Fair Housing and Equity internships
- 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.
- 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 and/or expertise in Microsoft Office Suite.
- Organizational skills with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
The office is currently accepting applications for Fall placements. Internships are full for the summer.
Fair Housing and Equity 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 Determination
- What is Fair housing
- Advanced interview skills
The CORI intern will complete research to develop models for CORI-friendly hiring policies and procedures, develop a process for auditing vendors for CORI compliance, and compile important resources. Interns will also have the opportunity to work with community partners on special projects.
The lead initiative intern will support the Lead Working Group by coordinating and preparing for meetings, collecting data to track progress towards lead goals, creating and presenting educational material on lead safety and discrimination, and researching lead policies and initiatives.
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.
The Human Rights Commission Intern will be an integral part of establishing the Human Rights Commission. They will develop priorities and special iniatives, assist the Deputy Director with all meeting materials, and take part in events and collaborative program efforts.
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:
City of Boston, Office of Fair Housing and Equity
City Hall, Room 966
Boston, MA 02201
No phone inquiries please.