partners e-newsletter and blog, managing our database of membership records, mobilizing our members and partners throughout the country in support of our legislative and other policy efforts, and reaching out and responding to new and existing NLIHC members, among other duties.
  • NLIHC's Research Interns assist in ongoing quantitative and qualitative research projects, write weekly articles summarizing current affordable housing research for NLIHC’s Memo to Members and Partners e-newsletter, attend briefings and meetings, and respond to research inquiries from our members and partners, among other duties. Quantitative skills and experience with SPSS a plus.
  • NLIHC's Policy Interns Interns assist the NLIHC policy team by tracking new legislation, attending and summarizing Congressional hearings for NLIHC’s Memo to Members and Partners e-newsletter, participating in visits to congressional offices, and developing materials for use in lobbying the House and Senate to achieve NLIHC's mission, among other duties. Experience or classwork in policy, advocacy, or government affairs a plus.
  • NLIHC’s Communications/Media/Graphic Design Interns assist with designing collateral material such as brochures, flyers, infographics, and social media imagery, and updating content on the NLIHC website. They also prepare and distribute press materials, assist with media research and outreach for publication releases, work on social media projects, maintain a media database, and track press hits. Some experience with graphic design and Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop) is needed. Please provide three design samples and/or link to an online portfolio in addition to a writing sample

Winter/Spring (January to May) and Fall (Aug/Sept to December) interns are expected to work 25 hours a week and Summer interns (June to August) are expected to work 40 hours a week. Two-semester placements are possible. NLIHC provides modest stipends and flexible working hours for interns that are taking classes. A cover letter, resume, and writing sample are required for consideration. In your cover letter, please specify the position(s) for which you are applying and that you are interested in the Spring, Summer, or Fall internship.

Interested students should send their materials to Paul Kealey, Chief Operating Officer, National Low Income Housing Coalition, 1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005 via email to