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Last updated: 12/11/17

Fair Housing and Equity internships

Our department offers internships all year long.

We prefer Boston residents, but we will consider applicants who don’t live in the City. We encourage LGBT and students of color to apply. The Office of Fair Housing and Equity is an equal opportunity employer. Learn more about the internships we offer.

Available Internships

Available Internships

Investigations and Enforcement investigates complaints of housing discrimination. Our investigators analyze information from interviews and records. They determine whether there is "probable cause" (enough evidence) to find that housing discrimination took place.

Duties and responsibilities

The Legal Intern works under the supervision of the director of investigations. You’ll be helping with ongoing housing discrimination investigations. You are responsible for:

  • processing and tracking inquiries, intakes, and complaints
  • reviewing documents and interviewing parties in a complaint
  • drafting complaints, Requests for Information, and Determinations
  • maintaining Fair Housing Commission case databases
  • responding to constituent requests, and
  • performing related research and work, as required.
What you will learn
  • the process of investigations and enforcement, including seeing how the commissioner conducts hearings
  • how to complete an intake, draft complaints, and final Determinations
  • fair housing under local, state, and federal laws, and
  • advanced interview skills.
Qualifications include:
  • second-year law students (the position is ideal for part-time students or new law school grads)
  • excellent writing and research skills
  • ability to work by yourself
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • proficiency in the Microsoft Office and Google Suites, and
  • being a strong organizer who knows how to prioritize time-sensitive work.

You must be able to work a minimum of 21 hours and three days each week, with a minimum commitment of two semesters. The most you can work is 35 hours per week, with up to a 12-month placement. We also prefer bilingual candidates, but it’s not required.

Your cover letter and resume should include:
  • the placement title you are applying for
  • what skills and or knowledge you hope to gain
  • the hours per week you can work, along with start and end dates, and
  • if you’re pursuing this as a for-credit internship, you must tell us the school you’re affiliated with.

The pay for this internship is $23 per hour. We don’t provide benefits.

Apply online

Our Affirmative Marketing program promotes equal access to government housing for all people. The program does this by creating standards for public outreach, advertising, and the selection of tenants and buyers. The program also oversees and monitors the compliance of plans that promote housing opportunities.

Duties and responsibilities

You’ll be working under the supervision of the affirmative marketing specialist. You’ll help review marketing plans, ads, and lotteries in the City. You’ll also:

  • develop Affirmative Marketing questions and answers
  • revise the Affirmative Marketing Guide
  • develop presentations and related materials
  • work on special projects
  • help with presentations to developers, management companies, and other groups, and
  • help with events, collaborative program efforts, and other duties.

Depending on what we need, you may also be involved with other policy research and special projects.

What you will learn:
  • what is Affirmative Marketing
  • how to review a marketing plan, and
  • public speaking and advanced presentation skills.
Qualifications:

We encourage students studying nonprofit management, macro social work, public health, or other related disciplines to apply. We’re also looking for:

  • strong communication skills
  • proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suites
  • a strong organizer who knows how to prioritize time-sensitive work
  • creativity and flexibility, and
  • a strong interest in civil rights and fair housing.

You must be able to work at least 16 hours per week for no less than one semester.

Your cover letter and resume should include:
  • the placement title you are applying for
  • what skills and or knowledge you hope to gain
  • the hours per week you can work, along with start and end dates, and
  • if you’re pursuing this as a for-credit internship, you must tell us the school you’re affiliated with.

This internship is unpaid. You can apply for the position online:

Apply online

How to apply

Online application

To apply, please complete the City’s online internship application. Make sure to write "Mayor’s Office of Fair Housing and Equity" as the specific department you want to work with.

Please attach a resume and cover letter to this application. Please mention in your cover letter:

  • which position you’re interested in
  • what skills and knowledge you hope to gain
  • the hours you can work each week, and
  • start and end dates for when you can work.

Apply online

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be enrolled at an accredited university or college pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • You need to be able to work at least 16 hours, two days per week.
  • We’re looking for strong communication and interpersonal skills. You should also be creative and flexible.
  • We need someone who is proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • You should be a strong organizer who knows how to prioritize time-sensitive work.