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Last updated: 11/1/17

Fair Housing and Equity internships

Our department offers internships all year long.

Boston residency is preferred but we will consider non-City residents. We encourage LGBT and Students of color to apply. The Office of Fair Housing and Equity is an equal opportunity employer.

If you would like to know when we have internships available during the year, please email

General requirements

  • Must be enrolled at an accredited university or college pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree.
  • Ability to work a minimum of 16 hours a week, two days per week.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Creativity and flexibility.
  • Proficiency or expertise in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Organizational skills with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.

Types of internships we have

Types of internships

The Boston Fair Housing Commission investigates complaints of housing discrimination. Trained investigators analyze information gathered from interviews and records to determine whether there is "probable cause" (sufficient evidence) to believe that housing discrimination occurred.

Duties and responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director of Investigations, the Legal Intern is responsible for:

  • Processing and tracking of inquiries, intakes, and complaints related to housing discrimination.
  • Assisting in ongoing housing discrimination investigations by reviewing documents, and interviewing parties to a complaint
  • Drafting complaints, Requests for Information, and Determinations
  • Maintaining various Fair Housing Commission case databases
  • Responding to constituent requests
  • Performing related research and duties as required

What you will learn

  • The process of investigations and enforcement including observation of Commissioner conducted hearings
  • How to complete an intake, draft complaints, and final Determinations
  • Fair housing under local, state, and federal laws
  • Advanced interview skills


  • Second-year law student, ideal for part-time students or new law school grads
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong interpersonal skills and communication skills.
  • Proficient and or expert in Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
  • Ability to work a minimum of 21 hours per week (3 days) and commit a minimum of 2 semesters; maximum 35 hours per week and up to 12 months placement
  • Bilingual candidates preferred, but not required
  • candidates must provide a cover letter and resume including:
  • The placement title you are applying for
  • What skills and or knowledge you hope to gain from a placement opportunity I
  • Include the hours per week and start and end dates you are committing to
  • Interns must identify the school they are affiliated with and if they are pursuing this as a for-credit internship.


The above internship opportunity is paid $23 hourly and does not provide


The mission of the Office of Fair Housing and Equity is to ensure fairness and equitable access to housing opportunities, public services, public accommodations, and participation in activities. The office strives to reduce procedural, attitudinal, and communication barriers for persons living and working in the City of Boston. The Fair Housing Internship works under the direction of the Metrolist coordinator and will work in collaboration with Affirmative Marketing, Metrolist Housing Opportunities, and Education and Outreach.

Full Description

Interested in working as an intern for one of our special policies or initiatives? Please email us at for more information.

Applying for an internship

The easiest option is to complete our online application. You can also apply by mail or email. Please submit a cover letter that includes:

  • the placement title you are applying for
  • what skills and or knowledge you hope to gain from a placement opportunity, and
  • the hours per week and start and end dates you are committing to.

We also need your resume and a writing sample. We will not accept incomplete applications or student-generated transcripts. Applicants must be receiving credit as part of a school curriculum.

You can send your resume and cover letter to:

Janine Anzalota 
City of Boston, Office of Fair Housing and Equity 
City Hall, Room 966
Boston, MA 02201

No phone inquiries please.