Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)—Chicago

About Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)—Chicago

A leading chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR-Chicago is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered independently in Illinois. Our vision is to attain equal opportunity for—and normalize the image of—Muslims in the United States of America. Our primary mandate is to promote and defend the constitutional rights of all Americans regardless of citizenship status, and to assist those who cannot attain justice themselves.

CAIR-Chicago’s Internship and Externship Program offers students the opportunity to learn, interact, and grow in activism and advocacy. With six positions specializing in 20 professional skill areas, our program is career-oriented and based in grassroots activism. To learn more, visit


Government Affairs Intern

May 2019 - August 2019 Chicago, IL
“I felt as though the work that I was doing was really important, and even though I was sitting at a desk all day, I also saw the ways that our organization helps the community in such profound ways. ”

Civil Rights Intern

August 2017 Chicago, IL
“I loved learning about the law side of social services and hearing people's stories. ”
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