Summer Internships

Open Communities Alliance's work relies on the assistance of interns to fulfill its mission.

What type of work do OCA's interns do?  Because of the complexity of the work that OCA does, and the small size of our staff, OCA interns have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of areas. To the greatest extent possible, projects are geared towards the intern's interests and goals for the internship.

  • Research and writing of policy recommendations, reports, legal memos, etc.
  • Attending meetings with housing and regionalism stakeholders
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Mapping
  • Community outreach
  • Social media outreach (email blasts, Facebook, Twitter)

What topics might an intern at OCA pursue?

  • Affordable housing policy
  • Housing data
  • Zoning and Fair Share Policies
  • Racial equity
  • Regionalism

How long is the internship? How many hours per week are interns expected to work?  During the summer, interns generally work full time for 10-12 weeks. Part time summer internships are also possible.

What level of education is required/preferred?  OCA welcomes interns who are either undergraduate students, or graduate students pursuing their J.D., M.S.W., or other related graduate degree.  

When is the deadline to apply?  OCA accepts applications for internships on a rolling basis.

Is there a stipend available?  OCA is committed to fostering a nurturing and equitable work environment. All internships at OCA are accompanied by a financial stipend, if nothing is offered from the students' academic institution. The stipend is designed to help offset daily expenses such as transportation and meals. Our internship program offers valuable hands-on experience in a dynamic and supportive setting, and we ensure that interns are financially supported so they can fully engage with and benefit from their experience with us.

If you are interested in interning with our organization, please email your cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line "Summer Internship."

  • Open Communities Alliance
  • 75 Charter Oak Avenue
  • Suite 1-200
  • Hartford, CT 06106
  • Phone: 860-610-6040