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Paid Affordable Housing/Community Development Intern – 27th Annual

Are you community-minded? Passionate about making a positive impact in peoples’ lives? Would you like to learn about the work of nonprofit organizations building and providing dignified affordable housing in underserved communities? If so, this opportunity may be the right fit for you. Check our various internship locations.

The California Coalition for Rural Housing (CCRH) is proud to announce its 27th Annual Rural West Internship Program for Diversity in Nonprofit Housing and Community Development. The CCRH Internship Program is a one-year paid Internship designed to recruit, train, and retain housing development professionals who enhance inclusion and racial equity within the Affordable Housing Development field. Selected interns are placed with CCRH members and partner organizations in CA, OR, and WA state through the internship program. CCRH member and partner nonprofit organizations have responded to the need for affordable housing by building, maintaining, and rehabilitating affordable housing complexes in the rural West since the 1960s.

For over 26 years, this Internship Program has bridged BIPOC college students from historically underrepresented rural, farmworker, immigrant, and low-income communities to rewarding careers in the affordable housing and community development field.

Interns learn the following leadership and technical skills that can help in their personal lives and prepare them to jumpstart a career in affordable housing:

  • Assist with the financial applications and loan closings for housing developments;
  • Coordinate meetings, activities, and operations related projects with property management, development, and resident services;
  • Oversee project transition from construction completion to lease-up and operations;
  • Review financial budget for project milestones and projections.

Interns further develop their leadership skills and on-the-ground experience with their host agency through the program’s mandatory supplemental activities, depending on how the current pandemic progresses activity sessions may take place in person or over Zoom:

  • Summer Training Sessions
  • Rural Housing Summit
  • Mid-Winter Retreat 
  • Graduation/Final Project Presentations